“When DI Wesley Peterson is summoned to investigate a killing, he assumes that the case is a routine matter. But soon dark secrets and deadly deceptions start to emerge from the victim’s past, and Wesley begins to realise that a simple incident of cold-blooded murder is altogether more calculated and complicated that he could ever imagine.
Meanwhile, archaeologist Neil Watson is pulled from the historic Paradise Court to a ruined village from the First World War. Even with the help of the attractive and enigmatic Lucy, Neil cannot shake the feeling that something is missing from his explorations: a cryptic clue that might have been lost when Sandrock tumbled into the sea many years ago. A clue that could help Wesley solve his most puzzling case to date.
As more victims fall prey to a faceless killer, Wesley sees the investigation affecting him more personally than ever before. And when his precious family becomes a target, Wesley has no time to lose. Just like the fallen village of Sandrock, Wesley will have to stand tall if he is to withstand the coming storm…”
Just finished reading “The Death Season”, the third Kate Ellis novel that I’ve read, following on from “The Cadaver Game” and “The Shadow Collector”, which were books sixteen and seventeen respectively in the Wesley Peterson series. This one is book number nineteen so obviously I’ve somehow managed to miss one!
As before we are presented with two mysteries from different eras at the same time, weaved together with links to be uncovered between the two. In the present day it’s the murder of a man in a local hotel room and the knock-on effects that this has, whereas the older story is set in the early 20th century when Sandrock, a fishing village, disappeared into the sea one stormy night.
The latter was inspired by the true story of the village of Hallsands which was practically wiped out by storms in 1917. The fictional version, together with a nearby stately home’s ice house, is the setting for archaeologist Neil Watson’s work.
Meanwhile his good friend DI Wesley Peterson is juggling the demands of the 21st century murder case with feelings of guilt over the time he spends away from his family – as well as a certain attraction to a colleague – whilst his boss DCI Gerry Heffernan is on light duties following an incident in the book that I missed!
I thought that this was a pretty decent story, with plenty going on to keep the reader interested. That said, however, I felt that this time around there were just too many coincidental links between people and cases to be credible. Still, it’s a novel – not real life – so that’s perhaps not the worst thing that one could say about a book! Some of the outcomes were also a little predictable, but for the most part this was a well written and engrossing murder mystery story. Next up in the Wesley Patterson series will be “The House Of Eyes”…