A YOUNG WOMAN’S BODY IS FOUND IN A REMOTE BARN ON THE FENS. BEFORE SHE WAS KILLED, ONE OF HER FINGERS HAD BEEN CUT OFF. WHO IS INFLICTING THIS VIOLENCE AND WHY?
Can DI Nikki Galena stop them before anyone else suffers?
Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the heart-stopping ending.
The young woman in the barn had been kept captive for some time. And the case shows strong similarities to an unsolved murder in Derbyshire. When another woman is found alive with similar injuries the case grows even more complicated.
At the same time, the Fenland police have received intelligence that the ruthless criminal Freddy Carver plans to make Greenborough the hub for his new enterprise. DI Nikki Galena is desperate to track down Freddie Carver and make sure that he does not put down roots in the Fens, but finding him is not easy. And what’s his connection to the kidnapped girls?
And who is the woman being held captive in a remote location? DI Nikki Galena must rally her team of detectives, while facing a traitor on the inside, as Nikki races against time to save more than one victim, including someone she care deeply about.
Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.
CAPTIVE ON THE FENS is the sixth novel in a gripping new crime fiction series.
OK, so it is no secret that I absolutely love this series. I can't believe we are at book 6 all ready. Back with DI Nikki Galena and her team, I couldn't wait to start this book when I was approved to read an early copy via Netgalley.
By god it's a good one. I know we tend to say it a lot, but each book is just getting better and better, and I'm really hoping this will be a long running series.
I love the characters, especially Nikki and Joseph, I think their working relationship is first class. I keep wanting it to become more than just friends, but then I think it would completely spoil the stories going forward.
This time around a woman's body is found in an old barn, the woman has a finger missing.
It's not long before another case is linked to this, and the team can start to move forward.
The team also learn that Criminal Freddy Carver has been seen back on the fens, and that can only mean trouble. Trouble Nikki does not want or need. And she's determined to track him down and put a stop to whatever it is he is up to.
The banter between the team is first class, the feelings they have for one another is first class, they are certainly a team that stick together.
I really can't wait for more of this series. I would not hesitate at all to recommend this series to anyone who likes a good crime thriller with lots of twists and turns.
Having read the previous books I do feel it gives me a better understanding of the characters back stories, and for me that helps make each book that little bit better. So if you are going to start them, and believe me I think you should, then please do start from book 1.
Joy Ellis has written a blinder of story here. I NEED the next book NOW.
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 the criminals who she thinks did this to her.
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
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
Publisher: Jeamel Publishing Limited (31 Jan. 2017)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
A killer, an abductor, and a villain intent on revenge - just a normal week in the life of DI Lorne Warner.
When a wealthy woman is found murdered in a country lane, close to her home, it's up to Lorne to find the evidence to track down the rural killer.
When another resident in the same vicinity is abducted, the evidence points Lorne to believe both cases are connected.
However, Lorne's focus on the puzzling case is in jeopardy, when a criminal awaiting trial threatens her career in the force.
Can Lorne restore the tranquility in the once sleepy community? And will she still be a serving police officer in the Met by the end of the investigation?
Oh my Book 14 in this awesome series. What can I say. Firstly thanks to Mel for an ARC of this book. I was thrilled to receive it, and knew I could get stuck into it right away. It's certainly helped with my Lorne fix.
This is certainly one of my all time favourite series, I have read these books right from the beginning, and it does help with getting a good feel for the characters and their history. I really do feel like I have been on a journey with Lorne.
What a brilliant strong character she is. I still enjoy the books now as much as I did when I first started the series.
This time around Lorne is working a case where a wealthy Lady has been murdered.
while out walking her dog. Lorne and her team as usual throw themselves into it. It's not long before another lady is abducted. Could these two be linked.
Alongside this Lorne is under investigation herself, after a complaint by someone she has put away in the past. Can Lorne function with this hanging over her head?
The story is very well written it draws you in right from the beginning.
I wanted to read this book in one sitting, but I managed to stop myself and made it last me, well, 2 sittings. I just couldn't help myself as usual. Once you start one of these books, it's difficult not to just carry on.
If you have not tried any of this series as yet, the Why Not? But you can get the first book for £0.00 - yeah Nada, zilch, it's a freebie for Kindle. A perfect way to try a new series.
Keep going Mel, I love this series and I'm ready now for the next one.
I've read some great books so far. This year is looking like it's going to be an awesome book year.
by James Oswald
Here we are, book 5 and back in the life of Inspector Tony McLean. I only started this series at book 4. That wasn't intentional I didn't realise at the time I was reading the 4th book, so thought I'd just carry on from there. In this bo...
Review to follow. Kerry Wilkinson is going to lose this reader if he keeps ending his books on cliffhangers that wind me up so much. lol. Love it. Really leaves you wanting more.
by Alan Jones
I was lucky enough to recieve this book as a gift from the author. And it was my choice to leave a review or not. As my reading list is so long at the moment, I thought it would be a good while before I got around to reading it. Each ti...
Crime reporter Rosie Gilmour is back at The Post, bruised and battered from her last investigation but determined to find missing barmaid Wendy Graham.
