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Killer on the Fens

DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 4
By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
Series: DI Nikki Galena, Book 4
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
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Summary

DI Nikki Galena faces a personal challenge which will stretch her to the limit. She must fulfill her father's dying wish and discover who the mysterious Eve is. Meanwhile, a dead drug dealer is found on an abandoned airfield that the locals say is haunted. The trail of both mysteries will lead to the most shocking discovery of Nikki's career and put her whole team in mortal danger. Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you riveted until the shocking ending.

©2016 Joy Ellis (P)2017 Tantor

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Awful reader

I was unable to complete listening to this story, the first time ever with audible. The reader spoke too fast, her female voices were shrill and very difficult to listen to.

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Cliche ridden writing

The story was well conceived but it was poorly written. Full of cliches with very derivative characters.
I usually enjoy the narration but this narration was awful - dreadful attempts at accents that made listening to the story very hard. It was difficult to discern who was speaking at times as the accents changed within characters. Dreadful.

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good storyline

Book 4 in the DI Nikki Galena series follows on from the last story. Nikki and her Sargent, Joseph Easter, are faced with mysterious lights on the Fens and a strange morbid discovery in an underground facility that was once a war time air force base.

Alongside this, Easters estranged daughter has come on a visit and becomes embroiled in a dangerous situation.

The narration is very fast. It is slightly better when listened to at 90% speed on my phone, but still needs addressing.

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Great story very poor narration

Sorry to say but the narration was dreadful- every woman sounded like they came from Yorkshire whilst all the men educated at Eton! Characters changed accents throughout and very wooden - honestly cringe worthy

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Excellent story, I have not enjoyed the narration especially the attempt to imitate other characters

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Good book, terrible narration

I am an avid listener to audible and love a good crime drama from a great writer. I also love to listen to a series in order. The 11 books in the series and by Joy Ellis gave me hope of an enjoyable listening experience. The problem I have is the narration. I am finding her really difficult to listen to, all the accents sound very similar despite someone in the last book being described as strong geordie, it is difficult to distinguish between the characters. There are so many mispronunciations that I find I am listening for them and not listening the story as a consequence. I will persevere with the series as I have paid for them and sincerely hope someone will tell Henrietta how to act in future books.

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Joy Ellis never disappoints

Another edge of your seat drama from Joy Ellis. with every Nicki Galena book I care more and more about the characters. A Ronseal book - great value.

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Can't get enough!

Love everything Joy Ellis writes. Fantastic stories fantastically told with many twists and turns. A1

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Accents and mispronounced words

The accents used don’t really fit the region and there are many mispronounced words which is distracting.

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  • ARH
  • 19-06-18

Great story. Perfect narration.

I love this series about DI Nicki Galena and her team. Henrietta Meire is the perfect match for narrator. I love the accents and she does a great job of distinguishing voices of all the characters, male and female. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Gary & Jay
  • 25-06-17

<br />This is how much I have enjoyed this series.


I am usually extremely tough on narrators who mispronounce words, and editors who let them slide. It's not the kindest part of my nature. But when Nikki said that one of her fellow characters was an "aficiando" of history, for me, that malaprop was Nikki's, not Ms. Meire's, and I had a nice chuckle. That's how real the characters came to be for me, in Ms. Meire's versatile voice.

The plots in these books are unique, and involving, but it's my involvement with great characters that keeps me coming back every time.

Jay Thomas

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 31-03-18

Another good mystery with Galena & Easter

DI Nikki Galena's father has died, leaving behind a mystery. His last request to her was to "Find Eve."

Nikki has no idea who Eve is.

Yet when she should be dealing with her father's death, and deciding what to do about the mysterious Eve, she has mysteries to deal with at work. A minor-league drug dealer has been fished out of a shaft in the ground at an abandoned World War II airfield, still alive, but only barely. Another drug dealer has simply disappeared, and his sister, with no illusions about her brother but great affection because they survived a difficult childhood together, is determined to find him. The current owner of the airfield is found dead, clearly murdered, but no one knows who wanted him dead.

And Detective Sergeant Joseph Easter's long-estranged daughter Tamsin has come for a visit. They are attempting to mend their relationship.

It seems worth mentioning that all of this turns out to be really small beer beside what they're going to find when they start working these seemingly unrelated cases.

This is, as is typical with Ellis, this is a good, interesting mystery with good, interesting characters. Galena, Easter, and the rest of their team continue to grow and develop, and are well worth spending the time with.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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  • Debbie
  • 21-02-18

Drugs, Murder, Mystery and History

Book four in the series finds DI Nikki Galena making funeral arrangements for her father, who has long been suffering from dementia, with just one or two lucid moments over the recent past. One was when he told Nikki to "find Eve". Puzzled by the request, Nikki is determined to sort out who the mysterious Eve is. At the office, a drug dealer's death, after falling down a hole at the old RAF air field has the team looking for answers. DI Galena and her team begin to investigate what at first looks like an accident. All of the major players are here, which I love, and they work together seamlessly to solve the case. Joseph's daughter, Tamsin, is visiting him, and the two of them offer to help Nikki by going through her dad's old papers to find out who Eve is. Soon Sgt. Joseph Easter is back off leave, assisting Nikki and the team with the mystery at the airfield. The history of the RAF was intriguing. The tie-in with Nikki's father and his time in the RAF was brilliant. But I definitely did not see any of the airfield killings or the the history of Nikki's father and Eve coming . . . it was like a ride on a curvy high speed roller coaster . . . in the dark . . . I can't wait for the next book . . .

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  • Christy
  • 19-08-18

MEH...

Killer on the Fens... Not as good as other books in series, but this does build on the characters from previous books. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • jennifer
  • 06-06-17

Not as strong as the others

But do love these characters and the narrator; kept me engaged but not breathless for the next installment.

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  • Wayne
  • 02-03-17

Another great 'on the Fens' suspense thriller!

The books in this wonderful detective series by British author Joy Ellis are being released in audio monthly. I have listened to the first 4 in order. Ellis is an excellent story teller. Protagonist Detective Inspector Nikki Galena is a complex and fascinating character. In this case I wish I could award award 4.5 stars. Narrator Henrietta Meire is superb.

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  • alma
  • 03-06-20

We Start and End with Family

Yes, it is a crime story but also a great story about family. From different viewpoints, we see the preciousness of family. Several family dramas have the center of their stories the related crimes at an old WWII airbase. The mix of civil and family history of the region was very interesting. Of course, Joy Ellis description of the people, their pains, and fears is so well done. Depending on your life experiences some may feel closer to home. My father's passing in a hospital is somewhat mirrored in the way Nikki's father died. Sigh..that hurt. The story and the narration are very good.

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  • James V. Bellanca, Jr.
  • 12-11-19

always the twist

Joe is in the background in this one and Nicki takes front and center, but in the end, he's the one that saves the day

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  • JME
  • 20-04-19

Totally unexpected.

This by far is the most surprising ending of any of her previous books. You must read to appreciate.