The DI Jackman and DS Evans Series

Author: Ellis, Joy

Publication Date:

September 2016



Original language and publisher

English | Joffe Books

Territories Handled

France, Netherlands, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

Audio (Audible, at auction)
Arabic (Dar Oktob)
Czech Republic (Euromedia)
Germany (Piper)
Sweden (Lind & Co)
Turkey (Parola)
Film/TV rights (Sprout Pictures/White Boar Films)
Denmark (Alpha)
Italy (Piemme)
Portugal (Leya, at auction)
Spanish (World) (Almuzara)
Macedonia (Knigohoicari)


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The DI Jackman and DS Evans Series

Author: Ellis, Joy


For readers of Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons, L.J. Ross, Peter May, J.M. Dalgliesh, Elly Griffiths, Ann Cleeves

THE MURDERER’S SON (book 1) – September 2016 – 333 pp.

· #6 Amazon UK
· #14 Amazon Top 20 Most Sold Fiction books


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 house on the edge of the marshes. A man called Daniel Kinder walks into Saltern police station and confesses to the murder. But DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland Constabulary soon discover that there is a lot more to Daniel than meets the eye. He has no memory of the first five years of his life and is obsessed with who his real mother is.

THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS (book 2) – March 2017 – 331 pp.

· #1 Amazon UK
· #1 Audible UK
· #3 Amazon US
· Shortlisted Best Audiobook of the Year British Book Awards 2019 (narrated by Richard Armitage)


Toni, the surviving teenager, is found deliriously wandering the muddy fields of the Fens. She has been drugged and it’s uncertain whether she’ll survive. She says she saw her friend Emily being dragged away from the party. But no one knows who Emily is or even if she’s still alive . . . Meanwhile, the drowned body of another girl has been found on an isolated beach. And how does this all relate to the shocking disappearance of a little girl nearly a decade ago, a crime which was never solved? The girl’s mother is putting immense pressure on the police to re-open the high-profile case.

THE FOURTH FRIEND (book 3) – August 2017 – 263 pp.

· #1 on Amazon UK 
. #20 on Amazon US 
· #1 Amazon Australia


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 terrible flashbacks. So for each of his four friends he decides to complete something that they left unfinished. Eighteen months before the crash, Suzanne Holland disappeared, leaving a room with traces of blood, but no other leads. Suzanne was the wife of one of Carter’s four best friends. Adding to the pressure, the boss’s daughter has a stalker. Due to the sensitivity of the Holland case, Carter is put on this investigation. DS Marie Evans is the only person Carter can confide in. But even she begins to doubt whether he can really cope and whether he is actually losing his mind. DI Jackman and DS Evans of the Fenland police face a battle to untangle three mysteries, and can they really believe their friend and colleague Carter?

THE GUILTY ONES (book 4) – March 2018 – 309 pp.

· #1 on Amazon UK 


This time it’s very personal for Jackman. Jackman’s sister-in-law Sarah disappears to London and throws herself into the river. She was a woman with a seemingly happy home life and two beloved sons. DI Jackman and DI Evans dig into Sarah’s life. And Jackman realises he knew almost nothing about his sister-in-law’s past. Then, they discover a woman in a neighbouring village died in similar circumstances. What is the connection to a convicted murderer whose family are convinced he is innocent? Who is really pulling the strings? DI Jackman and DI Evans of the fenland police face a battle against their most dangerous and deadly adversary. And in a case so close to home can Jackman keep his feelings under control? Set in the atmospheric Lincolnshire Fens whose isolated villages hide many dark secrets.

THE STOLEN BOYS (Book 5) – October 2018 – 281 pp.

· #3 Amazon UK
· #1 Amazon Australia

DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans and the team are left reeling after serial killer, Alistair Ashcroft escaped, but they have to rally as Saltern-le-Fen finds itself at the centre of a new kind of crimewave. A highly sought after brand of streetwear called Hybird X, clothing that costs a fortune but resells at unbelievable prices, is the target. Houses are being burgled, young men mugged on the streets, and then a lad dies, all for the sake of his trainers.

THE PATIENT MAN (Book 6) – February 2020 (Audible Original)

· #4 Audible UK
· #1 Audible UK Crime and Thrillers 
· Shortlisted for Best Crime Thriller at British Book Awards 2021

DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans have always known that one day, their old nemesis, psychopath Alistair Ashcroft, would come back. Now, after being sent messages and photographs from him, they know that day has finally come. Jackman, already damaged both physically and mentally by Ashcroft, is fiercely protective of his loyal team and he knows that he will have to find an inner strength from somewhere to take on this formidable killer.

