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The House of Eyes (Wesley Peterson)

Leanne Hatman disappears from her job at a local health spa and hotel – Eyecliffe Castle.  She has been keen to get into modelling and everyone thinks she has gone to London to try and get some modelling work.  Her father Darren is concerned for her safety as he claims someone was stalking her.  Wesley Peterson is puzzled by the case because there seems to be no sign of the girl at all.  He starts to see connections when his archaeologist friend Neil Watson returns from a dig in Sicily and tells Wesley that he met Leanne’s supposed stalker there.

When Neil makes some interesting discoveries on a dig near Eyecliffe Castle, Wesley starts to see connections which his boss, Gerry, thinks he is imagining.  But is Wesley really on the right track or is he just trying to distract himself with a wild goose chase to take his mind off his own worries?

This is an exciting and well written mystery story and every bit as good as the other books in this fascinating series which blends past and present with an expert hand.  I loved the way the various strands of the story are carefully interwoven to make a satisfying whole.  The themes of this story are really quite sinister and I found some scenes sent shivers down my spine as I was reading.

I have enjoyed all the books in this series but I think this is one of the best so far.  I recommend this book and this series to anyone who likes their crime stories with an historical element.  I think the series is best read in order of publication but the books can be read as standalone novels.

 

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The Death Season: Number 19 in series (Wesley Peterson)

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 – the murder of a child at a holiday camp some years ago.

As is usual with this series, Neil Watson, Wesley’s friend from university days when they were both studying archaeology is involved in a local dig and discovers human remains.  I enjoyed the way the various cases involved were carefully linked between past and present and I didn’t work out who was behind present day murder at all until almost the end of the book.  The finale is nail bitingly tense.

I didn’t think this book held my attention as much as some of the previous books in the series but it definitely was worth reading and I think I may find that a second reading brings out things I missed in this first reading.  If you like past and present murders in the same book then you may enjoy this well written series with its likeable characters.

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The Shroud Maker (Wesley Peterson) by Kate Ellis

There is a festival going on in Tradmouth and the place is packed with festival goers.  A year ago a young woman, Jenny Bercival, disappeared and her mother has returned to the area to try and trace her daughter because she has been receiving anonymous letters saying Jenny is still alive.  A body is found floating in the harbour dressed in Medieval costume.  The young woman has been strangled.  Wesley Peterson and his boss are investigating the case and the anonymous letters about Jenny.

 

Wesley’s friend, Neil – an archaeologist – is conducting a dig at a property which is about to be renovated by a local businessman, Chris Butcher when a skeleton is found.  Ancient or modern?  Could it be the missing girl from a year ago?  Missing people in the twenty first century, Medieval goings on and a Victorian historian whose private life seems a little odd – not to speak of a suspicious website which has a large cult following – provide plenty of mysteries for the reader of this latest offering in the Wesley Peterson series.

 

I enjoyed reading this book but I had the feeling that there were just too many strands in the mysteries and the ending was a little rushed as though the book should have been longer – which is why I have not given it five stars.  It is well written and the main characters are well drawn but there were too many characters which remained undeveloped – or that is how I felt about the book.  It has not put me off the series but I felt a little disappointed by this book.

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