Tuesday Intro: Stalker on the Fens

imageOnce again, I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week, I’m reading Stalker on the Fens by Joy Ellis, who I only recently discovered when I read Killer on the Fens, the fourth in the Nikki Galena series.  Now the fifth is out and after seeing it on Net Galley, I couldn’t resist.  Here’s what it’s about…


DI Nikki Galena’s friend Helen Brook is involved in a serious accident where she is trapped in a collapsed cellar. After her hard-won recovery, Helen is still getting flashbacks to a man she says was down there with her and who confessed to a murder. But no trace of this man can be found.

Then Helen tells Nikki that someone is watching her. But is all this in her friend’s imagination and part of her post-traumatic stress?

And why is Stephen Cox back in town? He’s the villain who tore Nikki’s life apart and he seems to have returned for revenge.

Before long the whole town is on the verge of hysteria and her friend’s fear will lead Nikki and Joseph on a very dangerous trail.

And here’s how it starts…
     “Another bloody dead end!”
     Detective Inspector Nikki Galena slammed the car door and glared back at the peeling paintwork of the shabby, terraced house. “Did you see their faces? Their body language?”
     Detective Sergeant Joseph Easter slipped his notebook back into his pocket and turned the key in the ignition. “I didn’t have to. The atmosphere was thick enough to choke on. But you can hardly blame them. That bastard isn’t just threatening them, he’s targeting their families as well. Think how you’d feel if something happened to one of your loved ones and you thought you could have prevented it? I totally understand why they don’t want to talk to us.”
     Nikki took a deep breath and then let out a long sigh.
What do you think – I’m not sure it’s the most gripping opening but it gets more so as the chapter goes on? Would you keep reading?

  1. yea, not sure… the first line was good but suspense died very quickly.

    1. I know but it gets better. I just didn’t want to include a while page.

  2. This sounds like it could be a really good series – I’ll have to look in to it. I hope you enjoy!

    1. The last book was good and this is shaping up nicely. Fingers crossed!

  3. Might not be for me, but I hope you aren’t disappointed in the most installment. Enjoy!

    1. I hope not either. So far, so good I have to say!

  4. I think I would tuck right in if I’ve already read and enjoyed this series – I’m not sure I’d bother otherwise. But then, while I do enjoy the occasional crime thriller, it’s not my go-to genre… I hope you enjoy it, Emma.

    1. It’s not the most exciting start but it does get better. And I can’t resist a good police procedural with a strong female lead.

      1. A bit like me when I come across a really good space opera:))

  5. I would keep reading but I am a sucker for trying any crime novel. 🙂 I am curious.

    1. Me too. I just love murder!

  6. I’m trying to stay away from any new series books but, this sounds good; enjoy

    1. I do too a lot. The last one though could have been a standalone and I would say the same for this so far.

  7. creepy! I’m afraid if I tough this book, it won’t let me go until the very last page, lol. Emma

    1. That might be the case. I am ploughing through. It is an easy read though.

  8. I do love a good series that makes me want to read more and more….and I like the sound of this one. The image of the character in the collapsed cellar left me feeling her fear.

    Thanks for sharing…and here’s mine: “THE LAST GOOD GIRL”

    1. Yes, I was really pleased to see if on net galley. So far, so good too with it being as good as the last.

  9. This sounds very good to me. I always like stories with a good relationship between the chief detective and the sergeant. I’m going to check this out.

    1. So far it is. Hopefully as good as the last one!

  10. I like the dialogue in the opening and want to know more about their investigation. This sounds like a good series.
    My Tuesday post features THREE WEEKS WITH MY BROTHER.

    1. It is a good partnership and a good series (well the one and a half of them I’ve read!)

  11. Glad that it gets better the further you get into the book. Enjoy.

    1. Me too. I felt relieved!

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