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The Death Season: Number 19 in series (Wesley Peterson) Paperback – 4 Jun 2015

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  • 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)
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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

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Detective Wesley Peterson investigates another mysterious and deathly case on his 19th adventure in Kate Ellis's captivating crime series.

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Format: Hardcover
The Death Season is number 19 in the Wesley Peterson mystery books. I haven't yet read any of the others, but that didn't ruin this one at all! There were references to previous stories, but nothing that made it difficult to follow the plot. This murder case starts off as a straight forward homicide, but slowly becomes more and more complex with new twists and turns on every page. There is also a set of flashbacks relating to another mystery from the past which slowly weaves in and out of the plot, making it that much more gripping. I was sucked in from the very first page and couldn't put the book down until I had finished it! I tried to guess the outcome constantly throughout the book, but the conclusion still took me by surprise! Looks like I have 18 new books on my 'to read' list...
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By Liz Barnsley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Feb. 2015
Format: Hardcover
So in a “blink and you miss it” kind of way, this is the 19th in the Wesley Peterson series – which makes me feel old and wonder what happened – I still remember quite clearly reading “The Merchant’s House” all those years ago and have been a quiet yet loyal fan of the series ever since.

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.
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This is my first book by Kate Ellis and you might think that starting a series on the 19th book is not the best idea, but The Death Season can perfectly be read as a stand alone. I never felt like I was missing any crucial information, quite the opposite, I could see there was a lot back story to the characters but this only made me want to pick the previous books, because I really enjoyed meeting them for the first time and I wanted to know more about them.

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.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2015
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I enjoy crime and mystery stories with a mix of past and present and this one was no exception. I have read all the previous Wesley Peterson novels but I did not feel I needed to know anything about previous books to enjoy this one. A man is found dead in his hotel room and at first it appears he could have committed suicide but closer inspection reveals he was stabbed. DI Wesley Peterson and his boss, Gerry Heffernan are soon on the case and they find it has links to at least one cold case - the murder of a child at a holiday camp some years ago.

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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