January 14, 2019

Shadow Over the Fens

Shadow Over the Fens (DI Nikki Galena, #2) by Joy Ellis
2016 Tantor Audio
Read by Henrietta Meire
Finished on November 18, 2018
Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)

Publisher's Blurb:

Someone terrible from DS Joseph Easter’s past is back . . .

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

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 DI Galena begins to doubt him [DS Easter] as he faces a race against time to save someone very close to him.

Set in 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.

Shadow Over the Fens is another entertaining installment to the Nikki Galena series. I figured out whodunit early on, but that didn't spoil the book and I'm eager to start listening to Hunted on the Fens. I'm enjoying the series and the audio reader (Henrietta Meire) is very good. This book held my interest quite a bit more than those in Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway series (another mystery series I've been listening to) and I was inspired to go on longer walks just so I could continue listening.


  1. I love books that make me walk longer. This sounds terrific!

    1. Kathy, so do I! I really like the reader.

  2. I think I have another Joy Ellis book on my Kindle but I want to read this series in order so I need to get this one. Glad you enjoyed it!

    1. Iliana, I'm excited to read another, but I may wait a bit since I want to get back to Louise Penny's books. The third (Cruelest Month?) is ready for me to pick up at the library so it's up next!

  3. As you know, I loved these. Enjoy your walks!

    1. Kay, I think I'm enjoying them a bit more than Elly Griffiths' series. Just a little bit more.


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