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The Stolen Boys

Jackman & Evans, Book 5
By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
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Summary

From number one best-selling author Joy Ellis, a totally absorbing mystery full of stunning twists and turns. Discover the author everyone’s talking about. 

A mystery which will captivate you till the stunning ending.

A crime wave has hit town. The target is a highly sought-after brand of streetwear called Hybird X, clothing that costs a fortune and resells for unbelievable prices. Houses are burgled, kids mugged on the streets...and finally a young man dies, all for the sake of his shoes. 

Then another boy’s body is found in a pile of rubbish. Meanwhile illegal steroids are flooding the streets. And there are dark movements on the marshes. 

Clothes that people will kill to own.

A shadowy figure called Darke and his teams of young criminals seem to be behind it all. 

Detectives Jackman and Evans must take on a fiendish criminal, while still haunted by Alistair Ashcroft, the serial killer they never caught. 

Who is Darke and what does he really want?

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will grip you until the shocking ending. Set in the atmospheric Lincolnshire Fens whose towns and isolated villages hide many dark secrets. 

Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Sarah A. Denzil, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter and Ruth Rendell. 

The detectives.

DI Jackman leads the investigation. He is extremely smart and has a knack for bringing out the best in his diverse team. DS Marie Evans is haunted by the loss of her husband in a motorbike accident. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and colleagues. 

©2018 Joy Ellis (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Ellis Makes a Fashion Statement!

A book that focuses on fashion but whose characters tend to defy modern trends. Hybird X is the latest must-have brand in fashionable streetwear and the limited edition items are fetching huge prices from avid collectors and fans. It's suddenly targeted by criminals and a string of robberies and attacks result involving the clothing. Sound far-fetched? Well, I googled it and discovered two very recent cases of actual armed robbery of designer clothes wear so it is a genuine issue and Ellis seems well on trend. Of course quite whether you believe that the Fens are likely to be such a hotbed of collectors and that so many one-off, unique items would find their way there is another matter. Still, it is a fashionable topic.

The story itself I found very engaging, lots of twists and turns and with the constant reminders that an old enemy is still out there it all works pretty well. But what I think makes or breaks these books and probably dictates why many people like or dislike them, apart from the smoothly excellent narration by Richard Armitage of course, are the characters and how Ellis writes them. These books discuss fairly horrendous crimes and include suitably appalling criminals but most of the characters including the police officers and even most of the minor villains have a softness round the edges. While Ellis is comfortable writing about the worst that humanity can do she's also a big believer in the best too. I think some might suggest an element of naivete but I think it's quite charming - and if that sounds condescending at all I promise that's not what I mean at all!

So, if you've liked the previous ones and can get your head round such a large population of designer clothes horses marching around the Fens then I think you're going to love this one too. All the twists and turns we have come to expect from Ellis and the charm of Jackman, Evans and co await within.

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I returned this book, very disappointed.

The whole concept of this book is off the wall. I tried to get into it but I personally found it to be utter rubbish. Such a pity as I usually like Joy Ellis.

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The Stolen Boys

Yet another breath taking book by Joy Ellis. It keeps you on the edge of your seat!

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Another fantastic audio book

Another well written story, Joy Ellis an amazing writer and I look forward to every book, roll on the next!

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I'm never blown away

I like this series enough to keep listening to a new release but they're not *amazing*, the storyline is alright, but I do feel like she draws a lot of emphasis on plot points where you expect something to come from it, it doesn't, and by the end you're like, 'what was the whole point of that bit, then?' that happens again in this book, it doesn't ruin it at all, just feels a bit pointless at the end.

I like Richard Armitage in general, but his accent range only seems to be Scottish or Scouse, I didn't realise so many Scots or Liverpudlians apparently flocked to the fens! But I find him engaging enough, he isn't wooden.

