#BlogTour #Review of Beware the Past by Joy Ellis @joffebooks


A new standalone crime thriller.

Detective Matt Ballard is haunted by one traumatic case he never solved. In the 1990s three boys were murdered in the same area, the remote and bleak Gibbet Fen. When the main suspect was killed in a hit-and-run, the killings stopped. But Matt was never satisfied that the real murderer had been caught.

25 years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It’s of the Gibbet Fen crime scene. Taken before the murder.

Another killing takes place, with some of the hallmarks of the old case. Has the killer returned or is this just a sick copycat determined to ruin Matt’s life and reputation?



This is an excellent book!  I have read a lot of books now by Joy and this has to be one of her best – and she has written some really good ones!!

Matt is a great character and I loved how the story focussed on his professional life from the 25 year old case and moved in to his private life – really well thought out story, loved the pace and plot line, lots of twists and turns and it really kept me on tenterhooks

Five stars from me and looking forward to her next book!!

Winter sunrise over stream on the Lincolnshire Wolds


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