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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; 1 edition (2 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349413096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349413099
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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A beguiling author who interweaves past and present (The Times)

Kate Ellis skilfully weaves crimes of past and present into a seamless narrative...The plotting is intricate and the finale totally unexpected (Bookseller)

The chilling plot will keep you spooked and thrilled to the end (Closer)

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 (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

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The twenty-first Wesley Peterson mystery from captivating crime star Kate Ellis.

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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2017
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Famous author Wynn Staniland became a recluse and stopped writing after the tragic suicide of his wife. He now lives in seclusion with his step daughter Perdita. Then young writer, Zac Wilkinson, announces he is writing Staniland's biography and hopes to reveal some startling secrets. But Zac is found murdered before the book can be completed.

Inevitably the murder investigation uncovers secrets which more people that Wynn want kept hidden. The modern murder is linked in all sorts of sinister ways with a famous local murder in the eighteen eighties which involved among other things a macabre collection of puppets which can re-enact notorious murders.

DI Wesley Peterson finds he is involved with the case in a more personal way than he might have expected when his son, Michael, gets in with the wrong crowd. His boss - Gerry - has his own problems which have come back to haunt him. I enjoyed this well written mystery which skilfully blends past and present and produces a very sinister tale indeed.

I have enjoyed all this series and I think the author is one of the best mystery writers blending past and present. The device can become hackneyed in the hands of less skilful authors but Kate Ellis brings both past and present to life.
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Thank you Ms Ellis, the Wesley stories just get better an better,, You have a great gift for interweaving all the plot lines so we cannot really guess the ultimate outcome. What a pleasure !!. I'm looking forward already to the next one but take your time as I would want it to be at least as good as this one
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Once again a brilliant book from this author. Her books get better and better. The only problem is they are never a long read, I couldn't put it down until I had finished it. I look forward to the next in the series. Just love all the characters and the way the author manages to incorporate the past with the present day to create a good mystery. I had no idea of the outcome of this story until the end
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Another great story from Kate Ellis, with the past woven seamlessly into a modern murder tale. Can't wait for the next one
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I have read all the previous books in the Wesley Peterson series and this book is the best. Once I started to read it I couldn't put the book down.
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These novels are becoming too formulaic. The diaries/journals from events of around a hundred years ago that have tentacles into contemporary crime. It's a shame because the main story investigated by Di Wesley Peterson & team was strong enough to make an excellent book on it's own. I feel that Ellis should branch out more & loosen up on the predictable formula of these books.
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Brilliant twists and turns. Well worth reading, as usual, another great instalment of the "Wesley Peterson" series. The intertwining of the historical mystery and the modern day mystery was excellent.
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There is a danger that this book is not so much about Wesley as about Gerry. Also felt it was a bit bitty, jumping from scene to scene with no rhyme nor reason. Bring back the Wesley Peterson we all know and love.
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