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The Murderer's Son

(DI Jackman & DS Evans #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  7,409 ratings  ·  361 reviews
What if your mother was a serial killer?


A gripping standalone crime thriller by the best-selling author of the Nikki Galena series.

Twenty years ago: a farmer and his wife are cut to pieces by a ruthless serial killer.

Now: a woman is viciously stabbed to death in the upmarket kitchen of her beautiful
Kindle Edition, 333 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Joffe Books (first published March 16th 2014)
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This is a tough review to write. I wont get into the story as the publicity blurb above outlines the plot. Instead, Ill try to explain why this wasnt for me.

First, this author has some serious writing skills. Its well paced, has good flow & a real sense of place. It simply comes down to a matter of taste & what you enjoy reading.

I read a lot of police procedurals & enjoy those with a gritty, more realistic feel. This book strays closer to cozy territory with characters who are
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
3.5 stars, rounded up
Ive become a recent convert to Joy Ellis Nikki Galena series, so I snapped this one up when it was an audible daily deal. I loved the premise for this book. A young man believes himself to be the son of a serial killer. Adopted at a young age, hes suffered periods of blackouts growing up. Now, he walks into a police station and confesses to the killing of a woman in her kitchen. The police dont believe him and have no evidence or reason to hold him. But after they release
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
A woman is stabbed to death in her kitchen and Daniel Kindler confesses to the crime. But the cops don't think so and believe he is suffering from delusions. With another victim found stabbed to death the cops are racing against time to fibs the serial killer before he strikes again.

This is my first book by Joy Ellis and I really enjoyed reading this police procedural . The characters were interesting but as it's was the first book in the series is more scope for character development .
Alex ♈
Interesting suspense, twisted storyline, unusual crime-mystery trope.

Very likable characters, a great team!
Loved the heroine, tough and smart woman.
No romance, but some indication of it.

Dark, but without many bloody details; maybe a bit predictable, but still engaging.

New author to me. The whole series is on KU.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Joy Ellis DI Nikki Galena character and now I really like this cast of new characters. This story is also written about the Fen but now it is a whole new list of names and personalities. DI Jackman leads a team of investigators that are looking for a killer that seems to be killing women that have no relation to each other except they have all been brutally stabbed by the same knife. A young man walks into the police station and confesses but none of the team believe he could commit these ...more
Lorraine Southern
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Audible listen, excellent story and narration by Richard Armitage - as always!
Cindy Rollins
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, 2019
Audible Richard Armitage voice selection. This was a good, not great police story. I might continue this series or I might not but I do love the narrator, I mean his voice.
Fiona (Titch) Hunt
I would like to thank the author who wrote this awe inspiring book about a man's journey into a mind of a woman who he's never met.

This psychological thriller had me turning pages whilst it took me so time due to other commitments to read it. Never read this author before (but would read her other books). The title makes you think of 1 way the story will go and then as you carry on reading the book, it takes a turn and goes a different way.

The characters are really believable and make you feel
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book for a review.

I've waffled on the rating and review but im gonna attempt it. I had little connection with anyone in the book. The storyline of someone being a murderer's son and following in their parents footsteps is one that intrigued me from the blurb. It just fell flat. It was an okay read with little emotion from me while reading other than hoping for more.
I'm a fan of Joy Ellis and a Goodread's friend put me on to this series. This is book #1 in the DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland Constabulary. There is no hanky-panky going on between the two lead characters, for now, and I like it that way. Don't mess around with my mystery books, thank you very much! I love Jackman, Evans and the team as we learn about them and their lives - they seem so real. This is an excellent start to what is developing into a fantastic series you wont ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
This book and the others following in the series are rated with four-plus stars. Got the book+audio on Amazon through Kindle Prime for free on 12/6/19. (That offer is no longer available.) The book is good, and I liked it; but to me, the storyline is weak and the actual murderer was easily identifiable not long after introduction into it. The main flaw I found was the lack of police procedure. The main suspect turns themself in at the beginning of the book and the force spends all their time ...more
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My Rating 5 out of 5 stars

This is book 1 in the Jackman and Evans series and, while it does work very well as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading them in sequence so as to extract full enjoyment from what is an excellent book. That said, I did read Book 2: Their Lost Daughters a few months ago and really enjoyed it so this book has been on my 'to read' list.

The story begins 20 years ago with the brutal murder of a farmer and his wife. The murderer was caught, imprisoned and has since died.
Zoé-lee O'farrell
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Well, this is my first foray into a Joy Ellis book and I meet Jackman and Evans. I picked this one to listen too mainly because a certain Mr Richard Armitage narrating it, who was I refuse.

