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Joffe Books, 5 February 2020. ISBN: 978-1-78931343-7 (PB)
Richard Howard is worried.He manages his parents’ farm on the sprawling
Sedgebrook Estate on Jacob’s Fen where, over the last few weeks, strange things
have been happening.Farm implements
have been disturbed or have disappeared and when he finds that a knife has been
left on his parents’ doorstep, he decides it is time to visit Greenborough
Police Station where he tells his story to Sergeant Niall Farrow.
Richard’s description of events makes the
police sergeant uneasy; agricultural tools being in the wrong place is one
thing, leaving a knife next to someone’s front door is another.Niall assures Richard that he will visit the
estate on his way home that evening and retains the knife to check for any
After Richard leaves the station, Niall shows
the knife to his father-in-law, Detective Sergeant Joseph Easter, who
recognises the weapon as, “…a ritualistic knife used in Wicca, or witchcraft.”Niall is now even more perplexed,“Witches?
On Jacob’s Fen? Oh please!”
In a further twist it transpires that Tamsin
Farrow, Niall’s wife and Joseph’s daughter, is due to visit the Sedgebrook
Estate Farm the following day as part of her work assisting farmers to achieve
agricultural biodiversity.Tamsin joins
Richard and a team of volunteers to explore the aptly named Hob’s End Copse. She
finds a derelict cottage camouflaged beneath thick undergrowth and a closer
examination shows that the building has recently been occupied.Richard wonders whether this might be
connected with events at the farm and agrees that Tamsin should call her
husband to report their discovery.Niall,
however, is engaged on another incident so it falls to DS Easter to attend the
As they are searching the building Joseph
and his daughter come across an old leather satchel.The DS is stunned to find that the bag contains
photographs of a girl whom he immediately recognises as a nineteen-year-old who
went missing some fifteen years earlier.Jennifer Cowley’s body was never found but a local man, Patrick Shale,
was convicted of her murder.Enter DI
Nikki Galena, Joseph’s supervisory officer and his partner.Little does she know, as she steps into the
cottage, that she is about to make an even more gruesome discovery.
Hidden on the Fens is the eleventh book in the Fen Series but can easily be
read as a stand-alone novel.The
characterisation is, as always, impeccable, and for those who, like me, have
read the rest of the Nikki Galena and Joseph Easter books, it is super to see
how the characters have developed through time.The author weaves together several tantalising plot lines that tease and
wrong-foot the reader as they build up to a wonderfully unexpected
dénouement.I had been looking forward
to reading Joy Ellis’s latest novel and was not disappointed.The tense and
fast-moving thriller proved impossible to put down.
Joy Elliswas born in Kent but spent most of her working life in
London and Surrey. She 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. She swore that one day she would have a
shop of her own. It took until the early Eighties, but she did it. Sadly, the
recession wiped it out, and she embarked on a series of weird and wonderful
jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Joy now lives in a village in the
Lincolnshire Fens with her partner, Jacqueline. She had been writing mysteries
for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now as her partner is a
highly decorated retired police officer; her choice of genre was suddenly
clear. She has set her crime thrillers in the misty fens.
in the emergency services for twenty years first as a police officer, then as a
paramedic and finally as a fire control officer before graduating from King’s
College, London as a teacher of English in her mid-forties. She completed
a M.A. in Special and Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education, London
and now teaches part-time and writes mainly about educational issues. Dot
sings jazz and country music and plays guitar, banjo and piano as well as being
addicted to reading mystery and crime fiction.