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DI Wesley Peterson suspects the execution-style murders might be linked to Robert’s past police career – until Robert’s name is found on a list of people who’ve been sent tickets anonymously for a tour of Darkhole Grange, a former asylum on Dartmoor.
Wesley discovers that other names on the list have also died in mysterious circumstances and, as he is drawn into the chilling history of the asylum, he becomes convinced that it holds the key to the case.
When his friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, finds the skeleton of a woman buried in a sealed chamber dating back to the fifteenth century at his nearby dig, Wesley wonders whether there might be a connection between the ancient cell and the tragic events at Darkhole Grange.
With the clock ticking, Wesley must solve the puzzle, before the next person on the list meets a terrible end . . .
I can’t believe that this is the 25th Wesley Peterson mystery. It certainly doesn’t seem that long since I read The Merchant’s House in 1998!! I love these mysteries and the way that the present day crime is entwined with an archaelogical discovery. In this book, there is a third thread relating to a young girl in 1956 and gradually all the threads combine into a brilliant story.
DI Wesley Peterson is a likeable character and it makes a pleasant change to have a leading police officer who has a happy and settled home life. All of the other characters in this series make an appearance including Wesley’s irritating mother in law, Della, who actually has a small but useful part to play. The books aren’t as dark as some other popular crime series but they involve intricately worked out mysteries which I really enjoy.
The different elements of the story are brilliantly plotted and I love following each one and seeing how they all gradually come together. The historical element is inspired by real people and events and the treatment of young women who became pregnant while unmarried is shocking especially in how recently this went on. The ending is a satisfying conclusion especially the final pages although I wasn’t totally convinced by one of the plot twists but I won’t spoil it and give anything away here.
If you already love Kate Ellis, then this is a great addition to the series. If you haven’t read her books yet, then give her a try.