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Their Lost Daughters has been hailed as “the next big thing in crime fiction” by Digital Spy. Step into this dark and menacing world with Richard Armitage.
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And Joy Ellis, the book's author

Joy Ellis started her career as a flower seller in Mayfair in the 1960s, before going on to open her own florist in Surrey. When the recession hit, Joy had a career change and became a bookseller, and attended a writing course in Greece where she was mentored by Sue Townsend. She now lives in the Fens with her partner Jacqueline, where the flatlands and marshes provide inspiration for her eerie plotlines.

Introducing Richard Armitage, our star narrator


Richard is well-known for his array of film, television and theatre work, including The Hobbit, Spooks and The Crucible. His trademark baritone voice has earned him recognition, too, through his performance on many notable audiobooks as well as in TV and radio show narration. This experience shines through in Armitage's gripping performance of the Jackman and Evans series where he plays host to a plethora of characters.

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Introducing Audible Exclusive Their Lost Daughters, the first in the Jackman and Evans crime series, written by Joy Ellis, Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018.

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case. 

For DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans, the pressure is on to bring the perpetrators of these shocking crimes to justice. Are the crimes linked? Who are these young girls? And what on earth is going on under the green and pastured land of the Lincolnshire Fens? 

An Amazon Kindle number one best seller, Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis is performed by the incredible Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) and available exclusively at Audible. Be prepared for your pulse to rise and your nights to be disturbed as our breakthrough crime author of 2018 weaves her dark web of mystery. Perfect for fans of Sarah A. Denzil, LJ Ross and Denzil Meyrick. 

About the author 

Joy Ellis is not your ordinary newcomer to crime fiction. She started work in the 1960s as an apprentice florist in Covent Garden before opening her own flower shop in Lincolnshire. Later in life, she began to consider a career change towards crime writing and attended a workshop in Greece led by Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole. Ellis has now left the flowers behind and dedicates her life to writing gritty crime thrillers set in the Fens, where she lives with her police officer partner. 

About the narrator 

Richard Armitage is a British actor known for his vast array of film, television and theatre work, including The Hobbit, Spooks and The Crucible. His trademark baritone voice has earned him recognition, too, through his performance on many notable audiobooks as well as in TV and radio show narration. 

His audiobook credits include The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde featured in The Monster Collection, David Copperfield, and Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, and this experience shines through in Armitage's gripping performance of Their Lost Daughters

©2017 Joy Ellis (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Meet Joy Ellis

We travelled to the Lincolnshire Fens, the home of Joy Ellis and the setting of the Jackman and Evans series, to find out more.
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"If you’re a crime fiction fanatic, Their Lost Daughters could well be your next obsession." (Digital Spy)

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The best audio book of 2018?????

Some hints for DCI Jackman since he clearly needs help: if someone is attractive and constantly tired they are a good guy, conversely if they are ugly and not well liked, arrest them immediately since they are definitely baddies.

Can’t wait for the big reveal to find out Jackman affords his million pound windmill and house maid on a £50,000 salary. Possibly taking bribes or re selling confiscated smack.

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Richard Armitage can’t save this one

I have NO idea what the hype is about this one.

Richard Armitage’s performance is good but the writing is SHOCKING - it is like a check list of lazy thriller cliches stacked one on top of the other. And once she’s come across a phrase she’s proud of, she really likes to get her money’s worth out of it (if she used “saline liquid” in place of “tears” once then she used it a dozen times)

I found myself actually wincing and shouting as she stamped through one cliche after another.

If it is later revealed that this was written by an algorithm, I will be found on the nearest rooftop screaming “I TOLD YOU SO!!!”

Possibly the worst thing I’ve listened to on audible (and my library has 400+ finished titles in it - I think I’ve returned only 4 titles out of all of those and this was one of them) I kept going purely because of Richard Armitage and all the hype it had received - I kept waiting for it to get better. Take my word for it; it doesn’t get better.

Do. Not. Buy.

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Over hyped and pure drudgery

Oh dear! I bought this on the hype from Audible and as a recommendation. What a waste of my time.

It’s cliquish, amateurish and boring, boring, boring... no surprises no suspense and slow.

I have to say though the narration was marvellous. Richard Armitage is an excellent narrator.

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excellent!

Loved this book. The storyline is gripping from start to finish and the characters are brilliantly crafted. The performance was very good. I'm downloading book 2 as I type this review ...
I'd strongly recommend to anyone who enjoys crime fiction.

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Great narration. Poor story

Richard Armitage could read the telephone directory and make it sound good. Which helped a lot with this story. The characters came from his performance, and it must have been hard work because the writing didn't give him much to work with.

