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An Unhallowed Grave (Wesley Peterson Book 3)

An Unhallowed Grave (Wesley Peterson Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Kate Ellis
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"A beguiling author who interweaves past and present . . . works well on both levels." --"Times"

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The third Wesley Peterson Crime novel by Piatkus favourite Kate Ellis

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 354 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (3 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KSRVE6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,750 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Body in the churchyard 18 Aug 2011
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Pauline Brent is found hanged from a tree in a churchyard. What first seems like suicide soon turns into a murder investigation for DS Wesley Peterson and DI Gerry Heffernan. Wesley's friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, discovers the skeleton of a young woman who seems to have suffered the same fate centuries ago. Could there be some sort of connection between the two?

There are plenty of people with secrets to hide in the area and it starts to seem as though nearly everyone is a possible suspect. The police cannot find anything out about Pauline Brent and this makes their case even harder to solve. Then a young man who may have seen something on the night of the murder disappears and the police are even more puzzled.

I enjoyed this story with its many strands both past and present. The series characters are developing well and it is really enjoyable to find police personnel who get on with and support each other rather than constantly trying to do each other down. There are a few niggles between them to stop it being too cloying but the relationships seem to bear more resemblance to real life than many crime novels do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. 27 Feb 2013
By aurora
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Would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good detective novel. Characters well developed and a very human element which would appeal to all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unhallowed Grave by Kate Ellis 16 Feb 2013
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Excellent book. As always Kates style is keeping the reader interested and suspense to the end. The characters are interesting with personality which is excellent. I do like the wesley Peterson series. Gerry Heffernan reminds me of my old Boss.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Murder: past and present 8 Sep 2010
By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
First Sentence: The girl looked out of the window.

Pauline Brent, a nice middle-aged lady about whom no-one speaks badly, is receptionist to the local doctor. She is also found hanged from a tree in the churchyard. A local archeological dig turns up a 500-year-old skeleton of a woman who was also hanged. Can clues from one case help solve the other?

I know; it's an older book. Being one who prefers to read a series in order, I finally found this third book in the Wesley Peterson series.

That said, I feel their being touted as "A Wesley Peterson Crime Novel" is something of a misnomer. To me, Ellis has created very much of an ensemble cast with my personal favorite being DI Gerry Heffernan, Wesley's boss with his wisdom and humor.

Ellis has done such of good job of making her characters real, I feel invested in their lives almost as if I were watching a series--who will find a girlfriend, who will get promoted, will a certain marriage last--because the characters' lives progress with each book. It's not an easy trick for an author to manage.

The reason the books marketing of the books is focused on Wesley is that he is the link to the second thread in the stories, which is the archeological and historical mystery. I am fascinated by English history and cannot imagine the thrill of discovering something hundreds of years old. Ellis conveys that excitement to the reader, educating and skillfully linking the present and the past. Occasionally, she I feel it unlikely a character wouldn't know a bit of information being related, but it's necessary to the story that the reader understand.

The dialogue could have been better. It's not bad, but it doesn't completely flow. The plot was constructed with an unexpected revelation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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Love all her books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detective Fiction 2 May 2014
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Kate Ellis is a brilliant writer and I have been replacing my paperbacks with hard cover books to add to my library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unhallowed Grave 26 April 2014
By gm
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Love Kate Ellis books. Very good at painting a picture of Dartmouth(?) Enjoy the historical aspects to the books which gives an added dimension. Characters are great too. ( Even tho' Pam's becoming a sour old cow!) Just about to start book ten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 20 Feb 2014
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Enjoyed this one, nice and easy to read and follow! Looking forward to the next "Wesley Paterson)

Gets better each book
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Published 19 days ago by AILEEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent read
Published 23 days ago by A.Lock
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent.....
really enjoying this series, now onto book 4.
I love it when I find a new author and I have got a whole series to enjoy !
Published 6 months ago by Electrical Engineer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Good mystery, past and present. Likeable and believable characters. Read more
Published 7 months ago by esme
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing tale which weaves past and present together
An intriguing story which weaves together past and present. The inserts from the fifteenth century court rolls reflect old and new crimes which turn out to be surprisingly similar. Read more
Published 10 months ago by P. Masters
4.0 out of 5 stars dependable read
#3 in the Wesley Peterson series(out of 17 so far) and as compelling as the rest.
Only by p.245 do you begin to get an inkling to the killer's identity.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Stephen Parkin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoy all Kate Ells books but do start to become abut samey. The story held my interest but although it has a twist it was quite easy to work out the end. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. Christine A. Eglington
5.0 out of 5 stars see armada boy review
all these books are great cant wait to order more of this writers books and read next installment of great mysteries
Published 15 months ago by gloria turner
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