• Fear on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena, Book 13
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (336 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Now.

In the beautiful gardens of Shelley House a shocking discovery is made. A blackened hand dangles over the side of a wheelbarrow. The horrific scent of burnt flesh lingers in the air.

Detectives Nikki Galena and Joseph Easter are called in to investigate.

Twenty years ago.

A family destroyed by tragic secrets. The scientist father who killed their gardener, before being murdered himself. The brother who disappeared, never to be seen again.

Until now?

Nikki and Joseph must find a man who's been missing for two decades and unravel the painful past of a broken family before anyone else dies.

©2021 Joy Ellis (P)2021 Tantor

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Truly awful

I’ve read all the books in this series and enjoyed most of them. But the quality has deteriorated over time. This one was a ridiculous, meandering mess. The police are embarrassingly bad. It seems that every book gets more like a silly soap opera. The conversations at the station sound like something overheard at the Ladies’ Knitting Society. Yuck.

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Fear on the Fens: a Fatuous Fractured Fairytale

I do not know where to start and I am sorry I finished the book. The story was way over the top and the cops are portrayed as fools. Even if you suspend your disbelief the plot does not work. Yes crazy people do crazy things, but this book had too many crazies and too many crazy coincidences.

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Disappointing

The story line was just silly. This series has devolved from police procedural to cozy mysteries. Too pat, way too predictable.

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Very good book in a great series

The thirteenth book in the Nikki Galena series is an excellent addition to Joy Ellis’ body of work.

This could have been a 5-star book but I had a hard time keeping track of all the characters. The story was interesting if not a bit different. Brothers, a scientist father, the intelligence service, and some bizarre murders give Nikki and her team a case they won’t soon forget. I never saw the ending coming.

Excellent narration again by Henrietta Meire.

The next book should be fantastic and I look forward to it.

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Fairly ok

Not as good as earlier stories. Do not really like the narrator. I have listened to all of this series and this is the
only one I am not happy with.

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Kind of goofy....

Definitely NOT one of her best works. The story, not the writing. Enjoyed visiting the characters again, but not one I will ever listen to again. I do hope this is not the end of the line for Nikki Galena, but if there are no better stories to tell, maybe it should be.

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Huge Disappointment

I have read or listened to all Nikki Galena novels and loved them, but this is a huge disappointment. Joy Ellis did not put her heart into Fear on the Fens. Nikki comes off as incompetent. The story rambles and is almost ridiculous. Will finish only because I’m not a quitter.

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Mystical mumbo jumbo

I buy every Joy Ellis available. She never disappoints with her characterizations and settings. That's why I read this book to the bitter end, believing it had to get better.
It didn't.
If you believe in fairies and magical portals and evil imps, this book is for you. It seems the author was struggling to find a plot device to justify a series of macabre murders.
I did finish, but I had to set the speed at 1.5 to make it through. It's another example of a book that would have been much better at half the length.
I will not give up on Joy Ellis yet.

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Worst in a great series

These stories have been generally very good , well written and credible
This story was very weak , no tension and nonsense characters, is the writer veering towards fantasy , I hope not

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Fairies and Sprites

Another amazing book that ends the series and has an ending that surprise you. Other reviews stated that it was disappointing but for me I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sad that that the series is done but hope Joy continues writing books to continue the series. A great job narrating Henrietta.

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  • Brenda Clements
  • 12-26-21

disappointed

disappointed,this is the first Joy Ellis book I have not enjoyed. can't even finish it. have tried but to far fetched

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-21-21

Thanks you Joy Ellis

And everyone else involved in making this audible book. Different to others in the series.

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  • puppy
  • 01-08-22

Another fantastic book

this is another gripping and intriguing book by what I consider my favourite author, it is a must to listen to everyone of her books which I exactly what I have done please keep writing more thanks

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  • Fiona
  • 01-08-22

Ok, good for a long car journey

A bit of waiting for the story to get going and then not really believable but not pure fantasy either!

