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A gripping crime thriller full of stunning twists and turns.

When DI Rowan Jackman and DS Evans are told that the IT boss has disappeared, they soon suspect foul play. Orla Cracken, known as Orac, is no ordinary techie; she was once a field agent traveling abroad undercover, working for the government.

Meanwhile DC Robbie Melton discovers that two people, both urban explorers, have mysteriously disappeared whilst out exploring abandoned buildings. One went missing at a disused airfield, but was it a military base, or was it civilian?

The gruesome discovery of their decaying bodies found hanging in ancient church ruins bursts the case wide open, and Jackman and Evans are under pressure to find the killer. With Orac safely back in the picture following a secret journey to Ireland to try and find her long-lost sister who went missing as a child, the hunt is now on to find the killer before he hangs his next victim.

It soon becomes clear that the killer is targeting urban explorers, but why is he determined to track down and torture these innocent people, and how is the case connected to Orac’s mysterious past, still shrouded in secrecy? 

The latest gritty crime thriller by Joy Ellis, set in the Lincolnshire Fens, will keep you guessing – and your pulse racing – until the very end.

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DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans Book 7

THEY DISAPPEARED is another great Jackman & Evans modern detective thriller. An it yet another novel about the popular topic in Great Britain of Urban Explorers. This novel has two threads the first of which is a member of Jackman's team named Orac who goes missing and the other is the multiple gruesome murders of urban explorers At the end the two threads merge to become one. Actor Richard Armitage narrates wonderfully well.

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Another Great Jackman & Evans Story

Joy Ellis has weaved yet another great Jackman and Evans story. Urban Explorers are disappearing and no one seems to care. One of the team knows something isn't right and after a little digging, finds there is something to worry about.

In the meantime Orac also vanishes and puts the entire team on high alert. At first these two events don't seem connected, but as the story moves forward, you find they are.

It was wonderful to get a better picture of Orac, who is fast becoming one of my favorite characters, besides Jackman and Evans, of course.

It was a well written story, with a twist I didn't see coming. Richard Armitage has such a wonderful repertoire of voices in these books, it's a wonder how he keeps them separate. He was exceptional, as usual.

Now that Joy Ellis has opened up a couple new storylines, I can't wait to see what happens next with this wonderful team.

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The Pain Will Disappear

Another good story by Joy Ellis. She interweaves the human condition so well with the major crime. This story gives a deeper look into one of the main characters, and how the crime in focus reflects an event in her past. The update on the main characters is like reading a letter from a family member. The insight to two characters heart breaks and the prospect of moving forward in life is an added bonus. Hope future books expand on these characters and mainly that between Jackman & Evans. Richard Armitage voices are always amazing.

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GOODBYE

I have enjoyed this series and am am sad to have it come to an end. Richard Armitage was a wonderful narrator. His voice of Jackman was perfect . I enjoyed the characters and was happy there was no strife or drama among the team and the superintendent. I enjoyed Gary’s character so much.

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  • 12-27-20

Fluffy, non-committal mystery

I don’t know if this is the final book in the series, but it certainly tied things up nicely. The stakes never seemed too high, and there wasn’t much tension, but with everything going on in the world and my life right now it’s kind of nice to read a book where everyone gets along and things work out “just so”. I originally started listening to this series because I enjoy Armitage’s narration, but was pleasantly surprised with the comfort these books bring. They are by no means great, but sometimes you just want a warm blanket of a story, you know? This might be the weakest book in the bunch, but I still enjoyed my time with the Fenland Constabulary. If you’ve read other books in this series, you know exactly what you’ll get with this one.

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Lots of talking

Certainly well researched lots of new ways to tell the story. Story seemed poised in the middle of being a nonfiction narrative or a detective novel. Was not convinced that the killer’s character development supported the act of murder. Seemed rather a flimsy reason for murder after so many years of his son’s death.

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Not as well written as previous books in this seri

Have listened to all of this series. Armitage is great as usual, not the book.

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Any Plausible Story Line Also Disappeared

This is perhaps one of the most contrived plots I have ever read. It starts off with a great premise but grows increasingly more ridiculous. The clues are far from subtle and disbelief needs to be suspended. In most police dramas the cops do not believe in coincidences, but this whole book is based on coincidences the cops swallow whole and never really question until the end.

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How to write a book without really writing a book

I've read the Nikki Galena series twice, and now all the entries in Jackman and Evans. I've really enjoyed them, especially the comradery and unity that both police teams have. And I dearly wish Prof Wilkinson lived next door, he is just a peach of a guy. I like Joy Ellis's books.

So, it's painful to say that this book is just a stinker. It's bland and tepid and filled with endless recaps of a case about which the detectives know nothing for ninety percent of the book.

The plot rambles and meanders. There are pages filled with meaningless social chitchat. Characters - too many characters - are introduced merely as a friend of so-and-so, or another urbexer from another clan, and that is all we ever know about them. The dialog feels like mere padding. How many times can you hear someone say, "Why is someone killing these poor, innocent people?" or "and she's pregnant, you know" or "I'm worried for your safety" or "We've got to find him before another young man dies"? And then there's the repeated, so often repeated, explanation that urbexers pursue it because of the adventure and the recording of history and the great photographs, and they don't find it creepy at all. Worst of all, our beloved main characters have somehow become gullible.

