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The Shroud Maker (Wesley Peterson Book 18)

The Shroud Maker (Wesley Peterson Book 18) [Kindle Edition]

Kate Ellis
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Well worth a read for anyone who enjoys a traditional detective story with an intriguing historical twist . . . Ellis is a fine storyteller, weaving the past and present in a way that makes you want to read on (Evening Telegraph (Peterborough))

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The 18th Wesley Peterson crime novel . . . and they just get better and better!

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Shroud Maker 27 Jan 2014
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There is a festival going on in Tradmouth and the place is packed with festival goers. A year ago a young woman, Jenny Bercival, disappeared and her mother has returned to the area to try and trace her daughter because she has been receiving anonymous letters saying Jenny is still alive. A body is found floating in the harbour dressed in Medieval costume. The young woman has been strangled. Wesley Peterson and his boss are investigating the case and the anonymous letters about Jenny.

Wesley’s friend, Neil – an archaeologist – is conducting a dig at a property which is about to be renovated by a local businessman, Chris Butcher when a skeleton is found. Ancient or modern? Could it be the missing girl from a year ago? Missing people in the twenty first century, Medieval goings on and a Victorian historian whose private life seems a little odd – not to speak of a suspicious website which has a large cult following – provide plenty of mysteries for the reader of this latest offering in the Wesley Peterson series.

I enjoyed reading this book but I had the feeling that there were just too many strands in the mysteries and the ending was a little rushed as though the book should have been longer – which is why I have not given it five stars. It is well written and the main characters are well drawn but there were too many characters which remained undeveloped – or that is how I felt about the book. It has not put me off the series but I felt a little disappointed by this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Average 29 Jun 2014
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Not as good as some titles, but maybe I'm getting used to the plots. Will have a break from this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Usual good read 18 Feb 2014
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This wasn't the best in the series but a good read. Perhaps I should have waited longer to read it after the last one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing 22 Jun 2014
By DeeDee
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Another delightful book from Kate Ellis. Alongside DI Wesley Peterson's investigations into the deaths of young women, the discovery of two bodies during Neil Watson's archaeology dig interestingly pulls in another intriguing and horrific story from a much earlier age - could these two bodies be from that age or more recent times?. All will be revealed, as they say, but not too deep a story line for readers who like a good simple 'who done it'. I love all of Kate's books which are always interesting with subtle twists, and can highly recommend them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and unusual series 19 Jun 2014
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Blending past and present crimes seamlessly, Kate Ellis here has another murder and disappearance for her engaging Inspector Wesley Peterson to investigate. Set in Devon, where Wesley has been transferred with his family, my only criticism would be that probably the peripheral characters such as his wife, Pam, are not drawn strongly enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful combination of past and present 8 Jun 2014
By Marleen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I received my copy from the publisher through Nudge

I’ve read most, although not all, of the previous Wesley Peterson mysteries and have to admit that even after almost twenty books I’m still intrigued with these stories. The way in which Kate Ellis manages to combine historical mysteries with present day crimes never fails to impress me. Of course it is a stretch of the imagination that every crime this police force investigates happens to bear striking similarities with crimes committed in the past but it is a conceit that works very well and gives the story added interest.

The mystery in this book intrigued me and kept me on the edge of my seat although I have to admit that there were times when the sheer number of characters and suspects confused me. In fact, even now that I’ve finished the book I have to think long and hard before I’m able to explain exactly what happened and why. In fact, it almost feels as if the author went a bit too far when she plotted this story. There are too many different angles that are too similar to each other. I’d like to expand on this point but since I’m unable to do so without spoiling the story for others I’ll refrain. Having said that, while the resolution may have been convoluted, it did work and fit the story perfectly. My issue is not with an unsatisfactory ending rather than a not clear cut enough one.

One of the things I enjoy about long running series is the opportunity they give the reader to really get to know the characters and watch them as time passes. Having said that, some plot points have been dragged out a bit too long for me by this stage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is My Favorite Police Procedural Series! 22 April 2014
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I love the Wesley Peterson series and have ever since I picked up the first one at my library many years ago. Kate Ellis is a wonderful author, who creates believable characters that make you care about them as their life stories unfold from book to book. She juggles the modern story with an incredible archaeological tale that mirrors and reflects the plot, adding atmosphere and historical nuance to each novel. When my library here in Tampa, Florida, suffered budget cuts and stopped carrying the series, I was determined to keep reading them, even if it meant establishing an account on Amazon UK and paying extra to buy and have them shipped here! The books are well worth the price and, as they usually come out in March (which is my birth month), I consider them as my favorite present to myself! If you love to read an intelligent, thought-provoking, hard-to-guess murder mystery, then Kate Ellis and her Wesley Peterson books are what you will want to buy -- after working 33+ years as a librarian, I wouldn't steer you wrong!
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