This is a complete list of Joy Ellis books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series or category.
November 16th, 2023: The Bag of Secrets
Joy Ellis was born in Blackfen, London, Kent, England.
Joy Ellis is the author of the DI Nikki Galena & DS Joe Easter series which currently consists of 14 novels. The DI Nikki Galena & DS Joe Easter series started in 2010 with the novel Mask Wars / Crime on the Fens . The most recently released novel in the DI Nikki Galena & DS Joe Easter series was Graves on the Fens which was released in 2022. There are no upcoming novels for the DI Nikki Galena & DS Joe Easter series.
Joy Ellis has also written the DI Rowan Jackman & DS Maria Evans series which has 11 books including The Murderer's Son and Their Lost Daughters.
Ellis' book, The Patient Man was nominated for the British Book Awards, Crime and Thriller Book of the Year, in 2021.
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My best series by Joy Ellis is DCI Matt Ballard but I also liked the DI Nikki Galena series.
I only started reading her work about a year ago, and I have come to appreciate it, thanks to this list of books by Ellis.
She does an excellent job in creating realistic characters throughout the books.
I never thought any character could surpass my favorite detective, Nikki Galena, but Ellis brought in DCI Matthew Ballard, whom I adore.
Her work is full of mystery and intrigue and surpassed my expectations in Beware the Past.
She uses her well-drawn characters and a harrowing case to solve to keep you hooked up throughout her books.
Of course, you’ll not miss out on the twists and turns in her work to keep you hooked.
Joy’s Nikki Galena series is outstanding, as are her Jackman and Evans books. Joy does a fantastic job in both series of creating some believable characters. Her plotting is realistic, with these overworked detectives handling multiple cases.
Their Lost Daughters, the second Jackman and Evans novel, takes a little bit to get going, but once it does, you just want to continue reading until it’s over. Joy throws in many plot twists you don’t see coming, with a major twist which comes from outta nowhere.
Another novel, called The Dying Light, is outstanding, with an ending I never saw coming at all.
I absolutely love anything by Joy Ellis and I have read most of the Nikki Galena novels and the Jackman & Marie series of novels several times over. I have to say that Ellis seems to be getting better with every novel that she writes.
Their Lost Daughters the second of the DI Jackman and DS Evans series had me enthralled right from the first paragraph and up to the heartfelt, stunning and shocking conclusion.
I think what makes this novel special is the brilliant storytelling, twists and turns and the sense of relief when the perpetrator is caught which is very rare in contemporary crime fiction.
Another brilliant Joy Ellis novel is Beware the Past which is the debut of the DCI Matt Ballard series.
From the moment I completed the first chapter I knew that I had another heart pounding, breathtaking and phenomenal new series to read. I have always been caught thinking I had the culprit picked only to find I was so wrong.
Joy Ellis proves that you don’t need originality to tell a compelling story. That sounds like a bad thing, like I’m calling Ellis unoriginal. But that isn’t necessarily true. First of all, critics will tell you that every story has already been written, and every new novel tells a variation of the same three or four stories.
Ellis writes psychological thrillers, and most psychological thrillers rely on the same set of tropes and cliches, which is why the synopsis for ‘Beware the Past’ was initially off-putting.
The protagonist was an experienced detective haunted by a previous case. He had to contend with a killer that kept taunting him. Forget about books for a second. Every psychological thriller on TV and in movies uses this blueprint, and frankly, I’m sick of it.
If my book club hadn’t selected the novel for January, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought. But the first chapter won me over. I read all 369 pages in two days because I couldn’t put the book down. I still don’t care for the psychological thriller genre. But I am willing to make Ellis the exception.
I love her books. All series. More, please!
Thank you for all the information you provide. I use Kindle unlimited and came across Joy Ellis book Crime on the Fens, thus began a love for a new author. I use your lists to be sure I don’t miss a new book. Currently I have read all the series she has published.
I came across your books when I joined the Kindle unlimited program and have been hooked ever since. Being from across the pond I sometimes will be a unsure what a word or phrase means, but 99% of the time it becomes clear. I started with DI Nikki Galena and then came DCI Matt Ballard.
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