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Joy Ellis's best police procedural yet
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Hunted on the Fens
By Joy Ellis
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: 22 July 2016
I proudly admit to being an addict. Whenever I see one of Joy Ellis's police procedurals I am compelled to immediately start reading. Her stories thrill not only because the crimes are complex, but also because the cases intimately affect the members of DI Nikki Galena's team. Their job is dangerous. This is particularly the case in Hunted on the Fens - in my opinion her best novel yet.
Someone is visciously targeting Galena, Easter and the rest of the team. The attacks are violent, but cleverly conceived and professionally enacted, intended to inflict the maximum amount of fear. I was on tenterhooks as I read, desperate for Galena and Easter to find any indication of who might be behind the attacks. Over the course of Ellis's novels, I've grown attached to her characters. Each and every one are living, breathing individuals, fully developed and utterly believable. From Davis, whose wife has Alzheimer's, to Cat whose gift is blending with just about any crowd - all are real. That is part of what makes Joy Ellis's novels so incredible. It isn't simply the two leads, DI Nikki Galena and DS Joseph Easter, who are compelling. It is the entire crew.
The brilliance and compelling nature of Ellis's police procedurals place her amongst esteemed company. She is truly one of the best up and coming mystery authors. Not only do I highly recommend Hunted on the Fens, I recommend reading the entire series. I can't wait to see what comes next.
I received a copy of Hunted on the Fens from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
A VICIOUS CRIMINAL IS TARGETING DI NIKKI GALENA AND HER TEAM. ONE BY ONE HE WILL HUNT THEM DOWN AND DESTROY THEIR LIVES, UNLESS SHE CAN STOP HIM FIRST
DI Nikki Galena faces her toughest challenge yet. Can she save her team and herself from a cruel and determined adversary who will stop at nothing to harm Nikki and her colleagues? Full of twists and turns, this is a crime novel that will have you turning the pages until the stunning ending.
And what is the connection between the series of attacks on the police and the mystery of woman found dead in a seemingly impregnable locked room? Find out in this tense and exciting detective thriller.
THE DETECTIVE DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she’s seen a girl die in her arms, and her daughter will never leave the hospital again. She’s got tough on the criminals she believes 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.
DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY SERIES NOW
Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.
HUNTED ON THE FENS is the third novel in a gripping new crime fiction series.
NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
“Joy Ellis’s future books will be something to look forward to.” Eurocrime.co.uk