- A Perfect Death (Wesley Peterson, book 13) by Kate Ellis
- A Perfect Death: Wesley Peterson Book 13 (The Wesley Peterson Murder Mysteries)
- ISBN 13: 9780749909260
A Perfect Death (Wesley Peterson, book 13) by Kate Ellis
Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. When a woman is burned to death in Grandal Field in Devon, it seems like a case of mistaken identity. Until DI Wesley Peterson learns of a legend involving a French woman who burned to death there in the thirteenth century. And when he discovers that records of a previous excavation on the site have vanished, and that two archaeologists involved in that dig died in tragic When a woman is burned to death in Grandal Field in Devon, it seems like a case of mistaken identity.
And when he discovers that records of a previous excavation on the site have vanished, and that two archaeologists involved in that dig died in tragic circumstances, Wesley starts to investigate the possibility of a link between the legend and recent events. But edging closer to the truth brings unexpected danger to Wesley. For the truth echoes a story of twisted love and obsession from many centuries ago - a truth that someone wants to keep hidden, whatever the cost Get A Copy.
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A Perfect Death: Wesley Peterson Book 13 (The Wesley Peterson Murder Mysteries)
Sort order. Feb 25, Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves: audio.
A woman suffers a grisly death and a bunch of middle-class people stand around wittering inanities, while the sawdust filler builds up in drifts around their feet Quite weak storytelling though and zero atmosphere. The English don't come across as a very nice race; several times people had to 'arrange their features i A woman suffers a grisly death and a bunch of middle-class people stand around wittering inanities, while the sawdust filler builds up in drifts around their feet The English don't come across as a very nice race; several times people had to 'arrange their features into a suitable expression of sympathy', because they just don't give a toss about anyone else, and there is a lot of class snideyness, including from our hero copper.
It's probably just weak writing but really this wouldn't make you want to visit Devon any time soon. Resolution: to choose my audiobooks with much more care. View 2 comments. Jul 13, Cathy Austin rated it liked it. While I enjoyed this murder mystery for the most part, it paled in comparison to previous books in the series. Far too many suspects! Three burned dead bodies in quick succession and far too many folks who could have done it and why they did it got very confusing. Cathars, crusades from the 's to current archaeological digs in the same place one body of a woman found burned and on the same land to be a developer's dream come true Still liking the main characters, Wes, Gerry, Trish, and Rachel but not so much Wes' wife Pam or his friend Neil who are a little two dimensional at times.
This mystery would have been improved with fewer pages and some editing. Still love the setting. Will put some space between the next book in the series and these last two. View all 5 comments. Not one of her best but still quite a good story although I guessed a good bit of the twists and that spoils a book for me. I like to be surprised by an ending.
View 1 comment. Good but convoluted I have read all of the Wesley Peterson series; this one seemed to drag a bit.
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Wesley meets an old schoolmate while he and his wife are on holiday in France. The man asks Wesley to find a female friend of his back in Devon who he is worried about. Who is the woman? The story only gets more complicated from there and it took me over a week to wade through it to the conclusion. I still like the series, I will continue to read the series because I have somehow become invested in the Tradmouth police station and Wesley and Gerry and their personal lives.
I saw on the cover it was part of a series, but I decided to read it anyway. I didn't realize this was book 13 in the series until I added it to my Goodreads list. I'm happy to report that it didn't seem to matter except for the ending. There were only about 3 small references to the previous books that I picked up on, but it didn't affect the storyline or characters much.
However, the ending was very open-ended and kind of abrupt. That was the biggest indication there is another book that fo I saw on the cover it was part of a series, but I decided to read it anyway. That was the biggest indication there is another book that follows up the storyline where it ended here. That was my least favourite part of this book. Otherwise, its not that big a deal if you read these out of order.
I didn't have any real issues with the characters, but I did find the main inspectors were consistently disrespectful with certain characters that I didn't think was necessary to the plot. Of course this could be interwoven with a storyline from a previous book now that I think of it There was a lot going on in the story and the author had a nice way of re-stating the facts by using the conversation between two characters to sum up the case so far.
I really enjoyed this style though I didn't necessarily need all these "case so far" reminders to keep up with the story. Following this writing style, it was like watching a crime show. It made me think of Matlock to be more specific, which is why I'm passing it on to my sister to read, too.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and thought the writing style was a nice change from the more common technique of murder mysteries I usually read. First time reading this author, and will likely read more within the series or not. Aug 31, Jan rated it really liked it. Enjoyed the archeological links with the current crimes, but those links were even better than usual and turned out to not be as obvious as presumed.
Pam Peterson was pleasant on the whole this time out, only brief flashes of her conflict with being a policeman's wife. However, it WAS the school holidays Kate Ellis gets better with each book.
This is the 13th in her Wesley Peterson series, and is the best one yet in my opinion. Oct 31, Mrs. Ann E.
Good Enjoyable story yet again but as I had read this book, number 13, before number 12 I was a little confused when things which happened in 12 were commented on. Therefore read them in order!!! Again, another good book in the series.
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A reliable formula that keeps me coming back for more. Kate Ellis takes an episode in French 13th century history, 20th century British confrontations over countryside planning and housing development. All three involve figures whose personal circumstances may ultimately have led to criminal acts. Thus the basis of the novel is sound from an objective standpoint. From a subjective standpoint, a reader familiar with Cathar France and whose home is South Devon could not but be engaged.
There is and always will be a mis-match between historical fact, be it distant or near at hand, and the unpredictability of human responses. The novel is at moments breath-taking. First Line: "This is the place. The man, acting cloak and dagger, says that he's worried about a woman in the Tradmouth area, but when he asks for a private meeting with Wes, he doesn't show up.
Wes, marking it down to the man being as unreliable now as he was in university, tries to put it out of his mind. For so First Line: "This is the place. For some reason however, the whole thing has caught the imaginations of both him and his wife. When they return home, Wes is immediately drawn into the murder of an unidentified woman who was burned to death in a field-- which ties into a local legend of a woman who was burned to death in the same area in the thirteenth century. An archaeological dig was conducted there twenty years ago, but all the records of it have disappeared.
Now another dig must be done before a housing development can be built. Slowly but surely, all the threads of secrecy and murder are drawing together in one dangerous knot that Wesley Peterson has to untie before anyone else dies. Having been plagued with reading some mediocre books in the recent past, I turned to Kate Ellis to bring me out of my mini-slump. My ploy worked like a charm. Through thirteen books in this series I'm lagging two books behind-- on purpose , I've come to know and care for these characters, and I always love Ellis's trademark blending of an ancient mystery with a present-day one.
It was good to see a copper actually take a vacation, and what made the vacation even more special was the fact that Wesley's wife, Pam, was drawn into the investigation. Pam has always been the character that I've liked the least due to her seemingly willful misunderstanding of her husband's job.
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But in A Perfect Death, she was interested in what her husband was doing, and I'm hoping that her fledgling understanding will continue to grow in future books. The only thing that was a bit off for me was the length. Tags hardback , first.