#BookReview – Stalker on the Fens (Nikki Galena #5) by Joy Ellis #detective #crimefiction @joffebooks

Stalker on the Fens (DI Nikki Galena, #5)Stalker on the Fens (Nikki Galena #5) 

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DETECTIVE NIKKI GALENA’S FRIEND THINKS SHE HAS A DEADLY STALKER, BUT WILL ANYONE BELIEVE HER BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE?

DI Nikki Galena’s close friend Helen Brook is involved in a serious accident where she is trapped in a collapsed cellar. After her hard-won recovery, Helen is still getting flashbacks to a man she says was down there with her and who confessed to a murder. But no trace of this man can be found.

Then Helen tells Nikki that someone is watching her. But is all this in her friend’s imagination and part of her post-traumatic stress?

And why is Stephen Cox back in town? He’s the villain who tore Nikki’s life apart and he seems to have returned to wreak more chaos. Before long the whole town is on the verge of hysteria and her friend’s fear will lead Nikki and Joseph on a very dangerous trail.

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the heart-stopping conclusion.

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book 5 in the ‘Fens’ series by Joy Ellis and I was really looking forward to another book starring the awesome character of Nikki Galena. I wasn’t disappointed this is another roller coaster of a thriller that has the adrenaline pumping from the very first page.

A crash brings an unsafe building crashing to the ground. Many are trapped and injured including Helen Brook. She is pulled out of the rubble barely alive with extensive injuries. Luckily she survives but with PTSD. With the compensation she turns her home into a treatment centre offering alternative care.

Everybody loves Helen but someone is watching her. Problem is everyone thinks it is her PTSD that is making her paranoid. But is it?

A nemesis from Nikki and Joseph’s past returns to the area. Stephen Cox is evilness personified and the Police are determined to take him out of circulation as is the Godfather of the Carbrook estate.

The team is overstretched and understaffed in particular Nikki and as they try to juggle themselves to be in more than one place at once the potential for someone to be harmed reaches dangerous levels.

An absolute belter of a read that I couldn’t put down. I love this series each book we find there is more to learn about the characters as they gain depth and I get more invested in the series.

Brilliant read.

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ICYMI – The Stolen Boys (Jackman & Evans #5) by Joy Ellis #crimefiction #detective @joffebooks #TeamJoffeBooks

THE STOLEN BOYS (Jackman & Evans #5)

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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.


My Review

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

Book Worm 

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

Akamatra 

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


THE DETECTIVES
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


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