The Cadaver Game: Number 16 in series (Wesley Peterson) Paperback – 2 Aug 2012
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[It's] a riveting page-turner. If you still haven't discovered the formidable talents of Kate Ellis, now's the time (Bella)
The 16th Wesley Peterson crime novel...and they just get better and better!See all Product Description
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When it starts to emerge that a group of people are involved in a game called Blood Hunt the story becomes darker and more deadly. Why would anyone want to pursue naked teenagers through the woods at night and why would the teenagers want to take part? Wesley and his boss Gerry are baffled by the ramifications of these cases - are they all connected or is it coincidence? As ever it is dedicated and methodical police work which unravels the crimes and ensures the criminals are brought to justice.
I enjoyed this complex and many layered mystery and liked the way past and present are linked. I also liked the way the relationships between police characters are developed over the series. I think the way past and present are shown to be connected is also very well done with some interesting extracts from (imaginary) journals from the beginning of the nineteenth century bringing the hunting vividly to life. I recommend this series to anyone who likes crime novels which are that bit different.
Always short of money for his digs archaeologist Neil Watson, Wesley's university friend, has reluctantly accepted a bizarre commission from an artist, who has permission from the son of the owner of Catton Hall to dig up a `Feast of Art' in one of his fields, but Neil is having a hard job, keeping his volunteers motivated.
Running along side the current investigations is a separate story of manhunts in 1815 and related through two journals, one kept by John Tandy, a jester and the other by Christopher Wells, steward to Squire Edward Catton, an ancestor of the current owner of Catton Hall..
Searching for a motive for the killing of the teenagers, Wesley discovers that they were both playing an online game, Blood Hunt. Could they be playing this online game for real? And if so, who is the organiser?
Intricately plotted this is an absorbing tale, as the past merges into the present. Who could be running human hunts? How fascinating is it that history could be repeating it self.
A dual tale of human hunting that gives us pause for thought. Can this happen today?
'The Cadaver Game' gets into gear from the outset. Two teenagers are shot dead on page 5; on page 6, the intercut sub-plot set in 1815 gets underway with the promise of more violence, and on page 8 a maggot-infested body is discovered. There is no shortage of action, and it continues until the final solution emerges some 350 pages later. Other reviewers have provided additional details of the plot, so I won't repeat them here.
I can't deny that I enjoyed reading this book but, although there's lots of potential in the plot and and among the characters, not enough of that potential is realised. The plotting is intricate but there are several flaws, at least one of which has serious implications in relation to the final solution. Most readers will have devoured several of the earlier books and will be familiar with the character of Wesley Peterson, but taking this book in isolation the characterisation is pretty two-dimensional; he's tall, black, well-educated, married with a young family and definitely one of the good guys - but that's about all we learn about him. He's a Detective Inspector, working under Detective Chief Inspector Gerry Heffernan - and Heffernan doesn't seem to have any discernable responsibilities, which leaves him free to chat to Wesley about the case and to accompany him on most of his travels.Read more ›
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An excellent story as usual from Kate Ellis. I can read them faster than she can write them! Can't wait to get the next one.Published 15 days ago by Margaret Jenkins
always wanting to go back to story and couldnt to see how it ended. Good writer.Published 4 months ago by irene nicholson
For regulars of this excellent series - I think this is the best yet. It has a different twis and not so much repetition of the same themesPublished 12 months ago by M Wilby
The author tells two stories in this book - one in the present time and then one in the nineteenth century which is revealed from diary extracts. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Anne