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Thursday, 1 January 2015

The Death Season by Kate Ellis

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A complex case . . .
When DI Wesley Peterson is summoned to investigate a killing, he assumes that the case is a routine matter. But soon dark secrets and deadly deceptions start to emerge from the victim's past, and Wesley begins to realise that a simple incident of cold-blooded murder is altogether more calculated and complicated that he could ever imagine.
Tracing back through time . . .
Meanwhile, archaeologist Neil Watson is pulled from the historic Paradise Court to a ruined village from the First World War. Even with the help of the attractive and enigmatic Lucy, Neil cannot shake the feeling that something is missing from his explorations: a cryptic clue that might have been lost when Sandrock tumbled into the sea many years ago. A clue that could help Wesley solve his most puzzling case to date.
DI Wesley Peterson is standing on the edge . . .
As more victims fall prey to a faceless killer, Wesley sees the investigation affecting him more personally than ever before. And when his precious family becomes a target, Wesley has no time to lose. Just like the fallen village of Sandrock, Wesley will have to stand tall if he is to withstand the coming storm . . .
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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 has alse been nominated for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Visit her at www.kateellis.co.uk
Review: The Death Season is number 19 in the Wesley Peterson mystery books. I haven't yet read any of the others, but that didn't ruin this one at all! There were references to previous stories, but nothing that made it difficult to follow the plot. This murder case starts off as a straight forward homicide, but slowly becomes more and more complex with new twists and turns on every page. There is also a set of flashbacks relating to another mystery from the past which slowly weaves in and out of the plot, making it that much more gripping. I was sucked in from the very first page and couldn't put the book down until I had finished it! I tried to guess the outcome constantly throughout the book, but the conclusion still took me by surprise! Looks like I have 18 new books on my 'to read' list...

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