Convinced that Wendy is the key to an explosive new story, Rosie's search leads her deep into the dangerous world of Glasgow's Ulster Volunteer Force.
This time, Rosie will find herself at the mercy of the most vicious gangsters she's ever encountered.
Has she met her match?
Rosie Gilmore book 4, to say I'm a little behind with this series of books is a slight understatement.
But I'm slowly getting there with catching up.
By god you can't help but like Rosie. She's one tough cookie. When she get's her nose into a story, there really is no stopping her. It doesn't always go in her favour chasing her next big scoop.
She really does make for a great character and one you want to keep learning about.
Rosie is onto a story when a barmaid, Wendy Graham goes missing, Rosie as usual soon finds there is more than just a woman who has gone off somewhere. And it doesn't take long for her to get her friend talking.
Links to Glasgow's UVF sees Rosie following up leads and again leaving the country in search of answers and a bigger story.
It's good to see familiar faces (so to speak) making appearances in the book. And I just love Adrian. I feel like I'm now really getting to know the characters and the more I read of these books the more I love them.
And what is really exciting, although I had fallen behind with the series, I now have 4 more books I can get stuck into without having to wait.
Anna Smith certainly knows how to write one hell of a gripping book.
Sunday Times bestseller Prayer for the Dead is the fifth novel in the bestselling Inspector McLean series by author James Oswald.
'The hallmarks of Val McDermid or Ian Rankin: it's dark, violent, noirish' The Herald
'Are you ready to be reborn?'
The search for a missing journalist is called off as a body is found at the scene of a carefully staged murder.
In a sealed chamber, deep in the heart of Gilmerton Cove, a mysterious network of caves and passages sprawling beneath Edinburgh, the victim has undergone a macabre ritual of purification.
Inspector Tony McLean knew the dead man, and can't shake off the suspicion that there is far more to this case than meets the eye. The baffling lack of forensics at the crime scene seems impossible. But it is not the only thing about this case that McLean will find beyond belief.
Teamed with the most unlikely and unwelcome of allies, he must track down a killer driven by the darkest compulsions, who will answer only to a higher power . . .
'Are you ready for the mysteries to be revealed?'
Here we are, book 5 and back in the life of Inspector Tony McLean.
I only started this series at book 4. That wasn't intentional I didn't realise at the time I was reading the 4th book, so thought I'd just carry on from there.
In this book McLean is asked to investigate a missing reporter, by another reporter Jo Dalgleish. She is concerned that her colleague is missing. It turns out she has every reason to be concerned when he turns up dead.
Found in a cave.
He also has issues with Madam Rose, a fortune teller who turns up needing somewhere to stay.
I don't want to give to much of the story away, as I really don't want to spoil it for anyone who is yet to read it.
I really enjoyed this book. The way the story went was very well done.
I think had I read books 1 to 3 I may have more of McLean's background, but I don't think only starting at book 4 has done me any harm really.
McLean is a likeable character, and he's really growing on me. I'm looking forward to getting stuck in and being able to read the next book in this series. I have it waiting on my kindle to get started.
Format: Kindle Edition
Run by Mandasue Heller is a gritty story of Manchester's criminal underworld.
After being cheated on by her ex, Leanne Riley is trying her hardest to get her life back on track, which isn't easy without a job and living in a bedsit surrounded by a junkie and a mad woman.
On a night out with her best friend she meets Jake, a face from her past who has changed beyond all recognition. Jake is charming, handsome and loaded, a far cry from the gawky teenager he used to be. Weary of men, Leanne isn't easy to please, but Jake tries his best to break through the wall she's built around herself.
But good looks and money can hide a multitude of sins. Is that good-looking face just a mask? And what's more, what will it take to make it slip, and who will die in the process . . . ?
A long awaited book, and you know what?
Well worth the wait.
The only problem I have now is actually writing a review without giving anything away.
It's been a while, it seems like forever but I can now reveal.... IT'S WELL WORTH THE WAIT.
Mandasue fans will NOT be disappointed.
I know i've said i've said it before, I probably will say it again, but I always love books that are set in and around Manchester. I think because I know the area and get more of a feel when places are mentioned.
This book kicks off with what is to be the main character Leanne out on a night out (one she didn't really want to go on) with her long time best friend Chrissie. As the book went on, I loved the friendship and strong bond these two girls had with each other.
On this night out, Leanne meets up with a guy they knew from school. You know the one that is always left out and everyone kind of takes the piss out of,,, as kids do.
Well he's no longer that dork, Pissy Pearce. He's the juicy Jake any girl would drool over And Leanne can't belive how different he is now. Grown up an Gorgeous.
Leanne is done with men though, after a bad break up and catching her now ex, Dean in bed with someone else, Men are the last thing she's interested in. She's living somewhere she doesn't want to live, it's a dump but it's all she can afford. Her benefits have been stopped and life is just on a down hill slope for her. Her landlord isn't interested in the smell coming from the drains, and everything else wrong with her flat. She's really hit rock bottom.
Can the meet up with Jake just be what she needed to give herself a lift, but as he left the club with Sally, he's not someone she's going to be getting to know very well is he? But then a chance meet changes things, but is Jake really what he seems to be or is there more to him to than meets the eye. Can Leanne ever find happiness, or is she doomed for a life in a bedsit on the dole.
A Totally gripping read. Once you start you will not want to put this bad boy down.
In true Mandsue style this book hooks you right from the opening pages and doesn't let go until the very end.
I had a mixture of feelings throughout this book, I liked and loathed some of the characters, which is always good for me in a book. I think the author has done great when you end up talking or even shouting the characters at things they are doing or saying. Well I was well and truly lost in this book, I started it one day and finished the next, I needed and wanted to keep going.
It's certainly one of her best books yet, and that's saying something. Gripping and Gritty.
I was super excited to recieve an early copy of this book to read, what an honour it was.
If you are going to read this book, then one thing I can advise on is that you really need to make time for it, start it when you have nothing else planned for that day. A cold wet day, curled up on the couch with a duvet, and endless supply of chocs should get you through this in no time.
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Lyn Rigby's story charts the unfathomably difficult time she has endured since May 2013 when her son, 25-year-old Fusilier Lee Rigby, was butchered on a London high street by two British-born young men compelled to avenge the killing of Muslims by the British armed forces. The savage brutality of the killing shocked the nation, and the ramifications spread to the highest levels of government, questioning the security of social networking sites that allowed the fanatics who murdered her son to discuss their intentions online and unchecked.
Lyn Rigby has questions for government and the military, but overall it is her story of sorrow, her campaign for a memorial dedicated to Lee's memory, her admiration for the 'angels of Woolwich' and, hopefully, belief that her son did not die in vain. She is writing this book as a tribute to Lee - to give him a voice and to tell his story not just as a soldier, but as a vibrant, happy young man with a son and a future that has been so cruelly and viciously been taken from him.
A truly emotional read.
Heartbreaking. No family should have to deal with this, The Killing of Lee Rigby was big news, and followed by millions from around the world.
In this Story his mother Lyn tells of the life of Lee, and how her and her family tried to cope at the time of this tragic killing, and in the years that have followed.
It was truly heartbreaking reading this book. And I have to say Lyn has done her son and herself proud writing it.
I found it a difficult read, it really was an emotional rollercoster reading it. It also hit me hard, when Lyn mentions her best friend Sandra. I worked with Sandra for many years, and I remember the emotions she went through when this happened with Lee, Her best mates son and the little lad from across the road, what I found heartbreaking, is since all this, Sandra has passed away after a fight with Cancer, and I trully belive her and Lee with be up there causing mayhem toghether.
Lyn has gone through so much, and reading this book highlights a lot of it. you can feel her raw emotions in the words, I just can't comprehend how you get through something like this.
A big box of tissues is needed to read this, there are parts where you can't help but have tears running down your face. You want to be alone in a room when reading this, you'll need to be.
Lyn and Rosie you have put together an amazingly heartwarming, and emotional book, I can't imagine the amount of tears that went into writing it. And I think Lyn sharing her story is just amazing. Well done to all involved.
If Lyn Ever reads any of these reviews, I would like to wish you all the very best, and I hope having your son looking down on you helps you build yourself and your family day by day.
The tortured corpses of young alcoholics and drug addicts are turning up in Glasgow and only Eddie Henderson seems to know why. When he tries to tell the police, his information is ridiculed and he's told to stop wasting their time.
One officer, junior detective Catherine Douglas, believes him, and together they set out to discover why the dregs of Glasgow's underbelly are being found, dead and mutilated.
I was lucky enough to recieve this book as a gift from the author. And it was my choice to leave a review or not.
As my reading list is so long at the moment, I thought it would be a good while before I got around to reading it.
Each time I turned my kindle on that cover kept looking at me. I was intregued to know what it was all about, the cover certainly doesn't give anything away and it's only after reading it, I understood. While on my break in work, I didn't want to spend to long figuring out which book I'd told myself I was going to read next, so I opend this one up. (bad me, i'm supposed to be following my to read list).
I have to admit I really didn't know what to expect from it, as I hadn't really read much of what the book was about. I'm so glad I chose this one to read, I got into the book right away and afther the first chapter or two I knew I was going to enojoy it.
Alan Jones is a pretty new author to me, I recently read Bloq and loved it, so knew he could write a damn good book. And this one is just as good.
This book gives us Eddie Henderson, a vet. He is investigating a series of cat deaths, that are by no means an accident.
When bodies begin turning up then Eddie is sure it is related to the cat deaths. However the police don't seem convinced.
Eddie starts working with Detective Constable Cathering Douglas.
And I loved the way they got on together. They certainly made a good team, the Vet and the Cop.
The story gripped me from early in the book. But I feel that i should mention, if you can't read anything graphic, or anything containing animal cruelty then don't read this book it is pretty gruesome in parts. However if you like a damn good book, one that grips you and drags you into the pages and can understand that it is fiction, and put the animal cruelty to the back of your mind, then you need to pick this book up now and read it. I can't shout loud enough how much I REALLY DID ENJOY THIS BOOK. And belive me when I say, the more you read the more you are dragged into it, to the point it hurts to put the book down.
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