An Unhallowed Grave

An Unhallowed Grave In this reissue of the third book in the series Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson is determined to discover the truth about a murdered woman with a carefully hidden past and once again it is hist

In this reissue of the third book in the series, Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson is determined to discover the truth about a murdered woman with a carefully hidden past, and, once again, it is history that provides him with a clue When the body of Pauline Brent is found hanging from a yew tree in a local graveyard, DS Wesley Peterson immediately suspects foul play MeanIn this reissue of the third book in the series, Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson is determined to discover the truth about a murdered woman with a carefully hidden past, and, once again, it is history that provides him with a clue When the body of Pauline Brent is found hanging from a yew tree in a local graveyard, DS Wesley Peterson immediately suspects foul play Meanwhile Wesley s archaeologist friend Neil Watson has excavated a corpse at his nearby dig, that of a young woman who local legend has it had been publicly hanged from the very same tree before being buried on unhallowed ground five centuries ago Wesley is forced to consider the possibility that the killer knows the tree s dark history Has Pauline also been executed rather than murdered To catch a dangerous killer Wesley must discover as much as he can about the victim, but Pauline appears to have been a woman with few friends, no relatives, and a past she has carefully tried to hide.

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  1. 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 sons and she lives in North Cheshire, England, with her husband and Vivaldi the cat.

396 Reply to “An Unhallowed Grave”

  1. Really enjoy Kate Ellis s series And 3 in the series doesn t disappoint Definitely recommended to all puzzle fans I m a bit rushed now, but a longer review will follow soon.Happy reading

  2. My name is Cora, and I m an addict I just can t stop reading the Wesley Peterson books even if the bookshop finds it hard to get them in for me because they re so old Pah, they re not even 20 years old.This one was up there with the first, and I was so glad the series picked up again after the second book Yeah, I wasn t so keen on the second book.I really loved the historical aspect to this one And yet again I loved the way family and love were the main motives linking everything through history [...]

  3. The third in the Wesley Peterson series The tenuous connection between the medieval and modern plots wore thin, the strained relationship between Wesley and his wife was underdeveloped The story behind the woman found hanging at the book s beginning, though, was satisfyingly complex.Ellis s practice is to put at least the primary murder at the beginning The reader and detective characters can be reasonably sure what s happened but spend the rest of the novel verifying the specifics of how it was [...]

  4. Maybe it s because I ve not heard of this author or maybe it s due to the cover but I presumed that this was not only new to me but also a new series wrong Of course, I ve not started at the beginning this time coming in at number 3 but I felt as if the characters were already old friends Checking the copyright, it seems this tale is knocking on 20 years old the only nod to its age I felt was the implication that as a West Indian, Peterson seemed to be a both a bit of a novelty in a rural villag [...]

  5. Originally published on my blog here in December 2001.There are, perhaps, a rather limited number of ways to connect archaeology to a murder mystery You could have archaeologists discover a modern body, or a member of a dig could be killed, or be an investigator, or they could find an old body whose history parallels a modern crime, or they could be in the area where a completely independent crime takes place I have read novels using all the first four ideas, if not the last The way that Ellis s [...]

  6. The third book in Kate Ellis seriesd getting better all the time Gossip and secrets and murder in the graveyard These are the things that make a good English mystery DS Wesley Peterson is off once again to investigate a murder in the past that rears its ugly head in the small village of Stokeworthywhile Neil, Wesley s archaeologist friend from University working on a mystery of his own as he leads an archaeological dig around the village manor This is becoming quite an addictive series for me St [...]

  7. Very much in the style of Agatha Christie, another village who dunn it A little slow in places why does everyone lie the first time they are questioned by the police But a nice mix of past and present, as is usual with this series.

  8. Really enjoyed this book it is not the first in the series but this does not distract from the main characters of the book DS Wesley Peterson and his boss Gerry Heffernan

  9. The 3rd Wesley Peterson novel in a series that hopefully will get better and better The first three are entertaining in a gentle Cornish way Certainly cannot be described as a gritty crime series The links between archeology and contemporary murder have been Ok over these three stories but there surely cannot be enough there for a series of 20 odd novels Some of the relationships between Wesley and the other main characters are also a little odd to say the least, in particular his wife Pam Seems [...]

  10. I found it hard to get too interested in this one The murdered woman, Pauline, was thinly portrayed and therefore difficult to become concerned for Then there were the suspects Destry, Wills Sr, Wills Jr, Thewlis etc whom I struggled to keep separate in my mind The police officers do continue to be fully rounded characters, but Neil is still one dimensional.Time for a rest from this series, I think.

  11. I had a withdrawn library copy one can often buy books for 25 50 cents I took it away on a short camping trip and it fit the purpose something to read I have an e reader but would sooner take an old book that can be left without the worry of rain, sand or theft I am toying between it was ok and I liked it I enjoy things with history and this series combines mystery and history I don t know if I will search out nor feel compelled to read them in order.

  12. This procedural is a good mystery with an interesting historical parallel plot element a la Anthony Price The detectives are refreshingly ordinary blokes, the supporting characters are well developed and all the clues are nicely laid out for the reader to use in solving the crime I recommend this one to anyone who enjoys contemporary English mysteries If my local library had the first two books in this series, I d backtrack and read them.

