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The Killing Place

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349433158

Price: £8.99

ON SALE: 25th April 2024

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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Million-copy bestselling author Kate Ellis returns with the new mystery in the DI Wesley Peterson crime series.

‘A beguiling author who interweaves past and present’ THE TIMES

November. With the tourist season over in South Devon, Detective Inspector Wesley Peterson is looking forward to a quieter month in the CID. But when a man is shot dead on Bonfire Night, he finds he has a complex murder case on his hands.

The body of Patrick North was found in woodland connected to Nesbaraton Hall, a grand estate dating back to the eighteenth century. The Smithson family, who own the estate, are away on holiday. However, when an anonymous letter threatening to abduct the Smithson son is uncovered, Wesley fears North’s death might have been collateral damage in a sinister kidnap plot.

Meanwhile, archaeologist Dr Neil Watson discovers a hidden grotto in a developer’s field – land that was once part of the Nesbaraton estate. Evidence of past rituals and the discovery of a skeleton buried next to the grotto raise questions about strange occurrences, past and present, on the estate.

Then, just when Wesley’s team seem to be making progress in their investigation, a resident of the nearby village is killed in a near identical shooting. A race is on to find a ruthless killer, before they strike again . . .

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Reviews

A beguiling author who interweaves past and present
The Times
The chilling plot will keep you spooked and thrilled to the end
Closer
Star author. Unputdownable
Bookseller
Imagine a plot as devious as anything Agatha Christie devised, locate it in a Derbyshire village in 1919 and with writing as close to the pulse as Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth and you will have some idea of the extraordinary power of Kate Ellis's new novel
Peter Lovesey
A splendidly macabre thriller with a very dark heart and a hugely effective twist at the end
Andrew Taylor
Fascinating, with a characteristically clever twist
Martin Edwards
Haunting
Independent
A traditional detective story with an intriguing historical twist . . . Ellis is a fine storyteller, weaving the past and present in a way that makes you want to read on
Peterborough Evening Telegraph
I loved this novel . . . Clever plotting hides a powerful story of loss, malice and deception
Ann Cleeves
I absolutely loved this book . . . A perfectly paced crime novel that beautifully evokes both time and place. Kate Ellis keeps you guessing all the way through to the final unexpected twist
L. C. Tyler
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