By the time I get to book nine in a series, I am usually starting to flag. Characters have become too familiar, storylines too predictable, and the “wow” factor I had when I picked up the first book has long since gone.
It’s why I’m always slightly anxious when I pick up a new book by a favourite author featuring a character I love. I’m never sure if this will be a book that leaves me wanting more or leaves me cold.
I am pleased to say that the former applies when it comes to Fire on the Fens. Once again, Joy Ellis has left me with a feeling of total satisfaction. This is a great story, one with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing but not enough to stretch my credulity.
Here, an arsonist is on the loose, one who doesn’t fit the normal profile but who, instead, is on a deadly mission, one that finds people trapped in burning buildings, unable to escape. A fire must be one of the most scary things to find yourself in and Ellis uses that to her advantage here, building the tension with each blaze. One of the things I like about her books is that they aren’t too gruesome. There is enough to create an image in my mind without making my skin crawl.
Then there’s Nikki, the central character, who is as wonderful as ever. Spiky enough to make her interest but not so spiky I find her unlikeable. It’s great to see her relationship develop with her friend and fellow detective Joseph, something I’ve been wanting to see for a while, though I have to say I would have liked to have seen more of her team. They’ve been front and centre the last few book and here I felt they didn’t get enough of a look in apart form one (Vonnie).
As you might have been able to guess, I can’t really fault this book, or the series, which I feel is a bit of a hidden gem. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys good crime writing. Liked it a lot.
About the book…
THE FENS ARE BURNING AND DETECTIVE NIKKI GALENA FACES A CAT-AND-MOUSE BATTLE WITH A KILLER ARSONIST.
Someone is lighting fires. First they target homes and businesses, but then a body is found at one of the crime scenes.
More fires are lit.
But the victims have led spotless lives and apparently there’s no connection between them.
Meanwhile, the town is facing a very peculiar threat from a group of sinister Satanists led by a charismatic businessman.
Who is burning with anger, and can Nikki stop them before anyone else dies?
Publisher: Joffe Books
Publication date: 28th May, 2018
Number of pages: 313
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Note: I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings and opinions are my own.