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The Funeral Boat: Number 4 in series (Wesley Peterson) Paperback – 8 Jun 2006

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (8 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749937017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749937010
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,363,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A beguiling author who interweaves past and present. (THE TIMES)

Ellis skillfully interweaves ancient and contemporary crimes in an impeccably composed tale. (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

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The 4th book in the exciting Wesley Peterson Series

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Format: Paperback
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 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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By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2000
Format: Hardcover
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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By David H J Ashdown TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Aug. 2016
Format: Paperback
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 didn't buy this book from amazon but I wanted to share my opinion about it on here. it's the first kate ellis book I've read and it was really good. she weaves the stories brilliantly and makes the reader want to keep reading and reading. Wesley Petersen is a great character as is Gerry Heffernan. there personalities are shown perfectly through dialogue. well done on a great book x
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This book was recommended to me, I don't think I would have picked it up otherwise. I did enjoy it, and was impressed by the quality of the historic research, but couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to really get swept along by the twists and turns of the story. But that's probably because murder mysteries are not really my thing. That said Kate Ellis does write well and tied up all the loose ends to what became a constantly changing storyline, so I would recommend this book to people who do enjoy that genre.
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The first book I have read by this author, recommended and lent by a friend. I enjoyed it because the story is fleshed out, the police officers have real families at home, the setting is not just a backdrop for crime and holiday visitors, there are farms to be farmed and people working in the town. The complex plot weaving murders a millennium apart is enjoyable and fast moving.
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Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: The boy's heart pounded rapidly as he searched for a place to hide.

Ingeborg Larsen, a visitor from Denmark, has disappeared from the bed and breakfast at which she was staying. Daniel Wexer encountered burglars in his home and left seriously wounded by a shotgun blast. Local farm laboror, Jack Palister, disappeared, leaving behind a wife and son on whose property has now been found a skeleton. Rather than being that of Jack, it is a thousand-year-old Viking in a funeral boat. The Tradmouth police are having a busy time with all these separate cases on their hands. Or are they all separate?

Ms. Ellis' prologue provides an opening that is both terrible and compelling. She gives you no chance to put the book down now. With the Chapter One header, we are jumping into the ancient past and are left in suspense and intrigues. Once into the chapter itself, we see the echoes to the past.

I so enjoy the ensemble cast of characters and that we get to know each of them better with every book. Here we learn more of Gerry Huffernan's past, the head of the homicide team. There is a charming scene of Huffernan and his son accidently running into one another. The characters have families, and lives and concerns beyond their roles as police officers.

The dialogue works, but Ellis does not have the same "ear" for it as for some authors. It always seems a bit stilted, rather than flowing. As a police procedural, the investigative steps are quite interesting and acceptably believable. However, I am amazed how everyone always confesses.
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