The Funeral Boat (Wesley Peterson #4)
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DS Wesley Peterson is stationed in a village on the sea in Devon. By this time I have become familiar with all the characters, Rachel is still a whiner, thinks she is much too good to make anyone a cup of tea. Though, the boss never does ask Steve or Wesley to make tea, Rachel takes it way over the edge! I think this annoys the heck out of me.
Onto the plot. A Dane has gone missing, her brother is contacted, he comes to the UK to try and find he ...more
Having read some good review of Ellis' other mysteries featuring Wesley Peterson, I was initially disappointed by The Funeral Boat. The beginning is badly let down by poor dialogue, and I seriously considered abandoning the novel after the first two or three chapters. Things improve, even though unconvincing dialogue remains the novel's most serious flaw.
The story begins with the discovery of a body on a Devon farm, which soon seems to be likely ...more
My first introduction to the series came from my local second-hand bookseller. “Buy Kate Ellis,” she recommended. “I never have her books for long; they’re flying off the shelves.” After I read that first book, I understand why Ellis’s books sell well. What I don’t un ...more
Ingeborg Larsen, a visitor from Denmark, has disappeared from the bed and breakfast at which she was staying. Daniel Wexer encountered burglars in his home and left seriously wounded by a shotgun blast. Local farm laboror, Jack Palister, disappeared, leaving behind a wife and son on whose property has now been found a skeleton. Rather than being that of Jack, it is a thousand-year-old Viking in a funeral boat. The ...more
I enjoyed the complex plots a millennium apart, with surprises along the way. The novel is well fleshed out with the police officers having real families at home and the characters all having dilemmas not vital to the plot, but of interest to us.
I did not guess the several endings to the plots.
I don't think i will be returning, pressed on to it's end despite so many cliched characters and my loss of interest in their lives and relationships.
Why was it necessary for "fictional" towns of Tradmouth,Queenswear,Morbay and for goodness sake Bloxham....yet refer to Plymouth and Redditch without disguise...couldn't help feel I was being patronised.
On the whole the number was up a little too early.
Another well-written, intriguing mystery featuring Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson and his colleagues of the Tradmouth CID. A cluster of cases demand their attention including a number of local armed robberies and a missing Danish tourist.
The historical element involves the unearthing of a skeleton that at first is suspected to be of a local baddie, who'd gone missing a few years before. However, it is actually 1,000 years old and appears to be buried with the remains of a boat suggesting a V ...more
Less overt tie ins between the modern day murder investigated by Wesley Peterson and the archaeological story investigated by his wife Pamela together with his friend Neil make this a more plausible book than the earlier ones I've read. That might be because I skipped some of the historical bits because I've found them too much (plotwise) in the other books though.
Fun reads all the same.
I also like the personal stories of the police team.