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Five Bloody Hearts

By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Series: Detective Matt Ballard, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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Summary

Grace Repton, a beautiful older woman, walks into the police station to tell Detective Matt Ballard she has information that could stop a murder. Her fiance, the infamous serial killer Jeremy Reader, has told her that he has a disciple who is going to kill using Reader's horrific methods.  

Reader murdered five women and was finally brought to justice by Detective Ballard. Reader is safely imprisoned in a high security prison, and claiming to be a reformed man who wants to help the police.   

But can Matt believe the serial killer or his peculiar wife to be? Can the love of a good woman really change a serial killer?  

And the Fenland police also have another investigation on their hands. A Lithuanian migrant worker is found dead on the fens. There is no ID on him, but he has a Tree of Life tattoo. This is the third body to be found with this distinctive tattoo. Is this gang war or something even more sinister?  

The police are stretched to the breaking point with multiple copycat murders. And Matt and his girlfriend Liz will fight for everything they care about in a heart-stopping conclusion that will have you on the edge of your seat.

©2019 Joy Ellis (P)2019 Tantor

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Keeps you guessing right till the end

Another Joy Ellis success.
The twists and turns keep you guessing all the way through.
The only negative comment is the narrator. He just doesn’t have the range of accents or the ability to sound different when it comes to women’s voices. Also at times he sounded bored!!

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Five Bloody Hearts

Another great story and well narrated.
Looking forward to the next Joy Ellis audible book to listen to. I’ve made sure I’ve purchased all of her books in order because I’d hate to miss the previous story, there’s none I’ve missed so far.
Enjoy!

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Decent follow up to "Beware the Past"

Worth listening to if you've heard the first book in the Matt Ballad series. Otherwise I'm not sure how good the storyline is. Narration OK but the Welsh and Scottish accents were very wobbly.

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Great second outing

A fantastic follow up to a great series debut, this outing has so many twists and turns that you’ll never guess what’s happening till right near the end, if you guess at all! I really hope that this continues because I think Matt Ballard has more stories to tell!

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not her best

the plot to this story is weak compared to joy ellis other books and it is somewhat predictable. still worth a listen just not my favourite

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Gripping from start to finish!

A fantastic from start to finish. Excellent narration. Joy Ellis kept me on the edge of my seat.
Gripping finish.

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Thrilling

great storyline and keeps you guessing right till the end. I've read most Joy Ellis books and all are fantastic very clever lady!

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excellent thriller very gripping

Great story with good characters. Thrilling, thought provoking and gripping. Great narration which keeps your interest going.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 05-10-19

Much better narrator

This took me a long time to get through the first few chapters. I’d start and stop and start over. At least the new narrator is 100% better than the reader of the previous book.

The story was interesting - eventually. I was disturbed by the relationship between Matt and Liz in the last book and I’m glad to see how that was resolved. Now Matt is awaiting retirement and Liz is recovering from their last case. A copycat killer, the original murderer now in prison, his fiancée, and other murders that appear to be a national feud keep Ballard and his team very busy. Red herrings abound. I figured out the killer (at least partly) before the end. I liked the Nikki Galena reference.

I’ve read the other series by Joy Ellis. She’s an automatic pre-order author for me.

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  • LEBla
  • 05-10-19

Good story - terrible narration

The characters in this book are from previous storylines but because of the narration i couldn’t recognize them until well into the story. Very disappointing.

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  • Carole
  • 25-09-19

oops!

It was good, but I suspected the real killer from almost the beginning. Kim was correct!

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  • BookGirl
  • 24-09-19

When will Matt recover?

After listening to the first book...I was hoping for a recovered in-charge DCI; not so; and the narrator did not help, work to be done here. While the cast of characters are interesting, not enough to add to my "buy every one in the series list" . I will return this one. Hope they will get better, and that Matt will fully recover.

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  • jimfarrell
  • 09-09-19

worth it, even with the overdramatic reading

cool story, like the characters, not a fan of the narration (at all) ; but worth it if you need to listen instead of read (like myself) - this is definitely one book i wish i could've read myself