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Terrific crime mystery leaves you guessing until the end. The continued development of the main characters and their back stories and everyday lives brings these stories to life. In this book DS Marie Evans scores a lot of the limelight along with supporting characters Laura Archer and Sam Page.
3.0 out of 5 starsWe get there, one way or the other.
Reviewed in Australia on 5 December 2021
Said by Marie at the end of the story. That pretty much sums up how these detectives solve their cases. The are not smart or clever. Their results are pretty much the result of dumb luck,, or the work of their victims.
If you try to not think too much about the content, this is a pleasant read.
A cat burglar is terrorising the Fens by breaking into houses and stealing photos of children. Meanwhile, a well-dressed man is unsettling parents by observing children as they come and go from local schools. As DI Jackman, DS Evans, and the team look for links, Jackman’s partner, Laura, is treating an unstable man for somnambulism - he seems genuine so why does she have misgivings? You’d think these sleepy Fen villages would be used to the crime sprees and body counts, but the team seems to have more on their plate than usual. As always with this series, I enjoyed this murder / mystery a lot … it was hard to see the pattern for ages and I always find that intriguing, although the scenes with the cat burglar were pretty creepy! Actor Richard Armitage expertly narrates the audio with subtle voicings and accents - he’s so skilled and his voice is so LOVELY to listen to!
Latest crime thriller by prolific author Joy Ellis is the seventh in the Jackman and Evans series and not one encountered previously. This time, the detectives are on the hunt for a burglar who only steals photographs. A classic police procedural albeit a cosy crime novel. As the investigation unfolds, the bodies begin to mount yet the clues seem to lead nowhere. Overall, a leisurely paced gentle crime venture with a three-star rating. Whilst the crime element deserved a higher rating, the seemingly unnecessary distraction of the mundane lives of the crime team lessened its appeal – swathes of them sleeping or gathering for meals added little gravitas to the mystery. However, fans of the series will enjoy this latest instalment. With thanks to Joffe Books and the author, for an uncorrected advanced review copy for review purposes. As always, the opinions herein are totally my own and are made without fear or favour.
Two tumultuous cases on the go; people frightening families, frustrating the police and intriguing psychologists. What more could you want? Joy Ellis never disappoints with her cracking storylines and well developed characters and in this eighth Jackman and Evans book she even adds a touch of romance. Thanks Joffe Books for my copy.
I've just discovered Joy Ellis (through free listens on audible) and have binge-listened to the whole Jackman and Evans series. Great stories, great characters and fabulous narration. As an Australian, I found it refreshing that firearms are not a normal part of a crime story (and in fact did not appear until book 4), and as a reader of romantic suspense stories, I thoroughly enjoyed the character interactions and the snippets of romance. Highly recommended.
This is book 8 in the award winning Jackman and Evans series by the extremely talented Joy Ellis, one of my favourite authors. They do work perfectly as stand alone.
The story is an unusual and intriguing one. There is more than one story running because in the background is a perplexing case that Laura is handling. This adds even more interest and brings the characters more to life as the reader is treated to an insight to the difficulties faced by people whose choice of career means they are unable to discuss their working day. The author expertly brings this into the story adding extra interest and realism.
The story begins with a woman waking in the night to find a man at the foot of her bed staring at her. At first it appears that Ratty is up to his old tricks but when a photo is found to be missing Jackman and his team realise they have another much more dangerous intruder on the loose. As more women are left traumatised by the night time visitor the team are struggling to work out why the intruder is stealing photos of boys around 10 years of age.
The team have their work cut out trying to sort the wheat from the chaff as other reports come in of events the police have been called out to that could have a bearing on the case.
A very complicated and extremely gripping story. Is Laura's case linked to Jackman's? What, if anything, does the lone man at the school gates have to do with it? Most importantly though is the question 'What is this night time visitor's end game?
