BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: Beware the Past by Joy Ellis

A big THANK YOU to all the amazing #bloggers on the #blogtour for BEWARE THE PAST  by Joy Ellis.  You are all brilliant thank you so much for giving your time so close to Christmas.  Jill, Joy and Joffe Books

Thank you 5

Black Books Blog

The book is very haunting in places, and a bit disturbing in others, especially considering the book’s subject, but I feel it was done in a very sympathetic manner, without the need to go overboard with descriptions etc.

Overall I would give this book 5 stars as it grabbed my attention from the start and never let it go.  Read more here

The Quiet Geordie

Every time I thought things couldn’t get any worse for Matt Ballard, the author threw even more hardships at him. You really felt he was being driven insane by the killer, and I can’t say too much about what happens to him without giving away spoilers.

I couldn’t put the book down. I read it in one very long sitting well past bedtime. I was well and truly gripped – I NEEDED to know what was coming next. Tightly plotted, fast paced and plenty of red herrings – I loved it!  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is a well written fast-paced crime thriller filled with memorable characters that jump off the page. With the balance of professional life vs personal life, the characters come across as very credible. The suspense starts on Page 1 and continues through the twists and turns until the very surprising ending.  Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

Matt is a great character and I loved how the story focussed on his professional life from the 25 year old case and moved in to his private life – really well thought out story, loved the pace and plot line, lots of twists and turns and it really kept me on tenterhooks.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

If it was at all possible, I would rate this book five stars twice! Joy Ellis is a wonderful writer who keeps the reader on his/her toes all the way through and this book is at least twice that! I finished reading it as I was cooking tea and, when I reached the end, I said ‘Oh my God’ very slowly to an empty kitchen.  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

I have been a fan of Joy Ellis’ books for quite a while now.  I love the series featuring DI Nikki Galena and eagerly read each new book in the series.  When I was asked if I would like to read and review ‘Beware The Past’, which is Joy’s new standalone thriller, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands and even did a happy dance, which was only thankfully witnessed by my two Labradors.  Anyway I digress so back to the review I do go.  Read more here

Nicki’s Life of Crime


On the Shelf Reviews

I don’t want to give away any spoilers but there were some amazing twists in this book that I genuinely gasped out loud at but Joy has written the book so cleverly they didn’t seem forced or out of nowhere.  Read more here

Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

If you love a book with suspense, twists, and a great detective story, then you will want to read this book. It has all of that and more. I give this book a 5 star review.  Read more here


Winter sunrise over stream on the Lincolnshire Wolds
Winter sunrise over stream on the Lincolnshire Wolds


A stunning new standalone crime thriller from #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis.

Detective Matt Ballard is haunted by one traumatic case he never solved. In the 1990s three boys were murdered in the same area, the remote and bleak Gibbet Fen. When the main suspect was killed in a hit-and-run, the killings stopped. But Matt was never satisfied that the real murderer had been caught.

25 years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It’s of the Gibbet Fen crime scene. Taken before the murder.

More photos arrive, relating to the historic murders, and intimate pictures of Matt’s secret relationship.

Another killing takes place, with some of the hallmarks of the old case. Has the killer returned or is this just a sick copycat determined to ruin Matt’s life and reputation?

 In an absolutely breathtaking conclusion, Matt and his colleagues, race against time to stop a vicious killer who knows no limits.

The setting

Rural fenland is a strange place, with its never-ending fields, winding tracks, and long straight droves that lead to nowhere. The lonely lanes are flanked either side by deep drainage ditches and are, for a good part of the year, filled with tall, whispering reeds. Closer to the Wash, high seabanks form a barrier between river and marsh, and the richly fertile soil of the drained land. But when the mists come down, as they so often do, perspective is destroyed and all sense of direction lost, and then the fens become a rather frightening place of mystery and danger. Somewhere that you do not want to be at night.

My Review 

Read here

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700,000 books sold and rising!

“I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!

And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our two second generation Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!”

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