THE DISAPPEARED (Book 7) – November 2020


  • #11 Amazon Kindle UK
  • #15 Amazon Kindle Australia

When DI Rowan Jackman and DS Evans are told that the IT boss has disappeared, they soon suspect foul play. Orla Cracken, known as Orac, is no ordinary techie; she was once a field agent traveling abroad undercover, working for the government. Meanwhile DC Robbie Melton discovers that two people, both urban explorers, have mysteriously disappeared whilst out exploring abandoned buildings. One went missing at a disused airfield, but was it a military base, or was it civilian? The gruesome discovery of their decaying bodies found hanging in ancient church ruins bursts the case wide open, and Jackman and Evans are under pressure to find the killer. With Orac safely back in the picture following a secret journey to Ireland to try and find her long-lost sister who went missing as a child, the hunt is now on to find the killer before he hangs his next victim. It soon becomes clear that the killer is targeting urban explorers, but why is he determined to track down and torture these innocent people, and how is the case connected to Orac’s mysterious past, still shrouded in secrecy?

THE NIGHT THIEF (Book 8) – October 2021

  • #1 Audible Plus UK
  • #1 Amazon Australia #2 Amazon UK #1 Bookseller Bookstat chart

When everyone is sleeping, he comes into their houses.
He takes one thing. A photo of their child.
A sinister thief on a power trip or something even darker and more sinister?
Detectives Jackman and Evans find themselves on the hunt for a highly
unusual burglar who seemingly only steals photographs. But then, late one
night, an elderly woman falls to her death after seeing someone in her home.
Did she really fall, or was she murdered?
And just how many mysterious intruders are there on the Fens?
With the body count rising, Jackman and Evans have their work cut out for them to track down the night thief — before it’s too late.

SOLACE HOUSE (Book 9) – October 2022

  • #1 on both Amazon UK and Australia
  • Ellis’ tenth UK #1 bestseller 
  • #1 of the Bookstat E-Book Top 10 chart on the Bookseller’s 14th October issue
Holly Stewart moved into Solace House thinking it would be a fresh start for her and her family. She knew a tragic murder had taken place there, but she didn’t know the full ghastly history of the house. Now, her husband has lost his job, the children are bullied at school, and someone is prowling around the garden at night. Someone who wants them gone.
Detective Jackman wants to help. Instead, he’s been pulled into a 20-year-old cold case. The gruesome murder of a young woman whose head was never found. A new witness comes forward. He claims to have crucial evidence on what really happened that night.
Days later, a group of litter-pickers uncover black sacks containing dismembered human limbs. Attending the scene, DS Marie Evans is shocked to see a strange symbol carved into the victim’s flesh: the same symbol found on the headless girl all those years ago.
The murders must be connected. But why has the killer struck again — after 20 years?
As the threats to the Stewart family escalate, Jackman must choose between helping people in the present and solving the crimes of the past.
Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you hooked until the explosive ending.
THE RIVER’S EDGE (BOOK 10) – July 2023
  • #1 Amazon Australia
  • #3 Amazon UK
  • #60 Amazon Canada
A series of gruesome murders on the Lincolnshire fens. An old enemy from the past. A deadly game of cat and mouse. The peaceful little village of Saltern-le-Fen is buzzing with excitement. A film crew are in town, shooting a new TV police drama, Fen Division Five. But Detective Jackman receives a disturbing tip-off that something is wrong. Detective Marie Evans meanwhile is looking forward to moving into her dream home. But there’s no time to celebrate. The naked body of a young man is found at the river’s edge. He’s been strangled, his skin massaged in expensive oil. Two days later, another handsome young man is discovered in a shallow lake. His throat cut. He too is lathered in body oil. At the same time, an arch-enemy from the past emerges. A master manipulator who has his sights on Jackman and Evans. From behind the bars of his high-security prison, he’s putting the finishing touches to a devastating revenge plan. As they hunt a brutal killer, Jackman and Evans are themselves hunted in a deadly game of cat and mouse – and the stakes could not be higher.

Marketing Information

  • Over 3.6 million copies of Joy Ellis’s crime books sold in English, with 10 UK #1 bestsellers
  • Audible Debut Crime Author of the Year 2018
  • 1 million copies sold in the series
  • Richard Armitage (known for the Hobbit movies, and the audiobook narrator for the DI Jackman series) will play DI Jackman in the TV adaptation
  • Ellis’ books have been translated into 12 languages so far
  • Armitage meets Ellis in this short video for Audible
  • Short introductory video from the author

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