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Kissing the Demons (Joe Plantagenet) Paperback – 28 Nov 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Creme de la Crime (28 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780295014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780295015
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Nov. 2011
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Joe Plantagenet is investigating a twelve year old case of two teenage girls who haven't been seen since they walked in to a wood. A local MP appears to have been involved when his DNA is matched to a sample found at the scene. Then a student living in a house which backs onto the same wood is reported missing. The house is shared by four students who are being adversely affected by the atmosphere in the house and Joe's friend, George, the Deliverance Minister, is called in by one of the students to see if he can find out what is going on. It seems that the house could have been the scene of a Victorian crime.

This complex and tense story involves a potential serial killer and several people with too much to lose if the secrets they are hiding come to light. The book is very well written and with its touch of the supernatural is something out of the ordinary run of crime stories. I like Joe and his boss, Emily, who are really coming to life in this third book in the series. They each have their own domestic problems and Joe's past - in the person of his late wife's sister - has come back to disrupt the present.

I love the setting of this series - the city of Eborby - a thinly disguised portrait of York. It imparts its own atmosphere to the novels with its long history, medieval buildings and winding streets and alleyways. Even minor characters are well drawn and the tension mounts to the horrific climax. Definitely a book worth reading and even though it is part of a series it can be read as a standalone story.
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Kissing the Demons by Kate Ellis is the third in her Joe Plantagenet police series, and is the story of a serial killer whose motivations are connected to the creepy past of number 13 Torland Place. It's set in the fictional town of Eborby (a thinly disguised York), and is a good thriller-cum-crime-mystery. Petulia Ferribie is murdered and the police soon realise that the answers to her death are linked to the disappearance of two teenage girls 12 years earlier, but is it also concerned with the murders that took place in Torland Place over a century before? Joe and his boss (another very hands-on senior police officer called Emily Thwaite) gradually uncover the apparently random connections to solve the crimes.

The plot is quite well thought through and the tension builds nicely as the story progresses, but thinking back I was struck by how little detection the police characters actually did in this book; exciting events seemed to simply unfold around them. This seems to be a problem with many crime novels: the desire to keep the plot moving and the reader gripped, at the expense of a really believable story. There were more than the usual number of coincidences and an original crime which was fairly unbelievable. The other problem was that, aside from two or three main characters, most of the others were fairly two dimensional. At times it felt as though I was reading a detailed, but fairly flat, novelisation of the latest TV police drama; thinking about it, I am sure that the Plantagenet books would make a good series for ITV's never-ending detective series (with the added bonus of being set in the very picturesque north Yorkshire).

Still, Ellis manages to evoke a genuinely creepy atmosphere, with a believable backdrop which makes this a book and interesting and enjoyable read. I would certainly read more books by Kate Ellis.

© Koplowitz 2012
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By Jane Baker VINE VOICE on 13 April 2015
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There are a tangle of characters in this novel which continues the career and tortured personal life of Joe Plantagenet. Kate Ellis again slip- streams over time boundaries connecting murders of young women at this grim address. I didn't find this as convincing as previous novels and the crafting seemed a little ponderous. Joe's dead wife's sister makes a starlting appearance which could lead to a further storyline.
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MMmm not sure about this simply because the novel is so short, you feel as if you have been short changed! The story was good, entertaining and held my interest and made a nice change to see her write about a different detective than Wesley Peterson in her first series. But...it was over before it began so for that I can only say I like it.
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i love all of kate ellis's work, but the joe plantagenet novels just have that extra little spooky twist . in this case the creepy edge comes from the former serial killer. ms. ellis combines excellent plot lines with first class prose. if you haven't tried her,you're missing out
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It is readable although it's another serial killer plot worthy of midsummer murders . It is a sad that mental illness features so prominently yet again but maybe it's just a sad fact of life. As readable as these books are, it would be good to have some original thinking.
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I have reviewed a number of Kate Ellis's books and this maintains her excellent standards. A brilliant story line, well written and it kept me riveted from first page to last. I cannot wait for the next in the series. Thank you Ms Ellis
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This book kept me reading to the end, although I did feel that the plot and characters could have been expanded on. It is an ideal afternoon or holiday read, however, and I will no doubt read more of the Joe Plantagenet series.
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