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The Funeral Boat: A Mystery (West Country Murder Mysteries) Hardcover – 1 Jul 2002

4.6 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur; 1 edition (July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312274548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312274542
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.5 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,060,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Ellis skillfully interweaves ancient and contemporary crimes in an impeccably composed tale . . . an absorbing plot smoothly blends archaeology with current forensic procedures."" Publishers Weekly"

""An exciting blend of historical and present-day police procedural . . . Peterson's skill and intuition make this is an involving, adventurous, nicely detailed work for all collections." "Library Journal" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The 4th book in the exciting Wesley Peterson Series --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Aug. 2011
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A Danish visitor to the area goes missing. Then a local farmer digging a drainage ditch finds a skeleton which appears to have been buried in a boat. Is this a Viking burial or a later imitation? Wesley Peterson's boss, Gerry Heffernan, has other crimes to worry about such as the spate of farm robberies which are becoming increasingly violent.

Wesley wonders whether all these things are connected but even he cannot find any sort of plausible connection. It soon becomes clear that the skeleton is a Viking and Wesley's friend Neil, the archaeologist becomes involved in tracking down how the grave came to be where it is.

As ever with this series ancient and modern are skilfully interwoven with some excellent plotting and believable characters. I did not work out what was going on until very close to the end of the story and the last few chapters are a race against time which had me reading faster and faster to find out what happened. This is a well written series with likeable characters and intricate plots and I would recommend it to anyone who likes their crime stories not too violent and with an historical aspect.
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I was disappointed with the previous Ellis novel but so pleased I've kept the faith with her. This is brilliant, so hard to fault. Her research as ever is thorough and she uses it to weave this complex tale of a missing Danish woman with the Viking raids on the West Country. Chapter headings give graphic detail of the excesses of the Vikings against the monasteries and the contemporary story moves with it seamlessly. Rachel emerges as a character who is becoming as important as Wesley Peterson and the whole team is involved in the complexities of a farming and tourist community at the centre of crimes spreading from Denmark and out into the sea beyond Tradmouth. Even Pauline is involved after joining a local acting group and coming out of her miserable patch with her crying baby and her stay-at-home life. Neil, the archaeologist, is a vital part of the gel which holds the time slip together. Superb. On to the next!
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By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2000
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This forth in the "Wesley" series is without the best yet, full of twist and turns that will keep you absorbed to the last page. Kate Ellis has put together an outstanding story that is pushing her to award status. Can't wait for number five.
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An enjoyable mixture of crime, both recent and ancient, plus archaeology. DS Peterson makes a sympathetic detective, once again investigating a disappearance and murder in deepest, darkest Devon. The present case proves to have similarities with the find of a Viking burial from 1,000 years ago and an ancient parchment found in the local museum.
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#4 in the Wesley Peterson series and maintains the same high standards.
Wesley's wife Pam is coming across as selfish,resenting the unsocial hours his job entails despite it providing the bulk of the family's income. Detective Constable Rachel Tracey succumbs so often to the neo-fascist doctrine of political correctness and thinks of herself as too good for tasks she considers beneath her.
But that is the beauty of Kate Ellis' work, that even the "good" guys have all too human flaws.
Highly recommended reading.
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By David H J Ashdown TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Aug. 2016
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This is the first book I've read by Kate Ellis and found it excellent with plenty of sub-plots and unexpected twists with a plausible Viking undertone. I particularly liked the extract from the ancient journal at the beginning of every chapter that tied well with the plot. The characters were all well rounded and believable - I'm starting my second book by the same author today.
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I am slowly working my way thro' Kate Ellis' books and so far have loved everyone. This was no exception. enjoy how she involves historical murders/deaths with present day crimes. Will be sorry when I come to the end of the list!
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Kate Ellis has a vivid imagination and sends the reader off into the lives of people who do not really exist, making them appear as though you could bump into one of them just walking down a west country street.
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