The only gripe I have with this series in general really, is that you can tell Ellis's age. It's not major in the things like, she references things as modern or cool, which were, maybe 20 years ago, like waterbeds. But more, her description of Rory, the bloke who does the autopsies makes me uncomfortable. I get he's gay, but she makes a point of having him flirt with men, or make inappropriate comments to Jackman, or explain again how camp he is every single time he appears, and his appearances are always supposed to be kind of comical at the expense of the 'campness'. Because you know, every gay man just fancies or flirts with every single straight man he comes across. Talk about stereotypes. Anyway, that's my 'millennial' opinion, I'm sure others won't find that problematic.

I'd say it's one of her better ones anyway.

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Great story, great narrator.

It comes to something when you wake in the middle of the night and put a story on because you need to know what happens. A dark, compulsive story told beautifully by the incredibly versatile Richard Armitage. His narration carries you along, each of the characters defined by accent and nuances of voice. Joy Ellis's stories just get better. I'd highly recommend this one.

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Disappointing

Loved the other books by this author but I was bored listening to this couldn’t wait till the end

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love these books and the sultry voice of RA

brilliant story, fantastic narration, needs a longer pause between change of scene in places

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  • 17-11-19

Less sugar, more focus on crime please

I thought the story line was original but doesn't really get going. The relationship between Evans and Jackman is overly cosy and sentimental and doesn't ring true, Jackman sounds older than he is. I was not so keen on this book as much as the others.

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Very well narrated made it a pleasure to listen to

The story itself was good, lots of characters inter-woven with stellar narrating that brought ot all to life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-11-19

better and better

this series just keeps getting better and better...eventually careening to the scorching end with Jackman and Evan's getting what they came here for. With Marie exiting on her bike with Jackman riding behind her, arms wrapped around her waist. together, safe, loved and at ease. cant wait for the next book. Well done Ms. Ellis!

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  • kaaren cuenca
  • 15-11-19

Love Richard Armitage narration

Stolen Boys is an excellent story kept me captivated. Love the Jackman and Evens books,

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  • alma
  • 13-11-19

OMBRE of Misappropration

Joy Ellis's storytelling combines real world issues with the human condition. The gluttony of a material item ,and the wide range symbol given to it by the privilege and the forgotten poor is clearly depicted. The story reminds the reader of the classic tale with a twist. Unfortunately , real life events(in the US with the M.Jordan shoes) show unhealthy need for these items to give relevance(rather than profit).This story is more than the act of thievery. It paints a picture of child abuse, loneliness, and strife. All results in a stolen childhood, peace, love, and trust. The characters are well develop and show an aspect of life's stolen moments and chances. The what-ifs verses the what-is. The description of the police work and camaraderie between colleagues is well written. The debauchery of the villain is clearly written, and generated a genuine disgust. The insight to the mind of each character is interesting . Love the Jackman and Evans relationship. Of course, I would like more but that is my crazy world. Richard Armitage's (aka Jackman)voices are so well done. He is a master.

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  • Teaching Mom
  • 11-11-19

Still got it!<br />

Was a bit slow at the beginning. Once the story began to unfold it was great. Kept me guessing at who really was 'Darke'.
I would love it if this became a t.v. series.

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  • Ester vdD
  • 07-11-19

Another Jackman & Evans!

I like the Jackman & Evans serie by Joy Ellis, great stories; although this one was a bit more difficult to get into, it turned out great again.

I love the narration by Richard Armitage, different accents for the different characters which maks them recognisable and likeable (or dislikeable), job well done!

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  • Mfc
  • 06-11-19

Love this series

Jackman and Evans have awesome dynamic. Narrator is super. This book nicely incorporated past story lines and set up situation for the next book beautifully.

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  • Elizabeth P. Fowler
  • 06-11-19

Another great Jackman/Evans by Joy Ellis<br />

The story picks up from where The Guilty Ones left off, this time involving crimes committed by and against teenage boys. Richard Armitage makes the characters come alive, overcoming some lack of inspiration in the writing. A good listen!