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A young woman's body is found in a remote barn on the Fens. Before she was killed, one of her fingers had been cut off. Who is inflicting this violence and why?

The young woman in the barn had been kept captive for some time. And the case shows strong similarities to an unsolved murder in Derbyshire. When another woman is found alive with similar injuries, the case grows even more complicated.

At the same time, the Fenland police have received intelligence that the ruthless criminal Freddy Carver plans to make Greenborough the hub for his new enterprise. DI Nikki Galena is desperate to track down Freddie Carver and make sure that he does not put down roots in the Fens, but finding him is not easy. And what's his connection to the kidnapped girls?

©2017 Joy Ellis (P)2017 Tantor

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Brilliant

Joy Ellis is a master of story telling. The Nikki Galena series are Brilliant. The storyline’s are brilliant and it is hard to put the book down. As soon as I finish one I am sourcing the next one.

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Nerve wracking

Brilliant! At the half way point in this story I was so worried about who was going to be targeted and whether the evil low life could possibly be caught that I was loathed to put the book down. The connections between cases and characters that have been in previous stories was incredibly well done.

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enjoyed

another good story by this author with plenty of twists and turns right until the end. narration easy to listen to.

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Terrible narration

Having family who live in the Fens I found the accent a complete joke ....2 minutes and I was finished with it

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  • lr
  • 16-09-2020

Tedious

Voices became very annoying and the writing plodded along to a predictable ending. Not a sophisticated read.

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Nice pace exciting, good story

Ive stuck with this series simply because they are easy listening and decent stories...reason for this review is l felt the story was shorter than the rest, but more fast paced and exciting. So l just felt completed to say its a really good read. Like other authors with books in a series the character's have evolved as each new book comes out but unlike other authors you don't necessarily need to have read all the books in order, this book for example could definitely just be read on its own.

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  • M.
  • 31-08-2020

Disappointing

Adult version of a combination between Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Emmerdale Farm. Narrator’s accents sounded ridiculous and did not improve the far fetched storyline.

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Terrible narration !!

Great story which is why I persisted in spite of the terrible narration. Voices and accents were so badly suited to the characters. Luckily this was purchased at a sale price so I put up with the narration and tried to just enjoy the story but it was difficult. Hope I don’t have to hear this narrator again with any of this series of books!

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another great read from Joy

very good story line. it is incredible how Joy Ellis keep coming up with such twists and turns. i really enjoyed this book.

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  • Wayne
  • 15-09-2017

Author Joy Ellis never disappoints!

Captive on the Fens, Book 5 in the Detective Inspector Nikki Galena series, was released in audio this week. I'm delighted to see that there have been six ratings prior to mine. There is now only one novel in the series yet to be released in audio.. This novel is a wonderful and unusual police procedural mystery. Henrietta Meire does a great job of narrating all of the On the Fens novels. I very highly recommend this series.

The rest of this review is a discussion of the Fens. Having as a US citizen lived in England The Fens is one of the areas I found most interesting.

The Fens , also called Fenlands, is a 1500 square mile area of the English North Sea coast approximately 50 miles northeast of London (it is about 20 miles north northeast of Cambridge). There are also references in Captive on the Fens to Fenland which is a 200 square mile political unit of the Fens located entirely in Cambridge County (Cambridgeshire). The Fens is part of 4 counties. Much of the Fens is below sea level and was flooded with every North Sea high tide prior to the first successful attempts in the early 19th century to use embankments to tame the high tides. River embankments are also used to prevent flooding. The Fens is approximately the same latitude as Amsterdam.

The word fen comes from the designation of a specific type of marshland. The history of the area goes back to pre-Roman times.

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 18-09-2018

Dead young women & gangsters with unknown motives

DS Jospeh Easter's daughter, Tamsin, is about to marry Niles, a young detective constable with the Greenborough police force. Freddie Carver, a vicious criminal boss formerly based in London and more recently hanging out in Spain, is apparently in Greenborough and planning to stay. Joseph and DI Nikki Galena are determined to catch him before he becomes a fixture in their district. Two dead young women have turned up, both apparently held prisoner and tortured for some time before being killed and dumped. And because their lives aren't exciting enough yet, a young man storms into the station demanding that finally, once and for all, they find his missing twin sister, who is believed to have simply run off, which is the right of any adult to do. He's certain she didn't, and is in danger. There's a lot going on here, and some outstanding plot threads from previous books get more attention here. There are dangerous signs that hardnosed Nikki might be mellowing a tiny bit, duty takes Cat into Derbyshire, where she meets a detective sergeant she might have a future with. Joseph's ex-wife arrives in town for the upcoming wedding, and might be a source of future trouble. Nikki's biological mother, on the other hand, may be turning into a real asset. The plot is excellent as always, but, also as always, the real reward here is the ongoing development of the characters as they continue to live their lives while doing their challenging and dangerous jobs. Recommended. I bought this audiobook.

