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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.
Latest crime thriller by prolific author JoyEllis 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? JoyEllis 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 JoyEllis (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 JoyEllis, 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.
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 JoyEllis will not be disappointed with this book. 5 ***** from this happy reader.
JoyEllis, 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 !!
I have read, and loved, all of the previous books by JoyEllis but this one felt like it was missing something. I thought it was overlong and rambled to its conclusion. The two storylines I felt were fairly predictable and had so many police characters that I was expecting at least one of them to be written out of the story. It is the first JoyEllis book that I almost didn’t bother to finish, let’s hope we get back to the usual 5 star storyline with the next book.