- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus (3 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749909269
- ISBN-13: 978-0749909260
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Perfect Death: Number 13 in series: A Thirteenth-century Legend - A Truth That Some Would Kill for (Wesley Peterson) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Sep 2009
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A thirteenth-century legend - a truth that some would kill for . . .
About the Author
Kate Ellis was born in Liverpool and studied drama in Manchester. Kate has twice been nominated for the Crime Writers' Association Short Story Dagger and the novel THE PLAGUE MAIDEN was nominated for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2005. www.kateellis.co.uk
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Top Customer Reviews
When Wesley returns home he find discovers that a young woman has been burned to death in the same place as a young French woman is supposed to have been burned to death in the thirteenth century. Put that together with a sinister group of people who are threatening second home owners in the area and Wesley and his boss, Gerry, have more than enough to keep them busy without checking where Ian's correspondent has disappeared to.
This is a frightening story with its images of burning to death and persecution of innocent people because of their faith. Then Ian Rowe turns up again and Wesley starts to wonder what's really going on in the area and who is hiding secrets which may have a bearing on the unknown young woman's horrific death
I thought the book was well written and there are enough twists and turns in the plot to keep most readers guessing until almost the last page. I like the way the police characters are developing and I like the way the modern crimes are linked to crimes which happened centuries ago. Even minor characters come to life on the page. I thought the way Sir Martin Crace was portrayed was excellent as was the developer of the site which Neil is excavating. This is an excellent series and I would recommend it to anyone who likes their crime stories with complex plots and believable characters and motivations.
The plot is intricate and cleverly worked out with a bewildering number of twists and turns. Likewise there are a plethora of minor characters, almost all sharply defined and cleverly inter-connected. The detectives are engaging, almost implausibly decent, uncomplicated men and women. In my view a few human frailties wouldn’t go amiss, especially in the case of DI Wesley Peterson, who both in his official capacity and in his domestic life is a paragon of virtue. Clearly, although the junior partner in rank, he is more focused and dominant than Geoffrey Heffernan, his superior in rank.
The crimes are horrific enough by any standards, yet at the same time the book remains engaging rather than shocking. I enjoyed this novel as I did “A Perfect Death”, but I found neither riveting, perhaps for the want of a cutting edge. I suspect that the rest of Ms. Ellis’ prolific output is in a similar vein and I confess to feeling ambivalent as to whether to take up more fixed residence in her West Country domain.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great characterisation. Good story. Well written - kept me reading. A few too many new and different characters for my ageing memory !Published 3 months ago by wipeg
BRILLIANT SERIES! I would love to see them televised. So different from the usual detective stories. Loads of twist and turns at the end. Excellent.Published 4 months ago by Guilders the great