As this list of night time visits and by default the number of boys on the list increases it becomes clear that the Police budget and resources make it impossible to protect them all. In the meantime Laura's sleepwalker case is ramping up .
Wow what a fantastic book this is. I was totally gripped from the very first page. Adrenaline pumping suspense and more twists and turns than a big bowl of spaghetti I found myself guessing and changing my mind numerous times all the way through.
The characters continue to gain depth and I love how Stacey and Jay are brought more into the limelight as it adds interest and depth to the story.
An absolutely outstanding read and one that will stay with me for a long time.
This is the eighth book in the excellent and high successful series featuring DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans working in the Fenland Constabulary police. The very close and loyal team of DCs Robbie Melton, Charlie Button, Gary Pritchard, Max Cohen and Kevin Stoner are all present and correct, aided in this story by three great uniformed officers, PCs Stacey Smith, Jay Acharya and Simon Laker. A number of strange incidents are taking place in the area at night. Dr Laura Archer, Jackman’s partner and the force psychologist, has a patient driving his car in his sleep to deal with! This is a problem she shares with her old friend and mentor Professor Sam Page. The shadow of their old nemesis Alistair Ashcroft still hangs over them, despite the man serving a whole life sentence, but Sam is concerned that the killer is already trying to manipulate the system to his own advantage. The detectives have to deal with three break-ins where strangely the only thing taken is a child’s photograph but sadly the last case results in a death. Is there a child stalker on the loose or is he searching for something or someone else? Was the death an accident? As more photos are taken, they wonder if it is their resident and basically harmless long standing nocturnal intruder or is there is a second and more sinister night creeper? To quote their pathologist, the fabulous Professor Rory Wilkinson, “a portrait-pinching Spiderman”. Is he the same man that has been spied by parents hanging around the school gates but without a clear motive? Are these all random coincidences or are any events connected? Jackman and Evans certainly have their hands full with all these people roaming the quiet streets of Saltern-le-Fen and the surrounding villages. Helped by an enterprising group of women and a very special child, can they make sense of these crimes? The conclusion is certainly shocking, dynamic and tinged with a little sadness as all the mysteries are eventually solved by a very skilled group of detectives and a lot of hard work. This story has a host of brilliant characters that the reader can warm to immediately, such as Rory, Spike and Sam, together with all the detectives and their loved ones. I adore the humour and the camaraderie between them, and it’s nice to see them enjoying great home lives as well, making the story all the more rounded and enjoyable. The jam-packed plot is clever and superbly delivered, the characters wonderfully described, and the scenery and setting of these books is perfect for the story. This series just gets better and better! 5*
If you enjoy a good detective story with a good few twists and turns this is for you. Jackman and Evans along with their team and uniforms are drawn into investigating a case where seemingly unconnected woman are waking up to a man in their house. Nothing is missing but a photograph of a child from. their family. What is happening? That is the puzzle and after the first murder the time is running out. Leads point in different directions and give you enough suspects to keep you alert and wondering which one is chief suspect. Just who are they and why are they doing it. Enjoy the read. This is my 8th and I will miss them.
Jackman, Evans, and team once again find themselves going through a maze to get their hands on a maniac. The intruder sneaks into peoples homes whilst they are in bed and steal pictures of children aged 10. Now he has stepped up his crimanal activity by murdering an old woman....why? This story takes on a lot of twists and turns as another maniac comes into the frame but in a different guise....he is Laura's patient. I can honestly say that readers of Joy Ellis will not be disappointed with this book. 5 ***** from this happy reader.
Joy Ellis, the "Queen" of psychological thrillers has written another. Horrifying ,sad and cruel. There are murders and nightly wanderings DI Jackman and DS Evans, a perfect detective team are up against it. Two cases side by side, one is very personal for Jackman. They have help from other detectives and uniform, chasing the suspects. After many hours things come to a head with a build up to an exciting ending with DS Evans expertly "getting in the way".! A brilliant story, loved it !!