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The Murderer's Son

(DI Jackman & DS Evans #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  9,131 ratings  ·  463 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 h
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Published October 16th 2018 by Audible Studios (first published March 16th 2014)
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Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
3.5 stars, rounded up
I’ve 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, he’s 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 don’t believe him and have no evidence or reason to hold him. But after they releas
This is a tough review to write. I won’t get into the story as the publicity blurb above outlines the plot. Instead, I’ll try to explain why this wasn’t for me.

First, this author has some serious writing skills. It’s 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 unfailingly
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 . Lookin
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.

A very disturbed young man walks into the police station to confess to a murder. He has a solid reputation and comes from a good family. Could he be a murderer?

DI Jackman and his team must investigate the series of murders of women that are appearing, at the same time they must delve into the history of the man to determine if he is telling the truth.

This story was wonderful! I really enjoyed reading it. The evidence took you everywhere making you wonder who is the killer. When I finally
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 thes ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 try ...more
Lorraine Southern
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audible listen, excellent story and narration by Richard Armitage - as always!
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
Cindy Rollins
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.
Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
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 ha
May 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 1st book in the DI Jackman and DS Evans series by author Joy Ellis.
'The Murderer’s Son' is my first read of a Joy Ellis book and was a fairly decent read. Not a classic but enough promise to give her writing another read. A police procedural crime novel where a brutal serial killer is on the loose in Fensland, England. The book starts with a flashback when twenty years ago a local farmer and his wife were brutally stabbed to death. French woman Francois Thayer was convicted of the mu
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.
Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My rating for this book is 3.5 stars,my first read from this author it took me 30% before getting into this book found it a slow read and took a while to engage with the characters. This book starts with Daniel confession he said he murdered a woman but did he as the police wasn't convinced.more women are murdered.DI Jackson and DS Evan's on the case will they find the truth.I will continue with this series and hope I enjoy the next book more. ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Marie’s police station confessing to a brutal murder. While they don’t believe he did it, they have no proof one way or the other. Something is “off” about him. He claims he can’t 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 tensio
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 won’t ...more
5 stars audio
4 stars story
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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
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 Murderer’s 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 t
Allie Mitchell
Apr 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Immensely disappointing. There were huge chunks of unattributed dialogue involving more than two people, the characters were as two-dimensional as a sheet of tissue paper and utterly cliched. Every trope seemed to be included - the weird computer freak, the motor-bike riding woman, the utterly handsome and perfect inspector. The only character who came 'alive' on the page, and who I actually cared about, was Kevin who played a fairly minor role. I ended up skimming through the book to find out i ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of twists and turns in this crime thriller, the outcome is totally unexpected and I look forward to the next in the series.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wouldn’t 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 don’t want to be inside the brain of a reprobate for long, so cookie cutter villains that give a ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one, good characters !
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Excellent series! I'm enjoying this series as audiobooks, narrated by Richard Armitage who is perfect for this. ...more
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Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 fo
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting plot that I kind of saw coming but hoped I was wrong. Onto her Galena series!
Anne Vaughan
struggled at times with this book and confusing in parts
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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.
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