Hidden on the Fens – Joy Ellis


I have read all of the ‘Fenland’ books by Joy Ellis.  I have said it before that her style of writing makes this author’s novels a page-turner for me.  It could also be because I was brought up on a farm in the fens and understand much of the landscape and beliefs.

DI Nikki Galena and DS Joseph Easter return and their relationship and interactions, sometimes with misplaced humour, continue to make theses novels exceptional.  This is possibly the best in the series and could easily be read as a standalone but the history of the couple and their children is referred to.

A derelict cottage is found in the middle of a copse which nobody appears to know anything about.  A murder victim from some fourteen years ago is discovered and the man who was convicted of the crime has just been released from prison but has been swearing he was innocent all the time.

A young woman goes missing who looks similar to the murder victim and the search begins to find her before it is too late.  In the meantime, the owners of the farm where the cottage is situated are receiving sinister messages.

Cleverly plotted, with characters who bring the story alive as it twists and turns towards the finale.

Thanks to NetGalley, Joffe Books and Joy Ellis for the ARC in return for my honest review.

Excellent read and recommended.






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