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The Skeleton Room (Wesley Peterson #7)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  417 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
When workmen converting former girls' boarding school, Chadleigh Hall, into a luxury hotel discover a skeleton in a sealed room, DI Wesley Peterson and his boss, Gerry Heffernan are called in to investigate. But within minutes they have a second suspicious death on their hands: a team of marine archaeologists working on a nearby shipwreck have dragged a woman's body from t ...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published July 24th 2003 by Piatkus (first published January 30th 2003)
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Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
5 Words: History, greed, murder, revenge, family.

This is definitely one of the better Wesley Peterson books I've read.

More than ever this book touches upon the family relationships between the pages and how these relationships can be so different.

I loved the blend of history and modern mystery and crime fighting and how there's always a little bit of a link. The masterful mix of the times is definitely the best part of this series.

I'm not sure what I think of the way Rachel seems to be thinking
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Glad I found this series. I like mysteries that weave modern day with history. This time Wesley and his archaelogist friend Neil Watson are involved with a sunken ship that might hold treasures and a skeleton found in a walled off room of an old house. And neither of those story lines is the main murder action!

This is only the 2d one I have read and enjoyed the characters and their personalities. I liked the chapter by chapter revelations on the wreckers of the past. The modern murders were so t
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, 2017-challenge
I picked this up at a book fair about 3 months ago and only just got around to reading it. I loved it!

Detective Inspector Wesley Peterson is faced with several interesting crimes - a dead woman at the bottom of a cliff, a mysterious skeleton in a sealed room, and a missing murder suspect. Some how, it all comes together, with more twists than a left handed corkscrew.

This is the first book by Kate Ellis that I have read and it won't be the last. My library has 19 of her books, so I am looking for
Susan Metzner
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keep them coming

Loving the characters, loving the series, bring on the next one xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rather good police-procedural novel.
Mrs. Ann E. Griffiths

Just as good as the previous books even though it is getting expensive buying the books as I find I need to know how Wesley and his co-workers are getting on!
First Sentence: 20 July – The woman in the red T-shirt lay on the sharp gray rocks far below; distant and tiny, like a small fish caught in the teeth of some gigantic sea creature.

Murder past and present. In renovating Chadleigh Hall, a former girl’s boarding school, a secret room has been found holding a secret of its own; the skeletal remains of a woman tied to a chair. Was the murder related to the school or older and associated with the town’s history of causing ships to wreck on its coast,
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wesley is on another adventure. The Detective he replaced (and who no one likes, except Steve) has arrived from London's Met. He is after a murderer he says, who he thinks is hiding out in Devon. He enlists Steve's help. The boss, Gerry Hefferman, is not happy to see him, and makes this known, however he has murders to solve, and his two older children are home from University for the holidays. They have part time jobs, and of course, in some ways they are at places that are linked to a murder!

Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wesley #7. I'm back to reading Kate Ellis. This one is really special. I woke up in the night and decided I needed to 'read a bit' so I could get back to sleep! As if!

Another 2 day read. This was was extra special. The weaving of historical past and present villainy was seamless, and the effects of the storyline on both Wesley and Heffernan are especially interesting. Pam plays a larger role in this outing as well. I will have to force myself to read something different. I cannot be up at all ho
Aug 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-england
Wesley Peterson is concerned about his over-worked, pregnant wife Pam, his ditzy mother-in-law, his widowed boss Gerry, and--oh, yes--his work as a policeman. A shipment of computers has been hijacked, a woman has fallen to her death from one of the many local cliffs, and there's an officer down from London looking for a man accused of murdering his wife. Then workmen remodeling an old house come upon a skeleton.
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
In the seventh adventure of Wesley Peterson and Neil Watson, they come across a series of murders along the cliffs near Tradmouth. There's also a skeleton found inside the walls of Chadleigh Hall. Are the murders connected? Of course they are because that's the beauty of Kate Ellis' mysteries. There's lots of running back and forth, some interesting subplot, and lots of history of Wreckers (people who purposely lured ships toward the rocks then ransacked the wreck). Tangled tales indeed!
I had a hard time getting into this book. I don't think I realised it was part of a series, and while this is usually less of an issue with crime fiction than elsewhere, I still struggled a little in the beginning to keep all the characters straight. But ultimately, the mix of past and present won me over and I ended up rather enjoying it. I wouldn't say that I'd be rushing out to read the rest of the series, but there were plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing throughout.
Lexie Conyngham
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is one of a series of quietly intelligent books, police procedural mysteries with an archaeological streak set in Devon. The main characters are realistic and lead real lives, nothing too dramatic and no sick violence, but a good mystery with a strong sense of history, and parallel lives in two time periods. Very enjoyable.
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another well written intriguing murder mystery in which crimes of the past overlap with the present day. I really love this series now and look forward to getting my hands on next volume.

I note that these are a little longer than the earlier ones perhaps indicating 21st century trend towards longer novels.
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
Another great book from Kate Ellis. Lots of plots within plots and you are kept guessing until the end. The matching historial theme involved wreckers along the coast of Devon and what a horrible bunch of people they were. The author makes her characters so real that I can easily picture them in my head.
Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Still liking this series...the way that Ellis blends historical letters with events in the present. The family relations and friendships in a rural community...and the continuing and unfolding lives of returning characters. As always a great plot, a story that I didn't want to stop reading.
Oct 21, 2013 rated it liked it
You have to appreciate the cleverness of the author to include an archeological event that loosely ties in to the current day crime - I am endeared to the characters in this series and I have followed their journey in order from book 1 and I will eventually read them all
Gary Van Cott
Nov 28, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is ok, but I am tired of the author constantly using the same format. She tells an old story which by the end of the book has some relevance to an archeological find and the current mystery. This series would benefit from more variety.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It had twists and turns and for once I worked out whodunnit! There was a parallel historical story line set in the 1770s, about the wreckers who 'worked' around the coast of the South West.
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another great book by Ellis, but I guessed the murderer in this one. Still, the past and present murders are expertly woven in. The angle about Wesley's personal life could be eliminated as it just removes momentum and suspense.
Aug 02, 2012 added it
Love all of these mysteries, pretty much keeps you in the dark till the last chapter. She is in England, but can usually find them on Amazon.
Ram Kaushik
Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Pretty entertaining but the coincidences got more and more incredible as the book progressed till the point it got totally ridiculous...
I own this book.
Dawn Davies
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, like all Wesley Peterson books, entwining archeological mystery with a more modern mystery, brilliantly interwoven. It was great.
Wendy Connah
i really enjoyed this book first one i have read by this author
Carole Sarvis
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good read, not too gruesome or too heavy, good plot but not too convoluted.
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like the interweaving of archeology and modern mystery in this series. Also like the characters and their warm family relationships.
Another steady, well-written mystery from Ellis - her research always leaves you a little more knowledgeable than before.
Susan Moore
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Typical of series. Page turner.
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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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