Author - Joy Ellis
Format - Kindle
Source - Netgalley
Description:A SKELETON IS UNEARTHED FROM A SHALLOW GRAVE IN THE CHURCHYARD. BUT THIS WAS NOT AN OFFICIAL BURIAL. THE VICTIM WAS MURDERED DECADES AGO.
At the same time, Detective Nikki Galena and her team are investigating the brutal slaying of local businesswoman Madeline Prospero. She was a member of an exclusive and secretive drinking club called The Briar Patch. But they’ve got no suspects and no one is telling them the truth.
Meanwhile, the buried skeleton leads them on a trail to the village of Quintin Eaudyke. This is a troubled place. In the late seventies and eighties a reign of terror and abuse was unleashed on the close-knit population.
When more women from the The Briar Patch come under threat, Nikki faces a race against time to stop the killing.
Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the heart-stopping ending.
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.
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 a daughter and an ex-wife who wants his attention.
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.
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Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.
NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS
Also learning about the other team members, there really are some fantastic likeable characters in these books.
The stories have grabbed me from the start, and I've been hooked ever since, I now find myself eagerly awaiting the next book each time. And I have to say Joy Ellis has certainly managed to get these books out in real quick time. I'm sure it's only around 12 months and here we are at book 7.
Another exceptional read. The book kicks off with an unofficial body found in a cemetery, a body that has been their for years. Then a member of an exclusive and secretive drinking club called The Briar Patch is found dead. The two cases are being investigated separately but could there be a link.
Well it's down to Nicki and her team to find out who and why. It seems no one is telling the truth, we have plenty of twists through this book and I have to say it really does keep you guessing the whole way through. Old secrets come out and new secrets discovered. Not everyone is who they seem to be. And sometimes when you want to keep everything you do a secret cooperating with the police is not something you want to do.
I guess this book could be read as a standalone but for me personally I was glad that I had read all the previous books first. I was by this book well used to the characters and their ways and I think it really helped me reading this one.
I can't shout loud enough that everyone who enjoys crime fiction should be reading this series, It really has fast become one of my all time favourites. With each book I can't wait to see what is going on with the characters just as much as I want to see what the story line is about.
I look forward to reading many more books by this author and wondering what she has planned next.
A fantastic read.