• The Night Thief

  • Jackman and Evans Book 8
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (4,859 ratings)

Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks, and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Plus plan is $7.95 a month after 30 day trial. Upgrade or cancel anytime.
The Night Thief  By  cover art

The Night Thief

By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
Try for $0.00

$7.95 a month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $20.72

Buy for $20.72

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

When everyone is sleeping, he comes into their houses. 

He takes one thing. A photo of their child. 

A sinister thief on a power trip or something even darker and more sinister? 

Detectives Jackman and Evans find themselves on the hunt for a highly unusual burglar who seemingly only steals photographs. But then, late one night, an elderly woman falls to her death after seeing someone in her home. 

Did she really fall, or was she murdered? 

And just how many mysterious intruders are there on the Fens? 

With the body count rising, Jackman and Evans have their work cut out for them to track down the night thief - before it’s too late. 

©2021 Joy Ellis (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

What listeners say about The Night Thief

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3,338
  • 4 Stars
    1,100
  • 3 Stars
    337
  • 2 Stars
    61
  • 1 Stars
    23
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3,671
  • 4 Stars
    652
  • 3 Stars
    154
  • 2 Stars
    27
  • 1 Stars
    15
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2,968
  • 4 Stars
    1,051
  • 3 Stars
    375
  • 2 Stars
    71
  • 1 Stars
    28

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Couldn’t get into it

I’ve read all of the books in this series but this one eluded me. I kept going back and re-reading chapters to figure out what was happening - and hoping I would get intrigued enough to finish.

Why didn’t I get into it? Too many people I didn’t care about. I kept losing track of them. Several story lines, I lost track of those, too. And I feel like there were some inconsistencies, but I didn’t have enough energy to prove it.

Maybe I just couldn’t keep up. Maybe it’s my fault.

But, another thing that’s bugging me … Jackman is just too perfect all the time. He doesn’t have any character flaws. Neither does Marie. I need a little more drama.

I returned it. I feel bad. But I gave it three stars because I feel like it’s my fault I didn’t like it.

Maybe it’s just where I am in my life. Maybe I’ll try to read it again some time in the future when I’m feeling more mature. I’m 51, though, so the clock is ticking.

Oh, and one line really pissed me off (something like) “although she was overweight, she had a beautiful complexion.” WTF, Joy? How about “she was overweight and had a beautiful complexion.” I’m all for people being described as overweight, but why “although”?

Ok. I’m done now. Thanks for letting me vent.

28 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book until I didn’t

Richard Armitage is one of my favorite narrators. He does a fine job. This story is interesting but begins to annoy during the second half.
Spoiler alert… I get incredibly annoyed when blame is placed on an ex spouse, or anyone else for supposedly driving a “good” man to murder, of not one, but several people. seriously? How absolutely ridiculous. That was not the only weird, bungling naivety. Professionals, who should clearly know better, go far, far overboard giving someone who should be very suspect the complete and absolute benefit of the doubt.

18 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Like a Thief in the Night, Taking Those Who're His

An intruder is the most unnerving because it violates your privacy. When it involves your own home, the sanctity and security diminishes even when the violator is caught. This feeling travels with you like a dark shadow. Joy Ellis describes the feeling and helplessness beautifully. The plus and minus of the human nature is presented so well with various characters. More insight to Evans was appreciated. Of course Jackman and Evans interactions are what I relish. The ending is cheeky! Richard Armitage narration! Gold.

15 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Never really peaked my Interest. Kind of boring!

Couldn’t really get into it. Too much was going on. It was very interesting although I finished it hoping for a dramatic turn. It never happened.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Just enough shivers

Good narrator and the story was a good old English murder mystery. The fear of someone in the house at night while you sleep is a universal. Will listen again, I’m sure

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • TF
  • 08-31-21

I loved it

Twist and turns in the story,the suspense,I loved everythg about it. Narration was really good too. Great job to the author.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Enjoyed!

I doordash so I'm always looking for a good book block to listen to and this one hit the spot! I even had to rewind several times to make sure I didn't miss a hint or something that was occurring in because the whole time I'm trying to figure it out and just when I thought I had it ended differently.. It was enjoyable because I had different ideas who it was all the way through thinking I had figured it out....but I didn't until it was at the end!!!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great series, Loved it!

I came across this in an email and couldn’t download it quickly enough. A great continuation of The on Going Jackman & Evans series. There was a creep factor to this one that had me checking my windows. I look forward to more from this crew. Mr Armitage’s voice is just like warm butta.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Meh

I found it somewhat boring and tedious. It never really grabbed my attention. Just okay.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Two convoluted storylines. A thieving-murder-kidnap storyline. Plus a problematic somnambulist.

Excellent crime fiction by author Joy Ellis, with brilliant audiobook narration by Richard Armitage. I love Joy Ellis’ Audible books, but this time it took me longer to finish, because I had to listen intently—as I do to nonfiction. “The Night Thief” is dense with subplots, multiple characters, important details, and red herrings. I didn’t even try this audiobook in a car, because I often had to re-listen to get all the particulars. It’s a great listen with a martini in hand, whilst unwinding in the evening.

DI Jackman, DS Evans & their A-team investigate two different sneak thieves, who frighten women in their homes at night. One thief, who steals photos of young boys, murders an elderly woman. The second storyline features a strange man—with an atypical case of somnambulism—whose intensity and odd behavior sets off alarm bells in psychologist Laura Archer, who calls in Dr. Sam Page, her friend and mentor. There are several subplots and many secondary & tertiary characters—including six women victims, their sons, nephews, and grands.

I plan to buy the kindle version when it’s released, because although I gave this audiobook my full attention, I might have missed some details.

4.5 stars, bumped up to 5 stars.

