Today I am closing the Blog Tour for FEAR ON THE FENS with a review post. Fear on the Fens is the thirteenth book in the brilliant Nikki Galena series and the series just gets better and better.
FEAR ON THE FENS
Format – Kindle
Publisher – Joffe Books
Publication Date – 14th October
Genre – Crime thriller, mystery and suspense
Author – Joy Ellis
FROM TWO-MILLION-SELLING AUTHOR JOY ELLIS COMES ONE OF THE MOST HIGHLY ANTICIPATED MYSTERIES THIS YEAR.
In the beautiful gardens of Shelley House a shocking discovery is made. A blackened hand dangles over the side of a wheelbarrow. The horrific scent of burnt flesh lingers in the air.
Detectives Nikki Galena and Joseph Easter are called in to investigate.
Twenty years ago.
A family destroyed by tragic secrets. The scientist father who killed their gardener, before being murdered himself. The brother who disappeared, never to be seen again.
Nikki and Joseph must find a man who’s been missing for two decades and unravel the painful past of a broken family before anyone else dies.
GRIPPING FROM BEGINNING TO STUNNING CONCLUSION.
Joy Ellis was nominated for audiobook of the year at the British Book Awards 2019 and Crime and Thriller Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2021 for The Patient Man.
This totally gripping mystery is perfect for fans of L.J. Ross, Peter May, J.D. Kirk, Angela Marsons, J.M. Dalgliesh, Elly Griffiths or Ann Cleeves.
What readers are saying about Joy Ellis:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Just wonderful to read.” Carole
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Riveting tale from start to finish.” Lynne
“Holds the reader’s attention from the first word to the last.” Nicki R.
“Compulsive reading, I loved it.” Viv
“Absolutely engrossing.” Olga
“Brilliant book which kept me gripped from page 1.” Barbara
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 criminals but fiercely loyal to her team.
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.
It seems to have been far too long since the last Nikki book so I was very excited when this was released and settled down for another brilliant read from a talented author.
In this book there is a lot more focus on Cam (the DCI) than usual he has always been there in the background active with his total support for Nikki and her team so it was lovely to have him more in the limelight and learn more about his character and life.
The story begins many years ago with the death of a scientist who was working on top secret projects for USA and UK but died leaving his wife and 2 sons. Cam tasks Nikki and Joseph with talking to one of the sons; Harry. What they learn is mind blowing. However, due to the father, Julians, highly sensitive work they are going to have to investigate with their hands tied behind their backs. Not only that but they are being watched by a Security agent; Hackett who misses nothing.
The chat with Harry focussed on his brother, Lucas who disappeared many years ago age just 14 and no sign of him has been seen since until recently when Harry got a message. Lucas suffers from a personality disorder which makes him see life forms in nature. He is very sympathetic towards nature and sees life in plants and trees. Basically he lives in a fantasy world.
Now we all know and love Nikki and expecting her to believe in Fairies was never going to happen but Joseph is more open minded. This banter between believer and non believer will bring a smile to the face of any reader especially me.
However, the situation, fantasy or not, becomes reality when the first dead body turns up. It soon becomes clear that Lucas has enacted revenge that fits the crime committed against his beloved trees and plants. The potential for many more people to be murdered rings alarm bells with everyone in the team but with a person who on paper doesn’t exist and the past of the family locked away never to be seen again how will Nikki and her team even start to track down the killer?
An absolutely stunning read that had me on the edge of my seat and turning page after page. Intrigue, suspense, adrenaline pumping crimes all wrapped up in secrecy with skeletons coming out of closets left right and centre I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.
UK #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE JACKMAN & EVANS AND DI NIKKI GALENA SERIES; SHORTLISTED FOR BOOK OF THE YEAR FICTION: CRIME & THRILLER AT THE BRITISH BOOK AWARS 2021
OVER 2 MILLION BOOKS SOLD!
Joy grew up and lived in Kent, trained in floristry in Mayfair and ran her own highly successful floristry business in Weybridge for many years. In the mid-1990s, she followed her lifelong love of books, first as the manager of an independent bookshop in Leatherhead, Surrey, then as a writer. When she retired, Joy and her partner Jacqueline and their two spaniels settled in a village just outside Boston, captivated by the Lincolnshire Fens.
Joy’s happy home life is far removed from her storylines, however, and while she loves living in the misty Fens, the area provides a remote and eerie backdrop to her novels. Joy is also able to add the authenticity vital to any crime thriller by drawing on Jacqueline’s inside knowledge, to confirm procedures and the reality of tackling brutal crime and criminals in a modern police force.
BOOKS BY JOY ELLIS
DI NIKKI GALENA SERIES:
CRIME ON THE FENS
SHADOW OVER THE FENS
HUNTED ON THE FENS
KILLER ON THE FENS
STALKER ON THE FENS
CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
BURIED ON THE FENS
THIEVES ON THE FENS
FIRE ON THE FENS
DARKNESS ON THE FENS
HIDDEN ON THE FENS
SECRETS ON THE FENS
FEAR ON THE FENS
DETECTIVE NIKKI GALENA BOOKS 1-5 BOX SET
DETECTIVE NIKKI GALENA BOOKS 1-3 BOX SET
DETECTIVE NIKKI GALENA BOOKS 4-6 BOX SET
DETECTIVE NIKKI GALENA BOOKS 7-9 BOX SET
JACKMAN & EVANS SERIES:
THE MURDERER’S SON
THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
THE FOURTH FRIEND
THE GUILTY ONES
THE STOLEN BOYS
THE PATIENT MAN
MATT BALLARD SERIES:
BEWARE THE PAST
FIVE BLOODY HEARTS
THE DYING LIGHT
JOFFE BOOKS MURDER MYSTERY & SUSPENSE SHORT STORY COLLECTION
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