The story itself is mundane, boring, and predictable. Two dimensional characters, massive plot holes, and parts that actually defy all logic and reason. The truly awful complaining about PACE was a particularly low point.

There was a lot of hype with this, and perhaps that coloured expectation somewhat, but in truth, I'm not at all sure about the next two instalments. Then again, it is Richard Armitage...

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wow, was this overhyped

I feel a bit stupid for falling for the hype but hey life is for discovering new stuff and sometimes you get gold. not in this case though.
theres nothing in this book to justify the big hype it got.
its a reasonably mundane detective drama, pretty slow paced, the detective and sidekick pretty unmemorable.
Nothing like a Rebus or a Wallander.
Sorry Author but I just cant understand why audblie hyped this particular book - unless it was to test if they could push sales of their middle of the road material.

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Very disappointing

I fell for the Audible hype and bought this. It’s really very pedestrian and second rate. The most ludicrous plot that gets increasingly bizarre as the book trundles laboriously on. Boring, one-dimensional characters, very average writing and, the final nail in the coffin, not particularly well read either. People in this fenland area all sound as if they come from up north! Welsh accents wandered in and out characters seemed to deliver their lines at the same pitch and tempo regardless of whether they were meant to be whispering or shouting et cetera. Compared to writers like Ian Rankin or Anne Cleaves this is really a very poor effort.

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Smokin' Start to a New Series!

I often hate it when books get quite such a push as this one has because once you've listened to the interviews, seen the short trailers and read the background expectations are so high the result is often disappointment. As a result I don't doubt that this one will get some negative reviews as a result. Personally though I think it deserves most if not all of the hype. I took to Jackson and Evans from the off! They make a great pair and they are thrown into a twisty and evil-mannered plot that's enough to make your hair not only stand on end but get up, pack its bags and leave! Well, that's my excuse anyhow.

The devious mind that came up with all of this could surely not belong to the mild-mannered, highly approachable Joy Ellis in the Audible interviews! Well, somehow it is; they say you need to watch the quiet ones. Of course an audiobook only reaches the top levels when the partnership between author and narrator has genuine chemistry. Again, there's no doubt about that here. Armitage is of course a bit of a celeb but he's full of character and charm and their is clearly a glowing mutual respect between him and Ellis. His performance is assured and full of character-driven depth.

The odd thing is that Audible seem to be billing volume 2 of the printed series as volume 1 of the audio version and vice-versa. Presumably they felt this one had the biggest wow factor and in truth the next one in the series which I have already pre-ordered will have to go some distance to beat this one. The obvious concern is that the missing back story from the original volume will detract from the enjoyment of this one but although it is hinted at I don't think you'd notice unless you already knew.

I'll not say it was a 100% perfect. Some of the police procedure felt a little weak to me, an undercover operation in the first half of the book felt poorly thought out and I am sure would have caused much more considerable consternation than the story indicated. Occasionally parts of the dialogue did seem a little stilted to me. These are very minor things though and I have no qualms at all in recommending this one to those strong-stomached individuals who like an edgy and creepy police thriller.

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thoroughly disappointing

I purchased this, following what seemed to be a pretty big launch including TV adverts and a fair amount of emails and within the first hour I was already regretting it. It is like a paint by numbers approach to a detective story. The plot line is thin, but worse is the dialogue. I found myself cringing at how the characters were supposed to be conversing. I would not be recommending this book to anyone.

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Wooden dialogue & thin characters

The story itself is ok, albeit not that shocking. It all felt a little too neat (and far-fetched) at the end.

However, what really lets this down is the dialogue, which is so dry and full of exposition that I felt sorry for Richard Armitage having to make it sound natural (which even he struggled to do).

As a result, the characters are hard to empathise with and unmemorable.

I will not be rushing to get the next titles.

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  • 14-02-19

Really Good

This is my first foray into Joy Ellis territory and I must admit that THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS is a novel that demonstrates her ability to provide character rich and atmospheric crime fiction that places her reader smack in the center of the action.

Set in and around the Lincolnshire fens (an area in England that sounds amazingly like the Louisiana/Mississippi River delta in the United States) DAUGHTERS is a chilling book filled with unusual plot twists and deception that literally compels you to keep reading.

Featuring the overworked team of officers of the Fenland police department and their simultaneous investigation of two different cases, there are as many story lines and personalities at work here as the threads in a fine tapestry. Evil abounds in this tale and revealing even a portion of the story line might reduce the enjoyment of potential readers and ruin the surprises generated by Ms. Ellis’s creative and inventive writing skills.

