- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus (4 Jun. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349403112
- ISBN-13: 978-0349403113
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Death Season: Number 19 in series (Wesley Peterson) Paperback – 4 Jun 2015
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Star author. Unputdownable. Bookseller"
A beguiling author who interweaves past and present--The Times
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)
Star author. Unputdownable.--Bookseller
The chilling plot will keep you spooked and thrilled to the end--Closer
Star author. Unputdownable--Bookseller
Kate Ellis skilfully weaves crimes of past and present into a seamless narrative...The plotting is intricate and the finale totally unexpected--Bookseller
Detective Wesley Peterson investigates another mysterious and deathly case on his 19th adventure in Kate Ellis's captivating crime series.See all Product description
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Now of course I review as well as read so it was pure joy to receive this one in the post, as usual it was brilliant , an evocative mixture of crime and history, a lot of intrigue and a very fascinating premise. If you have not read these before you could actually pick any one up and read it as a standalone without losing out, this one being no exception, so do not be put off by the backlog!
In this instalment there are several strands – a body is found in a hotel room, a documentary is being made at a local dig, and an old Ice House is about to reveal a horrific secret. Told in present day and the past, Wesley will have his work cut out for him if he is to get to the bottom of a long ago mystery at the same time as solving a very modern murder.
These are so beautifully readable, always addictive (I read half in one sitting and half in another practically without blinking) as Kate Ellis weaves many different strands of plot into a fascinating web of intrigue, emotion and edge of the seat moments. In “The Death Season” things strike a little too close to home for Wesley and whether you know the character well or not, you will be hanging on to find out how it all pans out. Then we have Neil Watson doing his thing and ending up with more than he bargained for and as usual the characters pop and the whole thing is utterly compelling.Read more ›
The Death Season handles three different stories. There are extracts from a diary that a girl wrote during WW1 at the beginning of each chapter. Then in present day, there was the murder in the hotel that seemed to be linked to a cold case from the seventies and then, there were the excavations in a ruined village engulfed by the sea during WW1. As you can tell, there is a lot going on but in no moment did I feel like it was too much, the transitions from one story to the other were clear and soon you could see how all of them were linked one way or another.
I really enjoyed reading about Wesley Peterson, he was a very clever and intuitive investigator and you could tell how he was struggling with the demands of this job. He couldn't see his family as much as he wanted. Plus, there was Rachel, his colleague who had feelings for him. It was obvious that he was not comfortable with this situation and this made their interactions really interesting to read. I also liked Gerry, their chief, a lot. He was recovering from a shot but didn't want to miss anything, investigation or gossip, he wanted to know everything.
The Death Season is very enjoyable read, I never got bored and I was quite hooked trying to guess who the murder was. It surprised me more than once with its clever twists and unexpected links between stories and I am sure I will be checking more Wesley Peterson books.
As is usual with this series, Neil Watson, Wesley's friend from university days when they were both studying archaeology is involved in a local dig and discovers human remains. I enjoyed the way the various cases involved were carefully linked between past and present and I didn't work out who was behind present day murder at all until almost the end of the book. The finale is nail bitingly tense.
I didn't think this book held my attention as much as some of the previous books in the series but it definitely was worth reading and I think I may find that a second reading brings out things I missed in this first reading. If you like past and present murders in the same book then you may enjoy this well written series with its likeable characters.
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Once again Kate Ellis fuses the past with the present in a seamless narrative.
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I have read all the Wesley Peterson novels in order. It's a wonderful series with an original theme of slip stream timing covering the different aspects of the work of two friends... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jane Baker