7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2008
The basic stoyline is that a body had been found drained of blood and it's up to Wesley Petersen to find who, what and why.
The story is well put together and there isn't a wasted word in my opinion! Bit by bit titbits of information are revealed but it had me stumped right up to the end.
A thoroughly entertaining and well plotted crime novel.
I really enjoyed this book, and am eagerly awaiting the next one in the series!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I've read most of Ellis's Wesley Peterson series and this surpasses all the others and I could give 6 stars for this. Sheer brilliance of plot with so much action, twists, turns, red herrings. Lots of development of background - Pam's ongoing change of attitude, Wesley's sister's new marriage to Mark, Gerry's relations with Joyce and his daughter. Pretty descriptions of the delightful area around Dartmouth. Then there are the crimes - bloodthirsty and very different, involving Neil in stress which he doesn't usually suffer from. Amazing. A tremendous read if you like action. This will keep you guessing right to the end.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Often in a well-established series there is a dip in impetus at some point. The opposite can be said of Kate Ellis' work with the 12th in the DI Wesley Peterson series being totally absorbing.
This is gripping from the first to the last page with the identity of the villians masked to the end.
There are several characters, from all walks of life, expertly depicted and woven into the plots that at no point leave the reader confused. There is a high level of mystery throughout interspersed with insight into Wesley's home life and emotions that continue to make him very real.
The dialogue and prose is unforced and relevant.
On top of all this the historical element adds something very different to the modern day crime novel.
on 15 September 2013
#12 in the Wesley Peterson series and Kate Ellis maintains her high standards.
Two minor culinary quibbles p.55 "Petronella could smell alcohol on her breath".
This is always written in books,newspapers etc but alcohol is odourless. What you smell in Whisky,Gin,Rum.Beer etc is the flavourings, a spirit such as Vodka would be undetectable.
P.297 has tomato soup being doled out to the homeless. Very tasty and nutritious no doubt but I feel something more like a Irish Stew would better meet their needs.
on 6 March 2015
Mixing history, archaeology and murder make an interesting combination in this series. Inspector Wesley Peterson, of West Indian heritage but now based in Devon with his family, has another unusual case to solve. This coincides with an archaeological dig being carried out in the area by his friend, Neil Watson, who gets involved with an investigation of his own into the past.