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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Karen
  • 29-03-18

Great characters and great suspense

If you could sum up Captive on the Fens in three words, what would they be?

another great story

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes - keep guessing who the real kidnapper is - nice twist of how another kidnap victim is found.

What does Henrietta Meire bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I need to listen at.75 speed to understand the accent which I enjoy but find hard to understand at the faster speed.

Any additional comments?

Love the whole series - one of the best of British procedurals - like the character development

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  • Debbie
  • 17-03-18

Severed Digits, Kidnapping, and Hope Restored

The sixth in the series does not disappoint. An old foe, Freddy Carver is reported to have returned to Greenborough and there's a dead girl found on the Fens with a severed finger. The old barn seems to suggest she was kept captive for some time prior to her killing, and another murder in Derbyshire is eerily similar. Now a brother contacts DI Nikki Galena about his missing sister asking for help . . . are the cases connected? All of the familiar characters, Cat, Joseph, Niles, Nikki, and a few new ones join the race to find a killer in a desolate area of England known as the Fens . . . and complicated by the hunt is the fact that one of their own has also been missing for some time, as well . . . the progression of the series is phenomenal, with Nikki having discovered her mother, Eve and beginning to build a relationship with her, and Joseph now enjoying a close bond with his daughter, Tamsin . . . as the team close in on the killers, it is edge-of-the seat listening, and a satisfying conclusion . . . I anxiously await the next in the series . . .

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  • Mary Anne Milley
  • 15-12-17

The best one yet!

This was definitely the best book of the series, although I loved them all. Such wonderful complex characters who I've grown to love. I cannot wait for the next book in this series!

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  • jo
  • 18-11-17

Fantastic series

I love the books, though my husband and I laugh when the characters “puff out their cheeks”, must be a British thing. Can’t wait for the new book and we adore the narrator. She nails it!

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  • Dawn
  • 21-10-17

One of the most powerful installments ye

Joy Ellis has written one of the most powerful installments yet. I highly recommend this this book and series.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 13-09-17

Another winner!

Joy Ellis knows how to write a book! A series of books, in fact. This is another great story with Nikki and Joseph and the cast of characters on their team. While not my favorite in the series it's still a tense and villain-filled adventure.

I see trouble ahead for Joseph though.

Fabulous narration! I love these audiobooks but I wish we didn't have to wait so long for them.

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  • Bay650
  • 03-10-17

Hard to believe this was published

The story line barely hangs together, the characters are caricatures and every cliche is used--from their language to the scenes played out. It amazes me that this book made it past the editors, it is truly that bad. I am returning the book.

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  • Anonymous!
  • 07-03-18

Hope this is not the end of the series.

Once again, the book did not disappoint. Wouldn't mind a few more in the series.

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