  13. An easy read for a busy week This is the third in the Wesley Peterson series, and the patten is becoming clear Wesley will have to solve a murder, while his archaeologist friend digs up something from the past that mirrors Wesley s case I think that might get tired after a while, but this early in the series it s still an interesting novelty.

  14. Another really good read however, the end got a bit muddied as it was a struggle to keep all the male characters and who was related to who, straight Love the combination of archaeology, history and current events that keep this book thrilling.

  15. I just love a ripping good murder mystery Lots of interesting tangles, without dwelling too much on the grisly details of the death being investigated.

  16. I am enjoying this series of books and will carry on the series I love being able to get to know the characters better and that the stories have a mixture of the present and the past.

  17. Convoluted but a good readKate Ellis s Wesley Peterson series always involves two stories one medieval, related to Wesley s friend Neil s archeological digs and the other modern The two stories follow the same murder patterns, a medieval murder and a modern one committed in the same manner for the same reasons An Unhallowed Grave is no different, the murders involving women hanged for supposedly being murderesses This kind of plot can be confusing and in this particular book I found the parallel [...]

  18. First Sentence The girl looked out of the window.Pauline Brent, a nice middle aged lady about whom no one speaks badly, is receptionist to the local doctor She is also found hanged from a tree in the churchyard A local archeological dig turns up a 500 year old skeleton of a woman who was also hanged Can clues from one case help solve the other I know it s an older book Being one who prefers to read a series in order, I finally found this third book in the Wesley Peterson series That said, I feel [...]

  19. I couldn t find the second in this series as it seems to be out of print in the UK so I skipped straight on to the third I m torn between enjoying this book quite a lot and finding the structure of the series too constricting to be liked This series is about Wesley Peterson and the other detectives of Tradmouth in Devon, where Tradmouth is a thinly disguised version of Dartmouth I like the characters and find the majority of them believeable, especially the female members of the cast such as Wes [...]

  20. This is a good solid absorbing novel, the third in a series which stretches ahead There s a clever, and as far as I can tell unique premise, perhaps what you d call Kate Ellis s formula Wes and his colleagues investigate a contemporary murder, and it just so happens that Wes s old Uni friend Neil is doing an archaeological dig nearby, and there is a similar, if not parallel case from the past in this case from the 15th century.She does well in painting a picture of the various characters connect [...]

  21. Another pleasant read in the Wesley Peterson series set in modern day Devon DS Peterson is still new to the area, having worked at the Met in London, but he s surprised at how much crime there is When a woman is found hanged in a churchyard in a small village, it s assumed at first that she killed herself But the examination and autopsy reveals that she was murdered, and then Wes and his boss, DI Heffernan, set out to figure out why anyone would want to do so The woman was well liked, helpful an [...]

  22. This is book 3 in the series and as some reviewers promised, it was a great improvement compared to number 2 However, there is still a lot of room for improvement Wesley, for example, remains somewhat of a weak husband and uninspired detective sergeant His boss is a colourful character, but their partnership is no added bonus Think of Morse and Lewis, Holmes and Watson, BCI Banks and Annie, Vera and JoeKate Ellis plays in a different league Her storyline is still dominated by endless witness in [...]

  23. The third book in the series, and I am really enjoying them A friend sent them all to me at the same time What a pal Neil is back, of course there is another dig, and another ancient skeleton, and two murders for the police department DS Wesley Peterson s wife, the one who was so keen to have the baby ,is now finding out raising a new born, is not all cooey and cuddles It is hard work, late sleepless nights, and colicky babies, and having to find a good sitter, for when one returns to work As a [...]

  24. There s less historical resonance in this early Wesley Peterson novel, but just as much enjoyment Two teenagers find a body in a spooky graveyard The police are meant to think that it s suicide, but forensics tell them different What s really strange, though, is that the deceased woman has no enemies that the police can find She s only been in the Devonshire village for fifteen years, but she has a job, works for civic causes, loves children, and makes no waves But she also seems to have no past [...]

  25. Certainly one I d class as a solid police procedural with the added twist of having the historical case that is being excavated reflecting the events of the current day.It s a winning formula though I don t know if it will seem so if continues in the same vein I mean after all how many digs can Wesley s friend undertake locally that just happen to reflect a modern murder case We shall see I think also I m less bothered if I read these in order as apart from a little movement in Wesley s rather f [...]

  26. I had not read anything from this author before, and needing a new crime writer I picked this up at the library I was not disappointed The book is set in Devon, so had local interest for me even if some of the place names are disguised a bit The book was well paced with twists and turns in the plot, the characters were likeable and believable which was good too with undertones of Wexford from one of the police characters The best thing about this discovery was that she also has a large number of [...]

  27. Most definitely not one of the best in the Wesley Petersen series by a long way Thankfully Kate Ellis has improved both her plotlines and her writing style since this one, her third, was published There is the usual weaving of modern and historical crime with lots of interesting details but the plot relied far too much on unbelievable coincidences and the outcome was pretty obvious to me I read the last 50 pages waiting for the plodding police officers to catch up and thought the final scenes we [...]

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