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A Cursed Inheritance: Number 9 in series (Wesley Peterson) Mass Market Paperback – 8 Sep 2005

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (8 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749936061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749936068
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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The guesswork goes on until the end in the latest of this excellent series. (The Good Book Guide)

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The 9th book in Kate Ellis' Wesley Peterson Series

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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Sept. 2011
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Neil Watson is off on an archaeological trip to America and his grandmother has asked him to see if he can find her wartime sweetheart. Wesley Peterson and his wife Pam are struggling with domesticity and the demands of their jobs. An author is found dead on a visit to the area where he is researching into a multiple murder which happened twelve years ago.

Was he killed because he was getting too close to the truth? Wesley and his boss Gerry Heffernan suddenly find they have more than enough work to keep them busy with things such as a spate of thefts at places which hold study courses for adults as well as the murder. Of course this is not the first murder they will have to investigate before they finally work out the truth.

This is quite a dark story both in regards to the modern murders and the archaeological investigation of the early settlers in the USA. There are also disturbing tensions surfacing between Wesley and Pam now that they have two children and the bulk of the childcare falls on Pam even though she has a full time job. Relationships between the police characters are not at their best either with Steve Carstairs finding himself in a sticky situation and Rachel struggling to control her feeling for Wesley.

This is an interesting story with many layers and nuances. The characters are developing well and are believable. The interaction between the historical mystery and the present day ones are well done and fir together well. I recommend this series to anyone who likes their crime stories to be a little different.
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Once again, with a touch of brilliance Kate Ellis weaves a 17th century mystery in Annestown, Virginia, US, alongside a brutal massacre in Devon. Wesley Patterson is at the forefront in the UK and his friend and co-student, Neil Watson, heads to the US where he is partly on a personal mission. Kate Ellis is simply beguiling. One cannot keep writing that this is the best so far in the Wesley Patterson CF stories but I think it is. Ellis weaves her complex and complicated lines with all ends tied up. Nothing is ever left loose. She doesn't allow the attention of the reader to stray from the page. She draws you in and keeps you there. Perfect. Of course there's criticism - one thing which disturbs me, apart from the gruesome details which are a necessary part of the plot, is the number of takeaway meals that WP eats. With that and the greasy breakfasts at the station he is never going to see Michael and Amelia grow up. I do wish Pam would buck up too and realise what a dish her husband is or he's going to stray with the fair Rachel. WP is extremely patient with her and with the odious Steve Carstairs. Kate Ellis makes these characters so real that one becomes so concerned about them!
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I really enjoy the Wesley Peterson novels and I'm currently trying to read my way through them. I love the links with ancient stories in each book,and like the characters too,except for the unbelievably annoying Pam. I also find the Wesley-Rachel chemistry too contrived. But the problem I had with this book was that I guessed the perpetrator very early on because the massacre described bore a strong resemblance to a famous real-life murder case. I hoped I was wrong,but I wasn't!
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Another fantastic Wesley Peterson book. Kate Ellis brought the best out in the characters again. The mix of the affluent Wesley and his scruffy boss works very well and it is easy to picture them together. As usual the book is very entertaining and difficult to put down. I now moving on to number 10 and look forward to see what happens next.
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This series is always interesting, combining historical or archaeological facts with present day crime. Wesley, a young black policeman working in Devon and far from his comfort zone in the Met sometimes feels out of place, both within his own family situation and his chosen career. His wife, Pam, has taken leave from teaching to look after their two small children and is looking forward to going back to work. His friend the archaeologist Neil Watson, is excavating at what was once was a stately home but has now been turned into an alternative healing centre. Unfortunately it has an unfortunate past which starts to intrude on the present. There is also a very interesting connection with an early and unsuccessful settlement in Virginia which failed for reasons unknown.
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This series is so good. I love how the author mixes contemporary and historical crime. The characters are brilliantly portrayed and the plot moves at a great pace. I cannot put these novels down once started! Highly recommend. Start from the beginning of the series for maximum enjoyment. But this particular one is one of my favourites.
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Kate Ellis combines my love of archeology and murder mysteries. She writes with such flair. It never takes long before 'I'm sucked in' with old friends and I can't put it down and then suddenly it's two in the morning! Looking forward to the nexte one. I suppose my only nagging annoyance is Pam, why doesn't she get a grip?
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I love the Kate Ellis novels and always look forward to a new one, to me that is, I think this is no. 9 in the series. Other's have described the story well so all I can say is another great mystery for Wesley and the team, Pam is still a pain in the bum and the chief is still as slovenly and stubborn as ever, great stuff!! This is not the most taxing of mysteries, solvable from about half way through for me but a good read none the less. Look forward to the next!
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