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  • Written by: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (233 ratings)
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Beware the Past

Written by: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
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One terrible case always haunted detective Matt Ballard. Now many years later, the killer seems to be back. And this time he's after Matt. 

When Matt Ballard was starting out his career, 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 not satisfied that the real murderer had been caught. 

Over 25 years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It's of the Gibbet Fen crime scene. And the picture was taken before the murder took place. More photos arrive, relating to the historic murders, as well as intimate pictures of Matt's very secret private life. 

Then another murder happens, 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?

©2017 Joy Ellis (P)2018 Tantor

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Reads like it was written by Michael Scott.

This seems like a great follow up to 'Threat Level Midnight'. We know the main character is a great detective because of how often other characters refer to him as a 'damn good detective' despite ever doing any actual detective work.

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Seriously sucked

I don’t know if it was the horrible narration but this story did mot meet my expectation of a Joy Ellis novel in any shape or form. Very disappointing. I will read reviews next time on authors I have come to trust.

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Terrible narration

I’m a fan of Joy Ellis’ writing but this was a let down. It’s possible that a different narrator would have helped the listener buy into the story. The narration was awful! Tone and character intonations were all over the place and distracting rather than enhancing. I will not get another book with this narrator, ever 😳

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the narration let the story down

After 10 minutes or so, I couldn't bear to listen to the narrator's performance, especially in relation to one of the principal women's voices

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Not The Best

At first between the dialogue and the performance I thought it was a joke it was so amateurish. It only got marginally better. The whole plot felt clumsy and forced but I will say it did have a couple of unexpected twists. So overall not bad but not great.

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Still undecided

This is a decent story, told mostly from the perspective of Matt Ballard. Interesting to listen to this with Matt’s thoughts, confused as they are at times. He didn’t do a lot of detecting - it was mostly the squad. However as a study in personal vs professional lives and the curves life throws at a person, it was entertaining. I’ve bought the next book, hoping that the main characters develop more. The reader is ok. Not great and not awful.

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boring

did not have enough story or characters that caught my interest and didn't like the reader

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so disappointed

from the writing being poorly researched piece, this novel misses the mark. additionally, the narration was agonizing.... OMG!!! Take this book off of Audibles.

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It was hard going

I’ve finished the fens series and really enjoyed them so wanted to give these a go. Not a fan of the narrator especially after getting used to hearing the pathologist voice. Story was a little long winded at times.

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Thank god this book was a freebie!

Perfect example of an author who has continued a theme for the financial remunerations, tossing an assortment of lurid torture scenes into the mix, while the plot remains vague and rather pointless.

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  • Wayne
  • 2018-06-04

Author Joy Ellis knows how to build suspense!

BEWARE THE PAST is a marvelous standalone modern detective mystery by British author Joy Ellis. Few novels build and maintain suspense as well as this one. There is a major plot twist that I never saw coming. Like the novel, the narration earns 5 stars.

I've listened to and enjoyed all 8 novels in the Nikki Galena series by Joy Ellis. On June 14 a novel from her highly rated Jackman and Evans suspense mystery modern detective series will be released in audio format. The title is THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS.

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  • Douglas
  • 2018-06-06

An okay mystery

Let's deal with the narration first... it's horrible. It's inconsistent and at some points the female characters sound like bass-toned males.

My main complaint with this book is that Matt Ballard the DCI is happily having a romantic affair with one of his subordinates. It's very clear that it's consensual; however, at one point the killer does something and all our hero can worry about is that his illicit sexual romps with his married colleague will be found out. Really? I think if I was in Matt's place I'd be worrying about a few others things first. I know I'm being vague about what the killer did but I thought it was interesting and don't want to spoil it.

At the end of the book there's a scene with Matt, his lover and the lover's husband in the same room. The author could have handled the situation in a classy way, instead the author decided to cheapen the moment by using a dues ex and let Matt completely off the hook.

I guess my biggest issue with this book is that I didn't like our hero. I found Matt's 2nd in command Jason and the killer to be more interesting characters. I'll try another of the author's books but I'll have to really enjoy it to read a third.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-01

A great disappointment

Never thought that I would be so disappointed in a Joy Ellis book. The writing is as good as always but the story is stale up until the ending, which is so unnecessary and unbelievable as to make it ridiculous. Matt and Liz are neither likable nor very smart. The other police officers are pretty inept and the leadership is nonexistent. I have all of Ellis's books but DCI Matt Ballard will not be joining my bookshelf.

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  • Diana Hart 33
  • 2020-01-08

excellent

most excellent story, can't wait to go to book 2, I'm from America, so I'm used to our police carrying guns, plus all the other stuff. it's kind of crazy to me that the UK cops only have tasers and clubs. But I still really enjoyed this book, and have already ordered book 2.

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  • sally earl
  • 2019-12-05

Beware the past no beware the narration

I have just started listening to this book and I don’t think I’m going to listen anymore. The story is great but the narration is horrible. Sorry buts that’s the only world for it. It’s totally spoiling it for me and grating on my nerves. Might be the first book I send back.

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  • Saikungbob
  • 2020-01-30

Don’t buy!!!

I don’t understand the many positive reviews for this book. The writing is embarrassingly puerile. The narrator is well matched to this juvenile book. He sounds like the DJ on an old top 40 AM radio station.

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  • KarenUpNorth
  • 2018-06-20

Bravo!

Possibly the best of Joy Ellis’ books. I almost didn’t purchase this audiobook due to a couple negative early reviews of the narrator. I’m so glad I gave it a chance. The story and the narration are brilliant.

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  • B. G.
  • 2018-08-22

Kept me gueaaing til the end. I have not been dissapointed with any Joy Ellis' books

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-06

Excellent in every way!

Love this author and narrator. Have listened to all of her books and her word craft is such a pleasure. I never want her stories to end, but damn I just finished another one.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 2019-08-30

Not typical for Joy Ellis

I love this author’s work but this book was a disappointment.

First of all, it was ruined by a poor narration. I think that’s unfair to the author.

I found the story line of the DCI having an affair with a married subordinate troubling.

Waiting somewhat impatiently for the next Nikki Galena book.

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