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Having lived in the UK for some time years ago it strikes me that many readers will not know about the Fens mentioned in the title of Crime on the Fens. The Fens, also called Fenland, is a below sea level portion of eastern coastal England. It is located in County Essex about 50 miles northeast of London. Like coastal Holland (The Netherlands) it was reclaimed from the sea many centuries ago and it is protected by dikes from the waters of the southern portion of the North Sea. Fenland is the same latitude as Rotterdam.
Protagonist Detective Inspector Nikki Galena is a tough cop who manages to stay in trouble because she believes results matter more than rules. In this novel after being issued a final warning about her tough/illegal methods of capturing drug dealers she is assigned as her 30 day partner Detective Sergeant Joseph Easter, a cop with his own issues. They work well together to her surprise. This is an excellent and worthwhile novel. I hope later novels in the series will be released in audio format.
Narration by actress Henrietta Meire is outstanding. Her Essex accent is so good that it must be genuine. The Essex accent is more clipped than most English regional accents and can be more difficult for Americans to understand.
144 of 147 people found this review helpful
As I was browsing Audible, I just discovered this book. Not knowing either the author or narrator, I was hesitant to use a credit, but I'm very glad I did. Nikki Galena is evidently an excellent detective, but is on the verge of being thrown off the force for her heavy-handed and unorthodox methods of getting arrests. She is told she will now have to partner with a man who also needs a change, known to his team as "Holy Joe," and the two figure out how to work together for the sake of their careers. This makes for interesting character development through the story, as they take on a case of missing young girls, and tackle the maddening situation of kids leaving around, and sometimes wearing, gruesome masks, everywhere--and nobody understands why.
I found the story to be fast-paced, the writing good, and the narration is well done. Quite like this book--hope there are many more in the series.
59 of 62 people found this review helpful
Couldn't finish it due to the narration; some characters were fine, but others were so bad that they were a distraction to the plot. I tried twice to listen as I thought the storyline held promise, but sadly I failed.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
A very plodding and ponderous story. Pronunciation poor - Americanisms and poor British English. The 'accents' provided by the narrator were lukewarm at best.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
So predictable and a struggle to get through - so after an hour or so I gave up. Awful
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Wow, a great start to a series, I'm going to enjoy this. A good,set of characters to build on and what a first story to start with. It has to get better and I can't wait.