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The Skeleton Room: Number 7 in series (Wesley Peterson) Hardcover – 30 Jan 2003

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (30 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749906200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749906207
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,862,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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a beguiling author who interweaves past and present. Like its predecessor, the book works well on both levels, detective fiction with a historical twist...fans will love it., moody mystery...a splendid piece of whodunnit, and when?, a satisfying and enjoyable read

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Set in an boarding school, Chadleigh Hall, this is the 7th book in the Wesley Peterson Series

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First Sentence: 20 July - The woman in the red T-shirt lay on the sharp gray rocks far below; distant and tiny, like a small fish caught in the teeth of some gigantic sea creature.

Murder past and present. In renovating Chadleigh Hall, a former girl's boarding school, a secret room has been found holding a secret of its own; the skeletal remains of a woman tied to a chair. Was the murder related to the school or older and associated with the town's history of causing ships to wreck on its coast, murdering survivors and plundering the ships contents? And how, if at all, does this relate to the woman's body dragged from the sea who had been pushed from a nearby cliff?

In a few words, Ellis conveys the horror the victim would have experienced of being walled in a room and left to die. Ellis' descriptions, whether of such terror or of living in a village where most everyone could walk to work, is part of her appeal. She is a wonderfully visual writer, whether it is of places, situations or people.

Regarding people, she has created a diverse and interesting cast of principal characters. Gerry Heffernan, the boss, is somewhat old-fashioned in his views on women and technology while being an experienced cop who leads his team. Wesley Peterson is the intellect, somewhat put down for his education, dealing with racism due to his color, but respected by his boss. In every ointment comes a fly in the shape of DC Steve Carstairs who is bigoted, sexist, lazy and not overly bright. He is offset by Rachael and Trish, the very capable women on the force. It's the wonderful, diverse ensemble cast rounded out with non-police characters which gives a very real feeling to the story.

And what a good story it is. The plot is very well done.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ellis has become a favorite author of mine 5 Jan. 2011
By L. J. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
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First Sentence: 20 July - The woman in the red T-shirt lay on the sharp gray rocks far below; distant and tiny, like a small fish caught in the teeth of some gigantic sea creature.

Murder past and present. In renovating Chadleigh Hall, a former girl's boarding school, a secret room has been found holding a secret of its own; the skeletal remains of a woman tied to a chair. Was the murder related to the school or older and associated with the town's history of causing ships to wreck on its coast, murdering survivors and plundering the ships contents? And how, if at all, does this relate to the woman's body dragged from the sea who had been pushed from a nearby cliff?

In a few words, Ellis conveys the horror the victim would have experienced of being walled in a room and left to die. Ellis' descriptions, whether of such terror or of living in a village where most everyone could walk to work, is part of her appeal. She is a wonderfully visual writer, whether it is of places, situations or people.

Regarding people, she has created a diverse and interesting cast of principal characters. Gerry Heffernan, the boss, is somewhat old-fashioned in his views on women and technology while being an experienced cop who leads his team. Wesley Peterson is the intellect, somewhat put down for his education, dealing with racism due to his color, but respected by his boss. In every ointment comes a fly in the shape of DC Steve Carstairs who is bigoted, sexist, lazy and not overly bright. He is offset by Rachael and Trish, the very capable women on the force. It's the wonderful, diverse ensemble cast rounded out with non-police characters which gives a very real feeling to the story.

And what a good story it is. The plot is very well done. There are several threads which intersect, and very effective plot twists which never feel contrived. With each thread, I wanted to know more while being unable to predict where the story was going and certainly didn't predict the resolutions presented. I did enjoy the nod to the movie "Charade."

Ellis has become a favorite author of mine. Her books have never disappointed me, and "The Skeleton Room" stands well among them. They are more than a standard police procedural, blending the personal lives of the characters, archeology, English history and murder.

THE SKELETON ROOM (Pol Proc-Peterson/Heffernan-England-Cont) - VG
Ellis, Kate - 7th in series
Piatkus, ©2003, UK Hardcover - ISBN: 0749906200
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series 25 April 2013
By AB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Wesley Peterson Mysteries by Kate Ellis combine a modern-day murder with a story from history that has ties to the modern murder. I very much enjoy this combination, as it is entertaining as well as educational. These stories contain just enough about the detective's personal lives to make them human, but not so much to make the book maudlin.
I am about half way through the many books in this series. I like them so much that I am purchasing them from Amazon because my local library doesn't carry them.
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