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Introducing Richard Armitage, our star narrator


Richard is well-known for his array of film, television and theatre work, including The Hobbit, Spooks and The Crucible. His trademark baritone voice has earned him recognition, too, through his performance on many notable audiobooks as well as in TV and radio show narration. This experience shines through in Armitage's gripping performance of the Jackman and Evans series where he plays host to a plethora of characters.

And Joy Ellis, the book's author

Joy Ellis started her career as a flower seller in Mayfair in the 1960s, before going on to open her own florist in Surrey. When the recession hit, Joy had a career change and became a bookseller, and attended a writing course in Greece where she was mentored by Sue Townsend. She now lives in the Fens with her partner Jacqueline, where the flatlands and marshes provide inspiration for her eerie plotlines.

Summary

From number one best-selling author Joy Ellis, a totally absorbing mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

A mystery which will captivate you till the dramatic ending.

Jackman and Evans’ most dangerous enemy is back to finish things off.

The domestic bliss of Detective Inspector Rowan Jackman, of Fenland Constabulary, doesn’t last long. His old nemesis, serial killer Alistair Ashcroft, is back in town and ready to tidy up unfinished business.

Ashcroft sends a sinister text to DS Marie Evans. His opening move in what will prove to be a lethal game of cat-and-mouse. Yet for all his taunts, where is he? In a county crawling with police on the lookout for him, Ashcroft is nowhere to be found.

Everyone Jackman cares about is in danger. Alongside the hunt for Ashcroft, however, normal police work must continue. The separate thefts of six pigs, a thoroughbred stallion, guns and some oil lead Jackman’s crew to the notorious Lorimer family, ruled over on their farm by the fearsome matriarch Rachel.

Meanwhile, a seemingly routine break-in at the home of gun-club owner Kenneth Harcourt quickly becomes more complicated when the man long held responsible for having killed Harcourt’s young daughter in a hit-and-run is shot dead in a car park - by a sniper. A killer is on the loose in the quiet streets of Saltern-le-Fen, and he isn’t going to stop at claiming one life. But why is he focusing on young Kevin, so close to promotion to detective?

And the sniper, like Ashcroft, takes to taunting the police: they’ll never catch him, they need to respect him, they shouldn’t be sidetracked looking for their old adversary.

In a stunning conclusion, Jackman and Evans race against time to catch the sniper and track down their deadly adversary. A lethal game with a very patient man. Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you listening until the shocking ending. Set in the atmospheric Lincolnshire Fens whose towns and isolated villages hide many dark secrets.

©2019 Joy Ellis (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Honestly🤦‍♀️

A story line with a build up over a few books, and then lots of classic heart warming comments by each of the characters which make you think they're the one that's going to die next. I was expecting real heart rending, nail biting scenes and story, I don't think I've read a book with such a let down anti climax as this.

Literally the only book in which the main characters worries about what would happen to their 'team' if the worst happened was warranted and NONE of the main or even semi recurring characters was killed off! No one that any reader could have had a vested emotional interest in died.

Characters that had been recurring up until a couple of books ago were worked back in, for no good reason, an interesting character from the previous book who would've provided an interesting part of the story was ignored. I honestly don't think this writer has a clue about what she's doing with anything in these books.

Literally the only things that makes these books worth while listening to is their cheapness on the daily deal and Richard Armitage reading them, dine if you can turn your brain off.

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  • 14-04-20

Didn't hold my attention

I struggled to get through this book. I usually enjoy this series but I could not get in to it at all. The storyline didn't hold my attention.

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Another gripping listen

Another fantastic story brought to life by Richard Armitage. Just a shame Audible kept crashing, as otherwise I would have got through it sooner! If you love the others in the series, you will love this one too.

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Fab

Another brilliant audio book by joy ellis. Really enjoyed again, easy listen with exciting turns, she's a brilliant writer and Richards voice is the cherry on the cake, he's fantastic

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the plot felt lazy

this felt like a book that the author was obligated to write. The plot was just boring and at times just didn't add up. the ending was so weak for anyone following this series (Ashcroft) is this really how it ends ? very disappointing

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Quality very poor compared to the earlier books in the series. Almost like it was a different author

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riveting

LOVED every second! thank you so much for creating such an amazing world for me to escape to. cannot wait for the next one!

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Better than some of the others in the series

Narrated well and the plot isn't quite as ridiculous as previous novels in the series. It was obvious who a certain person was as soon as the character was introduced but this passed a few hours even if it was a bit far-fetched overall.

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Another winner.

I love this series. The writing is great and the plot is a real page turner. Richard Armitage's voice is spot on, as usual. He really brings each character to life.

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Brilliant to the end as usual

Loved it, very hard to pause, always curious about what happened next. Never disappoints.

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  • Wayne
  • 05-03-20

Another winner by British author Joy Ellis

THE PATIENT MAN is novel 6 in the Jackman and Evans police procedural series. I'm getting a bit tired of DS Marie Evans' hero worship of DI Rowan Jackman. It's an excellent suspense thriller but I still prefer Ellis' Nikki Galena series. Narration is good.

