- 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)
The Funeral Boat: Number 4 in series (Wesley Peterson) Paperback – 8 Jun 2006
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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)
The 4th book in the exciting Wesley Peterson SeriesSee all Product description
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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good ,Ialways enjoy her books,and read them far too quicklyPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love the Wesley Peterson series, the mix of crime and history is a nice. Just shame that the historical facts take light hearted. Otherwise great story line and entertaining.Published 10 months ago by CBB
I am enjoying the series with the mix of detective work and archaeology. Wesley Peterson and Neil Watson are an interesting pair. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Petrova
Kept me guessing right to the end! Every time I thought I had worked it out, there was another twist. Love tne combination of crime and archaeologyPublished 11 months ago by Granny worm
Another good read I really enjoy this series of books featuring Wesley Peterson.Published 15 months ago by fleetweld
These books keep you guessing and the more I read about the characters the more I like them, warts and all.Published 17 months ago by LORNA