Fear on the Fens by Joy Ellis #BookReview #DINikkiGalena13 #JoffeBooks #5*



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.



DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she’s seen a girl die in her arms and her own family destroyed. She’s tough on criminals but fiercely loyal to her team.


The Lincolnshire Fens: great open skies brood over marshes, farmland, and nature reserves. It is not easy terrain for the Fenland Constabulary to police, due to the distances between some of the remote fen villages, the dangerous and often misty lanes, and the poor telephone coverage. There are still villages where the oldest residents have never set foot outside their own farmland and a visit to the nearest town is a major event. But it has a strange airy beauty to it, and above it all are the biggest skies you’ve ever seen.

DI Nikki Galena series

  1. Crime on the Fens
  2. Shadow Over the Fens
  3. Hunted on the Fens
  4. Killer on the Fens
  5. Stalker on the Fens
  6. Captive on the Fens
  7. Buried on the Fens
  8. Thieves on the Fens
  9. Fire on the Fens
  10. Darkness on the Fens
  11. Hidden on the Fens
  12. Secrets on the Fens
  13. Fear on the Fens

An Intricate, Enigmatic Read!

Another fine book in this terrific series!

In this thirteenth novel, a gruesome discovery in a beautiful setting sparks off the latest investigation for DI Nikki Galena and her team. They very quickly realise there is a connection with events of twenty years ago and they need to find a man who has been missing since then. As the bodies mount up, their task is made all the more difficult by outside interference. Can they get to the truth despite the hindrances they need to cope with?

This is an excellent series and this book, in particular, is very intricate and a real enigma! I was never really sure who to trust and, in all honesty, can say now that I suspected someone who turned out to be completely innocent! Joy Ellis can always be relied upon to provide a thorough workout for the little grey matter and this one had me hooked all the way through! There is such a lot going on and never a dull moment. A gripping read, skilfully crafted as always and definitely a great addition to the series. Highly recommend, and well worth all five stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this novel; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime thriller

Author Details

I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the Sixties and Seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early Eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!

And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our four Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I write full-time, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre is a no-brainer! I have an on-tap police and judicial consultant, who makes exceedingly good tea!
I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!

I am now lucky enough to have joined the amazing Joffe Books team of authors and am really enjoying being able to spend time doing what I love… writing!


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