The Stolen Boys

Jackman & Evans, Book 5
By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (722 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From number-one best-selling author Joy Ellis, a totally absorbing mystery full of stunning twists and turns. Discover the author everyone’s talking about. 

A mystery which will captivate you till the stunning ending.

A crime wave has hit town. The target is a highly sought-after brand of streetwear called Hybird X, clothing that costs a fortune and resells for unbelievable prices. Houses are burgled, kids mugged on the streets...and finally a young man dies, all for the sake of his shoes. 

Then another boy’s body is found in a pile of rubbish. Meanwhile illegal steroids are flooding the streets. And there are dark movements on the marshes. 

Clothes that people will kill to own.

A shadowy figure called Darke and his teams of young criminals seem to be behind it all. 

Detectives Jackman and Evans must take on a fiendish criminal, while still haunted by Alistair Ashcroft, the serial killer they never caught. 

Who is Darke and what does he really want?

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will grip you until the shocking ending. Set in the atmospheric Lincolnshire Fens whose towns and isolated villages hide many dark secrets. 

Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Sarah A. Denzil, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter and Ruth Rendell. 

The detectives.

DI Jackman leads the investigation. He is extremely smart and has a knack for bringing out the best in his diverse team. DS Marie Evans is haunted by the loss of her husband in a motorbike accident. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and colleagues. 

©2018 Joy Ellis (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Join the fan club!

I think that I was a little bit sceptical about this books premise, so I didn't exactly jump on it when it first came out, a week or so ago... But ever since then, it's been calling to me by My First Name. Who was I kidding?!?? It's a Joy Ellis novel, and a DI Jackman/DS Evan's police procedural thriller!! I already knew how much I enjoyed Ellis' twisty, plot driven writing, and I'd already fast-tracked her to the top, as one my favorite mystery authors! Another plus? I love all the characters so much so that I almost feel like we're old friends! True to form Audible chose Richard Armitage to tell us this story, and I Looooove Richard Armitage voice acting, he's just a master at his craft, and as far as I'm concerned he is DI Jackman! (It's such a good partnership, Ellis and Armitage). So inspite of any misgivings, I had about the blurb, I took the plunge, and got it! Upon "opening" the audio book, I immediately felt as if I were being embraced by Richard Armitage's warm voice, and I was welcomed back by this close knit group of investigators, like a family member, or at least a close friend, whose always invited to ride along! I Loved, the Book! This story, takes off right where the last book ends, where the team is still feeling the effects of not quite being able to collar the slippery perp, and in fact I think that Ellis may actually be grooming us to accept that character as a Moriarty type arch-villian. There's also plenty of other cases to keep them busy, and us guessing. So grab the Audio book and see if you don't become a member of the Ellis/Armitage fan club! Lol

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Love Richard Armitage narration

Stolen Boys is an excellent story kept me captivated. Love the Jackman and Evens books,

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OMBRE of Misappropration

Joy Ellis's storytelling combines real world issues with the human condition. The gluttony of a material item ,and the wide range symbol given to it by the privilege and the forgotten poor is clearly depicted. The story reminds the reader of the classic tale with a twist. Unfortunately , real life events(in the US with the M.Jordan shoes) show unhealthy need for these items to give relevance(rather than profit).This story is more than the act of thievery. It paints a picture of child abuse, loneliness, and strife. All results in a stolen childhood, peace, love, and trust. The characters are well develop and show an aspect of life's stolen moments and chances. The what-ifs verses the what-is. The description of the police work and camaraderie between colleagues is well written. The debauchery of the villain is clearly written, and generated a genuine disgust. The insight to the mind of each character is interesting . Love the Jackman and Evans relationship. Of course, I would like more but that is my crazy world. Richard Armitage's (aka Jackman)voices are so well done. He is a master.

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better and better

this series just keeps getting better and better...eventually careening to the scorching end with Jackman and Evan's getting what they came here for. With Marie exiting on her bike with Jackman riding behind her, arms wrapped around her waist. together, safe, loved and at ease. cant wait for the next book. Well done Ms. Ellis!

