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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.

©2016 Joy Ellis (P)2017 Tantor

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Twist after twist after twist!

Joy Ellis never disappoints with her lovingly familiar characters and descriptions of the fens. This story had more twists than usual. The only disappointment I've found in this series is the grating voice of Henrietta Miere. Her accents are appalling and her voice for the beloved Rory the flamboyant pathologist is just a mess. Thank God she didn't narrate the DI Jackman/DS Evans series! Love Joy Ellis.

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Voices wreck it for me

Whilst the story is good several of the voices are so put on I almost stopped listening

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The best of british

Straight talking, no messing, direct and blunt. As a pommy away from home this series brings me back to grass roots. The team is well bonded and established dynamics....the ending of this book was a twist I did not expect so can't wait to see how that flows on.

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Great stories but the reader is so inadequate. She just doesn’t manage the variety of voices very well.

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So many twists and turns!

A critically injured drug addict in the ventilation shaft of a disused historic RAF aerodrome is only the first of the grisly discoveries awaiting DI Nikki Galena and her team. As the bodies pile up, it’s hard to know who to trust. There were lots of twists and turns in this gripping police procedural involving a large pool of suspects. I like the ensemble nature of these books, with different members of the team enjoying varying degrees of the spotlight in different books. While Henrietta Meire’s narration still niggles a little in places, she does a great job overall.

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Another fine murder mystery.

Some pleasing resolutions and further character developments. I do however find some of the character voices used by the narrator very annoying.

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Joy Ellis

I love the Fen series and especially the audio because the narrator is amazing makes me feel part of the action . loved it!!!!

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Killer on the Fens

Captivating story from beginning to end. Thoroughly enjoyed this story and ready for next chapter in DI Galina story.

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Loved it!

Wonderful story, absolutely loved it. Like previous ones in this series, there were quite a few things that seemed to escape editing phase, particularly names getting confused (has happened in almost every book this series so far). Again, not enough to through me off, but a little disappointing to have that dampen such a good novel.

I really found this story exciting, and am already halfway to starting book 5.

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How long can the author produce such great novels.

I haven't read a Joy Ellis novel for ages, I'm going looking for the next in the sereis, if there is one.

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  • ARH
  • 19-06-2018

Great story. Perfect narration.

I love this series about DI Nicki Galena and her team. Henrietta Meire is the perfect match for narrator. I love the accents and she does a great job of distinguishing voices of all the characters, male and female. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Gary & Jay
  • 25-06-2017

<br />This is how much I have enjoyed this series.


I am usually extremely tough on narrators who mispronounce words, and editors who let them slide. It's not the kindest part of my nature. But when Nikki said that one of her fellow characters was an "aficiando" of history, for me, that malaprop was Nikki's, not Ms. Meire's, and I had a nice chuckle. That's how real the characters came to be for me, in Ms. Meire's versatile voice.

The plots in these books are unique, and involving, but it's my involvement with great characters that keeps me coming back every time.

Jay Thomas

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 31-03-2018

Another good mystery with Galena & Easter

DI Nikki Galena's father has died, leaving behind a mystery. His last request to her was to "Find Eve."

Nikki has no idea who Eve is.

Yet when she should be dealing with her father's death, and deciding what to do about the mysterious Eve, she has mysteries to deal with at work. A minor-league drug dealer has been fished out of a shaft in the ground at an abandoned World War II airfield, still alive, but only barely. Another drug dealer has simply disappeared, and his sister, with no illusions about her brother but great affection because they survived a difficult childhood together, is determined to find him. The current owner of the airfield is found dead, clearly murdered, but no one knows who wanted him dead.

And Detective Sergeant Joseph Easter's long-estranged daughter Tamsin has come for a visit. They are attempting to mend their relationship.

It seems worth mentioning that all of this turns out to be really small beer beside what they're going to find when they start working these seemingly unrelated cases.

This is, as is typical with Ellis, this is a good, interesting mystery with good, interesting characters. Galena, Easter, and the rest of their team continue to grow and develop, and are well worth spending the time with.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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  • Debbie
  • 21-02-2018

Drugs, Murder, Mystery and History

Book four in the series finds DI Nikki Galena making funeral arrangements for her father, who has long been suffering from dementia, with just one or two lucid moments over the recent past. One was when he told Nikki to "find Eve". Puzzled by the request, Nikki is determined to sort out who the mysterious Eve is. At the office, a drug dealer's death, after falling down a hole at the old RAF air field has the team looking for answers. DI Galena and her team begin to investigate what at first looks like an accident. All of the major players are here, which I love, and they work together seamlessly to solve the case. Joseph's daughter, Tamsin, is visiting him, and the two of them offer to help Nikki by going through her dad's old papers to find out who Eve is. Soon Sgt. Joseph Easter is back off leave, assisting Nikki and the team with the mystery at the airfield. The history of the RAF was intriguing. The tie-in with Nikki's father and his time in the RAF was brilliant. But I definitely did not see any of the airfield killings or the the history of Nikki's father and Eve coming . . . it was like a ride on a curvy high speed roller coaster . . . in the dark . . . I can't wait for the next book . . .