Sheesh.

Bleh.

I wish I'd find out that some sophisticated AI program read all of Ellis's books, and then produced this one as a draft, so I'd at least have hope that the real Joy Ellis would be writing her next book.

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Ms. Ellis has redeemed herself!

Wow- this book was right up there with her first few! Intriguing, complicated, and twisted, but full of the humanity and camaraderie that is so heartwarming about the Fenland Constabulary. I've listened to it 3 times now. Best of all, only a few mentions of She Who Will Not Be Named (L.A.)- that absolutely most infuriating and inane choice for a romantic interest who has plagued readers for the last two books. Book 7 returned us to what Jackman and Evans and their team do best- solving crimes with reasoning and humanity. Thanks to Ms. Ellis for getting us back on track- may you never stray again!

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  • 08-01-20

Another great addition to the series

Really enjoyed it. Armitage is great as usual. with so many characters, it's amazing how he manages to keep them distinct as needed.
The story had a lot of characters and a few red herrings, but wasn't incredibly surprising. even so, I really liked it. I especially like the details of the topic (Urban exploring, and another which I won't mention to avoid spoiling)

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  • Ange Simpson
  • 07-31-20

Excellent

Ery gripping and as great as previous, only down side I'd it ended! More please 😊👏👍

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  • Wendy Holton
  • 08-11-20

Bored

Reasonable story ,however I found it repetitive in parts, lost interest half way through and had to force myself to continue listening

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  • Mrs C Cowood
  • 08-08-20

Tense

I really enjoyed this. I have listened to them all now , well worth it.characters that I like, a good plot and and a fabulous reader.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-20

Another fantastic Jackman and Evans story

Was so excited when this was released, having just finished the other 6 books in the series. It didn't let me down. Another brilliant story. Admit to crying at the end, so emotive. Also really enjoying the development of each of the different characters' personal lives.
And yet again, amazing narration by Richard Armitage. Completely forget its one man narrating all those different characters.
Hoping very much there will be another instalment soon.

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  • Mrs
  • 08-04-20

Another winner!

Jackman and Evans, Ellis and Armitage........my favourite teams!!!
Another winner that kept me gripped from start to finish. Richard Armitage's range of voices/accents is excellent and always consistent. Looking forward to more in this series.

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  • Fee
  • 08-01-20

Okay

I think this is another series I’m listening to simply because I’ve listened
to the rest of the series. And it’s Richard Armitage of course. There’s nothing wrong with it, I think it’s just over for me.

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  • Chris
  • 08-01-20

What a story

As ever an ex excellent story with twists and turns Richard Armitage is absolutely brilliant looking forward to the next instalment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-20

Not great

Stuck with it but wasn’t that great a story. Irish accents atrocious ((I’m Irish) Grainne example of the most annoying mispronunciation .

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  • SVB
  • 08-07-20

Another brilliant installment in the jackman/Evans

I have loved every one of the books in this series. Having them read by Richard Armitage makes it even better. Brilliant storyline following the history of the previous series and I'm definitely looking forward to the next one.

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  • Amanda
  • 08-21-20

Great development of key characters

I’m following the series. I really like the characters and the personal element, including why they do what they do. it’s great to see humour coming into these books!

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  • Hellcat
  • 08-19-20

Brilliant

I always love a good Jackman Evans!! It was brilliant to learn more about Orak. I can’t wait to see where her storyline goes. As always Mr Caramel Voice himself is wonderful to listen to. I can’t wait for more!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-15-20

good

very different kind of story very enjoyable will let other listeners know about this book

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  • Meg
  • 01-05-21

LOVED THIS

I’ve listened to all of the stories in this series. I love the stories and the characters and flow on from each book. Sad to have this be the last in the series!

Richard Armitage does a fantastic job narrating. Now having finished the Jackman and Evans lot I wish I could listen to the rest of the Joy Ellis books on audio but after sampling some with other narrators there’s just no way I could cope, in comparison they’re awful to listen to (narration-wise). So sadly for me, until Richard Armitage narrates those titles I will wait.

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  • Aussie Deadhead1
  • 08-14-20

excellent

another great book in the Jackman Evens series. love Richard Armitage narrating. cannot recommend this series enough.

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  • Eva George
  • 09-15-21

Great

The narrator is fantastic.
Great book. Going to read the next one straight away!

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  • Mr Duncan Andrews
  • 08-01-21

Performance

Without doubt the performance of Richard Armitage as the narrator is outstanding. A great story again is pushed higher. Long may he continue with audio books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-21

Excellent.

Have is it finished the wholes series and their lights enjoyed it. Can’t wait to listen to the next Joy Ellis series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-21

Great!

This story has everything - history, mystery, modern life, romance, loyalty, narrated with full dramatic effect by Richard Armitage in his memorable voice.

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  • ShazBoo BookOwl
  • 06-26-21

My enthusiasm never disappeared

Really enjoyed this brilliant story by Joy Ellis and Richard Armitage's performance is super entertaining.