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Playing With Bones: Number 2 in series (Joe Plantagenet) [Paperback]

Kate Ellis
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3 Dec 2009 Joe Plantagenet (Book 2)

Is the Doll Strangler back? Or is a copycat killer on the loose...?

Singmass Close has a sinister past. Reputedly haunted by the ghosts of children, in the 50s it was the hunting ground of the Doll Strangler, a ruthless killer who was never brought to justice. Now DI Joe Plantagenet wonders whether a copycat killer is at work when the strangled body of teenager Natalie Parkes is found in the same close, a mutilated doll lying by her side.

With the recent disappearance of a young female model and an escaped convict at large, this new, horrific murder stretches Joe's team to their limit. But as the bodies start mounting up and Joe's questioning brings him closer to the real strangler, he comes to suspect a shockingly creepy connection between all three cases...

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Playing With Bones: Number 2 in series (Joe Plantagenet) + Seeking The Dead: Number 1 in series (Joe Plantagenet) + A Perfect Death: Number 13 in series: A Thirteenth-century Legend - A Truth That Some Would Kill for (Wesley Peterson)
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (3 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749909331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749909338
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Ellis was born in Liverpool and studied drama in Manchester. Kate has twice been nominated for the Crime Writers' Association Short Story Dagger and has alse been nominated for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Visit her at

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"Atmospheric . . . a compelling thriller perhaps best enjoyed during daylight." "--Booklist"

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Second book in a new series by popular author Kate Ellis, starring DI Joe Plantagenet.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder with dolls 2 July 2009
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DI Joe Plantagenet is missing his girlfriend Maddy, but duty calls when a young girl is found murdered in Singmass Close near Eborby Cathedral. The girl has been strangled and one of her toes removed. Strangely a doll with a similar injury has been left at the scene. This is only the start of some sinister and spooky events which may or may not be connected to another series of murders 50 years ago.

I found the story gripping and very readable. Joe himself is an interesting character as is his boss Emily Thwaite whose daughter has an imaginary friend who is dominating her household. With a convicted child murderer escaped from prison and a growing number of young girls disappearing into thin air they both have more than enough to deal with without their personal lives getting in the way.

This is a well written crime story with a hint of the supernatural. Eborby (York) is as much a character in this series as the people themselves and its Medieval buildings and traditions provide an element of the supernatural to add to the crimes. I enjoyed it and was sorry when I had turned the last page. I look forward to the next episode in this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a try 12 April 2010
By M. Gadd
I have been an avid follower of Kate Ellis' Wesley Peterson books so I felt I had to try her new Joe Plantagenet books too and although I must admit the former series is better, this book was a pretty good read. The story has a good use of creepy supernatural elements (ghostly children in a lonely road where several murders have been committed), a nice blend of suspects, many with a secret to hide and a hero in Joe that I think everyone can relate to. Like most of Kate's stories, it's not some much a whodunit but a what was done, which means that there are several strands of the plot to follow. My only complaint is that some of the characters lack the depth which she usually, making some of their motives slightly weakA Painted Doom (Wesley Peterson Series). All in all, a good read which will leave the hairs on the back of your neck raised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 6 April 2010
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All I can say is WOW what a book.... this is the first ever Kate Ellis book I have read & I loved it... I actually read it in 2 days, its a "can't put you down book" as your gripped by every page..... a must read for murder mystery fans...... I will certainly be buying Kate's other titles.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 10 Mar 2012
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Not a heavy read, but very enjoyable nonetheless. I liked the characters and the plot is not too easily detected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting read 25 Aug 2011
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The second in the series and as good as the first, there is a touch of the spooky which makes it a bit different, though it is still very down to earth. The characters, including the supporting ones are all distinctive and interesting. I know York well and whilst the setting is called Eborby it is obviously York and she gets the atmosphere just right. I only take issue with the name Eborby which is awkward. The story rattles along nicely and there is a good mix of the detectives lives amongst an interesting plot. I half guessed the denouement but there were still surprises and a satisfactory ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing book! 26 Nov 2013
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Couldn't put it down!! Fantastic and gripping as always! The suspense of the mystery while incorporating real life is wonderful! Highly recommended :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plantagenet is becoming better 4 Nov 2013
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I didn't like the first of this series. But this was much better and I'll read the next. History is always interesting. Kate Ellis makes some of her characters very real.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Palying with Bones
Joe Plantagent is a new series from Kate Ellis. Just as enthralling as the Wesley Peterson series. I am now collection both these series
Published 8 months ago by Mrs H
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Even better than the first one. Another easy read. Read it within the week. Couldn't put it down. On book 3 now.
Published 11 months ago by Samantha
3.0 out of 5 stars Good yarn, tedious writing style.
Packed with cliches and spelling errors ( focused please, not focussed!). Joe Plantaget an interesting character, most everyone else simplistic and banal. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Queen Mab
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinister, creepy and Excellent
Kate Ellis never fails, be it a Joe Plantagenet novel or Wesley Peterson murder mystery. This is the second in the Joe Plantagenet series, building well on the first to reveal more... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jane Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Playing with bones. Kindle Book
An excellent read as are all Kate Ellis books.I would recommend this to any person who likes the Plantagenet Murders.
Published 21 months ago by J. L. Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars Playing with bones.
This book is great,I loved the character Joe Plantagenet and his boss Emily.
I read it over two nights and thoroughly enjoyed it.Will be buying more of this
Published on 2 Dec 2011 by plimlock7
5.0 out of 5 stars Playing With Bones
I came across these Joe Plantagenet books by chance whilst looking for something else on amazon. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have since read others by the... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2011 by Mrs. J. B. Schofield
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