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The Murderer's Son

A Jackman and Evans Thriller
By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (344 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl.

Twenty years ago: a farmer and his wife are cut to pieces by a ruthless serial killer.

Now: a woman is viciously stabbed to death in the upmarket kitchen of her beautiful house on the edge of the marshes.

Then a man called Daniel Kinder walks into Saltern police station and confesses to the murder.

But DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland Constabulary soon discover that there is a lot more to Daniel than meets the eye. He has no memory of the first five years of his life and has a rather unusual obsession with his mother....

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you gripped until the shocking ending.

©2016 Joy Ellis (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Poor storyline, a very disappointing read.

Struggled to finish. Only saving grace was Richard Armitage, otherwise I would have stopped listening in the beginning.

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Addictive for a second time

Like the first book in the series, couldn't stop listening to it! Richard Armitage makes for very engaging and easy listening.

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good listen for the daily commute

unfortunately guessed who dunnit halfway, but still enjoyed it to the last chapter, worth a listen

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Another Great Novel

Love these books! I read Their Lost Daughters (second book) first by accident, and I have to say that I preferred that plotline to this one. However the writing is incredible and the narration absolutely perfect. Really love the level of detail and suspense, as well the characters who are so well-constructed.
Will be recommending for sure!

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Good book for a road trip.

Felt like it dragged towards the end but overall very good. The suspense and twists kept us guessing to the end. The timing was perfect for a long weekend trip in the car.

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Good story. Got a few twists

I enjoyed this book. The twists are good and it awakens the imagination very well.

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drags on

carnt finish to slow in lots of parts
I would love to return it

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This series is incredible

I have been gripped from the very first chapter!!! I loved the twists and turns. With an ending I did not see coming!! Joy Ellis is a master of crime fiction. Richard Armitage’s performance is clever, artistic and he perfectly embodies all the characters! They say there is a perfect storm - well the combination of Ellis’s skill as a writer and Armitages incredible acting, is the perfect storm.

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Such great stories

I’m loving Joy Ellis’s Jackman and Evans series. The plots are believable but fresh and unusual.
Also, of course, the incomparable Richard Armitage is reason enough to purchase any audiobook.

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Richard Armitage great... story not so!

Story a bit predictable - not the best I have listened to, as with other reviews I only continued listening because of Richard Armitage.

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  • Lia
  • 14-02-2019

Great Series

An excellent story about a police department trying to solve a serial murder case while dealing with several fragile suspects. There are several subplots which add a great deal to the story. One of the subplots would actually make a pretty good plot for another story. The two major characters are both both very easy to develop a bond with which makes the story more interesting.This book is definitely worth reading.

Richard Armitage was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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  • Laura
  • 15-01-2019

DO NOT FOLLOW RECOMMENDED LISTENING ORDER

Audible totally messed this up. They recommended listening out of order, and it totally ruins the suspense, not to mention the evolution of the character's development and relationships. That said, I still really enjoyed it-- the characters are well written and even though I had the end figured out from the beginning because there is mention of the result in the 2nd book, I was still well entertained, but spent a lot of time wondering why in the world they published these out of order only to go back and discover they did not--Audible actually is the one who recommended listening out of order and for what reason I cannot fathom. It will have ruined it for many, so I sincerely hope they fix that issue ASAP.

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  • Julie
  • 29-12-2018

Audible ruined this one for me.

I followed the "recommended listening order" suggested by Audible to listen to Their Lost Daughters first despite it being the second book in the Jackman and Evans series. Because of dialog between Jackman and Evans the story line of The Murder's Son was ruined !! Shame on the editorial staff for such a blunder!!

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  • Nora
  • 25-10-2018

Couldn't put it down

This is another fantastic offering by Joy Ellis. It is a believable story with characters you grow to be so intimately involved with that you talk back to them while listening. I was constantly asking myself what would I do in the myriad situations presented in the plot. Would I have acted as Skye did? Would I have made the choices Daniel did? Where are the dark places in my mind capable of leading me? Then, of course, there are the choices faced by Jackman and Evans. How far to you trust your mind rather than follow your gut? The main plot is paralleled by the tale of a bent copper and a young cop trying to survive. This tale is deftly woven into to the main story to great effect.

Richard Armitage's narration grabs you and carries your through the harrowing tale with a vast range of emotion from shock, horror and disgust to heartrending compassion. His voice weaves his usual magic as he carries you deep into the hearts and minds of the characters. Congratulations to both Ms. Ellis and Mr. Armitage for another stellar project. I look forward to December and installment 3 of Jackman and Evans.

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  • Ruth Nielsen
  • 26-02-2019

Glad I found this series!

I have a tendency to prefer the British murder mysteries because they seem to have more character development and fewer car chases - definitely fewer gun battles - but it’s a challenge to find some new characters that rise above the rest. Jackman and Evans are a great team and I’m happy to have discovered them. The mysteries are challenging but the characters are ones I’m enjoying getting to know. I’ve listened to 2 books in the series and will definitely listen to the rest. The narrator is fantastic. 5 stars if you like good police murder mysteries!

