- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus (21 Jan. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 074995275X
- ISBN-13: 978-0749952754
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Merchant's House: Number 1 in series (Wesley Peterson) Mass Market Paperback – 21 Jan 2010
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A beguiling author who interweaves past and present. (THE TIMES)
Detective fiction with a historical twist- fans... will love it. (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY)
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This is a well written mystery, with great characters. Wesley Peterson is a thoughtful, intelligent detective and all the characters in the book are believable and give the book depth. This is the first in the series and I certainly want to read more. I read the kindle edition of this book and it was well edited, with information on further books at the end to whet the appetite!
I read and loved The Death Season, book 19 in this series in the beginning of this year. And, so I decided to buy the first book in the series to get to know Wesley Peterson and the rest of the characters in the book from the beginning.
The crime in this book was not as complicated as it was in The Death Season, it was easy to figure out how it all had happened. I prefer to read a story with a lot of twist in it. Reading a book and guessing correctly most of what will happen is just not that fun.
What made this story a bit better is that Wesley Peterson also has a degree in archaeology and while he and his colleagues is trying to solve the death of a young woman is he and his friend Neil who is working as an archaeology trying to find out who killed a young woman several centuries ago. I like the fact that Kate Ellis both writes about modern crime and at the same time her books with Wesley Peterson also have some archaeology in it.
This book may not have been as good as The Death Season, but I will continue to read the series!
Wesley Peterson is a black detective Sergeant , who studied archeology at university before becoming a police man. He has been recently transfered from the Met to to the West Country port of Tradmouth.
This is a traditional detective crime thriller with a historical background which is interwoven into the crime in an intriguing way throughout the book.
In this first book we meet WP and his old friend from university , archeologist Neil Watson who is undertaking a dig in the area at an ancient merchants house. The book starts with a child who goes missing while outside in the garden playing. Every mothers nightmare! Then a young womens body is brutally murdered on a cliff path and Wesley investigates.
The investigation is linked to the infant skeletons that Neil is uncovering and an ancient journal which makes interesting reading and which seems to hold the key to what is happening.
An intriguing read.
A university graduate in archeology and the first black police officer in Tradmouth, DS Wesley Peterson begins his first day at work with a murder. The body of a young woman has been found off a cliff path, the damage to her face rendering her unrecognizable. Wesley's university friend, Neill, is heading a team of archeologists on the site of a 17th century merchant's house in town when the skeleton of a child is found. A fellow officer is dealing with the mother of a missing toddler who is adamant her son is still alive in spite of a lack of clues. Can a clue from the past solve a crime in the present?
To find a book which is a skillful combination of archeology and police procedure is definitely in my `happy-reader' zone. Ms. Ellis does just that and much more. Although the locations are fictional, I was ready to pack my back and go. Those who are familiar would know the differences, but for those who don't the locations are visual and real.
Not only is there a nice introduction to Wesley, but to all the book's major characters. One thing particularly refreshing is that the police officers all like one another and work as a team. There is an odd man out, but you don't feel he'll be there long. It's not just the primary characters Ms. Ellis brings to life, but the secondary characters as well. I never had to question who a character was or why there were there.
It can be a tricky business, bringing together four plot lines, but it works. The information from the 17th century is provided in diary excerpts as chapter headings, while fascinating, does not intrude on the present-day investigations.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this, like her characters and location, different to the usual detective booksPublished 4 days ago by lesley
This is my first of Kate Ellis's books and it won't be the last. I warmed to the characters who were believable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Average read by an average author - have read some quality books recently, so this was just an easy read. Good story though.Published 1 month ago by Ev
Good story, I liked the link with the past and the way it all came togetherPublished 2 months ago by B. B,
A really good detective story. Lots of intrigue. Great characters. Would definitely recommend to fellow readers. Off to purchase book 2.Published 4 months ago by Bookworm53
This is really unput downable, I am reading all the Wesley Petersen books on kindle and have not been disappointed yet. The author always gives us at least three murders. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Updike
Very interesting format. I had already read a similar series by Elly Griffiths set in Norfolk - archeologist and detective - which I enjoyed and read whole series. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Guilders the great
as always Kate Ellis kept me guessing to the end, and it still has the will they won't they twist to the main charactersPublished 8 months ago by karen archibald