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CRIME ON THE FENS a gripping detective thriller full of suspense (DI Nikki Galena Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B01H98SG5G
- Publisher : Joffe Books Mystery, Crime Thriller, Suspense Fiction (18 June 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 867 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 285 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,383 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Unfortunately I read the fourth in the series first - Killer On The Fens - as it was free for me as a "Kindle First" option, then I couldn't help but turn around & read the debut novel as I was mesmerised by the character Nikki and her band of "dysfunctional" cops.
Crime on the Fens shows us where Nikki began & how, through one of her past cases and the tragedy that befell her daughter, she finds herself sucked into a whirlpool of hate, vengeance and recriminations.
She is thrown a lifeline to keep her job in the form of her new second-in-command DS Joseph Easter , and we see how the pairing of these two is the salve to soothe both their wounds.
We meet the motley bunch of her team and each reveals their own secrets as to how they have come to be on her team.
Add in a gripping plot and multiple crimes that confuse the team initially and you have a stunning debut novel. I have now downloaded all of this author's works. Thoroughly enjoyable.
* I don't give a synopsis of the book - you can read that in the blurb and through professional reviews on Goodreads.
The ‘bad guys’ are evil and show no remorse for anything they do. There are a few moments where I thought that the police were not going to make it out of the situation they were in.
I’ve read the DI Jackman series and am now going back to catch up on the Nikki Galena series. I’m looking forward to a strong and exciting series.
In this book we meet driven and difficult DI Nikki Galena trying to fight the drugs in her Lincolnshire town to avenge her daughter. We meet DS Joe Easter a former soldier who volunteers to work with her because of her success but has a 'goody' reputation. There is obviously some sort of chemistry here and some interesting thoughts.
A young girl disappears. At the same time people in masks start committing crimes. Stir into the mix a nasty criminal who blames her for disfiguring injuries.
The team is under pressure and events start to spiral. Then their hard work and some intuition start to turn the tide. All in all a good fast moving read. Perhaps the only issue is the value of the criminal activities is a fraction of what is expected and hardly seems worth the trouble.
A well written beginning to a great new crimes series. If you like fast moving action while maintaining good investigation procedures and the bonus of finding out what the characters are thinking buy this book and be ready to buy more.
What I liked most about the book was: the character development, particularly, Nikki Galena and Joseph Easter. They were appealingly fallible, while at the same time, strong and intelligent. The next part of the narrative that was a plus was the twist, which is always important in a thriller. However, (and this leads to what I didn't like so much) the climax/conclusion, while unexpected, was a little too quick and underdeveloped. This highlighted some inconsistencies in the pacing, just taking away from what could've been a terrific read - hence the 4 stars.
This book was well written (with only a few small editorial glitches) with great character development particularly in terms of the main characters.
This book had me engrossed from the first page to the last and I just love that about a book.
Joh Ellis's description of the Fens is sheer magic and I could wish I didn't live so far away on the other side of the world.
I'm delighted this is the first book in a new series, which means I have hours of pleasant reading ahead of me.
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The feeling on menace on the fens at night and in the estate where quite a lot of the action takes place are both developed well.
There are not too many key characters which I quite like in a book like this as it keeps the plot nice and easy to follow. Only 4 stars for me as the characterisation after a good start seemed a little shallow but I will really look forward to seeing how the characters develop later in the series.
The style etc reminded me a lot of the DI Nixon series written by Damien Boyd who sets his stories in North Somerset. If you like one series I have no doubt you would like the other too.
I will definitely carry on with the series. I will load it onto my Kindle ready for my next East Anglian holiday.
A girl has gone missing and trouble has broken out in the Carborough Estate. Added to that crimes being committed by youths wearing masks and Nikki has her hands full.
This is an absolutely brilliant book.
Joy Ellis has created believable and we'll defined characters and written a story full of twists and turns that is impossible to put down.
I have already moved on to the second book in the series. I think the series would be good for development to a TVs series. Would be good to have a female detective who is not as hard as Tennyson or as eccentric as Vera, but actually seems a more "normal" female.
The annoying thing is the editing, this always gets worse near the end of books and here there were cases of missing / repeated words, misspelling and the errant apostrophe. But apart from that, this was a VERY enjoyable book