Dead Man's Lane

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The gripping new mystery in the DI Wesley Peterson series from acclaimed crime writer Kate Ellis.

Some paths lead only to the grave . . .

Strangefields Farm is notorious for its sinister history ever since artist Jackson Temples lured young women there to model for disturbing works of art. Some of those girls never left the house alive.

Now, decades later, Strangefields is to be transformed into a holiday village, but the developer's hopes of its dark history being forgotten are dashed when a skull is found on the site. And when a local florist is found murdered in an echo of Temples' crimes, DI Wesley Peterson fears that a copy-cat killer is at large. Especially when another brutal murder in a nearby village appears to be linked.

As Wesley's friend, archaeologist Dr Neil Watson, uncovers the secrets of Strangefields' grisly past, it seems that an ancient tale of the dead returning to torment the living might not be as fantastical as it seems. And Wesley must work fast to discover who's behind the recent murders . . . before someone close to him is put in danger.

What readers are saying about Kate Ellis:

'A beguiling author who interweaves past and present' The Times

'Kate Ellis has got to be one of my favourite authors' Reader review, 5 stars

'I loved this novel . . . a powerful story of loss, malice and deception' Ann Cleeves

'The chilling plot will keep you spooked and thrilled to the end' Closer

'Another brilliant book that keeps you gripped' Reader review, 5 stars

'Haunting' Independent

'Kate has you spellbound' Reader review, 5 stars

'A fine storyteller, weaving the past and present in a way that makes you want to read on' Peterborough Evening Telegraph

'Unputdownable' Bookseller

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A child haunted by the past. A village troubled by secrets.

'A powerful story of loss, malice and deception' Ann Cleeves

The second historical thriller in the Albert Lincoln series by bestselling crime writer Kate Ellis.

1920. Scotland Yard detective DI Albert Lincoln is still reeling from the disturbing events of the previous year when he's called away from London to a new case in the North West of England. Before the War he led the unsuccessful investigation into the murder of little Jimmy Rudyard in the village of Mabley Ridge. Now a woman has been murdered there and another child is missing, the sole witness being a traumatised boy who lives in a cemetery lodge. Albert is determined that this time him he will find the truth . . . and the missing child.

When Albert delves into the lives of the village residents he uncovers shocking secrets and obsessions. Then, as more bodies are discovered, he realises that his young witness from the cemetery lodge is in grave danger, from somebody he calls 'the Shadow Man'.

As Albert discovers more about the victims he finds information that might bring him a step closer not only to Jimmy's killer but to solving a mystery of his own: the whereabouts of his lost son.


What readers are saying about The Boy Who Lived with the Dead:

'Outstanding' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'A fantastic read which kept me guessing right until the last few pages' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'Superb!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'Compulsive reading . . . very cleverly constructed with plenty of twists' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'Hard to put the book down' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'[Kate Ellis] must be a genius' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'Excellent' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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Piatkus
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Feb 7, 2019
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400
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9780349418278
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English
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Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
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The Inner Circle opens with an international group of young archeology students sweating on a dig on the island of Gotland, uncovering a Viking fortification dating back over a millennium. They are a fun-loving lot, partying together every night, but the good vibe turns to horror when one of them, twenty-one-year-old Martina Flochten, disappears. Her body is found a short while later, naked, bled out, and hanging from a tree. Her injuries indicate that she is the victim of a ritual killing.

Inspector Anders Knutas investigates Martina's acquaintances. Who was the mysterious lover she was supposed to have been meeting in secret and whom none of her fellow archaeologists have actually seen? What do the marks on Martina's body signify? Is there possibly a connection between Martina's death and the recent and unsolved brutal beheading of a Gotland pony? The pony was also bled out, and its head was missing---until it appears mounted on a stick outside the next victim's house.

Inspector Knutas and his team work feverishly to catch the killer, but before long there are more victims, all of whom have been killed and mutilated the same way.

Mari Jungstedt integrates a healthy dose of Scandinavian mythology in this installment of her critically acclaimed series, and also addresses current issues on Gotland, while keeping up a fast-paced and intricate plot as Knutas closes in on the killer and the secret that connects the victims. This is Swedish crime fiction at its best: dark, atmospheric, and character-driven.

A child haunted by the past. A village troubled by secrets.

'A powerful story of loss, malice and deception' Ann Cleeves

The second historical thriller in the Albert Lincoln series by bestselling crime writer Kate Ellis.

1920. Scotland Yard detective DI Albert Lincoln is still reeling from the disturbing events of the previous year when he's called away from London to a new case in the North West of England. Before the War he led the unsuccessful investigation into the murder of little Jimmy Rudyard in the village of Mabley Ridge. Now a woman has been murdered there and another child is missing, the sole witness being a traumatised boy who lives in a cemetery lodge. Albert is determined that this time him he will find the truth . . . and the missing child.

When Albert delves into the lives of the village residents he uncovers shocking secrets and obsessions. Then, as more bodies are discovered, he realises that his young witness from the cemetery lodge is in grave danger, from somebody he calls 'the Shadow Man'.

As Albert discovers more about the victims he finds information that might bring him a step closer not only to Jimmy's killer but to solving a mystery of his own: the whereabouts of his lost son.


What readers are saying about The Boy Who Lived with the Dead:

'Outstanding' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'A fantastic read which kept me guessing right until the last few pages' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'Superb!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'Compulsive reading . . . very cleverly constructed with plenty of twists' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'Hard to put the book down' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'[Kate Ellis] must be a genius' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'Excellent' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

*THE FIRST MYSTERY IN THE WESLEY PETERSON SERIES*

A history of secrets and lies . . .

DS Wesley Peterson, newly arrived in the West Country town of Tradmouth, has his hands full when a child goes missing and a young woman is brutally murdered on a lonely cliff path. Then his old friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, unearths the skeletons of a woman and a newborn baby in the cellar of an ancient merchant's house nearby.

As they begin to investigate the murders, Wesley starts to suspect that these deaths, centuries apart, may be linked by age-old motives of jealousy and sexual obsession. And the pressure is on if he is going to prevent a further tragedy . . .


What readers are saying about Kate Ellis:

'A beguiling author who interweaves past and present' The Times

'Haunting' Independent

'I loved this novel . . . a powerful story of loss, malice and deception' Ann Cleeves

'I couldn't stop turning the pages... Something about this book just hooked me!' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

'Unputdownable' Bookseller

'The chilling plot will keep you spooked and thrilled to the end' Closer

'A really good read... could not put it down. I bought the second book as soon as I finished this one!' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

'A fine storyteller, weaving the past and present in a way that makes you want to read on' Peterborough Evening Telegraph

'Very well put together and still managed to surprise me at the end - highly recommended' In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel

'You'll fall in love with coastal England and find yourself walking the cobbled lanes in your imagination . . . Do not miss this series!' Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars

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