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Five Bloody Hearts

Written by: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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