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The Guilty Ones

A Jackman and Evans Thriller
By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (120 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Jackman and Evans are back in the latest gripping thriller by Joy Ellis, performed by the incomparable Richard Armitage. 

Jackman’s sister-in-law Sarah disappears to London and throws herself into the river. What drove her to this? She was a woman with a seemingly happy homelife and two beloved sons. DI Jackman and DI Evans dig into Sarah’s life. And Jackman realises he knew almost nothing about his sister-in-law’s past. 

Then, they discover a woman in a neighbouring village died in similar circumstances. What is the connection to a convicted murderer whose family are convinced he is innocent? Who is really pulling the strings?

©2018 Joy Ellis (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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  • Jen
  • 07-04-2019

perfect partnership

in love with Armitage's silky voice unravelling Ellis's twists and turns. bring on book 5.

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And the tension builds!

I find the only way to stop myself from skipping over the really scary bits is to listen while driving long distances. Having thoroughly enjoyed the story and the Narrator I now need to find another Joy Ellis book for my eight hour drive tomorrow. Thanks Joy for the entertainment.

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Great story and brilliant narration

Jo Spain has done it again with another exciting storyline. Characters and narration just brilliant.

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Twists and twisted

I am a great fan of Joy Ellis’s work. DI Jackman and DS Evans are a wonderful team and good friends. Their support of each other and their team makes for a lovely feeling in this team. What I enjoyed in this book was the connection that was made with Joy’s other series through DCI Cameron.
The perpetrator of the crimes in this story is a very damaged man. His twisted view of the world caused grief for many people and hit home with Jackman’s sister-in-law. His family’s sorrow was heartfelt. The amazing way that the investigation team collects information and pieces it together always surprises me.
Joy has crafted a complex and suspenseful story, while developing the personal characteristics and relationships of the investigation team. It is lovely to have both and it is what has encouraged me to read everything Joy has written.
I love Richard Armitage’s reading. His voice is very seductive and his voices have become the characters for me. I can’t think of the characters without thinking of his voices. Thank you

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Intense story

not worth missing one single second of this fantastic storyline...well done to the author and narrator!

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Joy Ellis does it again

I've been eagerly awaiting the new Jackman and Evans since I discovered Joy Ellis a few months back and promptly listened to 10 of her books in a row. The Guilty Ones was excellent. The story was fascinating, exciting, and very well written. There's a new killer in town and he seems to be targeting people connected to an old case involving the murder of a teenage girl. The killer was tried and convicted and later committed suicide in prison but the family never believed Brandon was guilty. This case hits very close to home for Jackman and he, Marie, and the team will not rest until they've uncovered the truth and brought this sadistic killer to justice. 5 stars and I can't wait for the next instalment.

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Great Story with a VERY warped villan.

Can't wait for the next one. Very descriptive and exceptionally well narrated. Finished this book in two long driving sessions which made the time and kilometres fly by.

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5 stars...

This was the best book I have listened to in the series, I cant wait to for the next book to be released.

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  • Wayne
  • 04-03-2019

Another winner from Joy Ellis!

Just as with her nine novel DI Nikki Galena series British author Joy Ellis has another wonderful series modern detective with Jackman and Evans. The Guilty Ones is a fine addition to the Jackman and Evans series. Actor Richard Armitage does a nice job of narrating, but I much prefer the narrations of Henrietta Meire due to her Fens British accent compared to the generic British accent of Armitage. In any case the modern detective series by Joy Ellis are always worthwhile.

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  • Debbie
  • 20-02-2019

Good . . . But Not Quite AS Good

Book Four in the Jackman and Evans Series is a good one, but in my opinion doesn’t quite stand up to the others in the series so far. Jackman’s family is hit hard when his sister-in-law, Sarah commits suicide by drowning herself in the river. But according to everyone who knew her, she was a happily married wife and mother to two young boys. Questions arise, however, when a similar thing happens to another woman. Jackman’s brother, James, is overwrought and not much help in solving the case, or in caring for his young sons. With the help of Orac (the computer wizard downstairs) Marie Evans and Jackman look into Sarah’s past and discover a lot of secrets. When the suicides continue, it’s a race to connect the dots and to keep Jackman’s family safe. One thing I liked about this book is learning more about Rowan Jackman’s family, his parents and background. The conclusion wasn’t as satisfying as most. But I will certainly continue the series.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 08-02-2019

I loved it

I had been waiting impatiently for this audiobook release and it was well worth the wait. I love this author’s books and this one is no exception.

The story is twisted and leaves many trails for the reader’s mind to follow if one wants to “play detective.” Personally, I like to let the story play out and have Jackson and Evans and the team work it out. We know who-done-it fairly early on but then there’s the drama and suspense of what will happen next. The character development is first rate, as usual for Joy Ellis.

Richard Armitage is a delightful narrator and gives a tremendous performance. I did find the denouement a bit unrewarding and disappointing. But, overall, one of the best books of 2019.

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  • Lucy
  • 11-02-2019

Love Joy and Richard 💕

I love the Jackman and Evans Series. This book is the best one yet. Can’t wait for the next book. Please tell me their is a Book 5!💕💕💕

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  • Colette M. Cummings
  • 20-04-2019

Loved it

Picking up this book was like a great visit with dear friends. I love the way Joy Ellis creates thrillers with characters that you root for. I highly recommend this book and. any of this author's other series. I. won't spoil the story but I will say that it is worth a credit.

