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Web of Deceit: An Ella Marconi Mystery

(Detective Ella Marconi #6)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  330 ratings  ·  72 reviews

Shortlisted for the 2013 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction

Often compared to Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell, prize-winning author Katherine Howell thrills readers in this gripping novel featuring a determined homicide detective and a team of emergency medics.

When frantic man refuses to leave the car that witnesses say he deliberately crashed, paramedics Jane and

Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published December 15th 2015 by Minotaur Books (first published February 1st 2013)
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 Li'l Owl
When paramedics Jane and Alex encounter a man refusing to get out of his crashed car with bystanders saying he deliberately drove into a pole, it looks like a desperate cry for help. His frantic claim that someone is out to get him adds to their thinking that he is delusional. Later that day he is found dead under a train in what might be a suicide, but Jane is no longer so sure...Detective Ella Marconi shares Jane's doubts, which are only compounded when the case becomes increasingly ta
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paramedics Jane and Alex attend the scene of a man who has crashed his car against a pole, but on closer inspection Jane and Alex soon discover the man has locked himself in and refuses to get out of the car. With a lot of talking and attempting to calm the man down eventually they are able to get the man out of the car. Although the man doesn't seem to be injured, he seems to be anxious, shaken and rather scared. The mans name is Marko and he doesn't have much to say only that someone is after ...more
Web of Deceit is book six of Detective Ella Marconi Series by Katherine Howell. Web of Deceit is about Detective Ella Marconi investigation into the death of Marko Meixner. Everyone assume that Marko Meixner committed suicide. However, Detective Ella Marconi and paramedic Jane Koutoufides did not believe that. Web of Deceit follows Detective Ella Marconi investigation into finding out who killed Marko Meixner intertwine with Jane Koutoufides and Alex Churchill private lives. Also, the readers of ...more

This was another excellent crime novel from Katherine Howell, possibly her best so far in this series. Featuring Detective Ella Marconi and her partner Murray and paramedics Jane and Alex, the author carefully builds her tangled web of lies and deceit into a complex mystery building up to a final explosive scene.

It all starts when Jane and Alex are called out to a minor accident where a man claiming to being followed has run the car he was driving into a pole. Fearing he has a psychiatric proble
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Once I started Web of Deceit I couldn't put it down, which led to a very late night given I had intended, at midnight, to read only a chapter or two before getting some sleep. I really should have known better as I always find Howell's series to be compulsive page turners, packed with intrigue, action and excitement.

Web of Deceit opens as Sydney paramedics Jane and Alex attend a minor car accident. The driver, Marko Meixner, blames the incident on a stalker and even though his almost incoherent
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another really enjoyable book from Katherine Howell. I stayed awake until after midnight determined not to put it down until I had finished it. As usual Detective Ella Marconi's story is paralleled with that of a female ambulance officer. In this case they are both suffering from disappointment in their romantic lives and are both handling it in quite strong minded ways, although it was nice to see Ella at least make some forward progress by the end. A really good read - recommended to anyone wh ...more
Ruth Wykes
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are people who think Australian women crime writers are somehow inferior to their international counterparts. My challenge to them is simple: read Katherine Howell. I picked up her first book, Frantic, a few years ago and was intrigued. It is Howell's style to tell a story through two sets of eyes; her Sydney homicide detective, Ella Marconi and the paramedics who invariably open the stories. The author is a former paramedic herself, so she brings a gritty, realistic tension to those scene ...more
Deb Bodinnar
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well what can I say??? Another brilliant piece of writing by one of our talented and amazing Aussie female authors. Of course... one character in particular is outstanding!! *cough cough*
Love the way it all came together...not going to say any more coz I don't want to spoil it for others. GET THIS BOOK.....
When paramedics Jane and Alex arrived in their ambulance, the man whose car was jammed up against a pole seemed to be trapped. But it turned out he had locked himself in, and was refusing to get out. Witnesses had tried to talk to him, but he seemed terrified, uninjured but badly frightened. After they had managed to talk him into the ambulance, and were headed for the hospital, Marko Meixner wouldn’t tell them anything, other than to say he was being followed, that someone was out to get him. H ...more
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, but for some reason I struggled with my reading time. My focus was not on this book the way it should have been.

The story line was good and the characters lived up to their standings, and there was just enough angst - maybe a bit too much, where the over 35's were acting like 16 year olds - just my feeling. From snipers, to impersonators, to kidnappers - lots going on in this book :)

I do recommend this book, and give it 4 stars and a thumbs up.
Karen Brooks
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know why I do this to myself. Every time I pick up a Katherine Howell book, my fate is sealed. For the next how ever many hours, I will barely eat, sleep or blink until I finish the story. And don’t try talking to me while I have my nose in the novel – I am unable and have no desire to hold a conversation let alone compose a coherent response to a question – I simply have to know what happens next. Call me a glutton for punishment or someone who just knows a wonderful book when she opens ...more
Best yet ... no lie! I'm a huge fan of this series but for me Web Of Deceit was the consummate blend of paramedic voyeurism and investigative punch. Smart, tight and pacey made for seriously compelling reading.

Obviously Detective Ella Marconi is the constant but with each book we're introduced to new paramedics, in Web of Deceit it's Jane and Alex. Each book I reiterate that the Ella Marconi novels work fabulously well as stand alone's, but I love the continuity that the series brings to Ella's
Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
4.5 stars

Caroline Lee the narrator of Web of Deceit is excellent, her narration is spot on and does such a fantastic job changing tone and tempo.

Another incredible book of Katherine Howell’s to fall in love with, to revel in, and to dive in to. A fast paced and gripping novel set in various suburbs of Sydney, with engaging and credible characters. The days seem to be flying by so I’m grateful for audiobooks to help me get through my TBR (coffee table) stack faster, tuning in to an audiobook mak
Alex Cantone
Just couldn't get to grips with this one. Started well: man fell / pushed in front of a train, boss tries to hang himself after menacing calls, but then it got bogged down in the emotional baggage of police inspector and ambo. After 170 pages I gave it away. ...more
This author's books were mentioned in the Aussie Readers group, and this was the only book I could find via my library's OverDrive collection. It was quite good, kept my interest, even though there's a great deal of jumping between the paramedics' stories (drama for each of them) and the homicide detectives' story.

BTW, somewhere I read a review that said this (or another of this author's books) were rather like a TV drama, in the way things jump from one story line to another. This is a very go
Helen McKenna
Initially it seems like just another routine call out for busy Sydney paramedics Jane and Alex - a single vehicle car accident with only minor injuries. Although sympathetic towards the victim (who claims to have been chased by a stalker), it appears he has some kind of psychological problem and the pair can only deliver him to hospital before continuing onto their next call. It is not until several hours later when they are called to a fatal train accident that they realise it is the same victi ...more
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katherine Howell is one of my “must buy as soon as a new book” comes out authors. I can guarantee that if you pick up any of her books you will not be able to put it down until you are heaving and panting for breath at the end. Errrr, no not that … get your mind out of the gutter – this is a mystery. And it is a damn good mystery with twists and turns and a feeling that it is all building up to something, but you’re not sure what.

WEB OF DECEIT is Katherine’s sixth novel and Detective Ella Marcon
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This title was reviewed for the Newtown Review of Books

"The lives of paramedics entwine with a police investigation to remind us just how good Australian crime writing can be.

Web of Deceit, the sixth book by ex-paramedic Katherine Howell featuring Detective Ella Marconi, continues to build a solid, clever police-procedural series with an ongoing paramedic viewpoint, an element that seems even stronger in this book."

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Paula Clark
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Loved it, as I have all of Katherine Howell's books! I love how Ella Marconni's character is developing throughout the series and I really enjoyed the smaller storylines playing in conjunction with the main and then intertwining at the end - brilliant :) ...more
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book, just as much as her others. When is the next one coming out?
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic read from Katherine Howell.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paramedics Jane and Alex are called to the scene of a car accident and find the driver, Marco Mikesner, afraid to even open the door. He finally does and, though uninjured they convince him to go to the hospital. He is clearly paranoid and they both suspect he needs to talk with a psychiatrist. The hospital is very busy and he is sent to the waiting room. Just before Jane and Alex are to sign off for the day they are sent to the metro train station where they find Marco dead under the wheels of ...more
Oct 31, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
5*s are saved for books that have that something special that will stay with me. Usually a Strong character driven storyline. Where I feel a connection to the book or characters or really loved me emotionally.
This is for my absolute favourite books, the ones I can only describe as a feeling. A story I fell so deep into I felt the hangover when I came out of it. Not just a book I enjoyed but one I LOVED. Elite level

4* A brilliant book that I’ve loved. A story with a great storyline and character
Wisterious Woman
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My biggest complaint was that this is the only Ella Marconi mystery in the King County Library!

It seemed like there was a great deal going on that related to past cases so I was a bit confused at times. But maybe I was just confused because the story jumps between two teams and I had to reorient myself to visualizing which team the author was talking about and the drama with the man-friends and ex-husbands and wives. Is she the one sleeping with a newscaster or a doctor?

The mystery wasn't stra
Mystic Miraflores
This is the first book I read by Katherine Howell about Ella Marconi and the paramedics, and I loved it! Other than the Phryne Fisher historical mysteries, I haven't read any mysteries set in Australia. I look forward to reading future books by Ms. Howell, and will probably look for the earlier books in the series. Ella is a strong female character, but she is also very human, as she is looking for love (and maybe in the wrong places.) The same goes for paramedic Jane. Paramedic Alex is also str ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Paramedics respond to a car accident in which the victim is refusing to get out of the car. He is afraid of someone. Is he delusional maybe not as he turns up dead shortly after. Detective Ella Marconi wants to investigate but her superior wants the case ruled a suicide and is hampering her investigation. I feel I might have enjoyed this book more if I had read some of the earlier books as it was the characters didn't really grab me. ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Although this is promoted as number 6 in the Detective Ella Marconi series, I felt just as much focus was given to the paramedics Jane and Alex. These two characters were developed in the sub-plots and came to be seen as believable, empathetic people with strengths and weaknesses.
Detective Marconi and her team concentrated on two major suspects, but a few red herrings were thrown in to keep the reader engaged.
A competent murder mystery for fans of the genre.
Corinne Johnston
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite being written seven years or so ago, this does not suffer (as many older books do) by aged technological references. The actions of paramedics, police and detectives are still the same, as is the emotional reactions of other characters. I'm rereading this series from here on, spurred by a new Australian book similarly about paramedics but set in Adelaide. ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't finish. Language issues. ...more
I really enjoy this series, but I want to re-read this one as my brain isnt working so well and I kept losing track of who's who, so im sure the real star rating is more like a 4-4.5. ...more
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Katherine Howell worked as a paramedic for fifteen years while completing her Bachelor and Masters degrees in creative writing. Her first novel, Frantic, was published in 2007 by Pan Macmillan and set a paramedic alongside Sydney police detective Ella Marconi in 'an adrenaline rush of a thriller' (Sydney Morning Herald). It won the 2008 Davitt award for best crime fiction. Her second book, The Dar ...more

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Detective Ella Marconi (8 books)
  • Frantic (Detective Ella Marconi, #1)
  • The Darkest Hour (Detective Ella Marconi #2)
  • Cold Justice (Detective Ella Marconi, #3)
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