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Summary

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?

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?

©2017 Joy Ellis (P)2017 Tantor

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A shame

The book was not a bad story and the narrator’s voice is pleasant but oh dear, those atrocious accents. What makes people think that everyone north of Watford has that awful generic ‘northern’ accent?

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fantastic

these books get better and better ...another great read.love the character development . already reading next in series!

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Absolutely brilliant

From the very first chapter i was enthralled. The book twists and turns along the way. Everytime i thought 'oh it is finished' it went off again. i have enjoyed all the series so far but this is the best so far. cannot wait for the next one

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Marked down due to poor narration

A good listen but dreadful narration. So many mispronounced words, and the narrator sometimes seems to forget whether or not she is still speaking in a character’s voice, or continuing with narration, and she continues in the voice of the character. I really enjoy Joy Ellis’s books and have listened to all of this series because at present I’m unable to read and need to listen, but as I’ve worked my way through the series I’m surprised to hear the same narrator. There have been so many comments about mispronunciation that I’m surprised that the narrator hasn’t been changed - or at least that someone hasn’t done the equivalent of ‘proof reading’ the narration. The simplest of words are mispronounced.

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Fens series

Excellent series with great characters and u usual plot lines but really spoilt by the awful narration. Irritating incorrect pronunciation of simple words eg SOCO as sewco and unnecessary fast. I will avoid this narrator in future.

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Omg the pronunciation

These stories are really good but the narrators pronunciation of certain words such as furore (fyooroaray) drives me up the wall
Surely these things should be checked before the narration is let loose on us poor listeners

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Joy Ellis captive on the fens

Joy Ellis at her best great story lots of intrigue sand drama best yet

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The narrator is just not up it - appalling and amateurish performance with very little skill.

Ms Mear is hopeless at accents and gives appalling characterisation. Very very amateurish. Spoils quite a good story.

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Another great book

Once again a story that keeps you listening, this series gets better with each book. Highly recommended.

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Wow.

Each book in this series gets better and better. Full of action and fast paced. I never figured any of it out either. We learn more about characters as the books progress.

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  • Wayne
  • 15-09-17

Author Joy Ellis never disappoints!

Captive on the Fens, Book 5 in the Detective Inspector Nikki Galena series, was released in audio this week. I'm delighted to see that there have been six ratings prior to mine. There is now only one novel in the series yet to be released in audio.. This novel is a wonderful and unusual police procedural mystery. Henrietta Meire does a great job of narrating all of the On the Fens novels. I very highly recommend this series.

The rest of this review is a discussion of the Fens. Having as a US citizen lived in England The Fens is one of the areas I found most interesting.

The Fens , also called Fenlands, is a 1500 square mile area of the English North Sea coast approximately 50 miles northeast of London (it is about 20 miles north northeast of Cambridge). There are also references in Captive on the Fens to Fenland which is a 200 square mile political unit of the Fens located entirely in Cambridge County (Cambridgeshire). The Fens is part of 4 counties. Much of the Fens is below sea level and was flooded with every North Sea high tide prior to the first successful attempts in the early 19th century to use embankments to tame the high tides. River embankments are also used to prevent flooding. The Fens is approximately the same latitude as Amsterdam.

The word fen comes from the designation of a specific type of marshland. The history of the area goes back to pre-Roman times.

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 18-09-18

Dead young women & gangsters with unknown motives

DS Jospeh Easter's daughter, Tamsin, is about to marry Niles, a young detective constable with the Greenborough police force. Freddie Carver, a vicious criminal boss formerly based in London and more recently hanging out in Spain, is apparently in Greenborough and planning to stay. Joseph and DI Nikki Galena are determined to catch him before he becomes a fixture in their district. Two dead young women have turned up, both apparently held prisoner and tortured for some time before being killed and dumped.

And because their lives aren't exciting enough yet, a young man storms into the station demanding that finally, once and for all, they find his missing twin sister, who is believed to have simply run off, which is the right of any adult to do. He's certain she didn't, and is in danger.

There's a lot going on here, and some outstanding plot threads from previous books get more attention here. There are dangerous signs that hardnosed Nikki might be mellowing a tiny bit, duty takes Cat into Derbyshire, where she meets a detective sergeant she might have a future with. Joseph's ex-wife arrives in town for the upcoming wedding, and might be a source of future trouble. Nikki's biological mother, on the other hand, may be turning into a real asset.

The plot is excellent as always, but, also as always, the real reward here is the ongoing development of the characters as they continue to live their lives while doing their challenging and dangerous jobs.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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  • alma
  • 05-06-20

Become Captive of Your Desires

I like that this story expanded on the new relationships developed in the earlier books. The story shows the personal developments within the police team while investigating the crimes. Captive pertains to the crime and the emotional developments within the team. Another good narration and story in the series.

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  • Kirsten S.
  • 04-05-18

Finally!

Best one so far. Finally they don’t all act obtuse. Enjoyed this one. Can’t wait for the next.

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  • EVERWALES
  • 13-12-21

SLOW

Very slow and narrators were rather monotone. Started and stopped, listening to other books in between. Finally quit with three hours left. Can't
recommend this one.

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  • Linda Brimmer
  • 05-12-21

Twists Turns and Turbulent Times

Loved it-adored it, if you like crime thrillers, Nikki and Joseph are your duo to watch. Ms. Ellis has come up with more exciting and mysterious action in this story than I thought she could. Looking forward to the next installment in the series. The Narrator is very good, please do not change.

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  • James V. Bellanca, Jr.
  • 20-11-19

Just what you expect

Always four or five stories weaved into one. l never tire of the characters in each novel.

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  • Caroline B.
  • 09-07-19

too many loose ends

I have bought Joy Elis' books because I like a series. This is my last one because she just ended this book and the last one without any good resolutions to so much. Just get it over .
Good bye. Bad buy.

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  • Kamei
  • 22-09-18

gripping

this book had many good characters and twist and turns in it, I hope Nikki and Joe get together .

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  • Joanne
  • 03-08-18

Another winner!

I simply can't get enough of the Nikki Galena series. skillfully written and beautifully narrated. can't wait to get to the next book in the series.