Day 19 of my Advent Book Blog belongs to the phenomenal Joy Ellis for book 5 in the awesome Jackman and Evans series. This is one of my favourite series and each book is a roller coaster ride of adrenaline pumping enjoyment.
THE STOLEN BOYS (Jackman & Evans #5)
Do you love a gripping mystery with a huge twist? Then try this book by a #1 best-selling author now. You won’t be able to put it down. By an author, everyone’s talking about.
A MYSTERY WHICH WILL CAPTIVATE YOU TILL THE STUNNING ENDING
A crime wave has hit town. The target is a highly sought-after brand of streetwear called Hybird X, clothing that costs a fortune and resells for unbelievable prices. Houses are burgled, young men mugged on the streets . . . and finally, a young man dies, all for the sake of his shoes.
And then another boy’s body is found in a pile of rubbish. Meanwhile, illegal steroids are flooding the streets.
A shadowy figure called Darke and his teams of young criminals seem to be behind it all.
Detectives Jackman and Evans must take on a fiendish criminal, while still haunted by Alistair Ashcroft, the serial killer they never caught.
WHO IS DARKE AND WHAT DOES HE REALLY WANT?
Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the shocking ending.
I was very pleased to see this latest book in the brilliant Jackman and Evans series released. This is book 5 in the series and while it does work as stand alone I would recommend you read book 4 first as the events in The Guilty Ones are relevant to this book.
Jackman and his team are still recovering from the mental and physical injuries inflicted by Ashcroft and are using a crime lull to recharge. Nothing much is happening apart from illegal steroids and a few break ins.
I love Jackman’s team they all care about each other and each have their area of expertise that all adds together to make a very effective team. Nobody wants that to change so when an nemesis from Marie Evans’ past looks like becoming the fly in the ointment the whole team are on guard to protect her.
Things in Saltern le fen were never going to remain quiet for long and when the body of a boy turns up murder investigation is back on the agenda as the team dive in to remove more criminals from the streets.
This is very much an emotional roller coaster of a book with abuse and people trafficking intermingled with other side stories it makes for a totally gripping read. I particularly loved the part played by Sheba the German Shepherd.
Very much a psychological thriller with twists, turns and shocks all the way through. An excellent read as I would expect from the phenomenal Joy Ellis. Scores on the doors – 5 golden stars from me.
What the Bloggers thought:
Ginger Book Geek
”The Stolen Boys’ is certainly one hell of a read and topical too in a society where possessions are often treasured more than life itself. Yes the nature of the crimes are rather gruesome to say the least but the author has in no way glorified violence and the violence is not gratuitous in any way. In fact the violence is more implied and left to the reader’s imagination. The author’s writing style is such that you can’t fail to be drawn into the story and before you know it you are hooked on the book. Read more here
Linda Strong Book Reviews
As with all this author’s books, they are sheer page turners with fast paced, action packed stories. The characters are finely drawn. I love how they’ve changed and matured since the inception of Book 1 in this series. read more here
Joanna Larum’s Reviews
The story is told in the third person and from various angles, giving the reader insights into the workings of the various minds on display, before it brings them all together at the end, leaving one wanting more, much more! Read more here
Musings of a tired mummy
I really enjoyed this book but a lot of the police get injured in the line of duty! The relationships between the police officers is well established and they have a great rapport and respect for each other. There are tensions with other characters but this allows us to see different aspects of their personality. Read more here
This story is very fast paced and easy quick read without losing the tingles and show stops you expect. If you want a book that you can’t put down then you’ve found it. But please see below all Joys other books, honestly you won’t regret starting from the top. Read more here
If you are looking for a page turner, you got one! It’s a really fast-paced book that you wont want to put down and you’ll probably loose sleep over! Read more here
Nicki`s Life of Crime
This gripping thriller has loads of twists and turns,keeps the reader guessing and has a unexpected twist at the end. Although this is the fogth book in the series and despite there being some references to events from the previous book,it can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. I love this series and can’t wait to find out what Joy Ellis has planned for Jackman and his team’s next investigation. Read more here
On The Shelf Reviews
Overall The Stolen Boys is an original and engaging story with character you can’t help caring about, that will take you on a surprisingly emotional journey. Read more here
Turn The Page
Do you love a gripping mystery with a huge twist? Then try this book by a #1 best-selling author now. You won’t be able to put it down. By an author, everyone’s talking about. Read more here
Beth in a Box
I was expecting great things from this book given its predecessor… and it didn’t disappoint. Joy’s unique writing style, and rather loveable protagonists makes sure that it is a real page-turner. Read more here
Black Books Blog
Overall I thought it was a brilliant book, once I got over how much clothes are worth, and really loved the way the team worked together despite everything they have gone through int he previous book. I would highly recommend this book and entire series. Read more here
DI Jackman leads the investigation. He is extremely smart and has a knack for bringing out the best in his diverse team. DS Marie Evans is haunted by the loss of her husband in a motorbike accident. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and colleagues.
Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Sarah A. Denzil, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.
ALSO BY JOY ELLIS
THE NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS
Book 8: THIEVES ON THE FENS
Book 9: FIRE ON THE FENS
JACKMAN & EVANS
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