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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 September 2015
Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson investigate the death of a young woman linked to a missing child case on his first day after being transferred from London to Tradmouth in South Devon. Meanwhile his friend Neil Watson finds a dead woman in an archaeological excavation. The woman died several centuries ago and it seems that she was murdered. Oddly enough seems it to be strange similarities with the two cases...

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!
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on 24 February 2015
This is the opening novel of the Wesley Peterson series, about a police sergeant and his wife moving from London to the West Country. Wesley's interest in archaeology brings the story of the merchant house to the reader's attention quickly while the diary extract of the "merchant" are excellently placed adding to the drama. The modern mystery is handled excellently for a missing child subject, something that should be handled sensitively and the author achieves this while also weaving in the story of Wesley and his wife trying to conceive their first child, bringing a tender touch to the storyline.
The locations are well described and very visual, although perhaps a few too many places covered for the first novel in the series. The sense of everyone having something to hide came across very well in this book, leaving the suspect list wide open.
The fact that this is a series could be picked up while reading this book, but I don't think it detracted from the story line, just a sense of waiting for the characters to grow a little more on the reader. I would say as a standalone novel this book was very good, but as a series I am hoping for it to be excellent.
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on 5 September 2016
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. Then I saw this set in Cornwall and wondered if I'd enjoy it. But excellent. Slightly different format- History in form of diary or historical book extract. Modern day murder running side by side, in this case similar murder different time period. Well worth a read. I'm on to the next one in the series!
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on 17 January 2018
Brilliant! Looked like I have found another good author. This book has great characters. ,a good story and more books in the series!
So I am very happy!
If you like Ian Rankin,LJ Ross Elly Griffiths and James Oswald you will enjoy Kate Ellis
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on 16 July 2013
#1 in the Wesley Peterson detective series (I believe #17 is the latest. I started with #8 and have now read the first two as well. Excellent story that leads you to think you have identified the murderer several times,only to be proved wrong in the concluding pages.
Slight error on page 94....Wesley,who turned off the tape machine."Detective Sergeant Peterson terminating this interview at seventeen twenty hours." This surely is putting the cart before the horse.
A thoroughly "arresting" novel.
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on 21 June 2017
I didn't know this author and have been surprised by the original plot and use of archaeology. Will read more in the series
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on 18 October 2016
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.ancient and modern!
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on 29 August 2013
I got recommended to try Kate Ellis by an "avid reader" and I must say this tale is pretty well written. Wesley Peterson comes across as a decent sort of chap in this tale of an abduction with strange parallels to a crime and cover up back in the time of King James.....
It all comes together rather nicely....
Well worth a read.
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on 21 February 2013
Set in one of the more remote and unexplored parts of England, this is an interesting start to a good series. Another historical cross over novel but this one is very well written with rounded characters and an unusual main character who has flaws and a real life to lead!
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on 24 February 2017
Average read by an average author - have read some quality books recently, so this was just an easy read. Good story though.
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