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NanKate Sat 19-Oct-19 07:53:10

As I am such a fan of the Elly Griffiths books set in East Anglia my sister suggested I try the Joy Ellis books. I can’t find them in my library. Has anyone on GN discovered them please ?

Humbertbear Sat 19-Oct-19 09:31:45

Some of them are available on Amazon and on Kindle. There is a new one due out which means they will drop the prices to draw you in. They are all for sale on eBay. Maybe you can find them in charity shops? I would recommend Susan Hill’s Simon Serrailler series. Have you read P D James’s Adam Dagleish books set in East Anglia?

Sar53 Sat 19-Oct-19 10:27:26

Joy Ellis books are set on the Fens. I've read most of them and enjoy them. At least two different series, all police thrillers. Good stories, give them a try.

Firecracker123 Sat 19-Oct-19 10:34:43

The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley not an author I usually read but picked her book up on holiday nothing else available and couldn't put it down. Thoroughly recommend a great read.

NanKate Sat 19-Oct-19 13:59:02

Thanks I will look up all your suggestions.

Scribbles Sat 19-Oct-19 16:35:09

I'm generally a fan of crime/thriller novels but I tried one Joy Ellis book and found her writing style virtually unreadable. I gave up after a very few chapters and have never tried again. I think they're all available on Kindle and, with that, you can download a free sample to try before you buy.

mumofmadboys Sat 19-Oct-19 18:26:38

I have just started the new Susan Hill book in the Simon Serrailler series The benefit of hindsight which came out this month. I ordered it from the library.

gulligranny Wed 13-Nov-19 14:59:08

I have the Susan Hill/Simon Serrailler on reserve from the library, this is a wonderful series. I'm going to try the Elly Griffiths novels as recommended by NanKate, and in turn I can recommend Cara Hunter, who has only written 3 books so far but they are set in Oxford with a grumpy detective who "hates opera and doesn't do crosswords" and they are excellent!

Poppyred Wed 13-Nov-19 15:54:13

I’ve just discovered Howard Linskey, crime author, set in the North East. Brilliant read, can’t put them down once started. There are 7 books in all with new novel coming out in the new year.

Patsy70 Wed 13-Nov-19 17:58:53

Yes, I'm another fan of Susan Hill's Simon Serailler books. I must say I found 'Airs and Angels' an odd read, also by Susan Hill. Just downloaded 'The Bronze Horseman', the first of a trilogy, by Paulina Simons, which was recommended. Has anyone else read this?

BBbevan Wed 13-Nov-19 18:15:04

Anyone recommend a new thriller/ detective writer. I have read all the Rebus, Banks,Vera, Serrallier books etc. and am looking for something else. I shall try the Joy Ellis books, so glad of that suggestion. Any others would be most welcome though. I do not like American writers !

NanKate Wed 13-Nov-19 21:16:43

Reading a real page turner by Cara Hunter called ‘In the Dark’ all set in Oxford. A gripping read 👍

NanKate Wed 13-Nov-19 21:20:17

I realise now Gulli it was YOU who recommended the Cara Hunter books to help, thanks so much for the introduction. Fabulous page turner. I have got book 3 on reserve.

Jessity Wed 13-Nov-19 21:49:27

I’m enjoying the Joy Ellis books, fantasticfiction.com lists them in series order.

I’m also in the middle of L J Ross’s DCI Ryan series which I’m enjoying.

I love T E Kinsey’s books featuring Lady Hardcastle and Anita Waller’s Kat and Mouse series.

gulligranny Wed 13-Nov-19 22:27:17

NanKate, I'm so glad you are enjoying Cara Hunter, I think she's a great new talent. Book 3 is the best, IMHO, so I'm sure you will enjoy it.

gulligranny Wed 13-Nov-19 22:36:01

Bbevan, ok not American but how do you feel about Canadian? The Inspector Gamache novels by Louise Penney are excellent, set in and around Montreal.

For a thriller series with a difference, I very much enjoyed The Carnivia Trilogy by Jonathan Holt which are set in Venice. As with the Gamache novels, though, they do need to be read in order, I think, to derive maximum pleasure!

Keeleklogger Wed 13-Nov-19 22:36:09

NanKate I have read in the dark by Cara Hunter I gave it 5 stars in my review on Goodreads and NetGalley, here’s my review for what it’s worth

From the author of the massive bestseller CLOSE TO HOME, comes the second pulse-pounding DI Fawley crime thriller.

In leafy suburban Oxford, a builder knocks through a basement wall, and finds a woman and child, barely alive. But the woman is on no missing persons' list, and her captor claims he's never seen her before. No one knows who they are - the woman can't speak, and there are no missing persons reports that match their profile. The elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before.

A day later, another body is found - a young woman who went missing when walking with her baby in a local beauty spot. But the case is two years old. It can't possibly be connected to the first...

The inhabitants of the quiet Oxford street are in shock. How could this happen right under their noses? But DI Adam Fawley knows that nothing is impossible.

In the Dark is a very intelligent and brilliantly structured crime mystery. DI Adam Fawley returns in this second book from Cara Hunter.

'A twisty, utterly compulsive read with an ending you won't see coming, and that no one, no matter their appearance, is entirely innocent. 'Cancel everything. You're not going anywhere until you finish reading it.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin books UK for an advance copy in return for a fair and honest review.

Poppyred Thu 14-Nov-19 16:32:23

Going to check out Cara Hunter, Joy Ellis and Susan Hill ....
Thank you.

lemongrove Thu 14-Nov-19 16:39:38

How about the Kate Atkinson books featuring the private detective Brodie? There are three or four in the series and I can really recommend them.

gulligranny Thu 14-Nov-19 22:01:23

I'm with Lemongrove, the Jackson Brodie novels are excellent. I've just finished Big Sky, the latest in the series and it doesn't disappoint!

Jane10 Thu 14-Nov-19 22:06:58

Love Kate Atkinson's books too.
Currently enjoying Abir Mukherjee's books set in post WW1 Calcutta. The hero is a rather disenchanted ex Scotland Yard detective.

BBbevan Fri 15-Nov-19 20:53:23

My favourite book ever is Kate Atkinson's " Behind the Scenes at the Museum".
Thanks gulligranny I will give those books a try. If my local library has them that is.

gulligranny Fri 15-Nov-19 22:57:30

Bbevan, does your library have a reservation service? That's how I get the books I want to read, and here in Bucks you don't have to pay once you are over 65. Pity I didn't discover that little nugget until I was 67, but suffice to say I have made very good use of it!

Evie64 Wed 11-Dec-19 20:56:53

I like quite dark thrillers. My favs at the mo are one I've just finished today called "The Perfect Family" by Shalini Boland. My other favourite is "The cold cold sea" by Linda Huber. Both a bit dark and keeps you guessing till then end.

Catherine55 Mon 16-Dec-19 14:34:03

If you like Joy Ellis then Clare Chase also has some great books based in that area, Murder on the Marshes, Murder in the Fens and a few others.

@Evie64 I love Shalini Boland! If you sign up to Bookouture Deals they always tell me when any of her books (and others) are on offer for 99p!