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The Fourth Friend

(DI Jackman & DS Evans #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  12,735 ratings  ·  337 reviews
Looking for your next unputdownable mystery? Then try this book by #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis, a mystery full of stunning twists and turns.


Police detective Carter McLean is the only survivor of a plane crash that kills his four best friends. He returns to work but he is left full of guilt and
Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published August 26th 2017 by Joffe Books Mystery, Crime Thriller, Suspense Fiction
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Annette Yes. Each book has a stand-alone mystery to solve and can be read alone, but the story-line of the characters is also a satisfying read and for that,…moreYes. Each book has a stand-alone mystery to solve and can be read alone, but the story-line of the characters is also a satisfying read and for that, it's best to start at the beginning. There are only 4 books (so far) -- might as well read them in order.(less)

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Louise Wilson
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Carter McLean was the only survivor of a plane crash that killed his four best friends. He returns to work but he is full of guilt and has terrible flashbacks. He decides to complete a task that each of his four friends left unfinished. D.S. Marie Evans is the only person that Carter can confide in. Jackman and Evans are currently investigating the disappearance of Suzanne Holland, the wife of one of Carters best friends.

This is a well written book with a great plot line. The
Linda Strong
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Detective Carter McLean suffers from survivor's guilt. While on a fun weekend with his four best friends, the plane crashes and kills everyone but himself. But that's not the last he sees of his friends.

His friends visit him. Realistically, Carter does not believe in ghosts, but he sees them, always accompanied by the smell of smoke. These were all young men and they all left things undone. Carter decides to honor them by completing something each of them has left undone.

His supervisors have him
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)
I received a copy of The Fourth Friend via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

In the third book of Joy Ellis DI Rowan Jackman & DS Marie Evans series, Suzanne Holland has disappeared from her home leaving behind a bloody room but no other clues. Almost a year and half later, the case remains unsolved. During this time, her husband, along with his four best friends fly to Amsterdam for a bachelor party but their plane goes down. There is only one survivor, Carter McLean, a police
Alex ♈
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I almost didn't see it coming...

I could understand everything and the ending was probably the only possible way out, bit I felt sorry for the dog 😢. On the other hand he stayed forever with his owner and friend.
I even cried a bit...

Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a 3.5 star read.

Dare I say it? I found the beginning of this third offering in the Jackman and Evans series quite boring, which is almost sacrilegious because I genuinely love anything written by the author. I'm glad I persevered though as by the time I'd reached about a third of the way into the book the pace picked up dramatically and I was riveted by the varied investigations which ended up being connected, and were woven together superbly, culminating in a shocking, revelatory and
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This is book 3 in the Jackman and Evans series. I have read the previous 2 books but I think they work very well as stand alone.

The book is fast paced from the prologue to the epilogue I was turning page after page unable to put it down until I had read a little bit more. It is very well written with developed characters and interesting, intriguing cases being investigated. I had several outcomes in my mind but none of them came close to what actually happened. WOW a fantastic book I can't wait
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Police Detective Carter Mclean has just returned to work after being on sick leave for eighteen months.He has been recovering from the injuries he sustained in a plane crash which resulted in the death of his four best friends.He is full of guilt because he was the sole survivor and has decided to complete a task that they left unfinished.

Eighteen months before the crash Suzanne Holland,who was the wife of one of Carter`s four best friends disappeared leaving a room with traces
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
"When something terrible happened, there was always more than one victim. Disaster had a ripple effect., like a pebble thrown into a lake, drawing in many more people than those directly involved."
Detective Carter McLean and his four friends head to Amsterdam for a bachelors weekend when their plane goes down and Carter is the lone survivor. But his friends visit him regularly, and their visits are accompanied by the smell of smoke. Carter has survivors guilt and feels that he must complete a
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this crime thriller by Joy Ellis which is set in the Lincolnshire Fens. There's lots of twists and turns, the characters are very believable and the writing flows well making for an easy read. I read this today in one sitting, thank you for the ARC. Highly recommended.
Donna Maguire

This is another fantastic crime fiction story from Joy Ellis as soon as I saw that this book was being released I knew it was one that I needed to read and I certainly wasnt disappointed full of twists and turns I was hooked from the first few pages and knew it was going to be an excellent choice!  I havent as yet read the previous books in this series and I didnt feel at any detriment so I would say that this is fine to be read as a stand alone piece. 
Cathy Ryan
This is a complicated case involving several mysteries. Detective Carter McLean is the sole survivor of the light aircraft crash that killed his four best friends. When Carter is judged fit to resume full duties,

