Today I am sharing my review of GRAVES ON THE FENS. This is a new addition to the bestselling Nikki Galena series by the talented Joy Ellis.
GRAVES ON THE FENS (Nikki Galena #14)
Format – Kindle
Publisher – Joffe Books
Publication Date – 8th December 2022
Genre – Crime thriller, mystery and suspense
Author – Joy Ellis
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FROM TWO-MILLION-SELLING AUTHOR JOY ELLIS COMES ONE OF THE MOST KEENLY ANTICIPATED MYSTERIES THIS YEAR.
It arrives in the morning. An old-fashioned airmail envelope addressed to Detective Nikki Galena. Inside, on a single sheet of blue airmail paper, are three words:
You failed me.
The second airmail envelope arrives at Nikki’s home address. The same message. Only this time, it’s followed by four names: Alexandra Cornfield, Ruth Baker, Bethany Lyons, Leanne Delaney.
Four missing women. Four local women whose bodies were never found.
The contents of the third letter, delivered by motorcycle courier, are even more disturbing.
The letter leads directly to the discovery of a body buried in a shallow grave out on the Fens. And Nikki and her partner Detective Joseph Easter are plunged into a baffling murder investigation.
Someone appears to be pursuing a personal vendetta against Nikki — and she has no idea who, or why. But one thing she does know: whoever it is is playing a very twisted game — and if Nikki and her team don’t stop them, more deaths will follow.
GRIPPING FROM BEGINNING TO STUNNING CONCLUSION.
Joy Ellis was nominated for 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.
READERS LOVE GRAVES ON THE FENS:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Brilliant book, loved it!’ Aileen G.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Another belter of a read from this oh so talented author.’ Ann J.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A truly wonderful read that kept me engrossed.’ Nicki M.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Another brilliant book by this author; love the mystery.’ Angela S.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Well this was a fabulous read . . . The story was full of surprises and I couldn’t stop reading until the final page.’ Michelle G.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Graves on the Fens is entrancing, gripping, atmospheric and clever, typical of author Joy Ellis . . . Intensely gratifying book.’ Brenda C.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A slam bam, totally amazeballs, hard-hitting story that readers will love. Gripping, pulling you in, sending your emotions haywire, right till that ending.’ Booklover Bev
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Joy Ellis at her best . . . I thoroughly enjoyed Graves on the Fens — this is not one to be missed!’ Carol S.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘When a new Nikki Galena comes out you know you’re in for a treat and this book doesn’t disappoint. Great read.’ Christine M.
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 and has a sharp tongue on occasion, but she’s 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.
I absolutely love this series and each book seems to be better than the last so there was a bit of squealing and jumping up and down when this arrived on my Kindle. I wasn’t disappointed the suspense starts at the very first page and doesn’t let up until the end.
Nikki seems to have been targeted by a psychopath the first sign is an airmail letter with just 3 words and a list of names. Nikki and Joseph are flummoxed but they dont have long to wait for the next clue and then it becomes clear they are in a race against time but what is the end game of this madman? Why is Nikki being blamed for unsolved cases that she wasn’t involved in? As the team try to sort out a way forward another airmail package arrives. It soon becomes clear that they are dealing with someone very clever, someone who is able to succeed where detective teams failed and the clock is ticking.
In addition to the mysterious case Nikki has been landed with there are other crimes to consider, someone is stalking young women and Vonnie fears the problem is much bigger than the ones they know about. Also Eve, Nikki’s mother has found a new hobby and we all know that Eve attracts trouble but what harm can a bit of metal detecting do? The mind boggles.
As I mentioned at the beginning this is such a brilliant read so much going on people I suspected turn out to be completely innocent, clues lead to the opposite of what I was expecting all resulting in an adrenaline pumping read that I just couldnt put down and when a much loved character from one of Joy’s other series’ makes and appearance – well WOW an absolutely, jawdroppingly awesome read definitely worth more than 5 stars.
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 AWARDS 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
- THEY DISAPPEARED
- THE NIGHT THIEF
- SOLACE HOUSE
- DETECTIVES JACKMAN & EVANS BOOKS 1-3 BOX SET
MATT BALLARD SERIES:
- BEWARE THE PAST
- FIVE BLOODY HEARTS
- THE DYING LIGHT
- TRICK OF THE NIGHT
- GUIDE STAR
- JOFFE BOOKS MURDER MYSTERY & SUSPENSE SHORT STORY COLLECTION
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