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Captive on the Fens, Book 5 in the Detective Inspector Nikki Galena series, was released in audio this week. I'm delighted to see that there have been six ratings prior to mine. There is now only one novel in the series yet to be released in audio.. This novel is a wonderful and unusual police procedural mystery. Henrietta Meire does a great job of narrating all of the On the Fens novels. I very highly recommend this series.
The rest of this review is a discussion of the Fens. Having as a US citizen lived in England The Fens is one of the areas I found most interesting.
The Fens , also called Fenlands, is a 1500 square mile area of the English North Sea coast approximately 50 miles northeast of London (it is about 20 miles north northeast of Cambridge). There are also references in Captive on the Fens to Fenland which is a 200 square mile political unit of the Fens located entirely in Cambridge County (Cambridgeshire). The Fens is part of 4 counties. Much of the Fens is below sea level and was flooded with every North Sea high tide prior to the first successful attempts in the early 19th century to use embankments to tame the high tides. River embankments are also used to prevent flooding. The Fens is approximately the same latitude as Amsterdam.
The word fen comes from the designation of a specific type of marshland. The history of the area goes back to pre-Roman times.
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The sixth in the series does not disappoint. An old foe, Freddy Carver is reported to have returned to Greenborough and there's a dead girl found on the Fens with a severed finger. The old barn seems to suggest she was kept captive for some time prior to her killing, and another murder in Derbyshire is eerily similar. Now a brother contacts DI Nikki Galena about his missing sister asking for help . . . are the cases connected? All of the familiar characters, Cat, Joseph, Niles, Nikki, and a few new ones join the race to find a killer in a desolate area of England known as the Fens . . . and complicated by the hunt is the fact that one of their own has also been missing for some time, as well . . . the progression of the series is phenomenal, with Nikki having discovered her mother, Eve and beginning to build a relationship with her, and Joseph now enjoying a close bond with his daughter, Tamsin . . . as the team close in on the killers, it is edge-of-the seat listening, and a satisfying conclusion . . . I anxiously await the next in the series . . .