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Summary

From two-million-selling author Joy Ellis comes one of the most eagerly awaited mysteries this year.

One moonlit night, the bodies of two young people are discovered lying entwined on a blanket in the woods. The young man is clutching a red rose. It appears to be a lovers' suicide pact....

Until Detective Nikki Galena and DS Joseph Easter look more closely. Romeo and Juliet, as they decide to call them, were murdered somewhere else and brought to the woods. But why? 

Then another young couple are found dead, again beautifully posed as lovers. And Nikki knows they have a twisted serial killer on their hands. Who are the next victims? 

Everyone has secrets. But some people will kill to keep them.

©2021 Joy Ellis (P)2021 Tantor

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Poor narration spoiling story

The characterisation by the narrator is extremely poor. Most characters have only three emotions - shouting in anger, quaking in terror or deep in despair. Really beginning to irritate me now and only half way through the story.

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  • 18-05-21

Excellent

I enjoy this series and this book was not a disappointment. Listened to it in two days. I have seen negative comments regarding the narrator but, as I like a series to stick to the same narrator, it is good there has not been a change. Looking forward to the next book.

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Don’t waste your credit

Nothing like poor narration to ruin a book this could save some even when the story line is a load of rubbish. Will be requesting a refund for this one

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good story

I loved the book but the last few chapters were poor. thought it was rushred

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Hard Work!

Terrible story and appalling narration! Couldn’t wait for it to be over! Can’t decide which was worse...the story or the narration!

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Great adition to the series.

Another great book in this fantastic series. This one went in a lot of new directions and i was not able to guess who the killer was. This series gets better with every book. I will be sorry to get to the end of the series as it currently stands.

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A good read

Narrated very well, sorry was enjoyable. Found myself more interested in the covert operations of Eve and Wendy.

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Another Joy Ellis masterpiece

Unlike some other listeners I love the narrator & this book. The storylines are excellent, with the conclusion as a twist in the tale. Looking forward to the next book

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Brilliant

had to listen to the first part a few times to put the characters in their right places this was well worth doing as the story then exploded into to a brilliant mystery can't wait 4 the next book

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Great book!

Absolutely love this author and these characters. Another well written story. Maybe not as gripping as some of the others, but kept me interested until the end. Not full of irrelevant details that frustrate. Didn't like the narrator quite as much as the previous one. Not sure why, but struggled to picture the characters with this narrator but then maybe I just struggled with the characters all sounding a little different? Was a little disappointed at the ending; not very exciting bit it did wrap everything up and was quite satisfying. Overall a great book.

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  • 12-05-21

Not up to her usual standard

I've listened to all 12 novels in the Nikki Galena series by Joy Ellis and have rated almost all 5 stars. SECRETS ON THE FENS is pretty good but not up to the standards set in the earlier books. The story is difficult to keep up with the plot due to the large number of characters. It is needlessly complex.

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  • StL Reader
  • 26-08-21

Good story, distracting narrator

Joy Ellis writes a good story, as always. The narrator for this series detracts from the books, sadly. She has a lisp I find distracting as well as a frequent, overly angsty tone. Also, she mis-pronounced “Coup de grace.” Really jolted my ear & surprised me as most educated Brits I’ve found to be comfortable with French pronunciations.

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  • 06-08-21

It’s time to end

It was painful and dull. Too many attempt at clever quips (that were utterly unnecessary to the story and also made the whole thing sound more like a collection of puns than a story of how actual live humans would speak to each other). And the story of a bunch of old ladies and paintings….it’s been dragged out for how many books now? Good lord it had nothing to do with the story and almost made me quit the book.

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  • Michael
  • 08-07-21

Joy Ellis back on track

Great to get back to familiar characters and a good story. Some of the narrator’s pronunciation irritates but overall well done.

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  • TGR
  • 25-06-21

Always enjoyable!

Love when Nikki and Jackman are mentioned in each other’s series! Waiting for the next Jackman and Evans novel … ! This was a good story, not as fast paced and intense as some of the earlier ones in the Nikki Galena series, but I still enjoyed it.

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  • Brenda
  • 21-06-21

Loved this story as much as the others in the series!

I enjoyed this story— just like all the others in the Nikki Galena series! I read one review that said it wasn’t up to par, but I’d have to disagree. If you like this series, you will like this one, too!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-05-21

💕💕💕

I absolutely love this series by Joy Ellis.
The twists and turns are intricately woven into the story that keep you guessing almost to the end of the story. The narrator adds personality to the characters- I like it when the narrator remains the same throughout the series.
I have a vision in my head of how the characters look based on the combination of the author’s words and the narrator’s presentation 🙌🏼
I hope there are more books added to this series!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-05-21

Disappointing

My expectations are always very high when a new Nikki Galena book is released. This time, however, I was very disappointed in the story and the writing. All of the characters spoke in clichés, Joseph and Nikki, and Wendy and Eve were caricatures of these characters in earlier books. The plots of both storylines were convoluted and fantastical. Perhaps it's time to leave this part of the fens and check back in with Jackman and Evans.

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  • HayesTrent
  • 17-03-22

Secrets on the Fens

When Audible offered 85% off all titles I purchased all of Joy Ellis’s books that I didn’t have. I feel as though I know her characters, her plots are multifaceted, and the suspense lasts to the end.

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  • Dave K
  • 08-03-22

Had trouble staying focused

I thought the book was as good as the other Nicki Galena books, but I could not get past the strident tones of the narrator. I will not purchase any more with this narrator.