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Walking by Night: A Joe Plantagenet Police Procedural (A Joe Plantagenet Mystery) Hardcover – 30 Mar 2015

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Creme de la Crime; First World Publication ed. edition (30 Mar. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178029073X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780290737
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.3 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Kate Ellis was born and brought up in Liverpool and she studied drama in Manchester. She worked in teaching, marketing and accountancy before first enjoying writing success as a winner of the North West Playwrights competition. Crime and mystery stories have always fascinated her, as have medieval history and archaeology which she likes to incorporate in her books. She lives in North Cheshire, England, with her husband, two sons and an overweight cat called Vivaldi!


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This is an atmospheric read, filled with fog and ghostly apparitions -- perfect for a stormy night by the fire.

The police are sceptical when Debby Telerhaye reports finding a dead body on her way home from a drunken night out, especially given her troubled past. But Detective Inspector Joe Plantagenet isn’t so quick to dismiss the teenager, and soon enough the body of a young actress is found, murdered. Is her death linked to her starring role in a controversial play? Or is it much more sinister than that? Could it be that she suffered the same fate as a sinful nun centuries earlier?

The story opens with Debby stumbling through the fog, convinced she is being followed by a malevolent character and, taking shelter in the ruins of an abandoned abbey, she sees what she thinks is a bundle of rags… Immediately my heart was in my mouth: I was hooked.

The captivating narrative is complemented by a number of equally interesting sub-plots: Debby’s missing brother; her malevolent step-father; Joe’s relationship with his estranged girlfriend and the guilt he still feels from his wife’s death. Kate Ellis has knitted them all together so artfully that none felt overbearing or detracted in any way from the main storyline.

The menacing pace never surrendered and yet somehow Ellis managed to build, in Joe Plantagenet, a thoughtful, dignified detective with such complexity in his history that I’m doubtful any reader will ever truly understand him. He put me in mind of Lewis’s Sergeant Hathaway, and not just because of his abandoned career in the priesthood. The contrast between Joe and his DCI, Emily Thwaite, who is an extremely grounded married mother of three, made for an interesting interplay and I am keen to see how their relationship develops in coming books.
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Kate Ellis is a master story teller. Set in the fictional historical city of Eborby the events begin with a young woman leaving the pub on her own and fearing she is being followed, she slips into an alleyway near the cathedral ruins, where she believes she saw a body and the ghostly figure of a nun. From then on the pace does not slow down.
The scene is set perfectly with the thick fog settling in the city covering up people and a multitude of sins and giving an eerie and supernatural feel. On the one hand there is the history of the city and the ghost stories from the past and on the other the modern day of the tourist industry and beliefs in clairvoyants.
Joe’s character is interesting with the changes he has made in life and he seems to have secrets of his own yet to be exposed. There isn’t a huge amount of police investigative work with the reader having gradual bits of information to be the detective themselves. The dialogue is unforced and there isn’t a single word wasted. I found myself getting really caught up in the atmosphere and the human element of this novel.
Thank you to Severn House Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read “Walking by Night”.
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First Sentence: Debby Telerhaye’s footsteps echoed in the fog like hammer blows as her tottering heels hit the stone pavement.

No one really believes the claim of an inebriated teen who claims to have seen a dead body and nun-like figure in the ruins of an abbey, except for DI Joe Plantagenet. The story becomes more believable when a woman is reported missing. Does it have something to do with a local play dealing the religious and sexual violence? Or could it even connect to the death of a young nun centuries before?

Ellis captures our attention from the very first with the combination of a young woman, fog, an abandoned abbey, the sense of being followed, and a dead body. For what more could one ask?

Joe Plantagenet is clearly a man with a past and a very interesting character. He had studied for the priesthood, married and was widowed. Through him, Ellis paints a very realistic portrait of a man who is still grieving, even after several years. He is also a man whose friend is a Canon and a Diocesan Exorcist. It is also nice to have a protagonist listen to sacred music, such as the Thomas Tillis mass for four voices, Allegri:Miserere. In contrast his DCI, Emily Thwaite, is a married woman with three children. It makes for a nice contrast.

One must respect an author who doesn’t make you feel as though you’ve missed something by starting with the fifth book in the series. Still, reading this does make one want to go back and start at the beginning of the series.

“Walking by Night” contain a delicious sense of menace, a very good plot twist, and intrigue that underlies the entire story.

WALKING BY NIGHT (Police Procedural-Joe Plantagenet-England-Contemporary) – G+
Ellis, Kate – 5th in series
Severn House/First World Publication – July 2015
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Mar. 2015
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DI Joe Plantagenet comes across a disturbance in a city pub where a young girl claims to have stumbled across a corpse. Joe is off duty but he talks to the girl and believes she is telling the truth and not hallucinating or making it up. When the alleyway in which she saw the body is searched there is no sign of a body. It does however reappear a short distance away in some abbey ruins a few hours later. What follows is a sinister, frog-shrouded mystery featuring ghosts, artists, a clairvoyant, a long missing small child and tensions and feuds between actors in one of the city's theatres which is currently home to a production of the play 'The Devils'.

I found this story gripping reading and it is every bit as good as the previous books in this well written crime series with its hints of the supernatural. I love the setting - the fictional Eborby which many will recognise as York. I like Joe as a character and his boss, Emily and they work well together though they do not always see eye to eye. Joe himself has a troubled and difficult past with which he is struggling to come to terms with but it does not dominate the books.

If you want something a bit different in the crime and mystery genre then try this series. They can be read as standalone novels. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes.
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