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A superior crime mystery.
on 2 October 2014
This was my first encounter with Kate Ellis’ and her Wesley Peterson crime novels. In almost all respects I thoroughly enjoyed this story with its labyrinthine plot and multitude of suspects. I found it a real page-turner and look forward to experiencing more of what Ms. Ellis has to offer.
As crime novels go, I imagine this would be classed as relatively genteel, a far cry from the hard-boiled school. Likewise its central characters are lacking the flaws and frailties common to the detectives etc. of so many such stories. Indeed, they are perhaps, almost too good to be true, even a trifle colourless, certainly in comparison with Benjamin Black’s Quirke or M R Hall’s Jenny Cooper for example. Nonetheless, a wealth of secondary characters certainly compensate by virtue of their eccentricities. There is no lack of colour in the novel and the author sustains tension at a high level throughout.
Witchcraft is not the most original device for creating a sinister atmosphere and I’m not sure how much the historical passages add to the narrative, but after a rather tentative and over-familiar opening, I found myself more and more gripped as the novel twists towards its climax. Kate Ellis can certainly write and is clearly prolific, so I have plenty to catch up with. Recommended.