From multiple #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis, comes a mystery that will have you glued from first page to last, with a truly shocking conclusion. A killer mystery to make your heart race this Valentine’s.
DETECTIVE MATT BALLARD’S LAST CASE MIGHT BE THE ONE THAT FINALLY BREAKS HIM.
Grace Repton, a beautiful older woman, walks into the police station to tell Matt she has information that could stop a murder. Her fiancé, the infamous serial killer Jeremy Reader, has told her that he has a disciple who is going to kill using Reader’s horrific methods.
Reader murdered five women and was finally brought to justice by Detective Ballard. Reader is safely imprisoned in a high security prison, and claiming to be a reformed man who wants to help the police.
But can Matt believe the serial killer or his peculiar wife to be?
And the Fenland police also have another investigation on their hands. A Lithuanian migrant worker is found dead on the fens. There is no ID on him, but he has a Tree of Life tattoo. The third body to be found with this distinctive tattoo. Is this gang war or something even more sinister?
CAN YOU TRUST A KILLER TO HELP STOP A KILLER?
The police are stretched to breaking point with multiple copycat murders. And Matt and his girlfriend Liz will fight for everything they care about in a heart-stopping conclusion that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.
England’s rural fenland is a strange place, with its never-ending fields, winding tracks, and long straight droves (the old livestock routes) that lead to nowhere. The lonely lanes are flanked either side by deep drainage ditches and are, for a good part of the year, filled with tall, whispering reeds. Closer to the Wash, high seabanks form a barrier between river and marsh, and the richly fertile soil of the drained land. But when the mists come down, as they so often do, perspective is destroyed and all sense of direction lost, and then the fens become a rather frightening place of mystery and danger. Somewhere that you do not want to be at night.
GUEST POST FROM JOY ELLIS
The Hazards of Writing a Sequel to a Stand-alone Thriller.
It started because I wanted time-out from my two main series, and had had an idea bubbling about in my head for ages about a stand-alone thriller. It was something I’d tinkered with for a long time, so when I decided to go for it, it came together quite quickly, and Beware the Past was born. Thankfully it did well, but it was very much a complete book, with a very distinct ending; a kind of end of the line thing, when The End meant exactly what it said on the tin!
Then it was taken up for an audio book… but only on the understanding that I would write a sequel. Gulp! I stared at the contract for some time, like a week maybe, or it felt that way! What did they not understand about ‘stand-alone’? Hell-fire, I’d retired my Detective Chief Inspector and given his trusty side-kick brain-damage! Deep breath, Joy! Tricky, very tricky!
‘So, can you do it?’ asked Jasper.
‘Of course,’ I heard my treacherous mouth answer.
‘Oh bum!’ (silently, of course)
Well, I spent the next three weeks writing the first six chapters, printed them off and read them hopefully, then spent the next five minutes feeding them into the shredder and deleting it off my system. Doubt set in, phrases like ‘biting off more than you can chew’ came to mind, and unkind things about flogging dead horses. The next week was purgatory, so I gave up the ghost and went back to writing a new book in one of my old faithful series. Then wonder of wonders, as soon I pushed the dreaded Sequel away, answers and plotlines started to flood into my brain.
Now it’s finished, and I have to say I enjoyed the research involved enormously, especially about what goes on inside Cat A prisons! And yes, folks, I did get a Visiting Order and actually went ‘inside’, not to stay you understand, but the description of the security checks is first hand! In the end, it was probably one of the most satisfying books I’ve written. I so hope that that is what will shine through, not all the sleepless nights and nail-biting angst.
A word of advice? If you want even greyer hair than you had to start with, if want that gaunt, haggard expression and haunted eyes that would scare the bejesus out of small children and furry animals, then say yes to writing a sequel to a stand-alone novel!
ALSO BY JOY ELLIS
THE BEST-SELLING NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS
Book 8: THIEVES ON THE FENS
Book 9: FIRE ON THE FENS
JACKMAN & EVANS
Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON
Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
Book 3: THE FOURTH FRIEND
Book 4: THE GUILTY ONES
Book 5: THE STOLEN BOYS
DETECTIVE MATT BALLARD
Book 1: BEWARE THE PAST
Book 2: FIVE BLOODY HEARTS
JOY ELLIS – Author Bio
UK #1 Best Seller with THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS and THE FOURTH FRIEND
1 million books sold and rising!
“I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!
And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our two second generation Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!”