The Night Thief by Joy Ellis #BookReview #Jackman&Evans8 #JoffeBooks #5*


When everyone is sleeping, he comes into their houses.

He takes one thing. A photo of their child.

A 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.

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the shocking ending.


DI Jackman leads the investigation. He is extremely smart and has a knack for bringing out the best in his diverse team. DS Marie Evans is haunted by the loss of her husband in a motorbike accident. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and colleagues.


  1. The Murderer’s Son
  2. Their Lost Daughters
  3. The Fourth Friend
  4. The Guilty Ones
  5. The Stolen Boys
  6. The Patient Man
  7. They Disappeared
  8. The Night Thief

Exciting & Thrilling!

Shamefully, this eighth book in series is my first read – but it won’t be the last!

Jackman & Evans’ latest case is a strange one; they seem to have someone who enters houses in the dead of night when the residents are fast asleep – and do no more than steal a photograph. While that alone is more annoying than anything else, it all changes when an elderly resident whose home has been entered falls to her death. Now they must get to the bottom of this mystery before more innocents lose their lives.

I have read books by Joy Ellis before and always find them to be excellent, but this is the first time I’ve encountered Jackman & Evans – and what a great team they are! Both exciting and thrilling, this is one which kept me completely caught up in it all the way through. I’ve never been one for sleeping with my window open (my hearing is far too sharp – I’d never get any shut-eye) but I can imagine that, for many readers, they will now be making sure their windows are firmly closed and locked before climbing into bed at night. There is something really creepy about the thought of an intruder in your home at any time but to do so when you are asleep really adds to the horror. As always, this author knows exactly how to ramp up the fear and anticipation of her audience and I love the fact that each series consists of stand-alone reads with no spoilers to prevent me going back and reading the earlier novels. An absolutely cracking thriller, highly recommended and definitely deserving of all five sparkling stars!

My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this novel; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime thriller

Author Details

I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the Sixties and Seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early Eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!

And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our four Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I write full-time, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre is a no-brainer! I have an on-tap police and judicial consultant, who makes exceedingly good tea!
I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!

I am now lucky enough to have joined the amazing Joffe Books team of authors and am really enjoying being able to spend time doing what I love… writing!

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