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  • Kirsten S.
  • 04-05-2018

Finally!

Best one so far. Finally they don’t all act obtuse. Enjoyed this one. Can’t wait for the next.

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  • alma
  • 05-06-2020

Become Captive of Your Desires

I like that this story expanded on the new relationships developed in the earlier books. The story shows the personal developments within the police team while investigating the crimes. Captive pertains to the crime and the emotional developments within the team. Another good narration and story in the series.

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  • James V. Bellanca, Jr.
  • 20-11-2019

Just what you expect

Always four or five stories weaved into one. l never tire of the characters in each novel.

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  • Caroline B.
  • 09-07-2019

too many loose ends

I have bought Joy Elis' books because I like a series. This is my last one because she just ended this book and the last one without any good resolutions to so much. Just get it over . Good bye. Bad buy.

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  • Kamei
  • 22-09-2018

gripping

this book had many good characters and twist and turns in it, I hope Nikki and Joe get together .

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  • Joanne
  • 03-08-2018

Another winner!

I simply can't get enough of the Nikki Galena series. skillfully written and beautifully narrated. can't wait to get to the next book in the series.

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  • Karen
  • 29-03-2018

Great characters and great suspense

If you could sum up Captive on the Fens in three words, what would they be?

another great story

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes - keep guessing who the real kidnapper is - nice twist of how another kidnap victim is found.

What does Henrietta Meire bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I need to listen at.75 speed to understand the accent which I enjoy but find hard to understand at the faster speed.

Any additional comments?

Love the whole series - one of the best of British procedurals - like the character development

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  • Debbie
  • 17-03-2018

Severed Digits, Kidnapping, and Hope Restored

The sixth in the series does not disappoint. An old foe, Freddy Carver is reported to have returned to Greenborough and there's a dead girl found on the Fens with a severed finger. The old barn seems to suggest she was kept captive for some time prior to her killing, and another murder in Derbyshire is eerily similar. Now a brother contacts DI Nikki Galena about his missing sister asking for help . . . are the cases connected? All of the familiar characters, Cat, Joseph, Niles, Nikki, and a few new ones join the race to find a killer in a desolate area of England known as the Fens . . . and complicated by the hunt is the fact that one of their own has also been missing for some time, as well . . . the progression of the series is phenomenal, with Nikki having discovered her mother, Eve and beginning to build a relationship with her, and Joseph now enjoying a close bond with his daughter, Tamsin . . . as the team close in on the killers, it is edge-of-the seat listening, and a satisfying conclusion . . . I anxiously await the next in the series . . .

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  • Annie112358
  • 18-11-2018

A shame

The book was not a bad story and the narrator’s voice is pleasant but oh dear, those atrocious accents. What makes people think that everyone north of Watford has that awful generic ‘northern’ accent?

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  • Rosemary
  • 14-09-2018

Absolutely brilliant

From the very first chapter i was enthralled. The book twists and turns along the way. Everytime i thought 'oh it is finished' it went off again. i have enjoyed all the series so far but this is the best so far. cannot wait for the next one

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  • A. Fleming
  • 13-11-2020

all the usual expected twists and turns

is it not about time they both admitted their true feelings and got together, it's like a simmering pot waiting to boil

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  • Margaret Brackley
  • 20-08-2020

Terrible narration

This story was totally ruined by the very poor quality of the narration. I couldn’t recommend it to anyone.

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  • Grainne T
  • 17-02-2020

Favourite

This is my favourite of the Nicky Gallena series (so far) Lots of different stories and mysteries within one book. Great narration too

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-12-2019

Really Struggled to listen!

I really struggled to listen to the narrators impersonations. The high pitched voices for women and slow dense voices for male police officers and as for the regional accents....I nearly stopped listening at the beginning to enquire if I could change the book, but didn’t get round to it. Even my 11year old pulled faces when listening. Great story though!!!

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  • Wendy Holton
  • 16-11-2019

Gripping!

A more complicated story with plenty of twists. Just when you think you've worked it out, there's a twist. Another amazing story from Joy. Absolutely love this series. Live the characters and narrator. Could listen all day long!

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  • SirMoBotRio16
  • 23-09-2019

Classic twist in the tale

As always fast paced, but with multiple twists & turns in the storyline until they all dovetailed together.

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  • Lizzy
  • 14-08-2019

Another great addition to a great series

This was so full of twists and turns - really kept you guessing and such a good ending. Very much looking forward to getting the next one!

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  • Jo
  • 08-08-2019

Probably a good book.

I say probably brcause I couldn't finish it. The narration was do excruciatingly bad anf irritating.

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