Shadow over the Fens: by Joy Ellis

Shadow over the Fens: DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 2
Author Joy Ellis
Narrated by Henrietta Meire
Publication date Dec 27, 2016
Running time 7 hrs 22 min
Publisher: Tantor Audio
4 Stars

Publishers Summary
Detective Nikki Galena’s friend and neighbour meets a tragic end but there’s more to his death than meets the eye . . .

And someone terrible from DS Joseph Easter’s past is back . . .
A man is found executed on a piece of wasteland in Greenborough town. The cold-blooded murder triggers terrible memories for DS Joseph Easter.
Just when things seemed to be going well for DS Easter, he realises that the nightmare is coming back, threatening his career, his sanity, and maybe his life.
In a breath-taking conclusion even Nikki begins to doubt DS Easter as he faces a race against time to save someone very close to him.
Review
This second book follows straight on from the first, Nikki Galena and Joe Easter now are working together in the Fens area.
When Nikki’s neighbour, Martin Durham, calls by her cottage one day he offers to slap a coat of paint on her garden gate. Next thing she knows is that Martin, acting like a crazed man, careers up the steps of the church tower and jumps off to his death. Nikki does not accept that he took his own life despite it being the obvious conclusion, she decides to dig around to see what she can uncover …

The sight of a murder victim shocks Joe Easter almost beyond words, he fears his old nemesis has returned to persecute him. Meanwhile, he has met a woman who just might be the one for him …

There is a lot going on in this twisty tale, eventually the strands merge to reveal a very smart and well written plot. Plenty of action and suspense keep the reader well engaged throughout, plus there is an exciting end!

The single most impressive thing about this story for me is how well the author has developed the character of Nikki Galena. In the first book Nikki was the ubiquitous arrogant and flawed cop who always knows best, the one who always somehow avoids getting kicked off the job.
Thankfully, in this second book her character is far more realistic. She remains tough, edgy and strong but is far more believable.
I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys police procedurals with a good, twisty plot.
Narration
Narrated by Henrietta Meire who gives us an excellent performance. I thought she captured Nikki’s accent and character particularly well, brisk and to the point with a bit of attitude.
All the characters are well differentiated which is pretty important when listening to a story.
Her voice is pleasing to the ear and has good rhythm and cadence.
Excellent recording quality.
Review copy provided by Tantor Audio
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