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Joy Ellis Books In Order

Publication Order of DI Nikki Galena & DS Joe Easter Books

Mask Wars aka Crime on the Fens (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadowbreaker aka Shadow Over the Fens (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hunted on the Fens (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killer on the Fens (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stalker on the Fens (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Murderer's Son (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Joy Ellis is one of the favorite modern mystery thriller writers in today’s genre of crime literatureShe began her life in Kent, a South East England county where she grew up. Then after winning an apprenticeship, she eventually made her way to London. An apprenticeship during the 1960’s to a reputable floral shop brought her into the world of flowers. The experience of apprenticing in such a shop that catered to a mixture of wealthy and royal clients took the small town girl into a new realm of the world. Constance Spry, Ltd. was the prestigious florist shop where she apprenticed, and it stood merely to help her begin a new life. Afterward, it contributed to lead Ms. Ellis in her desire to fulfill her dreams by opening a floral shop of her own in the English area of Weybridge.

It was years after she worked as a floral shop owner that she developed M.E., myalgic encephalomyelitis, or more commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome. That diagnosis of M.E. was the beginning of her health decline. That medical situation was just a part of the decision to close her florist business. In addition to her faltering health, there was a downward spiral of the economic recession in the 1980’s that forced her to close her floral shop and that chapter of her life. But it was just a new door for Ms. Ellis to open as she moved toward a future with an active literary career in the crime thriller genre.

After her health had got worse and her shop was closed, Ms. Ellis journeyed to Greece with the help and support of her friends. In Greece, she participated in a writer’s workshop with English writer and humorist, Sue Townsend. It was during that workshop under the tutelage of Townsend that Ellis’ passion for literature turned from reading to writing.

The encouragement of Townsend, her writing workshop tutor Ms. Ellis drove to became serious about making writing a serious career. Returning to her home in England she gained many different employment choices but soon turned to working in the retail book trade where she remained for four years. During that time in Surrey, she met her future partner, Jacqueline and the pair moved to the beautiful area of Lincolnshire Fens. They reside in the Fens today with the companionship of their beloved Springer Spaniels, Alfie, and Woody.

Her health eventually improved as she turned that passion for books into writing. Ms. Ellis can use the aid of Jacqueline, a decorated former police officer, to make sure all of the police or justice moments in her novels remain as true to form as possible. The author has been noted to say that Jacqueline is her most trenchant critic.

The dark area of Fens is the setting for her mystery crime thrillers aided by the remote, airy nature of the marshes. It helps the tales greatly that the field of the Fens is heavily shrouded in dark mystery and superstition. Joy Ellis seems to have fine-tuned not only her love of the area but the intrigue that lies within the marshlands.

An impressive list of books available authored by Joy Ellis including her series of the Detective Inspector Nikki Galena. This character is described by the many fanatics of the set as being healthy, powerful full of attitude that leads the detective on a journey to avenge her daughter. Nikki Galena is forced to witness her daughter enter the hospital with the knowledge she will never take the girl home again. The first of the DI Nikki Galena series has been retitled Mask Wars previously named Crime on the Fens.

That raw, gut-wrenching emotion brings the hard-edged Detective to a brink of possibly being too hard on the criminal world that she holds responsible. Now, she must partner with her straight by the book new sergeant or she is out of a job. Detective Sergeant Joseph Easter becomes the partner that will help either fix the problem of Nikki Galena or maybe he is just what she needs.

Now as “Holy Joe” uses his former soldier experience Easter works beside the hard-core Detective Inspector Nikki Galena. His clean reputation hides the fact he has skeletons of his lying just beneath the surface. This series of novels begins with the adversary that blames Galena for his disfigurement, making him a perfect opponent for the pair of detectives. As with the rest of Joy Ellis stories, the setting for the thriller is Lincolnshire Fens a brooding marshland full of mystery and suspense.

The Nikki Galena series continues with more tales of murder, mystery, and suspense. This hard-edged strong woman leads the search for killers that seem to haunt the Fens themselves. It is a novel that showcases a woman in all her strength and power as a competent detective in what feels like a man’s world.

Joy Ellis uses all of the inner thoughts of her partner’s experience in law enforcement to deliver stories engulfed with details that allow her readers to emerging deep within the tale. It could very well be the vivid storytelling of this modern author that draws the reader, but the beautiful of the Fens also provides a unique atmosphere that holds its very own intrigue.

Readers are given full insight into the difficulty of policing the Fens as DI Nikki Galena must deal with the remote areas around the marsh. It is a task to communicate with the limited phone connections in the area, but Ms. Ellis provides the reader with a woman that is not only capable but active in her abilities to handle everything that is sent her way by the criminal elements.

Compelling story lines fill the days of Nikki Galena as an honest, straightforward detective that shows she has all the skills as any man. Every story takes the detective and her partner on the journey down the dangerous lanes between the Fen villages in the quest to rid this beautiful area of the criminals that haunt the mist.

Joy Ellis is a crime author that delivers in characters and stories.

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