#BookReview – Killer on the Fens (Nikki Galena #4) by Joy Ellis #crimefiction #detective #teamjoffebooks @joffebooks

Killer on the FensKiller on the Fens (Nikki Galena #4)

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DI Nikki Galena faces a personal challenge which will stretch her to the limit. She must fulfil her father’s dying wish and discover who the mysterious Eve is. Meanwhile a dead drug dealer is found on an abandoned airfield that the locals say is haunted. The trail of both mysteries will lead to the most shocking discovery of Nikki’s career and put her whole team in mortal danger.

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

THE DETECTIVE DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she’s seen a girl die in her arms and her own family destroyed. She’s tough on the criminals who she thinks did this to her.

HER PARTNER DS Joseph Easter is the squeaky-clean new member of the team. But his nickname “Holy Joe” belies his former life as a soldier. He has an estranged daughter who blames him for everything that went wrong with their family.

THE SETTING The Lincolnshire Fens: great open skies brood over marshes, farmland, and nature reserves. It is not easy terrain for the Fenland Constabulary to police, due to the distances between some of the remote Fen villages, the dangerous and often misty lanes, and the poor telephone coverage. There are still villages where the oldest residents have never set foot outside their own farmland and a visit to the nearest town is a major event. But it has a strange airy beauty to it, and above it all are the biggest skies you’ve ever seen.

My Review

I am very pleased I finally found time to catch up with back lists from some of my favourite authors. I first found the Fens series with Buried on the Fens so I can confirm that the books do work perfectly as stand alone. However, there are back stories to the characters and it is these that I was eager to learn about.

Nikki Galena has more tragedy in her life as her Dad passes away. His last request was to find Eve. Who is Eve and why was her Dad so determined that she should find him is only one question of many that Nikki has to find the answers to.

Joseph is her partner and he is trying to rebuild a relationship with his daughter Tamsin. He has been making little progress but in this book she comes to stay and Joseph has taken leave to spend time with her. But is it Joseph she wants to spend time with or is she more interested in the handsome Niall?

Now to the story. Now I really have no idea where Joy gets the ideas for these stories. Each one is totally unique and this one is no different. It revolves around an area of the Fens that is a disused military base on an area that is dangerously marshy and affected by tides. Lights and noises have been seen and heard by several people and rumour is that these are ghosts of the fens but the realistic Nikki thinks differently.

When a small time crook falls down a shaft and another youth goes missing the team are on the case to try to find out what is going on. What they find is a lot of secrets that link back to Nikki’s father’s past. Having to rely on a self formed group of Historical people who have secrets of their own and the team are looking through an entangled mesh of lies and secrets but what they find is so unbelievably unexpected that they are all left reeling.

This is a fast paced journey through a tangled web of lies and secrets with a liberal helping of twists, turns and dead ends that had me turning page after page. Another fantastic addition to the bestselling Nikki Galena series.

5 golden stars from me

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