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The Bone Garden (Wesley Peterson #5)

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An excavation at the lost gardens of Earlsacre Hall is called to a halt when a skeleton is discovered under a three-hundred-year-old stone plinth, a corpse that seems to have been buried alive. But Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson has little time to indulge in his hobby of archaeology. He has a more recent murder case to solve. A man has been found stabbed to death in a ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 2nd 2003 by St. Martin's Press
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Cora Linn
Yet another fantastic Wesley Peterson novel.

It says on the cover of these books that they're addictive, and that statement is not wrong.

Again, we're still learning about the characters. The chemistry between them all is still bubbling away.

I have to say, the ending was a bit of a shocker! The hints had all been dropped and in hindsight I'm all "oooooh, I get it!" but when I read it I actually read the final pages twice just to digest everything. That twist was MARVELLOUS.

This series is very easy
D.S. Westley once again has his hands full. It is the end of the busy holiday season in the small Devon seaside, but not all is calm in the lovely Devon countryside. A young man has been killed in a caravan park, and his I.D. has been stolen, who is he? Why was he murdered,
there is a newspaper clipping hiding under his bed, about a Manor House and a dig. Of course Neil (the archeologist) is already there, helping at the new dig, and what should happen, but up pops three new bodies, only they are
Robert Michael
I have to confess that I had to struggle to finish this book. The characters were so flat that I could just not get into it. In addition, the writing was mediocre at best and the mystery not so mysterious. I had the perp figured out after the fourth chapter. The rest was just fill-in-the-blank murder who-done-it, with very little action or suspense. The largest reason for that I feel is that the main character is never in danger. He is an observer who lacks true observational skills, a relic-hun ...more
First Sentence: The man stared at the shape lying beneath the faded cover on the ancient iron bed and took another sip of wine.

Not only weeds are dug up during the restoration of a 17th century Devon garden at Earlsacre Manor, but skeletons. The first is of a woman who was buried alive, standing up. While not of investigative concern to the Tradmouth police, the body in the caravan is. The only clue to the identity of the victim is a link to Earlsacre. And what about the murder at the cricket pi
This particular series features Wesley Peterson, a university graduate who gave up a promising career in anthropology to pursue a career as a police officer. There's something to be said for linking the two because, after all, isn't an anthropologist a lot like a detective?

In this case, a murder of a young man in a vacation trailer park may or not be linked to an anthropological dig at manor house garden. Two bodies are discovered buried in the garden, but they are quickly found to be from the
Another excellent detective novel featuring Wesley Peterson. As usual the present mirrors the past and for good measure there is a spot of genealogy thrown in. The original seventeenth century owners of Earlsacre in Devon went by the unusual name of Lantrist, and Wesley's maternal line also features a Lantrist. To Ellis aficionados there is the added thrill of Wesley playing cricket. So cricket and Barbados feature.

I have one quibble. A stomach wash out will not cure a severe barbiturate overdo
Nice to see Wesley get a promotion here. I wish there had been a little more information about historical gardens.
Another interesting episode in this series where a story from history has similarities to the current crime being investigated.
Wesley Peterson and the Devon police were having a quiet spell, until an unidentified body is discovered in a holiday rental. Meanwhile, Wes's friend Neil is involved in an archaeological dig of a Renaissance garden, when the diggers find a skeleton. As is usual with Ellis, the two mysteries progress as the police, in one case, and the archaeological team (with Wes's occasional help) in the other look for clues and find more bodies. In this fairly early Ellis, the parallels between the cases are ...more
The number of coincidences that Ellis includes so that her historical and present-day murder's parallel is getting very annoying, but if taken as just a story, it is decent. The number of lucky coincidences that happen are just so improbable that it makes me laugh, but if the story is just taken as it is, it is an entertaining read.
Another in this terrific series in which the past and present overlap. In it we learn some interesting things about Wesley's ancestors and two supporting characters have tangled love lives.

The twist in this story certainly surprised me and I have to admit to a happy addiction to this series.
The old stories in these series (which correspond with whichever archaeological dig that's going on) are usually so poignant and sad. This one was no exception. Once again, I enjoyed the complicated plot, the characters, the old story, the tension. Very good.
If you're looking for a light, entertaining mystery, The Bone Garden should do the trick. Ellis is a competent writer who can intertwine plot lines and keep dialogue moving. But the solution to the central mystery becomes evident about 2/3 of the way through.
If you're looking for a light, entertaining mystery, The Bone Garden should do the trick. Ellis is a competent writer who can intertwine plotlines and keep dialogue moving. This book is what I expect from a mass market paperback. Worth reading, nonetheless
Oct 27, 2009 Deb added it
another favorite British writer -- bringing the past and present together and doing it very well. Am reading all of her books. The library doesn't have her latest so ordered on B&N -- had to get used ones as the new ones are not available!
I liked this installment of the Wesley Peterson series, but it wasn't quite as much a page turner as the others. There was a twist towards the end that definitely gripped me, though. As usual, I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!
After reading The Jackal Man earlier this year, I've since been hunting down Kate Ellis' backlist. Each and every of her Wesley Peterson archeology murder mystery is an enjoyable read and The Bone Garden is no exception.
This is a good one. The question of Westley's ancestor is an interesting idea and Rachel's flirtations enliven the tale of murders past and present.
I enjoy reading these Wesley Peterson Mysteries. It's very clever how the modern day mystery relates to the archeologists finds in this series.
Kae Cheatham
Good plot although the story line between the old and new pushed the envelope a bit. A lot was overwritten; big passages of rehash.
A very different style from THE KEEPSAKE, which I read first. A historical murder mystery set in Boston in the 1830's
Ram Kaushik
Decent read, the characters personal lives distract from the read but that's a consistent problem in this series.
Liked the historical part but could totally have done without the lame story of Julia's boring life.
Judith Myers
I like the element of history in Kate Ellis' books , they are an easy, somewhat light read.
I think I may be in a reading funk. Didn't enjoy this one as much as the others.
Well-written, with some interesting tidbits about Renaissance gardens and cricket.
Terry Norton
Not quite as good as the previous ones I,ve read ,but still enjoy them.
So so story but not very well written. Jumped around a lot.
very farfetched. British language gave little meaning to this book.
very enjoyable murder mystery with a historical twist.
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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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