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  • Lauren
  • 19-10-2018

Ellis and Armitage Did It Again

What a spectacular audiobook. Ellis is one of the best crime novelists today. Her attention to detail, authenticity, keen development of characters, wrapped in suspense and intrigue keeps you on your toes and a "book" you "just can't put down". I binged the entire audiobook in one sitting. Armitage is narrator supreme. He makes you feel like you are literally standing there in each scene experiencing everything first hand through the eyes of each of Ellis' characters. This is more than a five star audiobook.

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  • JO
  • 31-10-2018

Slowcooker Dinner!

Plan to listen to this one all day! You will not want to stop to make dinner.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth P. Fowler
  • 27-10-2018

Great performance of a Joy Ellis mystery

Richard Armitage again performs -- rather than merely reads -- a good thriller. He makes it pop!

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  • Haven Healer
  • 12-01-2019

ALMOST as good as Lost Daughters

I love the writing, the narration (stellar!), the characters, & the relationships developed in this, the 2nd Joy Ellis (Jackman & Evans) book to which I have listened on Audible. It was only marginally (I wish I could give it 4.5 stars) less accomplished than “Their Lost Daughters”, which was a somewhat more intriguingly complex story. But this book did its job — my newfound addiction to this Ellis series continues, alive & well. Going after next book right now!

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  • Riverlover
  • 04-01-2019

Difficult Book To Put Down

My first book by Joy Ellis. I sincerely enjoyed it and I’ve already bought another.

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  • Simon
  • 17-10-2018

No Sitting On The Fens About This One!

Jackman and Evans were two characters that I took to straight away in the first book that Audible published and I am starting to think that my relationship with them is going to go the distance. It's worth noting that they won't be for everyone, if you're looking for another Rebus or Frost with all their crafty ways and fractured personas Jackman seems to be cut from a more noble cloth so far. In fact to me in a way there's a genuine warmth to these books despite the grisly crimes that they are set around which shines from the characters. Of course it also has to be said that Richard Armitage's voice also radiates that warmth with his golden sunset tones and excellent character voicing.

The story itself is immediately engaging and twists and turns leaving me guessing without groaning in exasperation at the ridiculousness of it all which has happened a few times recently. Ellis has a bright approach to her writing which moves the story on at a very enjoyable pace while allowing her characters to grow depth and colour.

There are some things in here that aren't perfect, I think you can see Ellis's writing style developed after this book which I believe was originally the first in the series. The police procedural aspects are, despite her having a partner who used to be in the forces a bit weak and in my copy a couple of sentences were oddly repeated in obvious editing errors.

But I'm not going to sit on the fens about it, this is a damn good read that I'd highly recommend!

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  • Lady L
  • 31-10-2018

Another gripping thriller

Great storyline, fantastic characters, brilliantly written, and the talented Richard Armitage narrating 💖💖💖 Truly Amazing.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 17-10-2018

Disappointing

I felt that this tale was a bit 'daft', the opening chapter sets the scene for the older murder, the DI and his sidekick go in to where the mutilated body lies, and in the first couple of minutes the DI says - "It is either the au pair or the handyman, I'll stake my pension on it". As he had no knowledge of either of these two characters I felt that it was a particularly stupid comment to make. He also asked whether the two (so far unknown to him) employees were having an affair! He didn't know who they were, married or single etc etc. It just seemed so silly that I was put into an irritated mode straightaway.
There are many similar silly situations, and I really didn't enjoy this very much at all.
All in all it was a bit of a messy, haphazard story. Very disappointing.

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  • Peter D King
  • 29-10-2018

Fantastic book

Loved the book and the narration. I did guess the perp fairly early on and was waiting for the reveal.

Very enjoyable however.

My only criticism however concerns the gaps between scenes. This is a very professional production but the gaps are a little hit and miss or in a couple of cases none existent. This caused a couple of confusingly moments as I realised the scene had changed. A simple couple of seconds break would have worked.

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  • hayley coombs
  • 02-03-2019

Not Joy Ellis' best work but still recommended

intriguing yet predictible half way through. joy still wrote brilliantly but not her best work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-01-2019

exciting and fast paced

I listened to this one after the lost daughters, only to find out this was the 1st in the series. This made my take on book interesting, cause very often sequals can start to lack pace when compared to a first in the series. this however hasn't happened. Each book is self supporting, I don't feel like I've missed out listening to them out of sequence.
The pace is there from the outset, the story starts developing almost instantly.
I love the working relationship between Jackman and Ellis, there is no sexual chemistry, just professional and platonic respect. I feel they have a long way to go together.
I thoroughly enjoy all the police procedures, whether accurate or not.
Richard Armitage is an excellent narrator, has just the right tones to portray all charactors with depth and compassion.

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  • Anita
  • 21-01-2019

OK book

Some of the writing was laughable. Richard Armitage was good. Saw it through to the end but didn't love it.

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  • Lee Calver
  • 03-11-2018

Disappointing

Very disappointing. Lacked the edge and pace of the previous book, all felt a bit hackneyed and re-hashed. Narration fantastic but still couldn't hide the fact that this was really a below-par book not on the same level as its predecessor. I wont be getting the next one in the series.

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  • Theresa Setchfield
  • 31-10-2018

present time

I didn't think I I was going to enjoy this as it's not my usual preference but I was gripped from the beginning.

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  • Oops 66
  • 29-10-2018

Excelent

A very clever story, from start to finish. From Epilog to end everything explained at the end.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful