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Kissing the Demons (Joe Plantagenet #3)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  159 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
A Joe Plantagenet murder mystery - Thirteen Torland Place is a house with a disturbing past. When a student living there is found murdered, DI Joe Plantagenet wonders whether her death has anything to do with its grim history. Then other, similar deaths come to light and he fears that a ruthless serial killer is at work. Could the deaths be connected to Obediah Shrowton, a ...more
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Published November 1st 2011 by Severn House Digital (first published July 1st 2011)
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Carol Kerry-green
Dec 30, 2011 Carol Kerry-green rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2011
The third Joe Plantagenet mystery and definitely a winner, as Ellis melds a tale of the cold case of two missing girls from 12 years ago with a series of murders some if which date back to almost the same time. Joe & his boss Emily have to try and work out what if anything connects the two cases; and what has 13 Torland Place, nortorious for being the scene of several murders in the 1890s have to do with the modern cases?
Gothic crime novel complete with probable ghosts, creepy atmosphere, a high body count, some very grisly details and unsolved or mis-solved crimes from the past as well as the present. A good quick read, though a bit unbelievable in terms of scale and general nastiness. The character of Joe is interesting (there's a hint of yet more unpleasantness to come in his personal life at the end of the book). The discovery of evidence from the past to explain a past crime is a favourite theme in Kate Ell ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“Mom certainly liked kissing the demons,” she wrote. “The trouble is the kiss of a demon can be fatal.”

DI Joe Plantagenet and DCI Emily Thwait are called into work on a Saturday morning to deal with something “delicate.” Twelve years before, two fifteen year-old girls were seen walking into the forest and were never seen again. The necklace of one of the girls was found and, near it, an expensive linen handkerchief. On the handkerchief was a small amount of DNA, small but enough for a profile to
Cathy Cole
First Line: Death arrived at the party dressed in the traditional way.

Local Member of Parliament Barrington Jenks is suspected of having been involved in the disappearance of two teenaged girls twelve years ago. Detective Chief Inspector Emily Thwaite and Detective Inspector Joe Plantagenet are asked to investigate this allegation, and they both know they have to tread very carefully. They've barely begun when a university student living at 13 Torland Place vanishes. Emily and Joe are puzzled wh
Ant Harrison
Nov 28, 2012 Ant Harrison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Kissing the Demons by Kate Ellis is the third in her Joe Plantagenet police series, and is the story of a serial killer whose motivations are connected to the creepy past of number 13 Torland Place. It’s set in the fictional town of Eborby (a thinly disguised York), and is a good thriller-cum-crime-mystery. Petulia Ferribie is murdered and the police soon realise that the answers to her death are linked to the disappearance of two teenage girls 12 years earlier, but is it also concerned with the ...more
Feb 23, 2012 Spuddie rated it liked it
A fast-paced mystery, the third featuring DI Joe Plantagenet and DCI Emily Thwaite in fictional Eborby, UK. When new DNA evidence comes to light, Joe and Emily are asked to look discreetly into a prominent politician's possible involvement in the disappearance of two girls a dozen years previously. The fresh murder of a college student keeps them headed in another direction until they realize the old case has ties to their current one--and possibly an even older murder committed decades ago in t ...more
Nov 02, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-owned
This book involves DI Joe Plantagenet, I'm fairly new to him but enjoy the books. This one involves a house known as 13 Torland Place and a murdered student. Looking forward to reading more books about DI Plantagenet (great name).
3- guilty pleasure when I'm supposed to be reading something more "worthy." Not great writing on the sentence level, but very effective suspense. Supernatural angle is nicely handled, and there's a great twist on the last page.
Gary Van Cott
I was disappointed in this book. Neither of the main characters enjoyed a moment of happiness in the entire book. I prefer a read where the main characters have the normal up and down of everyday life.
Caroline Ingvaldsen
The third Joe Plantagenet thriller is a satisfying police procedural seasoned with the supernatural.
Puzzle Doctor
Oct 18, 2015 Puzzle Doctor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As ever, a complex mystery exceptionally well told. Full review at
Jun 25, 2016 JenniferB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3rd in the Eborby series. Not her best but still good and very good suspense.
Nov 26, 2012 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A house that college students live in -- is it haunted by the past? One of the students is murdered and Joe and his team must find out why. The past and present collide bringing together a complicated plot. Fast paced and a good mystery. Also, as an added teaser, the author brings in Joe's ex-sister-in-law who accuses him of murdering her sister (his wife who died when she fell off a cliff). I'm sure this will show up again sometime. That part I didn't care for as it just didn't make sense as hi ...more
DI Joe Plantagenet has his hands full, as he and his partner Emily examine new evidence in the cold case disappearance of two teenaged girls. Then they learn that a student is missing from a house that is close to the woods where the teenagers were last seen, a house that has a bad reputation. Soon they're tracking a killer whose motives they can't comprehend. Also Joe's sister-in-law is newly on the scene, claiming that he murdered his wife. As usual, Ellis writes a suspenseful book that shows ...more
Rating Clarification: 3.5 Stars
Les Wilson
Aug 07, 2014 Les Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good read from Kate Ellis.
Aug 03, 2015 Maxine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice police procedural novel. A few nice twists and overall very satisfying.
May 25, 2012 JackieB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crime
This was an ingenious police procedural with the added element of an alleged haunted house. I thought the characters were well described and Kate Ellis had avoided the usual cliches about the detectives. I also thought the plot was clever and gripping, but what i really liked was the clever way she played "is it, isn't it?" with the haunted house theme.
A totally addictive series that I am enjoying tremendously. Ellis has created a dynamic between Joe and his DCI that is a lot less antagonistic than in most police procedurals.

I am sad though that once I read #4 that will bring me up to date with the series and I am seeing nothing about another forthcoming one.
Jul 19, 2011 Jacky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe & Emily as good as ever, with the usual multiple-layers of historical plot.
This one has students in a house where a convicted murderer once lived (but he didn't do it.....) and the 12 year old disappearance of 2 teenage girls.
Jackie Mcwilliams
Another fab Joe Plantagenet story. These books tick all the boxes for me. I adore York and love thrillers. Kissing the Demons is the best yet in this series. It kept me intrigued from beginning to end.
Donna Irwin
Feb 05, 2012 Donna Irwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this Joe Plantagenet story - well writtem, good plot & twists (but WesleyP is still my fav)
Sep 23, 2013 Anie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad. I'd try another book in the series
Feb 18, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-fiction-read
A complex murder mystery - excellent.
Oct 02, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Really good
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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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