- 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)
The Bone Garden: Number 5 in series (Wesley Peterson) Hardcover – 1 Mar 2001
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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"
The 5th book in Kate Ellis' Wesley Peterson series --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.See all Product description
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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.Read more ›
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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Kate Ellis never fails to deliver a gripping mix of stories that come together in a way that always surprises.Published 10 months ago by Granny worm
Kate Ellis excelled writing this. Very enjoyable read. Book in excellent condition and delivered very quickly ...which was a great bonus as I wanted the book for a holiday read.Published 22 months ago by Christine Bebbington
Great "who dun it " novelist leaving you in suspense till the endPublished 23 months ago by kathleen mills