2 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Trina Skyrme
  • Trina Skyrme
  • 08-19-21

Never disappointed!

Having just finished book 7 I was so glad to see number 8 pop up. If you’ve been following the series then this won’t disappoint.
Richard armitage have made the characters so recognisable that hearing them makes you feel like listening to long old friends.
Brilliantly wrote and narrated.
As they’re included in membership there’s no excuse not give these jackman and evans books a chance. But saying that I would quite happily use a credit as it’s great read/listen.
Lovey to hear how these character have evolved over this series.
If you want a book to get lost In then I highly recommend this and suggest you start at book 1 of jackman and evans. I’ve read hundreds of series and this is is my absolute favourite tied at first place with jack caffery novels by mo hayder.
This paced really well and it was throughly enjoyable.
📖 Happy reading 📖

50 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Your name
  • Your name
  • 08-30-21

Nothing happens - incredibly dull, very nice

Everyone is nice no mistakes, no interesting personalities, nothing gritty, just a really rubbish boring listen, kept on to see if something would happen. Plodding, unbelievable what gets published these days. Don't waste your time.

14 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for christine a ribchester
  • christine a ribchester
  • 08-25-21

narration

The narration of the different voices got a bit wearing half way through. all the women sounded like feeble weak women not the strong ones they were portrayed to be in the book. Accents were ok mostly, but the short gruff way Jackman spoke was nothing at all like how I hear him or Marie on that point in my head, and I've read all the Jackman, Ballard and Galena books in order to date.

14 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Fiona Adamson
  • Fiona Adamson
  • 08-23-21

Gripping story, well read.

Compelling narrative, well developed characters and convincing denouement. A thriller writer who understands the frailties of human beings and brings all her cast into life. The whole performance is excellent.

12 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Girlfrommars
  • Girlfrommars
  • 09-03-21

Dreadful narration and preposterous story

Don’t bother. Incredibly boring story and a range of bad accents that verge on offensive and agist. Richard Armitage should consider that not all old people speak with feeble voices.

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kirstine
  • Kirstine
  • 08-30-21

Slow build-up becoming unbelievable

I've listened to a number of the DI Jackman novels: some better than others. This is one of the better ones. Mental dysfunction is central to the two interweaving stories though there is too much psychiatric speculation on flimsy evidence. I felt the stories became more bizarre and unbelievable. There are a lot of characters in the book and most leave only a vague impression and so I was at times confused as who was whom. The narrator is generally good though a times put too much anticipatory dread in his voice.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-27-21

An excellent storyline

One of the best, this book is almost impossible to put down. A strong and thought provoking storyline combined with believable characters kept me listening until the satisfactory conclusion. I have found a compelling new (to me) author and can’t wait to listen to more.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for jackpot
  • jackpot
  • 09-22-21

very slow

Sorry, couldn't get into this at all. it's really show and you can't keep track of who is who with all the name changes

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Queenie 1949
  • Queenie 1949
  • 08-26-21

Well Done Joy Ellis

I love all of Joy’s books, this is no exception. Excellent story line that twists and turns to the last page. Richard Armitage is my favourite narrator, I will buy any book he records.
I regularly re-read Joy’s books and particularly enjoy this series.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anneli
  • Anneli
  • 11-04-21

Liked this book very much

Great story, it kept me hooked to get to the end and I loved the narrator

3 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for elizabeth b.
  • elizabeth b.
  • 08-24-21

I just loved this

I havent always enjoyed the jack man and evans stories. This one I have although I do think Jackman is a wooz about Laura. Treating her like a baby. My very favourite narrator Richard Armitage makes my day he is fantastic
Yes the night thief is a great yarn.
Good good good

13 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-15-21

Love Joy Ellis

Joy Ellis books are easy to follow, characters are great and build with each b ook. Love listening to them.

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Lynne Moodie
  • Lynne Moodie
  • 09-05-21

great story again

love these audio books highly recommend them. joy ellis can't write fast enough for me. always great storylines.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jo
  • Jo
  • 09-04-21

Dull and predictable - don't waste your time.

The characters were so cliched. A brave DI and his motorcycle-riding sidekick. Presumably, the motor-cycle made her kick-ass. The simpering psychologist girlfriend whose voice was so whiny and weak that I just wanted to slap her. Figuratively speaking.

I could almost see the housekeeper and her husband tugging on their forelocks as they scurried about "taking care" of a grown man, keeping alive the English class system.

I was hoping for a really good listen so that I could work my way through the rest of the series but the dialogue was so mundane and boring, that I lost interest. I'm a huge fan of the Jack Logan series where the writing is sharp and so is the humour. This was dull and predictable, by comparison.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Desdemona
  • Desdemona
  • 01-29-22

Boring

The narrator is excellent.
He has a lovely, gentle voice and with the boring plot, I blissfully fell asleep.

If you were looking for a good crime story you won’t find it here.

But if you need something to nod off to, this is your book.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-21

Not the norm

Interesting motives and intertwining of cases. Not the normal murder mystery story and pleasant to listen to.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kelly Pasalich
  • Kelly Pasalich
  • 11-16-21

Great Book

I enjoy all of Joy Ellis' books. They are entertaining, great twist and turns and I love all of the characters.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jodie Warren
  • Jodie Warren
  • 11-28-22

interesting

accent was good for where the story was written. interesting plot. I worked out the twist 3/4 of the way through. would listen to more of this author & narrator.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Nick
  • Nick
  • 11-28-22

Always Enjoyable

I thoroughly enjoy Richard Armitages reading and the characters. It was a good but sad story. Thanks Joy for another great listen.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Emeralde
  • Emeralde
  • 11-22-22

Another great Jackman and Evans book

These stories are great chewing gum for the brain and so nice to hear Richard Armitage’s sultry tones in my ears.