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Beware the Past

Written by: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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  • JJ
  • 2019-01-24

Excellent book

Narrator was one of the best, aside from the bad accents. excellent story from beginning to end

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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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  • Michael
  • 2019-02-09

Very satisfying ending!

Although I found the narrator difficult to get used to, I persevered because the story was so compelling. Glad I persisted. Hopefully it will be rereleased with a different narrator.

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  • Kamei
  • 2018-12-18

good plot

good characters and lots of exciting plot twists, very surprising ending and a shocking villain

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  • Catherine
  • 2018-12-06

Not up to her usual standards

I found the writing frequently awkward during the setup of the storyline — with obvious exposition of facts the reader needs to know but in such an unnatural way that it feels like the writer is struggling to get the story started.
I found the narrator’s female voices to sound rather weak or ditzy, which doesn’t fit cops.

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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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  • 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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  • Wild Horses Flying
  • 2019-02-28

Sorry to say

this book shows that Ellis is more a beginning than accomplished writer. Plot, dialogue - don't hold together, like taking a walk on snow with a crust - you keep breaking through which makes a clumsy,uncomfortable walk. Serious or terrible situations are overly dramatized which robs the true impact such things should have and emotions are sentimental and so, trivialized. She steered clear of all of these typical writer excesses in her Fens novels. I loved her Fens books and wish her well in her ongoing writing development.

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  • KMC
  • 2019-02-26

Dreadful.

Narration was stilted and unnatural, but at least it distracted from the trite and contrived plot! I have a dozen other Joy Ellis books in my library, and while none are literary masterpieces, most are generally plausible and entertaining enough, this book was neither. Unlikeable characters, thin plot and not even a nod to basic police procedure. Awful. I gave it two stars because it was marginally better than noise of the treadmill.

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  • maria
  • 2019-01-23

surprise ending

loved it! different Ellis...I was surprised in a pleasant way. each character stood on their own. nice to see Rory