Today I am very pleased to be opening the blog tour for Joy Ellis’ new book Beware the Past, which was published by Joffe Books on the 17th December 2017.
About the book
A stunning new standalone crime thriller from #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis.
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.
More photos arrive, relating to the historic murders, and intimate pictures of Matt’s secret relationship.
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?
In an absolutely breathtaking conclusion, Matt and his colleagues, race against time to stop a vicious killer who knows no limits.
Rural fenland is a strange place, with its never-ending fields, winding tracks, and long straight droves 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.
I am a massive fan of Joy’s have have read all of her Nikki Galena series, some of which I was on the blog tour for.
I knew I was going to love this one from the start as it is a very fast moving story from the get go.
The book involves the historic murders of three 11 year old boys, where the main suspect was killed in an accident. Now 25 years later there is either a copycat killer, or the original killer has started up again.
DCI Matt Ballard is the main officer investigating these murders, as he was originally on the case back then. The plot is full of enough twists to keep you entertained and guessing right through to the end, and all the characters are believeable, which adds to the realism of it all.
If you liked Joy’s other books then you will love this one, and if you have never read any of Joy’s then this is definitely a good place to start as it is a stand-alone novel.
The book is very haunting in places, and a bit disturbing in others, especially considering the book’s subject, but I feel it was done in a very sympathetic manner, without the need to go overboard with descriptions etc.
Overall I would give this book 5 stars as it grabbed my attention from the start and never let it go.
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About the Author
UK #1 Best Seller with THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS and THE FOURTH FRIEND
700,000 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!”