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The Shining Skull (Wesley Peterson #11)

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An archaeological dig provides DI Wesley Peterson with a secret that may help him unveil the culprits behind a string of kidnappings

Marcus Fallbrook was kidnapped in 1976 and when he never returned home, his grieving family assumed the worst. Thirty years later, teenage singing star Leah Wakefield has disappeared and DI Wesley Peterson has reason to suspect that the same k
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published (first published January 20th 2011)
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Another outstanding book in the impressive and addictive series. For the most part personal issues for the main characters take a back seat in order to focus on the the interwoven crimes from the present, recent and more distant pasts.

I am deeply impressed as to how well Ellis manages to come up with such intricate plots and was glued to my settee in order to finish this.

Jul 14, 2013 Celia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 11th book in the Tradmouth series and one of the best. 3 strands running - the man who claimed to be Marcus Fallbrook who was kidnapped at age 7 arrives at his brother's house, a man disguised as a taxi driver is attacking women and cutting off their hair and Neil, the local archaelogist, discovers 2 bodies in one coffin dating back to the Regency period. It was interesting to see how the stories linked and there was a good twist at the end.
Mar 01, 2017 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good mystery by Kate Ellis. Always a solid story, one the weaves between the far past, the recent past, and the present. The characters are always growing, something new happening to each. I save Ellis's books for when I'm needing something familiar to slip into.
Kate Ellis' books are not easy to come by in the U.S., but if you have the chance to pick them up, they're worth it. She combines history with contemporary crime, has a team of police officers in Tradmouth in Devon, England, and includes details of the personal lives of the officers. This is the best of all possible worlds for my reading taste. She's on my list of authors who are not as well-known as they should be. I'm about nine years behind in reading her Wesley Peterson books, though, so may ...more
Jun 23, 2013 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Wesley Peterson and his boss Gerry are stumped. They have done a right mess up on a kidnapping of a young singer, the kidnapper has run rings around them and gotten away with the money. The kidnapping has the same ring as one from years before of a little boy named Marcus, and who should arrive on the scene ... but a young man swearing he is the lost Marcus, and the old story of the gypsy's took him, (Only we call them "travelers" political correct) comes from his mouth and of ...more
Jan 30, 2013 Nicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Kate Ellis that i have read and i can honestly say that i will be getting the rest of the series.I liked the way that that the mysteries from the past and present were linked together and how you were kept guessing right to the end of the book.It was also nice to have a police team that worked together as a team and how DI Wesley Peterson and his boss Gerry Heffernan were friends rather than Heffernan spending all of the book disagreeing with everything that Wesley said ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

I think I've talked enough about the shortcomings of this series in the past. But I'll mention something new(ish): this time I thought this was the wrong book to read if you were looking for good police procedure - I can't believe that this is how anyone would handle a kidnapping.

However I guess the short answer (if there was a question) is that I'm not after pin point accuracy in lieu of a good yarn, and Kate Ellis can spin a decent yarn.

One of the things I like about this series in the thinly

Linda  Branham Greenwell
I enjoy the Wesley Peterson novels . Wesley is a black detective in England - in a small town in England
The story is about 2 kidnappings 3o years apart. And the discovery a 2nd skeleton buried in coffin that is being relocated. The first kidnapping, 30 years ago, is of Marcus Fallbrook - he was 7 years old and never found
The 2nd kidnapping is of a young local teen celebrity, Leah, who is a singer. Some of the circumstances of Leash's kidnapping are similar to those of Marcus'
At the same time, Ne
One of the best in the Wesley Peterson series. A boy kidnapped in the 70s arrives in Tradmouth thirty years later claiming his inheritance; a man with a fetish for blonde hair attacks women hacking off their hair; and a young brattish pop star is kidnapped. In the meantime Neil Watson excavating a churchyard has to exhume and rebury a section of the cemetery. During this process a coffin breaks to reveal two corpses, one of whom was murdered. The past and present merge satisfactorily and there a ...more
I've discovered the secret to reading these books. I simply skim over the alternate story (the archeology stuff!). This is my third Kate Ellis novel in the past week or so and I've struggled with each, though realise I actually enjoy the murder/mystery element; I just find the historical component (ie. Wesley's friend Neil) kinda annoying and redundant.
Carol Kerry-green
I enjoyed this Wesley Peterson book better than the first one I read, felt the story held up better and the link between Wes's present day investigation and Neil Watson's archeological investigation was more prevalent. There were quite a few twists and turns along the way, some of which I guessed and some of which I didn't - which is the way I like it.
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Gary Van Cott
It's difficult to say much about this book without revealing the plot. I continue to wish the author would break out of her format straight jacket and that the continuing female characters were more significant.
Jun 25, 2016 JenniferB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book from this author, although the ending was a bit disappointing. Good intermingling of present and past
Christine Gilbert
Some very interesting twists and turns. On several occasions, I thought I'd figured it out, and then there was a change in circumstances which had me confused and rethinking it all. Very good.
David Hartley
Jan 08, 2016 David Hartley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good plot and there are several threads being told simultaneously. It was enjoyable and I didn't know the culprits till the end. I recommend it.
Sophie Houston
Too many plots, not enough punctuation.
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Kate Ellis was born and brought up in Liverpool and she studied drama in Manchester. She worked in teaching, marketing and accountancy before first enjoying writing success as a winner of the North West Playwrights competition. Crime and mystery stories have always fascinated her, as have medieval history and archaeology which she likes to incorporate in her books. She is married with two grown up ...more
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