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Cripping

As always incredible narration from Richard Armitage. can't wait for the next installment of Jackman and Evans.

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Yep They Did It Again

Another brilliant story by Joy Ellis brought to life by the incomparable Richard Armitage. I loved getting reacquainted with these amazing cast of characters. This collaboration of Ellis and Armitage has become one of my favorites. I'll be counting the days until the next.

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Underdeveloped

I like Joy Ellis. I find her writing light, but entertaining. This one was very disappointing. Characters were not developed, story was not developed.

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Still got it!

Was a bit slow at the beginning. Once the story began to unfold it was great. Kept me guessing at who really was 'Darke'. I would love it if this became a t.v. series.

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Another Jackman & Evans!

I like the Jackman & Evans serie by Joy Ellis, great stories; although this one was a bit more difficult to get into, it turned out great again. I love the narration by Richard Armitage, different accents for the different characters which maks them recognisable and likeable (or dislikeable), job well done!

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Love this series

Jackman and Evans have awesome dynamic. Narrator is super. This book nicely incorporated past story lines and set up situation for the next book beautifully.

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  • Angela
  • 11-10-19

I returned this book, very disappointed.

The whole concept of this book is off the wall. I tried to get into it but I personally found it to be utter rubbish. Such a pity as I usually like Joy Ellis.

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  • Amie Jordan
  • 11-12-19

I'm never blown away

I like this series enough to keep listening to a new release but they're not *amazing*, the storyline is alright, but I do feel like she draws a lot of emphasis on plot points where you expect something to come from it, it doesn't, and by the end you're like, 'what was the whole point of that bit, then?' that happens again in this book, it doesn't ruin it at all, just feels a bit pointless at the end. I like Richard Armitage in general, but his accent range only seems to be Scottish or Scouse, I didn't realise so many Scots or Liverpudlians apparently flocked to the fens! But I find him engaging enough, he isn't wooden. The only gripe I have with this series in general really, is that you can tell Ellis's age. It's not major in the things like, she references things as modern or cool, which were, maybe 20 years ago, like waterbeds. But more, her description of Rory, the bloke who does the autopsies makes me uncomfortable. I get he's gay, but she makes a point of having him flirt with men, or make inappropriate comments to Jackman, or explain again how camp he is every single time he appears, and his appearances are always supposed to be kind of comical at the expense of the 'campness'. Because you know, every gay man just fancies or flirts with every single straight man he comes across. Talk about stereotypes. Anyway, that's my 'millennial' opinion, I'm sure others won't find that problematic. I'd say it's one of her better ones anyway.

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  • Simon
  • 11-06-19

Ellis Makes a Fashion Statement!

A book that focuses on fashion but whose characters tend to defy modern trends. Hybird X is the latest must-have brand in fashionable streetwear and the limited edition items are fetching huge prices from avid collectors and fans. It's suddenly targeted by criminals and a string of robberies and attacks result involving the clothing. Sound far-fetched? Well, I googled it and discovered two very recent cases of actual armed robbery of designer clothes wear so it is a genuine issue and Ellis seems well on trend. Of course quite whether you believe that the Fens are likely to be such a hotbed of collectors and that so many one-off, unique items would find their way there is another matter. Still, it is a fashionable topic. The story itself I found very engaging, lots of twists and turns and with the constant reminders that an old enemy is still out there it all works pretty well. But what I think makes or breaks these books and probably dictates why many people like or dislike them, apart from the smoothly excellent narration by Richard Armitage of course, are the characters and how Ellis writes them. These books discuss fairly horrendous crimes and include suitably appalling criminals but most of the characters including the police officers and even most of the minor villains have a softness round the edges. While Ellis is comfortable writing about the worst that humanity can do she's also a big believer in the best too. I think some might suggest an element of naivete but I think it's quite charming - and if that sounds condescending at all I promise that's not what I mean at all! So, if you've liked the previous ones and can get your head round such a large population of designer clothes horses marching around the Fens then I think you're going to love this one too. All the twists and turns we have come to expect from Ellis and the charm of Jackman, Evans and co await within.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-19

Great story, great narrator.