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  • Christy
  • 19-08-2018

MEH...

Killer on the Fens... Not as good as other books in series, but this does build on the characters from previous books. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • jennifer
  • 06-06-2017

Not as strong as the others

But do love these characters and the narrator; kept me engaged but not breathless for the next installment.

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  • Wayne
  • 02-03-2017

Another great 'on the Fens' suspense thriller!

The books in this wonderful detective series by British author Joy Ellis are being released in audio monthly. I have listened to the first 4 in order. Ellis is an excellent story teller. Protagonist Detective Inspector Nikki Galena is a complex and fascinating character. In this case I wish I could award award 4.5 stars. Narrator Henrietta Meire is superb.

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  • jfoxcpacfp
  • 12-10-2020

Good story - so short!

I guess it’s a good thing that this story left me wanting more but, seriously- a 6.5 hour book for full price? And felt obligated to buy it so as not to omit a “chapter” of the series. Yes, I enjoyed, but no, I don’t feel as if I got full value.

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  • Mary H
  • 29-08-2020

fabulous story

This story was both engrossing and spooky. i have not been so creeped out since I was about 8 years old hearing ghost stories told around a campfire. One of Joy Ellis's best.

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  • alma
  • 03-06-2020

We Start and End with Family

Yes, it is a crime story but also a great story about family. From different viewpoints, we see the preciousness of family. Several family dramas have the center of their stories the related crimes at an old WWII airbase. The mix of civil and family history of the region was very interesting. Of course, Joy Ellis description of the people, their pains, and fears is so well done. Depending on your life experiences some may feel closer to home. My father's passing in a hospital is somewhat mirrored in the way Nikki's father died. Sigh..that hurt. The story and the narration are very good.

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  • Bea Doubleday
  • 23-07-2017

Awful reader

I was unable to complete listening to this story, the first time ever with audible. The reader spoke too fast, her female voices were shrill and very difficult to listen to.

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  • BH
  • 09-07-2017

Cliche ridden writing

The story was well conceived but it was poorly written. Full of cliches with very derivative characters.
I usually enjoy the narration but this narration was awful - dreadful attempts at accents that made listening to the story very hard. It was difficult to discern who was speaking at times as the accents changed within characters. Dreadful.

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  • Susan
  • 06-10-2020

yet another ridiculous narrator

I do wish the author chose a narrator who coukd: a, read English and b, use accents. this narrator is ridiculous

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  • Ima booklover
  • 12-08-2018

Diabolical narrator

I'm sure the story is good, but the narrator was so bad it was impossible to take the story seriously. The high-speed narration of awful accents, including a comical Scottish accent, was off-putting and I had to give up before the end of chapter two. I'm certain a decent narrator would boost the ratings for this novel.

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  • L. Denton
  • 16-05-2021

Great but check your pronunciation

Another interesting investigation but please,please,please can the narrator pronounce SOCO properly? A quick watch of any police drama post 1990s and that should do the trick.

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  • Mal
  • 09-01-2021

ABSOLUTELY HORRENDOUS NARRATION!!!

However Henrietta Miere came to be chosen to narrate this book and the others in this series I have no idea. If I was Joy Ellis I would be incandescent with rage at having my characters turned into two dimensional caricatures with a leaning towards Second World War RAF pilot accents in a high, squeaky voice! Sacrilege! I can well see how they turned to a fine narrator like Richard Armitage to read the Jackman and Evans series of Joy’s books.

Henrietta Miere has absolutely no idea of how to do an accent or put across a personality, with the only possible exception being Nikki herself. Like others I generally enjoy the plots of Joy Ellis’ books but I weep for the author having them totally destroyed and rendered unreadable by this ear grinding, squeaky, shrill and utterly appalling narration. Oh, and by he way, did Henrietta Miere have a plane to catch after reading each book? Certainly sounds like it.

I wish Audible could re-run the series choosing another far superior narrator.

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  • Miss J. Burns
  • 02-09-2020

Narrator is painful.

I enjoyed reading this series so decided to try on audible - big mistake. The narrator is appalling. Speaks too fast, accents are awful. I listened to the book only because I'd paid for it. I'm not trying any more of this series on audible until there is a different narrator.

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  • George A Bear
  • 12-11-2018

good storyline

Book 4 in the DI Nikki Galena series follows on from the last story. Nikki and her Sargent, Joseph Easter, are faced with mysterious lights on the Fens and a strange morbid discovery in an underground facility that was once a war time air force base.

Alongside this, Easters estranged daughter has come on a visit and becomes embroiled in a dangerous situation.

The narration is very fast. It is slightly better when listened to at 90% speed on my phone, but still needs addressing.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-05-2021

Very Enjoyable!

A really enjoyable read, these books are gripping in one hand but the tender exploration of characters is great too.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-02-2021

Compulsive listening and well written

A good plot at a fast pace with very listenable dialogue. Very enjoyable, difficult to put down.

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