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Five Bloody Hearts

(2019)
(The second book in the Detective Matt Ballard series)
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From multiple #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis, comes a mystery that will have you glued from first page to last, with a truly shocking conclusion.

DETECTIVE MATT BALLARD’S LAST CASE MIGHT BE THE ONE THAT FINALLY BREAKS HIM.

Grace Repton, a beautiful older woman, walks into the police station to tell Matt she has information that could stop a murder. Her fiancé, the infamous serial killer Jeremy Reader, has told her that he has a disciple who is going to kill using Reader’s horrific methods.

Reader murdered five women and was finally brought to justice by Detective Ballard. Reader is safely imprisoned in a high security prison, and claiming to be a reformed man who wants to help the police.

But can Matt believe the serial killer or his peculiar wife to be? Can the love of a good woman really change a serial killer?

And the Fenland police also have another investigation on their hands. A Lithuanian migrant worker is found dead on the fens. There is no ID on him, but he has a Tree of Life tattoo. The third body to be found with this distinctive tattoo. Is this gang war or something even more sinister?

CAN YOU TRUST A KILLER TO HELP STOP A KILLER?

The police are stretched to breaking point with multiple copycat murders. And Matt and his girlfriend Liz will fight for everything they care about in a heart-stopping conclusion that will have you on the edge of your seat.

This is the sequel to the #1 best-selling BEWARE THE PAST. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

A MYSTERY TO MAKE YOUR HEART RACE

What readers are saying about FIVE BLOODY HEARTS

“This definitely is the best one yet, Joy’s books get better and better.” Carole

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

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: 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

Genre: Mystery

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Paperback Editions

February 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: FIVE BLOODY HEARTS an absolutely gripping crime thriller with a massive twist
Author(s): JOY ELLIS
ISBN: 1-78931-077-6 / 978-1-78931-077-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Joffe Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

August 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Five Bloody Hearts: 2
Author(s): Joy Ellis
ISBN: 1-977313-40-X / 978-1-977313-40-9
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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August 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Five Bloody Hearts: 2
Author(s): Joy Ellis
ISBN: 1-977363-40-7 / 978-1-977363-40-4
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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August 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Five Bloody Hearts
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August 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Five Bloody Hearts
Author(s): Joy Ellis
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August 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Five Bloody Hearts
Author(s): Joy Ellis
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August 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Five Bloody Hearts
Author(s): Joy Ellis
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Kindle Editions

February 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: FIVE BLOODY HEARTS an absolutely gripping crime thriller with a massive twist (Detective Matt Ballard Book 2)
Author(s): JOY ELLIS
Publisher: Joffe Books mystery
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU