• Buried on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 7
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (726 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A skeleton is found in a shallow grave in the churchyard. But this was not an official burial. 

The victim was murdered decades ago. At the same time, Detective Nikki Galena and her team are investigating the brutal slaying of local businesswoman Madeline Prospero. She was a member of an exclusive and secretive drinking club called The Briar Patch. But they've got no suspects and no one is telling them the truth. 

Meanwhile, the buried skeleton leads them on a trail to the village of Quintin Eaudyke. This is a troubled place. In the late 70s and 80s a reign of terror and abuse was unleashed on the close-knit population. When more women from The Briar Patch come under threat, Nikki faces a race against time to stop more murders.

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you in suspense until its heart-stopping conclusion.

©2017 Joy Ellis (P)2018 Tantor

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One of my favorite police procedural series!

All novels in the DI Nikki Galena series by British author Joy Ellis are excellent. Buried on the Fens continues Ms. Ellis' record of only releasing great novels. All 7 of the series novels are standalone and can be listened to in any order. The setting is in an area of the east coast of England north of London known as the fens. (A fen is a low marshy area that frequently floods. During the 17th century steps were taken including building dikes to turn the area into agricultural land.)

I have nothing to add to the excellent publisher's summary except to comment that an unusual forensic tool was used to identify the killer. British actress Henrietta Meire narrates this series in the clipped accent of the fens area. Her narration never disappoints.

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Great combination of author & narrator

Much like the work of Peter Grainger & Timothy Hallinan, I jump at the next book Joy Ellis writes. As with the rest of the books in this series, Ms Ellis does an excellent job of building characters I care about. Henrietta Meier does a fabulous job and distinctly narrates each character without “blending” vocal traits, a genuine feat and something many narrators don’t manage as well. I’m glad the producers have continued to work with Ms Meier with the works of Joy Ellis. Now if only Audible will get the rest of Ms Ellis’s works....

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WARNING: Lots of Cruelty in This One

I love the Nikki Galena series, I love the narration, all of that. I just want to warn readers that this particular story has a lot of cruelty to animals in it (not to mention some really sick cruelty to people). It's important to the story, wound throughout, and made it impossible for me to just read the story. If I'd known this in advance, I would have given this book a miss.

So, my rating: 1 star for the business with the animals; 5 stars for the quality of the book otherwise.

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violence against women and children

I started listening to the Fens series and with each successive book the violence against Women and Children became more cruel more graphic and with this edition add animal cruelty. I belive it is time for the author to seek professional assistance rather than sending her characters there

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  • JP
  • 06-20-18

Love this series

I like the setting, characters, and narration. I think the series is generally great overall. Thought that the lesbian aspect in this book was unnecessary and merely follows the current trend in pop culture. I am moving on to the next book in the series.

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Returned It!

While the story was tolerable, although a bit convoluted, the narrator was unbearable! Her version of the male characters was a monotone. In addition, she seems in a big hurry to tell the story, leaving no time to savor it. I’ll stick to narrators like Gildart Jackson, Antonio Ballerina, Napoleon Ryan and Rosalyn Landir, to name a few of my favorites. They tell a story as if each word is a treasure. What a disappointment this hurried narration of a (likely good) book proved to be!

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Another great Nikki Galena mystery

DI Nikki Galena, Detective Sergeant Joe Easter, and the team are juggling two murders--a recent, bloody murder of a prominent, successful, local businesswoman, and the newly discovered, unofficial grave of a man believed to have drowned himself thirty years ago.

It's not good, especially since they're understaffed--and moreover, Joseph is being stressed and distracted by his ex-wife, Laura.

The businesswoman, Madeline Prospero, was a member of a secretive drinking club, the Briar Patch, and this proves to be a problem. Many of the women are lesbians, and very prominent and well-connected--and still in the closet. Legalizing same-sex marriage didn't make sexism and homophobia disappear. Nikki is under orders to be very careful with all of them, and not to question some of them at all.

The thirty-year-old skeleton unearthed in the church graveyard is surely less urgent, right?

Except strange things start happening around his grave. The children he was believed to have molested, all those years ago, are still improbably affected; not one of them seems to have moved past it at all.

Then more murders happen, some connected to the Briar Patch, some seemingly related to the old skeleton. Are the two cases connected?

This is seventh in a series, but I think it can be followed and enjoyed out of order. Nikki and Joseph, Joseph and his ex-wife and daughter, and the various team members continue to grow and develop in their relationships. It's a rich, lived-in community of people, and the story moves and is interesting.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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Joy Ellis Doesn't Disappoint

Again another book full of twists and turns. Joy keeps you from putting the book down or stop listening. Henrietta Meire continues to do a great job narrating. Now on to book 8.

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Why don’t these detectives have guns?

