The Fourth Friend – Audible Richard Armitage narrates

The Fourth Friend 2018 – Richard Armitage narrates

Publisher’s Summary

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl.

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 niece 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?

©2017 Joy Ellis (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

The Murderer’s Son – Audible Richard Armitage narrating

The Murders Son 2018 – Richard Armitage narrates

Publisher’s Summary

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl.

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.

Then 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 has a rather unusual obsession with his mother….

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

©2016 Joy Ellis (P)2016 Audible, Ltd







2018 Their Lost Daughters – Audible Audiobook

Richard Armitage is giving voice to a new crime thriller: ‘It’s like Whitechapel, with a bit of Nordic Noir’

Richard Armitage
If you’re a crime fiction fanatic, Their Lost Daughters could well be your next obsession.

Originally published in 2017, a new audiobook version of the novel by author Joy Ellis has been recorded by actor Richard Armitage (HannibalThe Hobbit).

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?

Their Lost Daughter audiobook

“It’s a crime drama, which I haven’t tackled before,” Armitage told Digital Spy.

“It’s in the vein of the kind of crime drama that we see on [British] television quite a lot – something like Whitechapel – but it also has a little bit of a Scandinavian feel to it, just because of the bleakness of the location.

“I like the place that it’s set, in the Fens of Lincolnshire. I think it was a really brilliant place to set a story like this and it’s very familiar for the author Joy Ellis who comes from that part of the world, so she knows it very well.”

Armitage revealed that Their Lost Daughters, one of a series of books featuring the characters Jackman and Evans, goes to some “very dark places” – appealing to the actor’s own long-held interest in crime fiction.

Richard Armitage recording an audiobook

“I do remember when I was a lot younger there was a murder in our village and a couple of years later some real-life crime literature came about, adapting the true-life crime into a fictional situation,” he recalled. “Names were changed, but it was very much based on what had happened in our village and I went through a period of time of being really fascinated with it.”

The award-winning actor is an old hand at voice work, providing vocals for everything from the Netflix series Castlevania to a podcast where he played Marvel hero Wolverine.

Though recording an audiobook has different demands, with often little time for prep, Armitage insisted that Ellis’s writing on Their Lost Daughters made it easy to get a handle on the story and characters.

Joy Ellis

Above: Their Lost Daughters author Joy Ellis

“I read the book once, for myself, for my own pleasure, and then I let it sit with me for a while and then I go back in and mark up the scripts, pulling out each individual character and deciding on a voice for them…

“But I like to trust my instincts. Often it’s your first impression of a character that will decide what voice they are, and the sign of a good writer is somebody that immediately gives you an insight into what they look like, what they sound like and what background they come from.

“That was not difficult with Joy’s work at all. She immediately lets you know who they are, where they’re from and what kind of person they are.”

The new audiobook version of  Their Lost Daughters  by Joy Ellis is out June 14 and available to pre-order now.