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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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  • 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)
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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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A woman is burnt alive in a deserted field in Devon. The murder has echoes in the past when a woman was burnt alive by her husband, who suspected her of being unfaithful, on the same spot in the 13th century. An archaeological dig has just begun on the site before a new housing estate is built, & the developer's wife has received death threats. A group protesting about the influx of holiday home owners are suspected of being involved in arson attacks on holiday homes. D I Wesley Peterson investigates the links between these events & another archaeological dig on the same site 20 years before that ended with the mysterious deaths of two of the archeologists involved. This long-running detective series combines modern day mystery with a historical subplot. Fans of Time Team will also enjoy the archaeological plots which are a big part of the series.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Oct. 2011
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Wesley Peterson and his wife Pam are on a well deserved break in France when they meet Ian Rowe who was at university with Wesley. He asks for Wesley's help because a young woman he has been corresponding with has disappeared from her home in Devon. Wesley is reluctant to get involved but having seen print-outs of emails that Ian has received he becomes more interested especially as Ian appears to have left his home without telling anyone where he was going.

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.
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I have read most of Kate Ellis' books in the Wesley Peterson Series. I look forward to each new title, hoping that it will be as good as the last one. So far I have not been disappointed. Wesley Peterson makes a very believable detective.
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WOW this has started me reading all of the Wesley Peterson books - Kate Ellis is FAB - I have already read 3 in the last couple of months.... they are can't put you down reads!!
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By Jane Baker VINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2013
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Kate Ellis is a past master at morphing an historical "incident" with a contemporary crime. Such a slip-scene never fails when she plots so skilfully and crafts the two happenings together. Another masterpiece from this prominent author.
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By Bluecashmere. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Oct. 2014
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This is my second Kate Ellis novel and in many ways follows the pattern of “A Perfect Death”. Again the story is mounted upon an historical background, each chapter elaborating the story of Stephen de Grandelle and the mystery surrounding his wife, Jeanne. Links between the events of the early C13th and the present are allowed to grow as the novel develops. I don’t find that the historical connections particularly illuminate what happens in the present, but others may think otherwise. In any event, the book has other qualities to celebrate.

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.
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Like all her books it is interesting from both angles the history and the modern story. It holds your attention
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I have only just discovered this excellent writer but now avidly reading all the previous books and getting the up to date ones too. Thoroughly enjoyable and keeps you guessing to the very end.
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