Serpent's Point: Book 26 in the DI Wesley Peterson crime series

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Serpent's Point: Book 26 in the DI Wesley Peterson crime series

Serpent's Point: Book 26 in the DI Wesley Peterson crime series

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The three have been good friends since their university days, and it doesn't take much for Pam to realize that she chose the right man: ". But I was surprised at how well the book went, how easy it was to pick up the plot considering this series has been going on with this book being number 26. But as they investigate Susan Brown's life, they discover she was investigating the disappearance and murder of two other women. Meanwhile Neil, Wesley's friend from his days as an anthropology student, is excited to find what looks like the remains of a Roman village and we learn, through letters, that this is not a new discovery.

As Wesley delves into the life of the dead woman, he learns that she has been house sitting at Serpents Point, a large house near where she was found. A predator is finding vulnerable women, draining their resources and disposing of them in various ways. As in every book of this series, there's a parallel story involving Wesley's archaeologist friend Neil Watson, who's excavating a possible Roman site near the scene of Susan's murder. This is extremely difficult to do because author Kate Ellis is one of the best at supplying some first-class misdirection. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.The enticing opening of this the 26th book in the DI Wesley Peterson series set in Devon has you hooked with the first line ‘The Bridegroom had strangler’s hands. Busy because it also is a site of suspected Roman habitation discovered by two young girls using their metal detectors. Overall, it was an ok read and I may be inclined to give Kate Ellis's works another go as the style of her writing is enjoyable. While it's great to catch up with what has been happening with all the characters and get down and dirty in Neil's trenches, I always love trying to put all the pieces together to solve the mystery. Neil not only gets to dig around in the attic for old documents, but his work in the field also garners the attention of nighthawks, and that leads to a stay with Wesley and Wesley's wife, Pam, who gave me the biggest laugh in the book.

There were elements in the story as I read that seemed familiar but it still felt as if I hadn’t read the book. It turns out that Susan is on a quest to learn more about her friend's husband who has disappeared completely. A complex story, involving the detectives travelling to Yorkshire and the Cotswolds in their efforts to find out the reason for Susan's death. I was checking this blog and learned that I hadn't read one from 2011 so I'll be getting to that eventually but right now I have a shelf full of books from the library. The writing was done well and it was clear what the author's intentions were whilst writing but I felt that the story was a little slow.The book starts with the friend of a woman getting married at the courthouse without family or friends attending. While the case takes Wesley to Yorkshire and the Cotswolds, archaeologist Neil Watson is making a dramatic discovery of his own in the fields near the house.

Two young girls with metal detectors were looking for treasure in a nearby field but wearing headphones and concentrating on their metal detecting they were unable to offer any useful information. Interspersed with Wesley’s investigation there are several diary entries dating from May to June 1921 from the journal of Dr Aldus Claye, who at that time was also excited at a possible Roman settlement in his field. Maybe it's time to ditch references to Wesley's and Rachel's non affair and how Wesley's wife used to date Neil many moons ago.As he delves into the case, he starts to notice that there are other murders from around England that could be linked to why Susan had been killed. I did knock it down one star because I felt as though there was too many characters involved and I was having a hard time trying to remember who was who and how it related to the plot. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. She has also twice been shortlisted for the CWA Short Story Dagger and been longlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.

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