The Murderers Son was an interesting book, Daniel Kinder hands himself in to the police station stating he has killed someone and that he is the son of a vicious and nasty murderess. Jackman and Evans do not quite believe his story and set up to try and prove it wrong, but things go awry. Although they have
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mysteries
I'm glad that I read this book. I don't normally read books that are very realistic from this genre, and, from the excerpt, this one seemed like it would be realistic. I got the book on sale from audible. Otherwise, I surely wouldnt have given it a chance. It turned out to be the kind of murder mystery that is more in keeping with my taste. I like my murders to be sanitized, without too much gore. I dont want to be inside the brain of a reprobate for long, so cookie cutter villains that give an ...more
Allie Mitchell
Apr 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
The repetition of the same phrases was hard to listen to, the characters are poorly described and obvious tropes, and the writers seems pretty out of touch with what it is like to be queer. I almost stopped listening to it several times. First, when the characters were first described; the female police officer was immediately objectified, "more attractive than any 45~ old should have the right to be" while the male character's admirable extreme loyalty and other positive personality traits were ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
5 stars

How often do you get in the position where you are trying to prove a negative? A young investigative journalist comes into DI Jackman and DS Maries police station confessing to a brutal murder. While they dont believe he did it, they have no proof one way or the other. Something is off about him. He claims he cant remember. Is he faking it to get an inside story for his paper? Is he a clever murderer? Or is he simply a confused young man? With the discovery of more bodies, the tension
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book over a year ago and wrote the review but it didn't make it onto Good reads at the time, so here it is. This was a very solid and enjoyable police procedural with solid, likeable characters, a new series for Joy Ellis.

Poor Daniel Kinder has turned himself into the police confessing to a brutal murder. The only problem is, the police don't think he did it. Daniel is convinced he is the son of vicious murderess, Francis Thayer, and as her tainted blood runs through his veins, he
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lots of twists and turns in this crime thriller, the outcome is totally unexpected and I look forward to the next in the series.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
I did enjoy it, so why three stars? It's because the culprit was too obvious.
I won't be giving a summary as the blurb does a pretty fair job.
This is the first book in the series and we simply get to know the team, how it works and how these characters did develop. There was little action, some intrigue, a solid plot and the whole thing isn't bad and it gives you the will to pick up the second book.
I really liked what Joy Ellis did with the female character of Marie, she looks like any woman you
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent series! I'm enjoying this series as audiobooks, narrated by Richard Armitage who is perfect for this.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Daniel is a confused young man who believes he has carried out a crime of which he has no memory.
D.I Rowan Jackman and D.S Marie Evans work together to solve crimes and uncover the truth about Daniel's mother. A gripping book.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one, good characters !
4 stars for the story itself, and an extra star for Richard Armitage.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Run of the mill British crime thriller, chosen bc I fancy the audible narrator.
Anne Vaughan
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
struggled at times with this book and confusing in parts
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Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I have to say I really didn't know what to expect from this book, as this is the first one by Joy Ellis for me to read that isn't part of the Nikki Galena series, A series I have thoroughly enjoyed reading. And would recommend to any crime fan.

So this one I really wasn't sure what to expect, but it really is another fantastically written book by this talented author. I find If an author can get you wanting to read their book without you even reading the synopsis then that's pretty good going for
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short Take: Finally an investigative crime mystery that had something going.

Joy Ellis has been such a joy to read, no pun intended! The narrative was engaging, story was absorbing and as the title implies, the burden of being a murderers son can play havoc on ones emotional state. The novel does progress with no non-sense. The banter between the team members of the Fen constabulary was also inline with the novel. Story lines included for each of the investigative team member, promising more
Dele Haynes
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joy Ellis spins a good tale and with Richard Armitage narrating the it, how could you go wrong. Our latest favorite police inspector, DI Jackman and his partner DS Evans, are back with a serial killer on their hands. A young journalist is sure he's the son of a famous serial killer and he's doing the killing. Daniel, who is adopted and has been having fugue states, is convinced that he's doing the killing. He has done some research in the life of the famous serial killer and is sure that he's ...more
Zainab Al Kubaish
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I listened to this book on Audible

Even though I was confused in the beginning, the storyline was interesting and the revelations were unexpected. I'm hooked and will probably listen to the remaining books of the series
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the story of do.eone who believes he is a serial killer's son and all the complications that this brings to him and the police investigating current murders that exhibit similar methods of killing for which he insists he's responsible. Had potential but somehow read flat to me.
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Joy Ellis grew up in Kent but moved to London when she won an apprenticeship with the prestigious Mayfair flower shop, Constance Spry Ltd.
Many years later, having run her own florist shop in Weybridge, Ellis took part in a writers workshop in Greece and was encouraged by her tutor, Sue Townsend to begin writing seriously. She now lives in the Lincolnshire Fens with her partner Jacqueline and

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