Despite the scenic coast and countryside, life in South Devon is never peaceful for Detective Inspector Wesley Peterson. The rolling hills and sleepy villages might seem idyllic, but Wesley has learnt that, in the countryside, a dead body is never far away. In this new novel in Kate Ellis’s bestselling crime series, Wesley is faced with solving a decades-old murder after a human skeleton is discovered buried on an isolated farm. Evidence suggests that it’s the body of a young woman who went missing many years ago whilst hitchhiking in the area, and Wesley must delve into events in the village of Petherham twelve years ago to try to catch a killer. As in all of Wesley’s cases, there is a mystery of the past to solve as well as the present-day investigation when Wesley’s friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, uncovers a string of mysterious deaths in Petherham in the nineteenth century. Could the village’s sinister history be connected to the recent murder?
There is a reason why the DI Wesley Peterson series has built a crowd of loyal fans over the years, and why Kate Ellis was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library at the end of last year. The mysteries are always deftly plotted, deliciously macabre and full of intriguing crimes and ingenious twists. Whether you’ve read the whole series, or are discovering it for the first time, I urge you to pick up The Burial Circle, as it’s one of the most complex, and clever, mysteries for Wesley to solve yet.
A skeleton discovered. A murder to be solved . . .
On a stormy night in December, a tree is blown down on an isolated Devon farm. When the fallen tree is dragged away, a rucksack is found caught amongst the roots - and next to it is a human skeleton.
The discovery of the body and the rucksack revives memories for DI Wesley Peterson. A young hitchhiker who went missing twelve years ago was last seen carrying a similar backpack. Suddenly a half-forgotten cold case has turned into a murder investigation.
Meanwhile, in the nearby village of Petherham, a famous TV psychic is found dead in suspicious circumstances whilst staying at a local guesthouse. Wesley's friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, is studying Petherham's ancient mill and uncovering the village's sinister history. Could the string of mysterious deaths in Petherham over a hundred years ago be connected to the recent killings?
As Wesley digs deeper into the case, it seems that the dark whisperings of a Burial Circle in the village might not be merely legend after all . . .
Whether you've read the whole series, or are discovering Kate Ellis's DI Wesley Peterson novels for the first time, this is the perfect, gripping mystery if you love reading Elly Griffiths and Ann Cleeves.
PRAISE FOR KATE ELLIS:
'A beguiling author who interweaves past and present' The Times
'I loved this novel' Ann Cleeves
'The chilling plot will keep you spooked and thrilled to the end' Closer
'A fine storyteller, weaving the past and present in a way that makes you want to read on' Peterborough Evening Telegraph