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The Shining Skull Audio Download – Unabridged

4.5 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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By Jane Baker VINE VOICE on 13 April 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my fifth Kate Ellis Wesley Peterson novel and surpasses the others which are all very good. I wish there were 6 stars to give. An amazing plot which she crafts brilliantly and peppers with twists and turns which stun the reader. Her simultaneous development of a Regency story which heads each chapter I think is the best yet. How she works them to mirror each other is utterly brilliant. Wesley Peterson grows and grows and it's good to see him happier with Pam who has had a scare which has turned her from her embittered former personality into a woman who now appreciates her husband. Neil Watson grows too though he seems to want to present himself as a one-dimensional character. Rachel is moving into dangerous territory in her love-life and isn't happy yet in her newly found surroundings away from her family. It's full of plot and rich characters this novel. Superb.
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Great. Brilliant plot. One of the best in the series so far. I'm glad to see Kate Ellis is bringing out a new series next year, but I hope it doesn't mean Wesley's going to retire.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Sept. 2011
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Archaeologist Neil Watson is busy moving graves from one part of a churchyard to another in return for the opportunity of conducting an excavation to see if there was an earlier church on the site. One of the coffins from the early nineteenth century disintegrates revealing two skeletons. Neil has his work cut out to discover who the second skeleton belonged to and naturally his researches provide useful information for his friend Wesley Peterson in his investigations of current and not so current crimes.

Wesley and his boss, Gerry, are kept busy trying to find a criminal nicknamed The Barber who masquerades as a taxi driver and cuts off the hair of his female passengers. Then the victim of a kidnapping thirty years ago apparently returns from the dead and a young pop singer is kidnapped and held for ransom.

Plenty of crimes for Wesley to get his teeth into and fortunately his wife, Pam, is being very understanding about his frequent absences from home. I enjoyed this complex mystery with its many twists and turns both modern and historical. The characters are well drawn especially the families of the modern kidnap victim and the one from thirty years ago.

It is good to see Gerry's new relationship developing - even if he doesn't want to tell his daughter about it. This series can be read out of order but it is good to be able to follow the way the regular characters develop if the series is read in order of publication.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this instalment of the Wesley Peterson series. Good plot and subplots, also a good narrative concerning the Devon area, the ways of the local people and a bit of historical interest thrown in parallel to the main plot.
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Kate Ellis writes intriguing and unusual crime thrillers, with DI Wesley Peterson investigating murder with an historical counterpart. There is also a connection with an archaeological dig going on in the vicinity. Set in Devon, and starting with the kidnapping of a popular pop star, this case soon becomes very complex indeed.
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Very enjoyable book. Set in South Devon this series of crime fighting novels are very enjoyable, following the investigations of 2 policemen fighting crime on the streets of Devon
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I have read many of the Wesley Peterson stories. The author uses a very distinct style of mirroring the story in the past and present which is an interesting device. I like the contrasts in the personalities of the characters who grow on you and the plots are good without being overly complex. Just a good read
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I enjoy Kate Ellis books. I get a bit annoyed at Tradmouth not Dartmouth and Ebory not York, but apart from that the characters are well written and likeable. This one like the others are a good mixture of history (recent this time)and crime. It is the crime equavalent of a well loved pair of shoes. This one is about kidnapping and its effects, there are lots of twists and turns before the truth comes out.
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