• Marshlight

  • Detective Matt Ballard, Book 4
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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Marshlight

By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
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Publisher's Summary

Matt and Liz may have retired from the police, but that doesn't mean a quiet life.

An old friend's sister disappears without a trace. There's no sign of foul play, but she'd been acting very peculiarly....

Meanwhile, Liz's cousin, Christie, comes to stay. She takes an immediate - and uncharacteristic - dislike to the local bookshop owner, Gina. Why does everyone put up with her awful behavior?

Hunting will-o'-the-wisps on the marshes can be a very dangerous hobby.

Christie is convinced that Gina is manipulating everyone around her. Is she onto something dangerous or just pushing her new friends away?

No one believes her suspicions until another friend goes missing late at night on the misty Fen marshes.

Can Matt and Liz uncover the truth in time to save lives?

©2021 Joy Ellis (P)2021 Tantor

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not a procedural

Unlike other books by this author, this isn't a procedural. It's mostly about the cousin of Liz and the friends she makes. But as another reader commented, the plot is flimsy and not likely and there's no attempt to make it believable.

I wanted to like Christie, but any other poison would have walked away and left these people alone. They didn't do anything to instill that kind of loyalty on short notice. they were a nuisance and the death of one was so ridiculous. there was no reason for her to walk into her death except the plot demanded that someone die.

if you like books about manipulative women and liars, this is for you. there's a ton of that and a lot of Christie wrestling internal with what to do. if you were looking for a piece procedural like her other books, you might not enjoy this one. there's little detective work in here and not much common sense either.

there's no twists. no surprises. everything is spelled out into advance. I kept hoping the story would get better or Matt and Liz would do something since the book is supposed to be about them, but nope. it's all about Christie.

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hhhhmmmmm……

did read the 4 in this Matt Ballard series so far…but, not what I expected from this author…. the story lines and were just not my cup of tea…. found them tedious to read. Will stay with Joy Ellis’s other series of books which I love.

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Love the series but not this one

This one didn't sit well with me. The basic story was full of middle school behaviors (She looked at me funny and now my feelings are hurt). why would a grown woman react that way to a bully? I found myself frustrated repeatedly. But I still can't wait to read the next one. 😀

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No Mystery

A mystery book with no mystery. Everything was predictable. The major of my book club agreed with my opinion.

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Difficult to put down!

Entertaining and enjoyable to listen to! I'm really hoping there's a next book to read or listen to!

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Couldn’t finish

I found this hard to understand, hard to follow, and too far away from what the earlier books in this series were like. I usually enjoy Joy Ellis’ books but not this one.

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Voice performance lets the story down

The voice performance had me returning this book after 30 minutes. The actors choice of a patronizing tone for Matt, in addition to making him sound like someone’s 70 year old boorish uncle, made the whole story I’ll conceived.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-03-21

Joy Ellis delivers again

My only concern with these audiobooks is that people expect me to go to work rather than sit at home listening to them.

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  • Miss M Lewis
  • 11-19-21

Total change of style... like a different author

I've lenjoyed all the other crime novels by this author and this one's very disappointing

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  • Natalie Wood
  • 11-07-21

Joy Ellis is fab!

Unfortunately though the narration and actor decided on a southern country accent which for me first of all confused me and eventually irritated. It was set in Lincolnshire! Not Dorset, Devon, Cornwall or Gloucestershire!

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  • Mary R.
  • 11-25-22

I was enthralled!

Well worth all the Stars!
Great story.
Good finale.Strong characters,
Narration was excellent also.
Gracias!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-24-22

Not a crime novel

Way too much focus on Gina and her machinations, with very little crime substance

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  • MR
  • 09-05-22

Very slow paced but rescued by compelling villains

I’m a big fan of Joy Ellis but this book was, if I’m honest, a slog. I get the appeal of a slow build but you could miss the first 18 chapters and still be able to pick up the storyline. No spoilers but the ending was slightly anti climatic too.

On the upside Joy Ellis excels at creating just the most evil antagonists and Gina is right up there with Alistair Ashcroft as one of her best worst creations. She was the main reason I stuck with this book.

All in all, if you’re a Patient Man (pun intended) then this makes for an ok read. But if you’re expecting similar pacing to the outstanding Jackman/Evans series be prepared to be disappointed

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  • vanessa mcardell
  • 09-02-22

What a disappointment

This book was such a disappointment. Quite like her books normally but was so bored by this.

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  • Mosfra
  • 03-29-22

Disappointing at times

I am a great fan of Joy Ellis, she usually tells a great tale that keeps me on the edge of my seat. This one didn’t. I found Christie naive, especially her suggestion that she, Tom and Jane confront Gina in her home, especially after being given explicit instructions by Matt and Liz not to do so.
I found the voice used for Matt very pompous which is not how I have imagined him over the years.
It was all brought to a convenient end where, usually, the Joy Ellis books have a twist at the end of the tale.
It was alright. Not one of her best!

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  • Mrs. E. Alderman
  • 03-13-22

Another great book

I really enjoy theses books have read loads,
It’s a bit spooky and the villain is complicated but the story was good

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  • Drama Queen
  • 03-09-22

Oi, Matthew Lloyd Davies, No.

What in the blue blazes is that accent, Mr Davies? You run courses on Audible narration and you perform an accent like that? it's driven me to drink and I'm as yet only half way through the story. Step away from the novel and put the accent down.

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  • Janet Congues
  • 12-14-21

Another great Ellis novel

Really enjoyed this story even if it didn't have the same intrigue as some of the other novels. Found myself thoroughly immersed in the characters.

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  • Kayezzz
  • 11-28-21

Different from others in the series...

I have loved all Joy Ellis's books in all her series, and the research that must've gone into this was was amazing; hours and hours of research no doubt! However despite the narrator having a wonderful rich voice, I found it a bit too dramatic at times. I was also a little disappointed in the ending, I would have liked a bit more drama after all the lead up, and without giving anything away there was one aspect of the story that I felt wasn't tied up as neatly as I would have thought it would be...and I think maybe also it leaves an opening for Matt and Liz to come back...let's hope so! 😃👍

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  • Stephanie G
  • 10-06-22

Weak plot, boring story and no real ending.

I am a Joy Ellis fan, but this book feels like it was written by someone else .... someone writing their first book.
The book has very weak characters, with little character development, repetitive themes and nothing happens. I persisted to the end of the book and there is no real ending. You never find out what happens, (not that you care that much, as the characters are so weak). It is very basic, boring and extremely disappointing.

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  • R Sumner
  • 06-01-22

Not the norm but still great

This book is not your usual offering from Joy, but still excellently executed.
Loved every moment

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-21

Not a psychological thriller

More a predictable romance. Davies is no Richard Armitage. Disappointed all round, couldn’t get through it

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 11-02-21

Dull dull dull

What a disappointment this was.
Such a beige writer. The story might be good but the writing was awful