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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

A gripping crime thriller full of stunning twists and turns.

When DI Rowan Jackman and DS Evans are told that the IT boss has disappeared, they soon suspect foul play. Orla Cracken, known as Orac, is no ordinary techie; she was once a field agent traveling abroad undercover, working for the government.

Meanwhile DC Robbie Melton discovers that two people, both urban explorers, have mysteriously disappeared whilst out exploring abandoned buildings. One went missing at a disused airfield, but was it a military base, or was it civilian?

The gruesome discovery of their decaying bodies found hanging in ancient church ruins bursts the case wide open, and Jackman and Evans are under pressure to find the killer. With Orac safely back in the picture following a secret journey to Ireland to try and find her long-lost sister who went missing as a child, the hunt is now on to find the killer before he hangs his next victim.

It soon becomes clear that the killer is targeting urban explorers, but why is he determined to track down and torture these innocent people, and how is the case connected to Orac’s mysterious past, still shrouded in secrecy? 

The latest gritty crime thriller by Joy Ellis, set in the Lincolnshire Fens, will keep you guessing – and your pulse racing – until the very end.

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Another great addition to the series

Really enjoyed it. Armitage is great as usual. with so many characters, it's amazing how he manages to keep them distinct as needed.
The story had a lot of characters and a few red herrings, but wasn't incredibly surprising. even so, I really liked it. I especially like the details of the topic (Urban exploring, and another which I won't mention to avoid spoiling)

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Excellent

Ery gripping and as great as previous, only down side I'd it ended! More please 😊👏👍

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Reasonable story ,however I found it repetitive in parts, lost interest half way through and had to force myself to continue listening

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Tense

I really enjoyed this. I have listened to them all now , well worth it.characters that I like, a good plot and and a fabulous reader.

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Another fantastic Jackman and Evans story

Was so excited when this was released, having just finished the other 6 books in the series. It didn't let me down. Another brilliant story. Admit to crying at the end, so emotive. Also really enjoying the development of each of the different characters' personal lives.
And yet again, amazing narration by Richard Armitage. Completely forget its one man narrating all those different characters.
Hoping very much there will be another instalment soon.

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Another winner!

Jackman and Evans, Ellis and Armitage........my favourite teams!!!
Another winner that kept me gripped from start to finish. Richard Armitage's range of voices/accents is excellent and always consistent. Looking forward to more in this series.

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I think this is another series I’m listening to simply because I’ve listened
to the rest of the series. And it’s Richard Armitage of course. There’s nothing wrong with it, I think it’s just over for me.

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Stuck with it but wasn’t that great a story. Irish accents atrocious ((I’m Irish) Grainne example of the most annoying mispronunciation .

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So disappointed tried and tried but found boring

Tried an tried to find anything exciting and took ages to finish as it was a bad story in my opinion. Really found this a total waste of time, the plot was obvious and strung out, have enjoyed other book by author but this has stopped me from ordering others.

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Another brilliant installment in the jackman/Evans

I have loved every one of the books in this series. Having them read by Richard Armitage makes it even better. Brilliant storyline following the history of the previous series and I'm definitely looking forward to the next one.

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  • Wayne
  • 09-08-20

DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans Book 7

THEY DISAPPEARED is another great Jackman & Evans modern detective thriller. An it yet another novel about the popular topic in Great Britain of Urban Explorers. This novel has two threads the first of which is a member of Jackman's team named Orac who goes missing and the other is the multiple gruesome murders of urban explorers At the end the two threads merge to become one. Actor Richard Armitage narrates wonderfully well.

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  • Barbara Lunz
  • 01-08-20

Another Great Jackman & Evans Story

Joy Ellis has weaved yet another great Jackman and Evans story. Urban Explorers are disappearing and no one seems to care. One of the team knows something isn't right and after a little digging, finds there is something to worry about.

In the meantime Orac also vanishes and puts the entire team on high alert. At first these two events don't seem connected, but as the story moves forward, you find they are.

It was wonderful to get a better picture of Orac, who is fast becoming one of my favorite characters, besides Jackman and Evans, of course.

It was a well written story, with a twist I didn't see coming. Richard Armitage has such a wonderful repertoire of voices in these books, it's a wonder how he keeps them separate. He was exceptional, as usual.

Now that Joy Ellis has opened up a couple new storylines, I can't wait to see what happens next with this wonderful team.

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  • alma
  • 02-08-20

The Pain Will Disappear

Another good story by Joy Ellis. She interweaves the human condition so well with the major crime. This story gives a deeper look into one of the main characters, and how the crime in focus reflects an event in her past. The update on the main characters is like reading a letter from a family member. The insight to two characters heart breaks and the prospect of moving forward in life is an added bonus. Hope future books expand on these characters and mainly that between Jackman & Evans. Richard Armitage voices are always amazing.

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  • Linda Zavodny
  • 13-02-21

GOODBYE

I have enjoyed this series and am am sad to have it come to an end. Richard Armitage was a wonderful narrator. His voice of Jackman was perfect . I enjoyed the characters and was happy there was no strife or drama among the team and the superintendent. I enjoyed Gary’s character so much.

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  • Larry
  • 03-09-20

Any Plausible Story Line Also Disappeared

This is perhaps one of the most contrived plots I have ever read. It starts off with a great premise but grows increasingly more ridiculous. The clues are far from subtle and disbelief needs to be suspended. In most police dramas the cops do not believe in coincidences, but this whole book is based on coincidences the cops swallow whole and never really question until the end.

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  • Chantal Noordeloos
  • 12-03-22

Enjoyable

The Joy Ellis novels never quite fully blow me away, but they’re definitely entertaining. The characters are the most interesting part.

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  • R.
  • 27-12-20

Fluffy, non-committal mystery

I don’t know if this is the final book in the series, but it certainly tied things up nicely. The stakes never seemed too high, and there wasn’t much tension, but with everything going on in the world and my life right now it’s kind of nice to read a book where everyone gets along and things work out “just so”. I originally started listening to this series because I enjoy Armitage’s narration, but was pleasantly surprised with the comfort these books bring. They are by no means great, but sometimes you just want a warm blanket of a story, you know? This might be the weakest book in the bunch, but I still enjoyed my time with the Fenland Constabulary. If you’ve read other books in this series, you know exactly what you’ll get with this one.

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  • Cathy J Hunter
  • 30-10-20

Lots of talking

Certainly well researched lots of new ways to tell the story. Story seemed poised in the middle of being a nonfiction narrative or a detective novel. Was not convinced that the killer’s character development supported the act of murder. Seemed rather a flimsy reason for murder after so many years of his son’s death.

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  • BCS
  • 11-09-20

Not as well written as previous books in this seri

Have listened to all of this series. Armitage is great as usual, not the book.

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  • Wendy
  • 12-05-22

Excellent

Excellent book, kept me guessing to the last minute who was the killer.
i loved it!!