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The Cadaver Game: Number 16 in series (Wesley Peterson) Paperback – 2 Aug 2012

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749953772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749953775
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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The 16th Wesley Peterson crime novel...and they just get better and better!

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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Aug. 2012
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A woman's body is found in a house. She has been dead a week. The automatic assumption is that she is probably the tenant of the rented property but then one of her friends claims to have spoken to her on the phone and that she is in France. Wesley Peterson and the investigation team think the friend is lying. Then the bodies of two teenagers are found on a beach and one of them is DC Paul Johnson's cousin. Wesley's archaeologist friend Neil is digging up a picnic for an artist who deliberately buried it sixteen years ago. He does not expect to find a skeleton.

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.
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An anonymous telephone call points the police to the discovery of a dead body at a cottage in Morbay. The place is rented to a Tessa Trencham but the body has been lying there a while, and the maggots have been busy so visual identification is not possible. Investigating are DI Wesley Peterson and his boss DCI Gerry Heffernan. Whilst they are seeking dental records, the bodies of two teenagers are found naked and shot.

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?
Highly recommended.
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Lizzie Hayes
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Kate Ellis' writing career began with the publication of 'The Merchant's House', the first Wesley Peterson investigation, back in 1998. 'The Cadaver Game' is the sixteenth in the Wesley Peterson series, and in the last five or six years she has also published four novels featuring DI Joe Plantagenet, set in York, and one stand-alone novel, The Devil's Priest, published in 2006. A second stand-alone novel is scheduled for publication next year.

'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.
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Having read and enjoyed several in this series, I was looking forward to another Kate Ellis novel, with its mixture of murder revealed in the past, and it's present day counterpart. Wesley Peterson makes a sympathetic detective as a young West Indian feeling rather out of place, having settled in the West Country with his family. Unfortunately, I found the story totally bizarre and and most of the characters unbelievable so have decided to award only 2 stars this time. Just not for me.
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