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  • Larry
  • 28-02-20

Jackman & Evans have a problem with guns.

This was not up to the usual excellence of the series. That is with the exception of Richard Armitage who is always great. As a treatise on gun violence, it really does not work. The unarmed detectives and constables just stand by as shooters pick off one target after another. Both Jackman and Evans apparently hate guns so much that they will not arm themselves to protect themselves or the public. Moreover, the idea that a lone shooter could evade an army of police in a town without about 10 people beggars belief, as does the scene after scene where the police make themselves and their friend targets.

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  • David
  • 04-04-20

Slow

This could have been a short story - much of the material focuses on personal issues of characters, which failed to invoke interest, at least on my part, and the villain seems a caricature from a 'thirties movie, complete with twirling mustache and hissing snarls. I recommend the DC Smith 'King's Lake' series for an excellent British police procedural peppered with delightful dialogue, and laugh out loud humor as the calcified bureaucracy stumbles over the efforts of those trying to get the job done.

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  • Dan E.
  • 21-02-20

Not as good as the rest of The series

Although I have truly enjoyed the other books in the series. In regards to the firearm aspects of the story it has the feel of someone writing on the subject they know very little about. This book lacked an authentic feel. Again I have enjoyed many other books by the author just not this one

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  • Dorothy Darby
  • 15-03-20

Favorite

This my favorite audible series looking for next Jackman adventure ,this suspenseful truly a suspenseful detective story

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 21-02-20

Wonderful!

Another amazing book by Joy Ellis. I’m sorry I’ve finished it.

Oh boy! This was a thrill a minute. Maybe because I was anticipating such terrible things. Every time a police officer left the building I worried about them. Ashcroft is one evil character.

I loved the inclusion of Rory in the story and the mentions of Nikki.

I was a tad disappointed in the final confrontation. But, overall, a splendid book. The narration by Richard Armitage is the absolute best!

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  • alma
  • 19-02-20

Be Patient and Trust Your Journey

Another wonderful story from Joy Ellis. She manages to weave a crime drama with glimpses of humanity. As with her earlier stories, the crime drama brings focus on the human variable that is most important. Love the interplay between the characters and they are true to form from earlier stories. Jackman and Evans interactions are my favorite. I agreed with a comment the serial killer made about these two(won't spoil it for future listeners). I appreciate the humanity shown by various characters despite their social position or capabilities. I hope there are more stories ahead.

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  • Debbie
  • 09-04-21

Least Favorite in Series to Date

Having listened to nearly every book and series that Joy Ellis has written, I have to say that this one is below her normally high standards. I can take a touch of political correctness, but this one is filled with it, and I am disappointed in Joy Ellis for beating a dead horse. Everyone knows that England is not fond of guns, AS IF the weapons get up by themselves and shoot people. I cannot count how many times that Jackman and Evans BOTH wrung their hands and said how much they hated guns . . . and they are the police. I am also disappointed in more explicit sexual descriptions than have ever been in the series prior to this book. I do not feel that they add anything, but instead detract from the actual investigations. I am always weary when an author takes the opportunity to introduce social or political agendas into a series, that has is established with a large following. That said, many parts of the story held my attention. One of my favorite characters who always adds humor and keeps me entertained in ALL the books, is Dr. Rory Wilkinson, the forensic specialist who does the autopsies on the deceased. His attitude and banter are always appreciated, during otherwise dreary circumstances. The actual story and mystery behind the murders in The Patient Man, and the reappearance of Alistair Ashcroft is first rate. The tale of the Lorimer family, the theft of the six pigs, the horse and the guns were excellent. I listened until the end, because the story was intense. I care about Jackman and Evans and their team. I will try another in this series.

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  • Joanne
  • 12-01-21

Outstanding!

The Patient Man is yet another exceptional Jackman story. And Richard Armitage the perfect narrator.

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  • Karen Parker
  • 24-12-20

Fantastic

This sixth novel in the Hugh and Marie series is excellent on two levels.

It is satisfying to see the personal lives of the copper team flesh out and move along.

Plus the crime thriller plot is a masterpiece of intricately intervoven plot threads and twists.

Disparate seperate crimes were a head scratcher in the beginning. I was delighted by when they started all coming together.

I was interesting to watch a psycopath in action. Especially from such an upfront and close viewpoint. He was indeed a master manipulator. Facsinating.

Joy Ellis brings her characters to life and makes it easy for the reader to care deeply for all of them.

Last but by no means least is the incredible voice actor and narrator Richard Armitage (hope I spelled his last name right--don't have it in front of me).

His performance is flawless. He flows seamlessly from one character to another and gives convincing voice to women as well as men. Wonderful!

The ten hours flew by as if watching a two-hour movie! Love you guys! Thanks. ❤