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  • foobah
  • 01-03-22

Enjoyable

I always look forward to listening to and reading Joy Ellis, the characters are as familiar as old friends. However I did not enjoy the narration on this occasion, I can’t pin point why but possibly the pitch, pace and intonation made the listen uncomfortable

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  • Gerard
  • 12-26-21

Truthfully one of the oddest books ever ….

Clunky dialogue, extremely clunky dialogue, and a bizarre story line, combining espionage with the paranormal with the kitchen sink thrown in for good measure. My favourite passages are the bedtime conversations of the two characters who are supposed to be having a relationship of some kind … astoundingly wooden and utterly sexless. All In all it’s a triumph of something or other.

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  • Elizabeth Marsden
  • 02-23-22

Abrupt, disjointed story telling

This is not a pleasant listen. The story plot is great which kept me going but one reader has a harsh voice and the ‘said Joseph’, ‘said Nicky’ at the end of speech was disjointed, like it had been recorded and added rather than spoken as a fluid part of the reading. Awful. Almost gave up.

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  • sam
  • 01-29-22

dreadful narratiom

the narrator was truly awful, reading in a hard accent that made it difficult to listen to. The scottish/welsh/Yorkshire accent was the worst I have heard but was so bad it was funny.
Great story though.

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  • Esther
  • 01-23-22

Not finished

I tried but it was not up to the usual standard, I just gave up listening!

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  • Lady L
  • 01-09-22

Another cracking story

Joy Ellis does it again. A very unusual story line, a little disturbing in places, plenty of twists and turns 👍🏻
Keep them coming Joy 🤩

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  • Debra
  • 02-09-22

Loved It!

Twist and turns in this plot although some predictable. Another case investigated and solved by Nikki and her team. Well worth reading.

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  • Sandi
  • 01-29-22

Riveting

As usual Joy Ellis has written a book with high drama and many twists and turns. As with all her preceding books in this series it comes with a sensational story and the narrator is full of life.

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  • noney
  • 01-08-22

another great book

of your a fan of the fens series then this is just as good as the others lot's of your favourite characters and as usual a complicated crime to solve.
I love that the same narrator records this entire series

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 12-21-21

Oh dear I’m never listening to Henrietta Meier again

Goodness this was awful not sure why I continued with this. The narrator is dreadful, the story so silly and I will never listen to the Fens stories again.
Do yourself a favour and do the same. Bad bad bad

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  • rhonda wheeler
  • 02-11-22

Very good

Twists and turns were well done and left the listener unsure of the ending.

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  • Kayezzz
  • 01-08-22

Brilliant!!!

Don't know where to start! Totally different murder storyline, but exceptional as ever...so great to have Nikki and Joseph back and all the old crew 😊 the wealth of knowledge and the research Joy Ellis does is mindblowing...how does she even think of these scenarios? I'm very excited for the next book which I know will come...don't leave us hanging for too long please! 😁☺🙂

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  • kathy quinton
  • 01-06-22

A psychological puzzle for detectives ,

A puzzle for detectives ,that sends clever men and women ,searching the fens for a killer .The mind is a jumble of ideas ,what is real ?and what is not? Who to believe? What drives a quiet gentle young man to kill ?Are mysterious tree and nature spirits crying for revenge ? ……….this is a fantastic story that keeps the reader guessing rite to the end.

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  • Chris F.
  • 08-05-22

great story again from joy ellis

another great from joy ellis another can't put down novel can't get enough of her books

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-23-22

I couldn't go past the sample

I have really enjoyed joy Ellis's other series and was looking forward to this, but the narrator's voice is unbearable
I'll seek the hardcopy

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  • Frosty Theron
  • 04-15-22

A Fitting End

Marvelous, I didn’t see that end coming and the bit right at the last was a fitting end to the last “Fens” book. Thank you Joy Ellis, for a series of books I binged-listened-to!
Now for Jackman & Evan …