Today I am sharing my review of THE NIGHT THIEF by Joy Ellis. This is the latest addition to the award winning JACKMAN AND EVANS series.
THE NIGHT THIEF
Format – Kindle
Publisher – Joffe Books
Publication Date – 18th November 2021
Genre – Crime thriller, mystery and suspense
Author – Joy Ellis
FROM #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR JOY ELLIS, A TOTALLY ABSORBING CRIME THRILLER FULL OF STUNNING TWISTS AND TURNS. YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN.
Discover the author who’s sold over two million books globally.
When everyone is sleeping, he comes into their houses.
He takes one thing. A photo of their child.
A thief on a power trip or something even darker and more sinister?
Detectives Jackman and Evans find themselves on the hunt for a highly unusual burglar who seemingly only steals photographs. But then, late one night, an elderly woman falls to her death after seeing someone in her home.
Did she really fall, or was she murdered?
And just how many mysterious intruders are there on the Fens?
With the body count rising, Jackman and Evans have their work cut out for them to track down the night thief — before it’s too late.
Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the shocking ending.
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 J M Dalgliesh, Rachel McLean, J.D. Kirk, Rachel Abbott, Elly Griffiths, P. D. James, LJ Ross, Ann Cleeves, Angela Marsons or Richard Osman.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NIGHT THIEF:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I absolutely loved it. Her writing is superb, and you can relate to the characters and the area and feel that you are actually there taking part . . . The book reaches a crescendo, and I had my heart in my mouth, but you’ll have to read it to find out.” Carole
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A fabulous police procedural that had me reading until the early morning hours, wanting to finish the book. Great read.” May H.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “What I find most refreshing is the team work and the way Jackman recognizes the value of the uniform officers and their local knowledge. Definitely worth 5 stars.” Alyce G.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Another superb police procedural from Joy Ellis. Inventive, twisty and addictive, this book has it all. Joy Ellis never lets her readers down.” Danice O.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “As always, I was gripped, you just never know what’s coming next, this is really the one in the series that is full of action with lots of characters jumping out of the pages. Oh boy, I didn’t see that ending coming, LOVED IT.” Booklover Bev
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.
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
Book 6: THE PATIENT MAN
Book 7: THEY DISAPPEARED
Book 8: THE NIGHT THIEF
This is book 8 in the award winning Jackman and Evans series by the extremely talented Joy Ellis, one of my favourite authors. They do work perfectly as stand alone.
The story is an unusual and intriguing one. There is more than one story running because in the background is a perplexing case that Laura is handling. This adds even more interest and brings the characters more to life as the reader is treated to an insight to the difficulties faced by people whose choice of career means they are unable to discuss their working day. The author expertly brings this into the story adding extra interest and realism.
The story begins with a woman waking in the night to find a man at the foot of her bed staring at her. At first it appears that Ratty is up to his old tricks but when a photo is found to be missing Jackman and his team realise they have another much more dangerous intruder on the loose.
As more women are left traumatised by the night time visitor the team are struggling to work out why the intruder is stealing photos of boys around 10 years of age.
The team have their work cut out trying to sort the wheat from the chaff as other reports come in of events the police have been called out to that could have a bearing on the case.
A very complicated and extremely gripping story. Is Laura’s case linked to Jackman’s? What, if anything, does the lone man at the school gates have to do with it? Most importantly though is the question ‘What is this night time visitor’s end game?
As this list of night time visits and by default the number of boys on the list increases it becomes clear that the Police budget and resources make it impossible to protect them all. In the meantime Laura’s sleepwalker case is ramping up .
Wow what a fantastic book this is. I was totally gripped from the very first page. Adrenaline pumping suspense and more twists and turns than a big bowl of spaghetti I found myself guessing and changing my mind numerous times all the way through.
The characters continue to gain depth and I love how Stacey and Jay are brought more into the limelight as it adds interest and depth to the story.
An absolutely outstanding read and one that will stay with me for a long time.
Definitely 5 golden stars from me.
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
THE NIGHT THIEF
MATT BALLARD SERIES:
BEWARE THE PAST
FIVE BLOODY HEARTS
THE DYING LIGHT
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