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Five Bloody Hearts

Written by: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Series: Detective Matt Ballard, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Grace Repton, a beautiful older woman, walks into the police station to tell Detective Matt Ballard she has information that could stop a murder. Her fiance, the infamous serial killer Jeremy Reader, has told her that he has a disciple who is going to kill using Reader's horrific methods.  

Reader murdered five women and was finally brought to justice by Detective Ballard. Reader is safely imprisoned in a high security prison, and claiming to be a reformed man who wants to help the police.   

But can Matt believe the serial killer or his peculiar wife to be? Can the love of a good woman really change a serial killer?  

And the Fenland police also have another investigation on their hands. A Lithuanian migrant worker is found dead on the fens. There is no ID on him, but he has a Tree of Life tattoo. This is the third body to be found with this distinctive tattoo. Is this gang war or something even more sinister?  

The police are stretched to the breaking point with multiple copycat murders. And Matt and his girlfriend Liz will fight for everything they care about in a heart-stopping conclusion that will have you on the edge of your seat.

©2019 Joy Ellis (P)2019 Tantor

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Five bloody hearts

I’m really enjoying this book. Well narrated, engrossing story and keeps you hanging on, waiting for the next revelation. I with I’d know about book one before reading (or rather listening) to this one though. It’s called "beware the past”. Only because there are references to it and they would be better in order. Still, I recommend Five bloody hearts.

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Not my favorite

I have and have enjoyed many of Joy Ellis’ novels, but this one fell short for me. The story line wasn’t engaging and it jumped around too much for my tastes. The narrator was ok, I think it was more the book itself that didn’t do it for me. But perhaps it just didn’t translate well into an audiobook format.

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  • 2019-09-04

Enjoyed the Story

The story was good, but I didn’t enjoy the narrator, for this type of crime novel, although I think he is a talented narrator.

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  • Wayne
  • 2020-06-08

Disappointed!!

All Joy Ellis novels are in my Audible library. FIVE BLOODY HEARTS is the first to fail to earn 4 or 5 stars. This 10 hour audio novel contains at least 3 hours of useless fill words that do not add/contribute to the story. The plot is quite interesting. The narration is barely acceptable.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 2019-10-05

Much better narrator

This took me a long time to get through the first few chapters. I’d start and stop and start over. At least the new narrator is 100% better than the reader of the previous book. The story was interesting - eventually. I was disturbed by the relationship between Matt and Liz in the last book and I’m glad to see how that was resolved. Now Matt is awaiting retirement and Liz is recovering from their last case. A copycat killer, the original murderer now in prison, his fiancée, and other murders that appear to be a national feud keep Ballard and his team very busy. Red herrings abound. I figured out the killer (at least partly) before the end. I liked the Nikki Galena reference. I’ve read the other series by Joy Ellis. She’s an automatic pre-order author for me.

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  • LEBla
  • 2019-10-05

Good story - terrible narration

The characters in this book are from previous storylines but because of the narration i couldn’t recognize them until well into the story. Very disappointing.

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  • BookGirl
  • 2019-09-24

When will Matt recover?

After listening to the first book...I was hoping for a recovered in-charge DCI; not so; and the narrator did not help, work to be done here. While the cast of characters are interesting, not enough to add to my "buy every one in the series list" . I will return this one. Hope they will get better, and that Matt will fully recover.

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  • jimfarrell
  • 2019-09-09

worth it, even with the overdramatic reading

cool story, like the characters, not a fan of the narration (at all) ; but worth it if you need to listen instead of read (like myself) - this is definitely one book i wish i could've read myself

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  • Diana Hart 33
  • 2020-01-10

book 2

I sorta had this one figured out at the beginning, and it turned out I was right, but I still enjoyed it a lot. other than the narrator getting to quiet at times because the character was whispering or something, he was very good.

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  • Carole
  • 2019-09-25

oops!

It was good, but I suspected the real killer from almost the beginning. Kim was correct!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-14

Disappointing

I enjoyed the first book in the series, but this volume was surprisingly plodding and repetitive

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-06-18

Predictable

This story was disappointing and predictable. The plot itself was completely unbelievable, but some actually thought it was good?

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  • alma
  • 2020-06-17

My Heart, My Everything

One of the strangest crime stories. It is a good story .The detectives confused with each fact revealed and didn't understand the motive or the players involved. The hearts of the characters between the police officers, victims, and villains suffered with love, heartbreak, and being played. The genesis of the crimes was the broken heart and mind. Joy Ellis has another great story, and the narrator,I think different that Book 1, was much better in this audio book.