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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 (236 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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what a great story

loved every minute the story the twists and the narrator were most employable, I need more!

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great reading

could not stop listening one of the best so far huge recommendation give it a try

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Love this Series

Cannot wait for the next book! The characters are great & the narrator is excellent.

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Tedious and long winded.

This book is tedious.I couldn't finish it as it was wordy and badly written.The narrator used inconsistent accents for the characters.The women's voices were particularly irritating.Definitely not recommended.


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Another Excellent Story

Another great title by Joy Ellis. Much more 'emotion' focused than the other books. Feels a bit like spring, all the characters getting romantic and such. Regardless, the storyline was excellent and characters great as always. Looking forward to the next one coming out!

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Enjoy Joy Ellis writing but found this one testing

Not sure what all the hype is about this reader at all?
His voice may be good for TV and Movies but as l have no TV and don't do movies l have no idea, but books are complex with many layers and intrigues to my ears he captures nothing of that at all.
For whatever the reason l was almost unable to complete the book.
l would suggest you borrow the book to make your iwn determination

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Brilliant as always

Another one of Joy's books hard to walk away from. Not my favourite, as I can't say I appreciated the ending (I've just finished, will have to give it some thought) but still brilliant. I'm a huge fan :)

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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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  • 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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  • Lori D.
  • 16-05-2019

Do not listen in the order Audible tells you to!!

Love this whole series! She does an excellent job portraying men and women working closely together - bonding - without the silly romance a lot of writers feel they need to include. Get this book and the others in the series!

My review is to tell you to read/listen to them in the order the author wrote them and NOT the order Audible tells you to.

DI Jackman and DS Marie Evans Series
Book 1: The Murderer's Son
Book 2: Their Lost Daughters
Book 3: The Fourth Friend
Book 4: The Guilty Ones
Book 5: The Stolen Boys (not yet on Audible)

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  • Book Junkie
  • 25-04-2019

NOOOOOOOOO!!!

First I must say that I find the characters in this series to be quite enjoyable. I have listened to all four. The ending of this last one was such a trite platitude I swore aloud in my car. The author set the stage for such a powerful ending and blew it trading instead for a predictable severely over-used outcome in this genre. I will listen to the next installment because the characters are well written, but it will take me a long time to get over the BIG miss at the end of this one.

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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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  • Tommie L McMillan
  • 30-11-2019

Another winning Joy Ellis novel

Another hard to put down story. Not too happy with the ending but that's because the danger is still lurking. I'm not fond of cliffhangers.

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  • wrf
  • 26-10-2019

Cheese

Extremely cheesy dialogue in this whole series - not sure why I listened to the first three & then this one. Likable main characters & narrator does a good job, but the stories don’t seem to have required any research whatsoever by the author & really aren’t that interesting. Somewhat ashamed that I own the first four in this series, but have to put my foot down & refuse to buy #5 coming out next week.

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  • James V. Bellanca, Jr.
  • 21-10-2019

another classic

I can't get enough of these stories. already ordered the sequel. I have heard them all. great performance.

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  • Elizabeth Gambichler
  • 11-09-2019

wonderful as always

i finally beat real life to get and listen to this book and as like with the others in the series wonderful as always and so happy to have Richard Armitage narrating once more. i eagerly await the next book.

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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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  • 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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  • ClareBC
  • 15-05-2019

This series has really deteriorated

Plotting was fine but dialogue was shocking. All characters spent the time praising and thinking highly of each other, made Midsommer Murders look gritty. Shame.

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  • JulieB
  • 09-06-2019

Gave up halfway through

Unfortunately the poor writing, stilted, naive dialogue and weak characters continue - think adult version of Enid Blyton Famous Five.

Definitely won’t be purchasing anymore and not sure why these books get so much hype.

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  • Chery
  • 21-04-2019

My least favourite of the series so far

I usually love the Jackman series but was disappointed by this book. The story was unbelievable. They way the characters spoke was just a bit too cliche. Too many super intelligent characters with annoyingly upper class accents.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Finkinpink
  • 31-05-2019

Not bad.

not my favourite in the series so far. but still an enjoyable listen on holiday

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  • m brewster
  • 12-04-2019

Good story

Good story but simple very enjoyable always find easy to follow and a pleasure to listen to good characters quite a bit predictable

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