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Fire on the Fens

DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 9
By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
Series: DI Nikki Galena, Book 9
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (177 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Fens are burning, and Detective Nikki Galena faces a cat-and-mouse battle with a killer arsonist. Someone is lighting fires. First they target homes and businesses, but then a body is found at one of the crime scenes. More fires are lit. And at each one a single person dies. But the victims have led spotless lives, and apparently there's no connection between them. 

Meanwhile, the town is facing a very peculiar threat from a group of sinister Satanists led by a charismatic businessman. Who is burning with anger, and can Nikki stop them before anyone else dies?

©2018 Joy Ellis (P)2018 Tantor

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Burning revenge

This story is all about revenge being a dish best served cold. The perpetrator coldly plans the fires to seek revenge for a crime that he didn’t have the full facts for. His father’s lies and deception have lead to this young man’s mental instability. There are ‘suggestions’ from the higher ups that this case is too sensitive to continue investing. Fortunately for the victims and their families, Nikki, Joseph and the crew do some unofficial work until their evidence is overwhelming enough that they are given the go ahead to continue. It wasn’t until the climax had almost arrived that I worked out a connection between the two main stories. I love the interactions amongst the characters and the feeling of being invested in their lives as a reader. I sincerely hope there is more to come in this series.

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A fiery feud

I really enjoy these detective Nikki Galena stories and I definitely should make an effort to read them in order. This one involves a tragic revenge plot involving fire and it culminates in a conflagration of lies and deceit. Brilliant writing ensures there is never a dull moment and the quirky characters give an effective distraction from the somber subject. This detective series just gets better and better.

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Addictive

I'm totally addicted to these stories. Love the characters, stories and tensions. Till on the next installment.

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fire on the fens

another excellent read. thoroughly enjoy every novel. recommend anyone to enjoy these action packed stories

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Enjoyable Read

Really enjoyed this one. The storyline is complex, but not overly-so, and the characters are wonderful as they always are. Will be sad to end their story with the next (last) book. This entire series has been a great collection and one I would recommend to anyone who loves a bit of crime thriller and wants to get into a good series.

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She's done it again!

i admit I also downloaded the Audible narration and listened over 50% but the addion of the accents only accentuates the Author's brilliant painting of the Fens. I don't believe there are really so many murders on the Fens but you will fall in love with her characters and be engrossed by the mystery.

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Compelling story but narration detracts

This is a great mystery story with characters I have come to know and love over a series of consistently strong books. Even Joy Ellis’ masterful dialogue doesn’t save the audio-book version, however. I listened to the whole thing because I wanted to know how it would end, but did so with gritted teeth. If you like Richmond from The IT Crowd, this narrator’s style may appeal. Otherwise, give it a miss.

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Too contrived

Not bad not fantastic, an easy listen but the story is not really believable. To be begrudged for so long and to commit unthinkable acts as a result of it was way over my head. Will not try again by this author.

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Good plot left wanting a little...

The plot of this story is quite gripping but I found the dialogue to expositional too often, & sometimes not believable or life-like enough. I could sense the ‘writing’ in it too much instead of being engrossed in the story. Some parts of the writing, especially dialogue, felt a little clichéd. I enjoyed the performance mostly but would have loved a bit more differentiation in voices.

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meh.....

Not for me. I struggled to finish it...generic characters and storyline with nothing to special to save it...narration did not help at all.

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  • Joan S
  • 19-11-2018

Gripping Story

I thoroughly enjoy this series, and this book is one of the best. The narrator is wonderful, and brings the characters to life. I can't wait for the next book.

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  • Wayne
  • 17-11-2018

I'm a fan of this series, but...

...FIRE ON THE FENS is disappointing compared to the first eight novels in the series.

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  • marko the great
  • 02-08-2020

Highly Recommend Fire on the Fen...Loved It...Agai

Marvelous...Again. Brilliant story told so well. Love listening to all of Joy Ellis' tales. Henrietta is quite amazing with narrating through so many unique characters...she Nails It every time! Brava!!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-07-2020

Good Story

I enjoyed this story. Henrietta did a great job too! I am looking forward to the next adventure with Nikki, Joseph and the gang.