Richard Armitage was amazing with the delivery of the story

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  • Ruth Nielsen
  • 02-02-19

Excellent Introduction to a New British Detective Series

I really enjoy a well-written British police procedural as the good ones are focused on solving a mystery without all the guns, car chases and gratuitous sex that saturate the American crime stories. I was happy to stumble on this series by Joy Ellis. The main characters are decent people who are trying to do a difficult job. The mystery is complex and well developed. The narrator is fabulous and brings each character to life. A five star listen for me and I’ll be ordering the rest of the series hoping they are equally good.

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  • Elese Newman
  • 22-02-19

Darker than I expected

The subject matter is more disturbing than I thought it would be, and I have read/ listened to my share of mystery and suspense. Had I known that, I probably wouldn’t have chosen it. At the same time, the author presents it in a thoughtful way without glamorizing it. I did skip through parts I couldn’t listen to. I thought the narrator was excellent, especially with so many characters. And there are a lot of characters.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 15-01-19

Not worth the credit

You will get a “police procedural” but not a very good one. The main characters make you yawn.

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  • Wayne
  • 16-06-18

Author Joy Ellis never disappoints!!

THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS is the 10th novel by Joy Ellis I have listened to and reviewed at Audible. Joy Ellis is lauded as "Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018". I hope Audible is correct and this wonderful author now gets the attention the quality of her work deserves. For those familiar with her DI Nikki Galena eight novel series this novel is set in the Fens, an area on the east coast of England about 50 miles northeast of London that was reclaimed from the sea and marshes several centuries ago, like Ellis' other modern detective novels. The plot is an excellent one with two new protagonists (Jackman and Evans) introduced. Narration by Richard Armitage is excellent but not quite as good in my opinion as that of Henrietta Meire who narrated the Nikki Galena series. The next two audio books in the Jackman and Evans series will be released by Audible October.

Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-06-19

boring

struggled to finish it made little sense. hope I never purchase another by thus author.

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  • M. Jones
  • 01-05-19

Boring and way longer than necessary

This was very boring and long and too many characters going in too many different directions and tied up rather sloppy in the end

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  • Nora
  • 27-07-18

Gripping from the start

Joy Ellis has written a gripping tale. A parent's worse nightmare, a cautionary tale for teens testing freedom and a policeman's haunting case...all these are woven into a tale of mystery, generational pain and institutionalize corruption. When you first meet Jackman and Evans, you can't help but be touched by their passion for justice and their dogged determination to find the killer or killers before another daughter becomes a victim. You know these coppers and their team will never allow these girls to become statistics. The names of the missing and abused become central to the story as it twists and turns through the plot. You feel the frustration and anger of the police and of the parents. You smell the salty air and hear the moans carried on the wind across the Fens. Something terribly wrong permeates the landscape and Jackman and Evans won't rest until they have the answers.

Richard Armitage captures your imagination with his excellent performance. His talent for voices is just wonderful. Each voice becomes so familiar, you always know who is speaking. The characters move, breathe, love, rage within the context of the story and you are right in the middle of it all. As this is a thoroughly British tale with thoroughly British expressions, what better narrator could have been chosen to sweep you away than Richard?

I have already pre-purchased the next two books due out in October. There is obviously more to this story...

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  • Katinka
  • 28-06-18

Don't understand all the hype.

The only thing that made me finish this book was the narration. I found the book boring and my mind wandered often. If I have to hear Jackman tell his team to "get to bed and rest because things are going to get worse" one more time...

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  • Wild Horses Flying
  • 29-09-18

Disappointed

I have really liked Ellis's Fens series with Nikki Galena and crew - good plots, characters with depth. This one, "Their Lost Daughters" doesn't have much plot but is more just a fleshed out animation of the awfulness of kidnap, abuse and killing but WORST is that Ellis has gone off the deep end with overblown emotionalism - like a soap opera. If you like soap opera you'll probably like this. If she'd had an editor other than Audible - the editor would probably have pointed this out to Ellis or just not published it. None of the Fens books bulged out this way - they contained and expressed strong emotion but kept it contained within the body of the whole - so it was very effective and an important contributing element. Neither Jackman nor Evans are interesting.
Audible has made much ado about Armitage's sexy deep resonant voice - which it IS and I'm sure he IS a good actor but in this reading he uses his voice to only further the over-done emotionalism. He also puts pauses in his pacing which, on stage, are exactly right but which in reading a book are distracting and irritating.
I don't know what Ellis was thinking . . . but, for her sake, I don't think this book should have been published.

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