Marie and Jackman are investigating the disappearance of Suzanne Holland, the wife of one of Carters dead friends. Struggling to come to terms with his feelings of guilt, Carter is receiving counselling but not allowing his deepest thoughts to surface. Despite that, hes not quite
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I love this series; this was my least favourite of the 4 (so far). Weak start -- I wondered if Ellis had someone else writing for her, it was that strange. Boring and totally different format (ghost story instead of a compelling detective story). I think there's just too much trying to happen in this novel, for it to hang together. Thankfully I chose the audiobook version and Richard Armitage always holds my attention and makes the key characters (Jackman, Evans, and a few other cops) my best ...more
Hannelore Cheney
Thank you Netgalley and Joffe Books for the eARC.
Another great read from Joy Ellis, her books just get better and better, love them.
After the horrendous crash that killed his 3 best friends, Carter is still in a terrible state, but after 18 months he is deemed good to go and allowed to leave desk work and begin to work in the field again. Jackman and Marie are still worried about his capability to cope and so is his psychiatrist, Laura. The boss' niece is being stalked and she asks Carter to
This is the third book in the Jackman and Evans series by Joy Ellis. This tale is of a very strong friendship between five men, all of whom seem very likable as they are described after their deaths. The lone survivor of the plane crash (it's in the beginning) is Carter McLean, a very sympathetic character. He is part of the Jackman/Evans police team. While I did enjoy this book I wasn't enthralled by it as the others. I think, at least to me, that Marie was too caught up in the actions of ...more
Nicky Mottram
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Another cracking read! Highly recommend this author
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I cried, hard.
Milly Smith
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
3.5 stars
Dec 17, 2019 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
DNF, should have taken reviews more seriously on this one. May come back and finish later, but I doubt it.
Vicki - I Love Reading
It isn't long since I finally got around to reading Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis, which was book 2 in this series. As soon as I saw this was available on Netgalley I requested it. I couldn't wait to start this. I have read all of Joy Ellis' books so far, and have not been disappointed by any of them. It's fantastic to add another author to my MUS READ list. This also means that as soon as I saw it and requested it, I hadn't even read what it was about, and find it's a bit of a lucky dip ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars

DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans make a return in this novel about a young detective named DS Carter McLean who witnessed the death of his four good friends in the same plane crash that he survived. After eighteen months of convalescence, Carter returns to work. Evans, who is a close friend of Carters, especially feels that all is not well.

Jackman and Evans are currently investigating the disappearance of Suzanne Holland who is the wife of one of Carters dead friends. They, and the
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I think this is one of those cases where "its not you, its me" applies. This rather sad tale just didn't grab me. There was nothing wrong with it, Joy Ellis is a fine writer but I just didn't enjoy it as much as her other books that I've read so far.

Five friends take a private charter flight to Amsterdam for a bucks party. They fly into a storm on the return leg and crash and there is only one survivor, Sergeant Carter McLean. 18 months later he is about to leave his desk duties and resume
Dele Haynes
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Fourth Kind is the third book Richard Armitage has read by author Joy Ellis. The main character is Inspector Rowan Jackman, a character that fits RA nicely. The story takes place in Northern England on the Fens.

In The Fourth Friend, Detective Carter McLean has just returned to the force after recovering from a plane crash that killed four of his friends. Filled with guilt and regret, Carter begins to experience seeing his friends, each one has something they want him to do for him. Carter
Sue McQuaide Kitt
In this fast paced thriller, we meet Detective Carter McLean, who is the only survivor of a plane crash that killed his four best friends. Carter Mclean is suffering from terrible survivors guilt that is destroying his life and is haunted by his four dead friends. He finds a way of dealing with this by completing a task that each friend left unfinished, as each task is completed, each friend disappears from his life, apart from Tom, whose wife disappeared 3 days before the tragic accident that ...more
Ricardo Jasso Moedano
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wonder what Lady Bracknell would claim if she heard that one man alone survived an accident that killed his four closest mates, since in The Importance of Being Earnest she thus chided a suitor of her daughter's: "To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness."

Philosophical theorems aside, while treacherous endeavours are the pith of any crime story, in this book every deception is implemented out of loyalty and friendship rather than malice or for
Megan Mayfair
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm rather addicted to this series at the moment. The Fourth Friends is less of a thriller perhaps than the first two books as the team are not on the hunt for a serial killer, instead, we read of a few different cases that are seemingly unrelated but merge together, alongside the narrative of Carter, a police officer who survived a terrible plane crash. The final twist is very well-handled and all the pieces in the jigsaw come together nicely. I really did enjoy the character of Carter and as ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I havent read any of the rest of this series but that really didnt matter. The story was engaging from the first page and the characters were given enough backstory to help. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book, right up until the end. I wont give it away but it felt contrived and rushed and totally offbeat from the rest of the story. ...more
Mari (Smut Duchess)
3.5 ⭐

This was a fairly good police procedural. The book is KU. I listened to the audio version. I didn't listen to the books in order and I wish I had. I think I would have enjoyed the series a bit more. I was confused about some of the characters. I also found the use of local idioms confusing. As always Richard Armitage's narration was excellent.
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I have listened to the first two in the series. They were fantastic. Good writing and the narrator is excellent. This is the third and it was just as good but very different. it was mostly about a secondary character and Marie. The other people were in the book but mostly in a secondary role. I enjoyed it. I have gotten the last one to listen to next.

worth a credit
Sandie Sue
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I simply loved this book and the narration given by Richard Armitage made it absolutely fantastic! I'm looking forward to the next one. xoxo
Charlotte Jones
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
A little predictable but overall a good story and good pace. Love this series as an audio as Richard Armitage is so good and can't unhear the characters' voices now
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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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