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  • Their Lost Daughters

  • Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Performance By Richard Armitage

  • By Kim Davenport on 20-06-2018

grippjng, masterful and dark tale.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-2018

really this should be too dark and disturbing to read, but it was gripping and I needed to know the outcome. Well constructed and well read. highly recommended.

  • Thieves on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 8
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

DI Nikki Galena gets a series of anonymous calls. She is told the place, time, and who will die. But the messages are in a secret language used only by villains. Nikki and her team must decode the riddles and work out where the threats are coming from.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The past comes forward

  • By Bernadette Aitken on 13-02-2019

great tale

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-05-2018

I find myself repeating myself with the reviews of hese books as they are always just brilliant reads, engrossing and well crafted and I love the narration too.

  • Buried on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 7
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

A skeleton is found in a shallow grave in the churchyard. But this was not an official burial. The victim was murdered decades ago. At the same time, Detective Nikki Galena and her team are investigating the brutal slaying of local businesswoman Madeline Prospero. She was a member of an exclusive and secretive drinking club called The Briar Patch. But they've got no suspects and no one is telling them the truth. Meanwhile, the buried skeleton leads them on a trail to the village of Quintin Eaudyke. This is a troubled place. In the late 70s and 80s a reign of terror was unleashed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid

  • By Bernadette Aitken on 11-02-2019

gripping!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-04-2018

I simply can't stop listening once I start these Joy Ellis tales of the fen! Brilliantly narrated as well.

  • Her Final Breath

  • The Tracy Crosswhite Series, Book 2
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister's killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life. A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bland and repetitive.

  • By Sally Court on 22-01-2018

good story, well narrated.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-2017

I enjoy the Tracy Crosswhite stories,they are well written and I find them to be quite engrossing.

  • Stalker on the Fens

  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

DI Nikki Galena's close friend Helen Brook is involved in a serious accident where she is trapped in a collapsed cellar. After her hard-won recovery, Helen is still getting flashbacks to a man she says was down there with her and who confessed to a murder. But no trace of this man can be found. Then Helen tells Nikki that someone is watching her. But is all this in her friend's imagination and part of her post-traumatic stress?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strange obsession

  • By Bernadette Aitken on 03-02-2019

Great book as always.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-2017

Loved this as I have loved all of Joy Ellis. Brilliant narration, the voices are flawless and I can't stop listening until the end!

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Joanna David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, not sure about the choice of narrator

  • By Anna on 12-04-2017

what a tale!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-08-2017

gripping, sad, portentous, scary! I found this tale to be all of these and more. Well written, presented and narrated and I was so sorry when it was over.

  • Dark Fire

  • A Matthew Shardlake Novel
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the 16th century. Matthew Shardlake, believing himself out of favour with Thomas Cromwell, is busy trying to maintain his legal practice and keep a low profile. But his involvement with a murder case, defending a girl accused of brutally murdering her young cousin, brings him once again into contact with the king's chief minister - and a new assignment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By Julie Swanepoel on 26-06-2017

Gripping!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-06-2017

brilliant read, or listen., can't stop until it is finished. the reading is impeccable. can't wait to start the next tale in the series.

  • Dissolution

  • A Matthew Shardlake Novel
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church, and the country is waking up to savage new laws. Under the order of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent to investigate the monasteries. At the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control. Cromwell's commissioner, Robin Singleton, has been found dead. And Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long-time supporter of reform, has been sent by Cromwell into an atmosphere of treachery and death to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Helen Esdaile on 11-05-2016

Gripping tale!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-2017

what a fantastic tale of murder, greed and devilish treatment of fellow humans. So interesting. ......

  • Killer on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 4
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

DI Nikki Galena faces a personal challenge which will stretch her to the limit. She must fulfill her father's dying wish and discover who the mysterious Eve is. Meanwhile, a dead drug dealer is found on an abandoned airfield that the locals say is haunted. The trail of both mysteries will lead to the most shocking discovery of Nikki's career and put her whole team in mortal danger. Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you riveted until the shocking ending.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise, surprise

  • By Bernadette Aitken on 01-02-2019

Brilliant story!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-2017

This is another brilliant story by Joy Ellis, beautifully read and presented by Audible. loved it.

  • The Trapped Girl

  • The Tracy Crosswhite Series, Book 4
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

When a woman's body is discovered submerged in a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself with a tough case to untangle. Before they can identify the killer, Tracy and her colleagues on the Seattle PD's Violent Crimes Section must figure out who the victim is. Her autopsy, however, reveals she may have gone to great lengths to conceal her identity. So who was she running from?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a very compelling read. The narrator

  • By Sandra Davis on 29-05-2017

Thrilling saga!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-2017

Could not stop listening to this book, absolutely gripping. Well read with really believable characters.