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The Death Season

The Death Season (The Wesley Peterson Murder Mysteries) - Kate Ellis

DI Wesley Peterson is summoned to investigate a possible murder in a hotel room. It looks like routine matter but then it is revealed that the man used a fake name and the man in question is linked to a cold case; the murder of a child in 1979. Now DCI Gerry Heffeman, recovering from a gunshot in the line of duty, and Wesley must find the killer, because more dead bodies are turning up...

This is the first book I have read by Kate Ellis and I admit that starting with book 19 in a series doesn’t feel like the most perfect start. But I never really had a problem with that because I was so enthralled with the story and the characters that I never had any real problem with not having read the previous books. Sure there is a lot of back history, but instead of being hindered by that I just found myself more curious of reading the precious 18 books.

The plot was really good, there were lots of different things going on at the same time, the cold case murder, the murder at the hotel and an archaeological dig at a ruined village that tumbled in the sea during WW1, but all these happenings had connections to each other and let to a thrilling ending.


I liked Wesley Peterson, he is a good police that knows he is spending too much time working and too little with his family and feeling guilty about it. I’m looking forward to see how it will go for him in the future, especially since he is working with a DS Rachel Tracey who has feelings for him. He seems to be happy married but a close working relationship with a woman attracted to him can be dangerous, especially since his wife seems to be a bit jealous of Rachel…no smoke without fire...

I’m really looking forward to read the previous books in the series since I can’t to know more about his past and how it must have been coming to a little community as a black police after working at the MET.
This crime novel was terrific, great story, great characters. Couldn't find anything with it that I didn’t like!

5 stars

Thank you Piatkus for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!