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The Dying Light

(2020)
(The third book in the Detective Matt Ballard series)
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From multiple #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis, comes a psychological thriller that will have you glued from first page to last.

WHISPER FEN HOLDS DARK SECRETS
As the mists roll over the fens and enigmatic lights twinkle in the distance, only the locals know their way along the hidden paths through the mysterious watery terrain of one of England’s most beautiful and sometimes dangerous places.

Detective Matt Ballard may have retired but there’s still plenty going on the fens to keep him busy.

Someone trashes an old lady’s garden and daubs her isolated cottage with hateful graffiti. Emilia Swain seems to be totally harmless, so why is she being targeted?

Matt’s best friend Will and his wife Kate moved to Holland House to put their past behind them. But Kate’s mental state is deteriorating and she’s obsessed with the tragic history of the house and an old doll she finds in the garden.

And why is Kate suddenly friends with a loner who haunts the fens?

Has the dreadful past come back to haunt the present owners?

Former detectives Matt and Liz want to help their friends and neighbours. But how can you help people who don’t want to be helped?

DISCOVER A TOTALLY ENTHRALLING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER FROM JOY ELLIS

What readers are saying about JOY ELLIS

“The suspense starts on Page 1 and continues through the twists and turns until the very surprising ending.” Linda Strong

“OMG, this book was fantastic I absolutely loved it. I was gripped from the first page but as the tension and suspense mounted throughout the book it just got better and better and that ending, well just WOW!” Dawn Jones

“I absolutely loved it.” Viv

“Will keep you guessing until the end of the book.” Barbara

What a book!!!” Sian

“I was so engrossed I sat up way too late to finish it in one sitting.” Elaine

THE SETTING
England's rural fenland is a strange place, with its never-ending fields, winding tracks, and long straight droves (the old livestock routes) that lead to nowhere. The lonely lanes are flanked either side by deep drainage ditches and are, for a good part of the year, filled with tall, whispering reeds. Closer to the Wash, high seabanks form a barrier between river and marsh, and the richly fertile soil of the drained land. But when the mists come down, as they so often do, perspective is destroyed and all sense of direction lost, and then the fens become a rather frightening place of mystery and danger. Somewhere that you do not want to be at night.

ALSO BY JOY ELLIS
THE BEST-SELLING NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS
Book 8: THIEVES ON THE FENS
Book 9: FIRE ON THE FENS
Book 10: DARKNESS ON THE FENS
Book 11: HIDDEN ON THE FENS

JACKMAN & EVANS
Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON
Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
Book 3: THE FOURTH FRIEND
Book 4: THE GUILTY ONES
Book 5: THE STOLEN BOYS
Book 6: THE PATIENT MAN

DETECTIVE MATT BALLARD
Book 1: BEWARE THE PAST
Book 2: FIVE BLOODY HEARTS
Book 3: THE DYING LIGHT

STANDALONES
GUIDE STAR

Genre: Mystery

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Paperback Editions

July 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: THE DYING LIGHT a totally enthralling psychological thriller with a stunning ending (Detective Matt Ballard)
Author(s): JOY ELLIS
ISBN: 1-78931-475-5 / 978-1-78931-475-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Joffe Books
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Audio Editions

November 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Dying Light (Detective Matt Ballard (3))
Author(s): Joy Ellis
ISBN: 1-70527-473-0 / 978-1-70527-473-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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November 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Dying Light (Detective Matt Ballard, 3)
Author(s): Joy Ellis
ISBN: 1-70527-472-2 / 978-1-70527-472-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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November 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Dying Light: Detective Matt Ballard Series, Book 3
Author(s): Joy Ellis
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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November 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Dying Light: Detective Matt Ballard Series, Book 3
Author(s): Joy Ellis
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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November 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Dying Light: Detective Matt Ballard Series, Book 3
Author(s): Joy Ellis
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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November 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Dying Light: Detective Matt Ballard Series, Book 3
Author(s): Joy Ellis
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Kindle Editions

July 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: THE DYING LIGHT a totally enthralling psychological thriller with a stunning ending (Detective Matt Ballard Book 3)
Author(s): JOY ELLIS
Publisher: Joffe Books crime thriller and mystery
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU