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The Armada Boy: Number 2 in series (Wesley Peterson) [Paperback]

Kate Ellis
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6 May 2010 Wesley Peterson (Book 2)

Four centuries, two murders, one motive...

Archaeologist Neil Watson did not to expect to find the body of American veteran Norman Oppenheim in the ruins of the old chantry chapel... He turns to his old student friend, Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson, for help. Ironically, both men are looking at an invading force - Wes the WWII Yanks and Neil a group of Spaniards killed by outraged locals as they limped from the wreckage of the Armada. Four hundred years apart two strangers in a strange land have died violently - could the same motives of hatred, jealousy and revenge be at work? Wes is running out of time to find out ... An intriguing blend of history and detection from the author of THE MERCHANT'S HOUSE.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749953403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749953409
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,522 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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"A riveting follow-up to "The Merchant's House"." --"Library Journal"

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The second Wesley Peterson Murder Mystery by Piatkus favourite Kate Ellis has been given a stunning new package

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The sins of the father... 17 Mar 2010
By L. J. Roberts TOP 500 REVIEWER
First Sentence: Norman Openheim lit a forbidden cigarette and inhaled deeply.

The Americans have come back to Devon in tribute to the time spent there preparing for the Normandy Invasion. The reunion does not go without incident when Neil, an archeologist and friend of DS Wesley Peterson, find the body of a murdered veteran at the chantry chapel ruins, the site where sailors of the Spanish Armada are said to be buried and where, in more recent times, couples went for a bit of privacy.

The only thing better than discovering a new author I like, is when they have a backlist for me to read. Kate Ellis is such an author.

It is nice that this book is set in the fictional town of Tradmouth in Devon. From the author's website, I learned that she used Dartmouth as her guide. But it is nice to be outside a major city. Providing a stronger sense of place would have been appreciated, particularly as I am completely unfamiliar with this area. Thank heaven for the internet.

I cannot, however, fault her for character creation. Although this is billed as "A Wesley Peterson Crime Novel," it read more as an ensemble cast, and a good one. Again, quoting the website, "Each story combines an intriguing contemporary murder mystery with a parallel historical case." Wesley received his degree in archeology prior to joining the police force and, therefore, provides the bridge through his archeologist friend, Neil. Where he is polished and university educated, his superior, DI Heffernan, with whom I am delighted to say he gets on well.

To this pair, add a bright, ambitious police woman, a young detective who'd really like the action of London, Wesley's archeologist friend and an unseen psychic who calls telling them to look for the Armada Boy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story, disgraceful Kindle edition 7 Feb 2014
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I would have given four stars if I were rating the story. I like this series and want to continue reading the books.
This is the worse Kindle book I have encountered so far. I assume the text was scanned and no-one even bothered to run a spell check. The Kindle edition is riddled with errors; a lot of spelling mistakes and and some incomprehensible sentences. One of the pleasures of reading is that a reader can become immersed in the story and switch off from everything else. Each error encountered disrupts the story and breaks the relationship between the reader and the text.
Given that a Kindle edition doesn't share the high production cost of a book I really think Amazon should invest some of their profits in ensuring that what they offer for sale is 'fit for purpose. In my view this edition is not 'fit for purpose' and under the Sale of Goods Act I should be entitled to a refund.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holds the Interest Until the End 24 Jan 2014
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But such a pity that reading it is flawed by scrappy formatting into the Kindle version. I'm new to the Kate Ellis books, and delighted with her way of dealing with the past / present genre, which can be a tedious affair of people falling into trances at the drop of a hat. Kate Ellis' approach is intelligent and engaging, providing crime, secrets and mystery on both levels, without pushing the reader to the extremes of credulity. The characters are well rounded, an added bonus, I can imagine what they look like, how they sound. I find myself switching accents in my head. I look forward to reading more of her books, and hope that they haven't been massacred by the kindling process. This is something that needs to be addressed if serious readers are to take to Kindle. Sloppy formatting and dire self published books give ebooks a bad reputation.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story, appalling Kindle edition! 7 Jan 2014
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If rating the story, this would have received 4 stars however, I cannot believe the number of errors in both spelling and punctuation,transposed or wrongly transcribed words in this Kindle edition. In some places the sentences do not make sense because of this. This is a particularly bad example, but by no means the first I have found among the Kindle books I have purchased. It is part of the reason why I have such a love/hate relationship with my Kindle - a good story is often marred by poor preparation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this 20 Feb 2013
By elly
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I find I am hooked from the first line of all Kate Ellis's Wesley Paterson series and this was no exception. I find it fascinating how she weaves the old and new together. I have to limit myself to one chapter at a time or I would read the whole book at a sitting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but far too many spelling mistakes! 6 Feb 2014
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I really enjoyed this book but the Kindle version is littered with typing errors. This is really unacceptable and doesn't do justice to the book - if I was Kate Ellis I'd be really annoyed about this! Amazon - sort it out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Learning from history 2 Mar 2014
By Noel
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Two wars and the echoes of the past provide clues to a murder in the sleepy west country village of Bereton. It's just a short distance from the port town of Tradmouth (a rather clumsy transposition of Dartmouth).

Bereton is a village that was taken over by the American forces in the 1940s to prepare for the invasion of Europe. The locals were turned out of their farms and homes and they were used as billets and target practice by the American Allies. When a group of those veteran allies come back to Bereton for a reunion one of them is found dead in the ruins of the ancient chantry which has been a local trysting spot for generations. He had been stabbed in the back.

The clues to the death lie in the past but how far back? Is the connection with the death of Spanish sailors part of the ill-fated Armada. Their ship foundered off the coast of Bereton and they came ashore to be done to death by the villagers. Now a group of archaeologists is excavating their resting place in the Chantry. More likely is a connection with something which happened in WW2 when many of the troops 'courted' the local girls who are now old ladies with secrets to hide including children born of those liaisons.

Wesley Peterson is the detective seargent, young, tall, slim, and black. He's a gentleman and his wife Pam is pregnant with their first, long awaited pregnancy. Their domestic arrangements and the lives of the other detectives give us a good introduction to the character and lives of an interesting bunch. Add to that a colourful collection of west country folks and we have an interesting journey to the solution of the murder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read
Published 20 days ago by A.Lock
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and complex.
Intriguing story with a complex plot and equally complex list of characters.
An excellent read. I shall look for more from this author.
Published 2 months ago by Hazel Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars o.k
It is o.k. a bit heavy going in places and a bit dull but o.k. once you get into it.
Published 3 months ago by belinda copley
4.0 out of 5 stars The Armada By
Very good reading , she just gets better as the books go on. This one as the others, enjoyed historical content along with developing characters.
Published 4 months ago by gm
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting crime series set in Devon.
Starting with the murder of an ex American servicemen returning to Devon for a U.S forces reunion, in the village where he was stationed during the war, there are lots of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book but spoiled by a poor copy typist
The story is a good if you are willing to push past the very poor transcription. The cause is obvious, hand written notes, not enough care and an absence of proof reading. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Filbo Baggins
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series: reading them all back to back
Excellent characters within good plots. Must read in order as the character line develops. Always ties in with some archeological story. Good crime writing!
Published 8 months ago by Mr Kevin Grindrod
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
#2 in the series and highly satisfying. Again who did what to who and why keeps you guessing right to the end. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Stephen Parkin
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