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  • Traci
  • 29-03-2019

Another mind bending romp into Joy Ellis' world.

I wish there were more Jackman & Evans novel series out there and Richard was on Joy's retainer. They are awesome tales and he has really developed the team character's adding an investment level for the listener . Smart, cunning & twisted I can't get enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-03-2019

Exceptional.

Gripping. Well written and exceptionally performed by Richard Armitage. Can not wait for the next one.

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  • Jacqui Edwards
  • 10-03-2019

Jackman to the rescue

Enjoyable series, Jackman and Maria really make a great pair. great listening and you cant wait to continue listening

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  • Virginia S. O'Bryan
  • 10-03-2019

Fabulous book in continuing series

I LOVE Richard Armitage’s narration! He is such s skilled narrator. I loved the twists and turns of the plot and the interaction of the main characters, who for the most part are members of Jackman’s team. Thank goodness the author does not fall into the hackneyed plot outline that dictates that one of the team be a jerk and a traitor. I am weary of that. This is a wonderful book and I look forward to the next in the series.

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  • Gena Halpin
  • 08-03-2019

I hope this series never ends.....

Once again an intriguing and fast paced book by Joy Ellis narrated by the fabulous Richard Armistead! I seriously try to pace myself but I end up binge listening. This kind of leaves an opening for the possibility of a continuation but then you never know about those things. I certainly hope so and I hope there are more of the Jackman Evans books.

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  • Simon
  • 06-02-2019

Not Quite The Same Buzz This Time!

I'm a huge fan of this series and will definitely continue with it in the future but of the four that I have read so far, this one doesn't quite hit the mark as well as the others. It's got Ellis's very human detectives, a feeling of natural warmth emanating from the very cold and dark places that her storylines tend to end up. It's also got a very interesting concept about the killer which I enjoyed very much. And yes, talking of warmth it's got those simply molten tones that Richard Armitage delivers making the whole experience incredibly smooth and easy to listen to.

So, lots of good things and I think anyone who has enjoyed the first three will likely find themselves enjoying the Fens again but in this one I'd question the two lead characters and possibly the ending just a bit. Jackman is starting to come across as a bit too perfect, a bit too universally liked and admired. Where this grated was in Evans continually telling him how right he was repeatedly. No harm supporting a colleague but Evans is a character who I think has enormous potential as a strong female character and while she does get up to some biking action at one point she's starting to feel a bit too much in Jackman's shadow. As for the ending, don't expect everything to be resolved as you might hope it would be is all I will say, this is very much an episode rather than a full story.

I'm definitely still enjoying Jackman and Evans and it's very possible that I've overdosed on them a little, this is after all the fourth one released on Audible since June last year. So, while I enjoyed this one well enough it didn't leave me with the same kind of buzz as the first three.

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  • Lucy Taylor
  • 08-02-2019

Gripping listen

Incredible, gripping listen. I didn’t enjoy the last book I this series quite as much as the first or second, but this book is fantastic! Cannot wait for the next book!

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  • zziggi
  • 12-02-2019

not as good as usual

This is Joy
but not at her best. Seems hurried, with missing descriptive pieces of the fens.
I was really looking forward to it, but its disappointing.
small sub plots of little value, and kind of short.
I love the way she melts her team together.


Take a` little more time Joy.


However I have loved all her previous work.


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  • Sheila
  • 12-02-2019

Excellent. Better than the rest.

Very good book, dark, psychological thriller. Well written and as usual for Richard Armitage brilliantly narrated. A superb skilled, sensitive, intelligent voice actor.
I am enjoying Audible books. Thanks

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  • Joy E
  • 11-02-2019

Fantastic....

Can’t wait for the follow up....listened to it in two sittings. Richard Armitage’s narration is breathtaking. Love him and love the story.
When is the next instalment due?

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  • Gail Link
  • 11-02-2019

Best Book so far

Absolutely brilliant. Couldn't put it down - even read a chapter when I couldn't sleep. Can't wait for Joy's next book. Richard Armitage is such a dream to listen to.

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  • Teresa evans
  • 11-02-2019

Guilty ones

As per usual a really good book I love jackman series. The narrator is good All in all it was great

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  • R. Morris
  • 23-03-2019

Another excellent who done it.

Really enjoyed this latest Jackman story. I got to bond more with the whole team. can't wait for the next rendition.

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  • emma cairns
  • 21-03-2019

Not as good as any of the previous ones.

Disappointing. The story was too far fetched and I mean (not giving to much away) by the detective still being able to workon the case. So much effort was put into describing how badly the team were disturbed by the killer but not actually into how the killer did what he did. I don't want to spoil the story line, but how did the killer manipulate his victims? Its just stated he manipulated them but doesn't get into how.
I have loved every previous book, and pre ordered this one.

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  • K Williams
  • 21-03-2019

The Guilty Ones, Joy Ellis

Brilliant! Love the Jackman and Evans books, best one so far! Would definitely recommend. Looking forward to the next one.....?

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