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The Bone Garden: Number 5 in series (Wesley Peterson) Hardcover – 1 Mar 2001

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; First Edition edition (1 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749905603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749905606
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 722,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"detective fiction with a historical twist - fans...will love it." Scotland on Sunday "Liverpool born Kate Ellis (no relation) has written a series of fascinating detective novels set in Devon...featuring a quietly intelligent black policeman...They are intriguing books with mysteries that mirror event s from previous centuries ' Ron Ellis "She writes well...recounted with pleasant wit and a genuine feeling" Birmingham Post "Kate Ellis gets my personal vote as Most Promising New Crime Writer" Sherlock Holmes Magazine "sense of the abiding presence of history that adds another dimension to an already intriguing tale" Northern Echo "moody mystery...a splendid piece of whodunnit, and when?" Newcastle Evening Chronicle"

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The 5th book in Kate Ellis' Wesley Peterson series --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
"The Bone Garden" continues Kate Ellis' creative mixture of concurrent archaelogical and criminal investigations in the fictional Devon town of Tradmouth. Restoration work on a late 17th century Devon garden at a country house called Earlsacre unearths the remains of a young woman, buried alive during the original construction. As the work continues, more bodies are discovered, and the archaelogical team piece together the story behind their finds with the aid of historical records. As an archaelogy graduate, Detective Sergeant Wesley Petersen has an interest in the Earlsacre finds over and above that required by his job; but his enthusiasm to be involved has to be postponed when a solicitor meets an unusual and untimely end, during the tea interval at a village cricket match in which Wesley was playing. As the investigation progresses, parallels between the murders of yesteryear and the present day begin to emerge. The fifth Wesley Petersen novel, "The Bone Garden" is the best yet. Kate Ellis is developing her main characters well, and the reader is eager to learn more about them, not just concerned with the main storyline. Above all, like it's prequels, "The Bone Garden" is a ripping yarn - or rather two yarns, as the historical sub-plot which begins each chapter is a good story in its own right! New readers will enjoy this novel, and then seek out the earlier books to find out more about Wes and co. Like me, they will then eagerly await the next instalment!
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Format: Paperback
The archeological mystery is quite a popular sub-genre with many avid mystery lovers. However, it is not an easy sub-genre to execute brilliantly. Kate Ellis, however, has been cleverly penning the masterfully engrossing and addicting Wesley Peterson mystery series for quite a few years now. So that one really beings to wonder why this mystery series hasn't been heralded with greater fanfare!
Earlsacre Hall (in Devon) has recently been sold to a charitable trust with an eye of turning the entire estate into an art centre. And one of the first projects is to restore the seventeenth century garden to its former glory. The escavation and restoration work is going swimmingly until the workers make an unsettling find: the remains of a woman who had been buried alive in the garden almost 300 years ago. Naturally the police are called in; and DS Wesley Peterson of Tradmouth CID finds himself becoming really intrigued by the find. A former archeology student, DS Wesley Peterson would rather like to get involved in solving the mystery of the woman's identity and why she was buried in the garden, but a current murder drags him away from the tantalizing find at Earlsacre: a young man is found brutally stabbed to death is his rented trailer nearby. Who he is and why he was murdered remains a mystery; but intriguingly a newspaper clipping about the escavation and restoration work going on at Earlsacre is found amongst his belongings. What is the connection between Earlsacre and the murdered young man? As the body count, both from the past and present mount, Peterson is determined to uncover this connection and to put an end to this current murderer's cold-blooded killings...
This is the fifth Wesley Peterson archeology murder mystery, and it is one of the better ones.
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Format: Hardcover
The continuing saga of Wesley Petterson is once again wrapped in old and new mystery. The bodies are discovered and our hero's are beset with clues ancient and modern. This book brings the lives of two generations to life with thrilling twists and turns which keep the reader absorbed to the last page. I do hope that there will be many more in this excellent series and eagerly await the sixth book.
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By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: The man stared at the shape lying beneath the faded cover on the ancient iron bed and took another sip of wine.

Not only weeds are dug up during the restoration of a 17th century Devon garden at Earlsacre Manor, but skeletons. The first is of a woman who was buried alive, standing up. While not of investigative concern to the Tradmouth police, the body in the caravan is. The only clue to the identity of the victim is a link to Earlsacre. And what about the murder at the cricket pitch. Is that linked as well?

It's the characters which keep me coming back to Kate Ellis' books. With each book, we learn more about the main characters and we see their lives change and develop.

In this book, Wesley is a new father and both he, and his boss Gerry Heffernan, are promoted. Although the books are marketed as "A Wesley Peterson Crime Novel," in some ways I find Heffernan the more interesting character, but they balance each other nicely. I love some of Heffernan's expressions and he's the kind of boss you'd love to have.

Add to the characters, the plot which is well done and contains excellent twists. I am never able to anticipate where the story is going or how it will end up. That's always a very good thing.

A series containing both ancient mysteries and contemporary ones could be formulaic. Yes, the threads of having the present mirror the past are contrived. But they are also, beautifully woven, interesting and, in this case, cleverly related to one of the principal characters.

With each book, I look forward to learning of the murders in each time period and how they will tie together. With ten more books and counting in the series, I am a happy reader, indeed.

THE BONE GARDEN (Pol Proc-Insp. Wesley Peterson-England-Cont) - VG
Ellis, Kate - 5th in series
Thomas Dunne Books, ©2001, US Paperback - ISBN: 0312300379
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