I am so blown away every story when the bad guys have guns and these detectives have nothing, seems like a huge omission

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A Challenging Listen

Maybe this book needed to be read. So Many Characters: I struggled to keep them straight (no pun intended). The story was so convoluted that I found my mind wondering and needed to rewind to see who (of the dozens of options) was in this scene and what they were doing. I found the lesbian story line rather awkward. So much attention was given to being PC that it felt contrived. Other than as an explanation of female victims of a female criminal, it seemed unnecessary.

I have grown weary of this narrator as well. The male voices are all monotones. And in an attempt to differentiate females voices some are so screechy its intolerable.

Maybe I just need a break from this series.

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  • Oops 66
  • 04-24-18

Another great story

Have enjoyed all the books. Nicky Galena a great detective with Joseph her side kick and rest of team. This was another great listen.Narrator excelent too.

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  • L M McDermott
  • 10-30-18

great story

another great listen,had me spellbound until the end . Good develpoment of all the charecters through the series

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  • Sukhvinder
  • 09-22-18

good read

Loved it fast paced as always. Good plot believable characters. red all the books in the series. Anticipating the next one.

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  • Teresa evans
  • 08-26-18

Buried on the fens

I really enjoyed this book narrator was good a really good listen as always with joy.

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  • Guitargal
  • 09-12-18

Wrong accents

The narrators accents ruined the book for me as none seemed to be from the area where it was set. The whole Lesbian theme was over worked and felt contrived beyond belief. The author’s repetitive use of so and so “ran their hand through their wavy / straight / curly / wiry / spiky / balding / red / brown / auburn / blond etc hair ad nauseam was really irritating and desperately needs a good editor to get rid of that sort of nonsense. The story started well but due to the multitude of characters, it lost its way and the end was contrived and rushed. Disappointing overall.

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  • Lorraine Pulfer
  • 06-23-22

Great book

Excellent story, very absorbing. Can't wait to read the next one in the series.

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  • Christine
  • 06-10-22

still dreadful performance

sadly Henrietta Miere's performance make this book, like the others in this series, so painful to listen to.

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  • Mrs. Isobel Duff
  • 05-23-22

Narration horrendous

As with all of these books the narration totally spoils it. The regional accents are bad. The Scottish accent in this book is beyond belief - like something out of a pantomime. Out of character the narration is just boring. Not sure why I’m sticking with the books - the narration detracts from the stories so much.

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  • CMB
  • 05-06-22

Can these books be re-recorded?

A good listen but dreadful narration. So many mispronounced words, and the narrator sometimes seems to forget whether or not she is still speaking in a character’s voice, or continuing with narration, and she continues in the voice of the character. I really enjoy Joy Ellis’s books and have listened to all of this series because at present I’m unable to read and need to listen, but as I’ve worked my way through the series I’m surprised to hear the same narrator. There have been so many comments about mispronunciation that I’m surprised that the narrator hasn’t been changed - or at least that someone hasn’t done the equivalent of ‘proof reading’ the narration. The simplest of words are mispronounced.

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  • Kathryn Wragg
  • 03-11-22

A little too dark.

Quite a dark and sinister storyline, quite twisted at times. Not my favourite Nicky and Joseph storyline.

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  • Lynne Moodie
  • 07-22-20

perfect book

Another really great book to listen too while quilting. looking forward to the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-19

i caanot get enough of this author

excitement from start to finish. a very exciting read. keeps you spellbound to the end.

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  • Bernadette Aitken
  • 02-11-19

Splendid

Oh! I was so glad that none of the main team were hurt. This was a very long running case with seemingly no answers. New victims emerge and old ones are terrorised. It was hard to take in the story at times as the details of each victim was only partially given and the imagination took over from there.
This is a very well crafted story. It spirals towards its climax, connecting all of the separate threads as it goes. There is a very satisfying ending.
It was sometimes easier to listen to this book than it was to read it.

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  • Julie Swanepoel
  • 04-26-18

gripping!

I simply can't stop listening once I start these Joy Ellis tales of the fen! Brilliantly narrated as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-22

great read

love this series twists and turns all the way through. could not foresee this ending
getting used to the unusual accents

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-22

another great book in the series

Great story by Joy and great narrative by Henrietta and her many voices can't wait to read the next book.thank you ladies.

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  • Aussie Jenny
  • 09-01-21

Twists and Turns

Another, can’t stop listening, book by Joy Ellis in the DI Nikki Galena & DS Joe Easter series.

Throughout this book you will develop theories only to have them disproven in the next chapter. I enjoy trying to unravel the clues along the way. If you do too, this is the book for you.

I highly recommend this book.

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  • Ms Robyn E Sharpe
  • 07-30-21

Terrible narrator

I really like these books which is why I persist but the narrator is just awful.

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  • paulak1709
  • 07-04-21

Another great read!

I will be sad to get to the end of this series 😭 I'm LOVING it so much.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-17-21

Narrator

Didn't like the narrator very hard to understand at times. Have heard better from her.