Ella Marconi is a no-nonsense, get-the-job-done homicide detective living and working in Sydney, Australia. Author Katherine Howell, a former paramedic, always gives Ella a run for her money with the cases that she puts before her and also with paramedics and their work calls thrown into the mix. So if you like mysteries and you like medical dramas, you’ll LOVE the Ella Marconi series. If you like one or the other, you’ll LOVE the Ella Marconi series.
I really like Howell’s writing style and I love that she uses her experience as a paramedic around which to base her secondary characters’ lives and stories. The series began in 2007 and is still going strong, with the last one published in 2015, and hopefully more to follow!
In an instant, life changed completely for Sophie Phillips – her police officer husband, Chris, is shot on their doorstep and their ten-month-old son, Lachlan, is abducted from his bed. While the police, led by Detective Ella Marconi search not only for their colleague’s child but also investigate the very strong possibility of police corruption, Sophie begins her own search for Lachlan.
But through it all, Sophie has to wonder if a terrible mistake she made will mangle her hope and efforts at finding her child. And what about Chris, is he a part of the corruption, or is he the one who brought it to the attention of the news media? The longer Lachlan is missing, the more Ella and her team know they are working against the odds to find him.
The audio version of this book is performed by Caroline Lee, whose audiobook performances I always absolutely love! She is actually the reason I purchased this novel to begin with but the writing and the story brought me back to the series. For other Caroline Lee audiobook reviews, check out this post or this one.
In the second Ella Marconi book, paramedic Lauren Yates finds herself alone in an alley helping a man that she knows all too well, Miles Werner. A man she knows to be angry, hateful, deceitful, and most of all, dangerous. All the while, another man lays dead in the same alley. When she begins to help Miles he threatens her life, her sister’s life and the life of her niece, Mile’s own daughter.
Terrified of Werner’s threats, she lies to Detective Ella Marconi, to her sister and to her partner and sets into motion a trail that leads to even more victims. Lauren becomes desperate and has no idea how she will ever get out of this mess alive. Ella knows something is not right with Lauren’s testimony and knows that she must be hiding something. She will have to gain Lauren’s trust to get to the bottom of this case.
Unfortunately, there is no audio for this, but the book was a really good, pretty quick read and I really recommend this series.
After a very tumultuous ending to her last case in The Darkest Hour, Detective Ella Marconi is back at work, but she is now working in the Unsolved Unit looking into a 20-year-old murder case that has been brought back to the forefront by newly elected MP. Ella begins looking into the case and the teenage girl, Georgie, who found the body and 20 years later is now a paramedic.
When things start happening to Georgie that scare and confuse her, she turns to Detective Marconi for help. After all, there is a man following her and her new partner is treating her with hot and cold emotions.
The fact that the murdered boy’s father, John, was the original detectives’ first and main suspect has not gone unnoticed by Ella, nor has the openly hostile attitude of the boy’s mother toward not only Ella but her husband John, as well.
And, as if that weren’t enough, Ella has a new fella, and with all that is right in the relationship, something seems to be worrying her.
This, for me, was another hit by Katherine Howell. An easy read, but with an ending I didn’t see coming until very close to the conclusion, Howell has once again successfully combined great, realistic paramedic scenes and a female detective who is not willing to buckle under pressure from those around her, even though she doesn’t always have self-confidence on her side. Ella is truly a likable person and very real in her struggles.
I’m ready for more…on to book four.
As with book 2, there is no audio for this title, but book 4 (Violent Exposure) is available as an audio version and read by Caroline Lee, one of my absolute favorites! I’ll be reading and listening to that one soon. I’ll keep you posted!
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