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Publication Order of DI Nikki Galena & DS Joe Easter Books

Mask Wars / Crime on the Fens (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadowbreaker / Shadow Over the Fens (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hunted on the Fens (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killer on the Fens (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stalker on the Fens (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Captive on the Fens (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buried on the Fens (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thieves On The Fens (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire on the Fens (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Darkness on the Fens (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hidden on the Fens (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Secrets on the Fens (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fear on the Fens (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Graves on the Fens (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of DI Rowan Jackman & DS Maria Evans Books

The Murderer's Son (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Their Lost Daughters (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fourth Friend (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Guilty Ones (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stolen Boys (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Patient Man (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
They Disappeared (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Night Thief (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Solace House (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The River's Edge (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Detectives Jackman & Evans Books 4–6 (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Detective Matt Ballard Books

Beware the Past (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Five Bloody Hearts (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dying Light (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Marshlight (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trick of the Night (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bag of Secrets (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Guide Star (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Joffe Books Murder Mystery & Suspense Short Story Collection(2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Written in the Stars(2022)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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16 Responses to “Joy Ellis”

  1. Joanne: 3 months ago

    I have listened to all of the books for each series. I can’t wait for the next books to come out in each series.
    I have started my mom on the books. She is reading the Jackman and evans series and she really enjoying them. She is almost done the series. I will be buying her the next series, Nikki Galena and DS Joe Easter.

    • Annette kelson: 2 months ago

      I absolutely love theses books. Wrapped to just downloaded the latest “ the rivers edge” .It’s like returning to old friends

  2. Valerie Dobie: 10 months ago

    I have just finished all the books and have found them wonderful, compelling and cannot fault any of the vocabulary used as it depicts the way the story is being told, I am now at a loss at what I am to read now??? Thank you Joy for these fabulous books!

  3. Eileen Murray: 11 months ago

    I read all of the Jackman and Evans books An loved them I am also into book 10 of the DI Helen’s books Thouroughly enjoy them Can you tell me if there will be any more Jackma books

  4. Judy Clarke: 1 year ago

    I love the Nikki Galena series and the one that stayed with me was No.4 all the bodies in the tunnels. I heard Marsh lights and that was excellent

  5. Annette Kelson: 2 years ago

    I just love Joy’s novels having listen to Nikki Galena and and Di Rowan series. I have just finished the first Matt Ballard and loved it and excited to commence the second book in the series five bloody hearts. Fantastic listening on audio thanks for providing such suspense and fantastic novels

  6. John Bartlett: 2 years ago

    I have now read all the Nikki Galena and Jackman and Evans books and enjoyed every one. Shame about the “americanisms”, but never mind. I am just about to start the Matt Ballard series.

    • Tracy: 1 year ago

      What do you mean by the comment about Americanisms? As an American reader of all three of Ms. Ellis’s series, your comment sounds a bit offensive. I hope I have misconstrued that comment.

      • Vicki Grove: 1 year ago

        If you had a character from the Deep South of America who talked using English idioms, without any “in book” reason, the you might find it distracting.

        I read a book featuring an aristocratic well-educated man in 1930s England who habitually said that he was going “to meet with his mother”. That irritated me. It’s an Americanism. In England at that time almost anyone would have said, “I going to meet my mother.” (No “with”) It immediately jerks a reader out of the time and place and destroys the authenticity of the character. Ditto (for that time and place) “I’ll see my attorney February 10,” rather than “I’ll see my lawyer on February the tenth.”

        To object to these, and many other Americanisms is not a way of insulting Americans, just saying that English people use the language slightly differently.

        • Lee Aufdemkampe: 7 months ago

          As an American fan of Joy Ellis I am confused as to just why you English folks are so distracted by “Americanism’s”. I’ve read many American novels that contain English characters and when I read an “Englishism” I simply find it quaint, even endearing. Inwardly, I smile. But I’m hearing a bit of a frown from you. So “get a grip” as we Americans say!

          • Betty-Anne Stenmark: 2 months ago

            As a Canadian of English parents, (Devon,) living in America for decades, I enjoy the wonderful use of the English language that Joy Ellis employs. She has given me countless hours of great reading. In this age of international travel many words and manners of speech creep into the language we all use. I don’t find much Amerianism (I didn’t know that was a word until now) in these books and for the life of me can’t think of why that would be offensive. Sadly I am on the last of the Matt Ballard books, having read all of the three series.

  7. Kathlyn Gurteen: 2 years ago

    I love Joy Ellis’s ability and skill at devising compelling, exciting plots and I have read many of her books. My father loved the fens.
    Initially I felt she was a little banal in her choice of vocabulary but this has improved.(Sorry don’t wish to be patronising)
    I find it irritating that her characters flop into chairs. Please Joy, choose some better words for this.
    I look forward to Joy’s imminent new publication.

  8. Annie Bird: 2 years ago

    Enjoyed all the books immensely. Have just finished the last Marie and Rowan book.I was brought up in Lincolnshire in a village called Heckington and we had a warehouse there thatsorted peas I knew people who worked there and locally it. was always called the pearoom not pea house as in the book.

  9. marilyn Jones: 2 years ago

    I have read all the series now—just finished the Marshlight book, couldn’t put it down, the best yet. I love your thrilling books.
    Marilyn Jones—from Norfolk.

  10. Sandra Carnell: 2 years ago

    Very interesting books, I am now on my fourth. Joy is a joy to read, I am a long standing fan. We had a mutual friend Doreen Wells, who sadly passed some years ago. Not sure if Joy would remember me, but she is someone once you meet her will never forget, a lovely lovely lady.
    Must carry on reading.

  11. Sue Atter: 2 years ago

    having grown up in the very beautiful, but extremely isolated fens of Norfolk in the 50s’ & 60s’, The similarities between the counties, the description of the small towns, villages, & isolated hamlets in the DI Nikki Galena series, are very true to how it was, & still is. The waterways, the dykes & drains, The miles of single track, often private roads belonging to huge farming groups, with no houses for miles, apart from the pumping station [& the resident Superintendent] but also the potential for crime, cruelty, and savagery that the sheer, & absolute isolation can allow to happen – no one will find you, or what happens to you –
    It was like a visit to my youth, and wonderfully enjoyable! [not that i was involved in any crimes you understand, i was the Superintendent’s daughter,]
    The books are really enjoyable, and i intend to pick up some more!


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