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The Shroud Maker (Wesley Peterson) Hardcover – 2 Jan 2014

4.5 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749958049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749958046
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Well worth a read for anyone who enjoys a traditional detective story with an intriguing historical twist . . . Ellis is a fine storyteller, weaving the past and present in a way that makes you want to read on (Evening Telegraph (Peterborough))

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The 18th Wesley Peterson crime novel . . . and they just get better and better!

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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jan. 2014
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There is a festival going on in Tradmouth and the place is packed with festival goers. A year ago a young woman, Jenny Bercival, disappeared and her mother has returned to the area to try and trace her daughter because she has been receiving anonymous letters saying Jenny is still alive. A body is found floating in the harbour dressed in Medieval costume. The young woman has been strangled. Wesley Peterson and his boss are investigating the case and the anonymous letters about Jenny.

Wesley’s friend, Neil – an archaeologist – is conducting a dig at a property which is about to be renovated by a local businessman, Chris Butcher when a skeleton is found. Ancient or modern? Could it be the missing girl from a year ago? Missing people in the twenty first century, Medieval goings on and a Victorian historian whose private life seems a little odd – not to speak of a suspicious website which has a large cult following – provide plenty of mysteries for the reader of this latest offering in the Wesley Peterson series.

I enjoyed reading this book but I had the feeling that there were just too many strands in the mysteries and the ending was a little rushed as though the book should have been longer – which is why I have not given it five stars. It is well written and the main characters are well drawn but there were too many characters which remained undeveloped – or that is how I felt about the book. It has not put me off the series but I felt a little disappointed by this book.
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A bold creation from an author well-known for slipping easily between two ages. This is a novel about obsession and fantasy. Ellis creates so many characters who weave their way though this novel, yet they are all fully credible. Gerry's family issues are at the forefront this time, but Joyce remains well below the surface and the reader has yet to meet her. The ending is stunning.
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I love the Wesley Peterson series and have ever since I picked up the first one at my library many years ago. Kate Ellis is a wonderful author, who creates believable characters that make you care about them as their life stories unfold from book to book. She juggles the modern story with an incredible archaeological tale that mirrors and reflects the plot, adding atmosphere and historical nuance to each novel. When my library here in Tampa, Florida, suffered budget cuts and stopped carrying the series, I was determined to keep reading them, even if it meant establishing an account on Amazon UK and paying extra to buy and have them shipped here! The books are well worth the price and, as they usually come out in March (which is my birth month), I consider them as my favorite present to myself! If you love to read an intelligent, thought-provoking, hard-to-guess murder mystery, then Kate Ellis and her Wesley Peterson books are what you will want to buy -- after working 33+ years as a librarian, I wouldn't steer you wrong!
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I love Wesley Peterson and all the characters in the books. Having holidayed in Dartmouth (Tradmouth) I recognise many of the places.
Dereham (Dittisham) Totnes(Neston). etc., Kate Ellis is a wonderful writer and long may she, and Wesley continue,
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Love the Kate Ellis ( Wesley Peterson ) books and this one is no exception . I like the way it delves into the past as well as keeping to a traditional murder storyline . There are lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing . If you like a good murder mystery then I recommend you read Kate Ellis
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As novel #18 in the Wesley Peterson series, readers generally know what they are getting now with a Kate Ellis novel and The Shroud Maker doesn't disappoint. Ellis easily allows the reader to imagine the hustle and bustle of a busy seaside town.
I always enjoy Ellis's use of past and present storylines within her novels, mixing archaeological finds, forgotten manuscripts with present day sources to intricately weave the plot. This storyline took the notion one step further with the present timeline focussing on a computer game and how the victim linked with it.
The story itself focusses on two similar young women who have gone missing in the town, one of whom has been found dead. This happens at a time when a yearly historic festival is taking place, meaning a surge of incomers, the majority of whom are in fancy dress. How can the police pull together a suspect list?
The only minor criticism is this storyline has similarities with "The Cadaver Game" with the life imitating video games theme, but this doesn't take anything away from this really enjoyable read with a lot of twist and a good range of characters/character viewpoints.
With enough clues (and a few surprise twists) dropped along the way to keep the reader guessing, this is another well written who-dunnit.
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Can Kate Ellis do any wrong? Well not as far as I am concerned.
Here is another Wesley Peterson story, and as usual the past intertwined with the present.
A brilliant story with the usual twists and turns, and an ending that very few would guess. Difficult to,put down once started, this authors work is of a standard many can only dream of. Well worth looking at the whole series of Wesley Peterson books. Highly recommended.
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