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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 (35 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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Elizabeth P. Fowler
  • 19-02-2019

Thriller with an ensemble cast

Joy Ellis has written another nail-biter which the versatile Richard Armitage brings fully to life. The plot twists strain credulity but the characters make it seem real, thanks to Armitage's performance. Well worth a listen!

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  • barbara
  • 18-02-2019

The Guilty Ones

I really love Joy Ellis writing and with each book I read, it makes me want to read more. This story was excellent, keeps you on the go the whole time, not guessing each twist and turn. The narration was excellent.

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  • kaaren cuenca
  • 17-02-2019

Best Narration

Joy Ellis story and Richard Armitage Narration makes a superb read to listen too.

Thank you!

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  • E. Beh
  • 15-02-2019

My favorite one yet

I set a personal record in finishing this title in 3 nights, even staying up way too late on weeknights to keep listening. I'm impatiently waiting for Book 5 (The Stolen Boys) to come out!

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 14-02-2019

Getting a Jackman and Evans book is a no brainer..

Buying a D.I. Jackman mystery by Joy Ellis is a no-brainer for me... and seriously, who wouldn't want to spend some quality time with Richard Armitage as the narrator?!?!
This time, the case is personal... D.I. Jackman's sister-in-law disappears, and later, her body shows up as what appears to be an obvious suicide, but both Jackman and his D.S. Evans, feel that things are rather "hinky." So he and his team methodically start their investigation... This is a tightly-paced police procedural, and once again, Joy Ellis writes a story that will keep you spellbound!

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  • G. Wayne Tilman
  • 13-02-2019

Better and Better

Joy Ellis is one of my favorite authors.Rowan & Marie are the best drawn and most appealing characters yet. The twists in The Guilty Ones grab the reader and don’t let go. One is on the bike with DS Evans or in the Land Rover with her and Jackman at every turn. And, their support team members give depth to great plots and contribute as side stories. The brilliant and hilarious Rory was simply too good to leave with DI Nikki Galena exclusively. In the Audible books, actor Richard Armitage HAS to be the best narrator of all.

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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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  • Doris G. Miklitz
  • 10-02-2019

Surprise!

I can never slow down getting through these stories. This time was no exception. At the end of this one I’m left wondering what will happen next. So, I’m hungry for more.

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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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  • inkycorrado
  • 19-02-2019

excellent reading

loved it yet another great story
impeccable delivery by the narrator.
waiting for.the next instalment

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  • Roberta
  • 19-02-2019

Another Excellent Book

I’m working my way through this series which is so very well written and narrated. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

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  • Dan-Mark Skey
  • 18-02-2019

gripping

Ive loved all this series of books, there well writen and performerd very well.
each case is adds. new charator to the ark and makes you more empathetic with problems each one of the charators face in each book.