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The Death Season

(Wesley Peterson #19)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  434 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Detective Wesley Peterson investigates another mysterious and deathly case on his 19th adventure in Kate Ellis's captivating crime series

When a middle-aged man is found dead in a hotel room, it seems like a routine matter—until it becomes clear to DI Wesley Peterson that it is a case of cold blooded murder and that the identity the victim has been using isn't his own. The
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by Piatkus Books (first published January 1st 2015)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of crime novels!
Shelves: read-2014
DI Wesley Peterson is summoned to investigate a possible murder in a hotel room. It looks like routine matter, but then it is revealed that the man used a fake name and the man in question is linked to a cold case; the murder of a child in 1979.

This is the first book I have read by Kate Ellis and I admit that starting with book 19 in a series doesn’t feel like a perfect start. But I never really had a problem with that because I was so enthralled with the story and the characters that I never ha
Liz Barnsley
So in a “blink and you miss it” kind of way, this is the 19th in the Wesley Peterson series – which makes me feel old and wonder what happened – I still remember quite clearly reading “The Merchant’s House” all those years ago and have been a quiet yet loyal fan of the series ever since.

Now of course I review as well as read so it was pure joy to receive this one in the post, as usual it was brilliant , an evocative mixture of crime and history, a lot of intrigue and a very fascinating premise.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
A pretty good read.

As per Ms Ellis' usual plot device there are at least two separate story strands, one in the past, and one in the present.

'The Death Season' involves a man found murdered in a hotel room, and the murders that spill out from that, as well as a foray into the past with a village that collapsed into the sea.

Interesting plotting and a good read. It did, however, feel a little unbalanced as Wesley's boss, Gerry Heffernan is pretty much sidelined for a lot of this book. Wes & Ge
Ram Kaushik
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
The Wesley Peterson series is definitely formulaic but what a winning formula! History, archaeology and murder. A great read, intricately plotted with all the knots tied neatly at the end. The depiction of the detectives' personal lives continues to be faintly annoying. The whiny Pam and the guilt-ridden parent Wesley are still cliched but its easy to get past that because the book is atmospheric and the history is fascinating.
Elaine Baskeyfield
Read several of this series.
Cathy Cole
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have long been a fan of Kate Ellis's Wesley Peterson police procedural series which is set on the Devon coast. Ellis always has two timelines in each book, one historic and one present day, and they always tie together in some way. Moreover, this author is a triple threat. She can bring little-known chapters of history to life, she can create absorbing mysteries, and her characters are so well drawn that I feel as though they've been friends for years.

Everything comes together perfectly in The
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, fiction, mystery
The cover was something that immediately grabbed my attention. I love the dark cover with the red letters. It looks really beautiful and I was really excited to start reading.
From the moment I started reading ‘The Death Season’ I really enjoyed the story. Even though this book is the nineteenth novel about DI Wesley Peterson, it can be read as a standalone and I never felt like I missed information. This story begins when a body of a man is found in an hotel room. The man seems to have died und
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a treat it was to find that a new Wesley Peterson book had recently been published. I downloaded it onto my Kindle and settled right in for a pleasurable few days of a compelling mystery. The Death Season proved another winner in this consistently excellent series of police procedurals set in South Devon. As with all the books in the series the events of the present find echoes in those of the past.

Although in this instance I did spot whodunit before the reveal, there were still twists that
Gary Van Cott
While I have read this entire series, I am not a fan of the format that the author slavishly follows in each book. In the early part of this book I thought it might be better than average but it soon settled back into the same old rut.
Another excellent Wesley Peterson mystery. Really enjoyed the historical storyline this time as well - it was pretty twisted. The image of the little icehouse is going to be with me for a while.
Rob Kitchin
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
The Death Season is the 19th entry in the Wes Peterson police procedural series set in a fictional town Devon. In this outing he finds himself investigating four deaths; the first present-day victim is connected by DNA to an unsolved murder of a teenage girl in 1977, the second victim provided his alibi, and the third is the second’s mother. His friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, finds himself looking into the suspicious death of a young girl in 1918. The strength of the story are the lead chara ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kate Ellis has managed to keep this series so interesting that each book is one I look forward to reading. Blending a past mystery with a present one isn't an easy task, but Kate does it extremely well. An event in 1913-1918, a meeting in 1980, and a murder or two in 2014 all have a common thread running through them.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got a little annoyed at the guilty parent and guilt-tripping parent act that Wesley and Pam have got going on, but looking past it allows you to enjoy the wonderful mesh of archaeology, history, and mystery.
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: wesley-peterson
Listened to the audio version.
3.5 for the story. The reading of it was fine but didn't bring anything extra to the story.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
First time I've read a Kate Ellis book. Enjoyed it, although I did work out the perpetrator.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-fiction-read
One of her best - a compelling mix of past and present mysteries.
Trina Hollis
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ereader
Another great book in this series. I love the two stories of a current day mystery and an archaeological mystery that share the same theme. really looking forward to the next in the series.
Diane Coto
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
The prologue begins in 1980 with Chris. He’s near drowning. He’s saved. Who is Chris and who was his savior — and why?

No one was arrested in the 1979 murder of ten year old Fiona Carp. The use of DNA was able to confirm the killer and exonerate the person originally suspected. DCI Gerry Heffernan had been following up reluctantly on cold cases, taking it easy since his injury during a prior case.

Interwoven into the chapters is a diary from the early 1900’s. At the start, we don’t know who she is
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This is my first book by Kate Ellis and you might think that starting a series on the 19th book is not the best idea, but The Death Season can perfectly be read as a stand alone. I never felt like I was missing any crucial information, quite the opposite, I could see there was a lot back story to the characters but this only made me want to pick the previous books, because I really enjoyed meeting them for the first time and I wanted
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I cam upon the Wesley Peterson series late. This is the 19th book in the series, and I've only read a few. Whenever I finish one of these books, I wonder how I could possibly forget her again. Wesley Peterson is the son of parents who emigrated to England from Trinidad. He is a black detective working in the West coast of England and is something of a surprise even now to a lot of people. Both he and his sister are in mixed raced marriages. She is a physician who is a vicar's wife. In this book, ...more
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoy crime and mystery stories with a mix of past and present and this one was no exception. I have read all the previous Wesley Peterson novels but I did not feel I needed to know anything about previous books to enjoy this one. A man is found dead in his hotel room and at first it appears he could have committed suicide but closer inspection reveals he was stabbed. DI Wesley Peterson and his boss, Gerry Heffernan are soon on the case and they find it has links to at least one cold case - th ...more
Suzan Lloyd
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The problem with Kate Ellis' DI Wesley Peterson series is that I can't put it down and find any excuse to sneak away to keep reading. Then straight away I'm trying to find out when her next novel will be published.

Even though this is the 19th in the series, there is more than enough information interspersed throughout for this to be read as a standalone. Kate Ellis doesn't waste words but she does ignite your imagination. For example when there is a simple tree branch tapping on the window "lade
Louise Marley
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourites from Kate Ellis's Wesley Peterson series. It combines the mystery of a big old house, a skeleton in an ice house, a village collapsing into the sea - and starts with the discovery of a corpse in a hotel room, whose name doesn't match his identity!

In this story it was the historical element which grabbed me - the hundred-year-old diary of a maid who worked at the local 'big house'. I was also fascinated by story of the village collapsing into the sea - and a note at t
V.E. Lynne
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I picked up 'The Death Season' and was so pleased to discover that the long running Wesley Peterson series ( this is book nineteen!) is still going strong. As per the previous books, the story is a closely interwoven mixture of the past and the present, with Wesley's friend the archaeologist Neil Watson involved via a local dig. Wesley's wife and children also play quite a prominent role as does his long held, unresolved attraction toward his colleague Rachel. The plot flowed well and I particul ...more
Fiona Wilson
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
I haven't read any of this authors previous works, but I didn't feel I needed to in order to read and understand the characters in this one.

This story has so many different parts to it, all woven together, and they don't come together till the very end. I loved that the author managed to keep me guessing all the way to the end.

I am usually really good at guessing in advance what is going to happen, but with the way the author weaves everything together, this one kept me in the dark until she dec
Samie Sands
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Death Season is number 19 in the Wesley Peterson mystery books. I haven't yet read any of the others, but that didn't ruin this one at all! There were references to previous stories, but nothing that made it difficult to follow the plot. This murder case starts off as a straight forward homicide, but slowly becomes more and more complex with new twists and turns on every page. There is also a set of flashbacks relating to another mystery from the past which slowly weaves in and out of the p ...more
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
On fine form as ever, very enjoyable. Usual combination of historical (First World War period this time, which is topical), recent history (1979/1980) and now, with a mix of impostors,people with long memories, potential blackmail victims, and that all-important diary which tells all (if only there were so many and so honest!) The idea of a centenarian who might or might not remember the details of a traumatic event in 1918 is interesting (she does, sort of, but not in a way she can articulate t ...more
Mandy Smith
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant book by Kate Ellis! So many twists and red herrings I never guess the murderer,the parallel story from the past is always interesting and I'm always eager to get to the end and find out what happened. I love Gerry and Wesley,and like reading about their personal lives which are as exciting as the crime itself,the sexual tension between Wesley and Rachel always leaves me wondering if anything will ever happen,Neil is another good character who always ends up in Wesley's cases so ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kate Ellis is a wonderfully skilled author. Her writing is engaging and rich with humanity. Even though I find that the author went a little extreme with throwing out character names (they’re an essential part of driving the story forward, but my gosh, there are far too many for me to remember), one have to admit that The Death Season perfectly blends contemporary crime with history and archaeology.

Full review on Priscilla and her Books
Maggie Kiely
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have been reading Kate Ellis Wesley Peterson novels for some time. This could be read as a standalone novel despite previous stories being mentioned in the book. This novel starts as a murder in a hotel room but some becomes more complex. Beside this runs a story from the past which is really interesting. The story moved along weaving in different directions. I did not guess the ending. I enjoyed this one so much more than ‘The Cadaver Game’ and would highly recommend it. 
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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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