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  • alma
  • 12-06-2020

Fire Within Bested the Fire Outside

Another fascinating detective story. Fire is both literally and figuratively described. The story shows the destructive, cleansing, transformative, & inspirational aspects of "fire". The obvious destruction in the structures and those effected with a loss is clearly seen. Sparked within each character is the determination and the internal questions about life. Law enforcement runs toward danger,and make personal sacrifices everyday. That is the law enforcement I know. Love the cross over characters and stories from Joy Ellis's Jackman/Evans series. Great narration as always.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-09-2019

great

Joy Ellis books are awesome. She has managed to have several plots and keep the intrigue alive!

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  • Shauna McGee
  • 04-03-2019

Carefully crafted story

The right mix of story lines. Good pace and a satisfying ending. Nice character consistency throughout the series.

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  • Kamei
  • 20-10-2018

lovely ending

I love all of the characters and their back stories and I can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Debbie
  • 17-10-2018

Murder by Fire

Book nine in the series finds DI Nikki Galena and DS Joseph Easter on the hunt for an arsonist that is a killer. With a new acting Superintendent, Cam Walker, Nikki and Joseph's personal relationship seems to not be an issue at the police station, (as they had feared, until they learned that Cam would be replacing their new Super, who was recovering from an accident). Helping with the investigation is retired veteran fire investigator, John Carson, who is instrumental in assisting the team. I've come to love the characters in the series, Nikki, Joseph, Rory (the quirky forensic pathologist), Yvonne, Cat, Dave, and Nikki's mother, Eve and her friends. The killer turns out to be no one I would have suspected, and the path to finding the suspect was a chilling one. Great tale and excellent resolution. I hope there will be more in the series.

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  • Dawn
  • 05-10-2018

Another good installment

I always look forward to the next installment in the DI Nikki Galena series. Joy Ellis and Henrietta Meire are a winning combo.

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  • Teresa evans
  • 16-09-2018

fire on the fens

Another good listen I really like these fen books good narrator makes for a cosy evening .

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  • Runrig
  • 08-06-2020

Not the best Galena book -

I enjoyed the book but it felt a bit rushed and didn't have the multi thread mysteries of previous books in series. it started one- the Luciferian cult- but it fizzled out to nothing making me think author had had to finish book in a hurry to meet a deadline! That's when you know an author is just churning them out and quality drops.

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  • Mr. R. D. Clarke
  • 06-03-2020

as always brilliant story and storytelling

loved it as always can't wait to get to the next book the reader of the story always does a great job

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  • Marie grice
  • 24-01-2020

Excellent!

Yet again a wonderful listen. The characters keep you guessing amongst the twists and turns of the story that they become real people and your best friends. Can't wait to listen to the next chapter in Nick and Joe's relationship. Thank you!

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  • terry coates
  • 14-01-2020

Good read

Yet another edge of the seat read. Now onto the last book in the series.

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  • Wendy Holton
  • 04-12-2019

Fantastic!

Another fantastic installment! Adore the characters, great story line. Gripping, heart warming, interesting, intense....can't get enough of this series!

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  • Lesley Hammam
  • 22-10-2019

Great book

I am loving this series of books this one is just another great adventure the author is fabulous at making you feel like you know each character

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  • Lizzy
  • 01-09-2019

Fantastic

I enjoyed this so much! The case is thrilling and engaging, the characters are compelling and everything came together in a way only Joy Ellis could manage!

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  • Sharplady
  • 17-05-2019

Terrible performance

The story is good but oh dear the reader! She can't do accents but much worse she can't pronounce words! How can a professional voice artist get 'curate' and 'dogged' wrong?

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  • Matthew
  • 08-03-2019

Another classic from Joy Ellis

couldn't stop listening. Every chance I had I was back on the case wondering who dunnit.