It comes to something when you wake in the middle of the night and put a story on because you need to know what happens. A dark, compulsive story told beautifully by the incredibly versatile Richard Armitage. His narration carries you along, each of the characters defined by accent and nuances of voice. Joy Ellis's stories just get better. I'd highly recommend this one.

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  • justine noon
  • 11-08-19

Disappointing

Loved the other books by this author but I was bored listening to this couldn’t wait till the end

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-18-19

Take the day off and accept your fate

I love the Evans and Jackman series, and Joy Ellis has once again ruined an entire days plans, because once I started listening I could not stop. I would recommend starting with book 1 and savoring the drama.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-17-19

Disappointed

I was really looking forward to this new release but have ended up being really disappointed. The plot appeared to be really interesting at first but then the author brought in a storyline for one of the main characters which just did not ring true ( spoilers: in this day and age I cannot imagine the protagonist in a dispute with a co-worker being brought back to the same workplace when there must be so many other places to go.....Is there only one station in Lincolnshire?) Once a big plot hole emerges, then I find it hard to listen anymore, and the whole book just seemed to be doom and gloom, so I only got as far as a couple of hours in. Pity, because Richard Armitage is a marvellous narrator and did not disappoint. Perhaps it is just me......

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  • Kindle Customer Brenda Powell
  • 11-04-19

The Stolen Boys

Yet another breath taking book by Joy Ellis. It keeps you on the edge of your seat!

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  • Ange Simpson
  • 11-01-19

Another fantastic audio book

Another well written story, Joy Ellis an amazing writer and I look forward to every book, roll on the next!

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  • graceinfrance
  • 03-29-20

I love Jackman and Evans

Continuing with the story of these two detectives. Joy Ellis doesn’t disappoint. She knows the fens well too and that adds to the story. Well narrated by Richard Armitage. Anxious to move on to their next encounter with the arch criminal. Great story.

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  • miranda egan
  • 09-11-20

suspenseful and realistic storyline

Fantastic all round audible purchase. It has great delivery, a good story and excellent production.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-20

Gripping story, outstanding narration

A gripping story with many twists and turns and unexpected personalities. The main characters continue to develop with each book, and the new characters add excitement and anticipation. Armitage is an outstanding narrator, giving personality to each of the characters. Anyone who loves crime mysteries will enjoy this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-17-20

wow

What a great story .Had you hooked from start to finish well worth a read. narration excellent and easy to listen to. This was a page turnera must to listen to

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  • Amanda
  • 08-06-20

Best one yet!

This was an excellent book, great story, fantastic narrator, very likeable heroes. I highly recommend for people who like dramas and don’t mind disturbing storyline.

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  • Patricia
  • 06-11-20

Excellent

Great book it kept me interested all the way. The narrator was very good as well

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  • westy50
  • 06-09-20

A good read

I have been enjoying this series by Joy Elliis, Marie and Jackman are good strong characters. The only small issue is that this book has quite a lot of characters in it and I found I had to reread parts to be sure who was who. But all in all another great novel by Joy.

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  • Sherryl Tanian
  • 05-31-20

Enjoyable

This was a fast-paced interesting book, that filled many hours of driving. Once into it it was a hard to stop listening, so also I also listened using headphones when walking and sewing. I'm certainly willing to try another in the series and another audio book by this author.

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  • Deb
  • 05-12-20

little disappointing

Wasn't the strongest of storylines... usually really enjoy the books in this series. Little disappointing.

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  • Shalleycat
  • 03-17-20

Richard Armitage Rocks

A nicely complex story with well-drawn characters. Experiene made perfect by Armitage's whiskey smooth delivery.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-13-20

great read

really enjoyed the twists and turns. looking foward to reading more of her books soon.