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Published by Piatkus, 4 February 2016.
When Darren Hatman, known to the police and
not in a good way, reports his daughter Leanne as missing he gets a relatively
luke-warm reception.Leanne at nineteen
fancies herself as a model and has been keen to shake off her native Devon for
the excitement of London for a long time.But Darren insists that Leanne for all her faults would not forget her
mother’s birthday -adding, ‘and that
‘bloody photograph’ has been stalking her’ which immediately gets Wesley’s
As Wesley begins investigation
into the whereabouts of Leanne, the narrative is interspersed with the diary of
Richard D’Arles in 1786. And his journal doesn’t make for comfortable reading.
Despite the marvellous sights of Venice and Florence Richard is disturbed by
one of his travelling companions. Not the Reverend Micah Joules, who is
studying the art of the masters, but his cousin Uriah who pursues more dubious
As the story progresses we learn
that Leanne works atEyecliffe Castle,
once home to the wealthy D'Arles family and now converted into a luxury hotel.
The discovery of a body changes
Wesley opinion, as to the importance of finding Leanne.Wesley's friend, archaeologist Neil Watson,
has recently returned from a Sicilian excavation, where he made a disturbing
discovery connected to Eyecliffe Castle. His surprises Wesley with the news
that, while in Sicily, he met Leanne's alleged stalker.
Kate Ellis has again produced a
winner, as a current day murder weaves together past and present. And not just
the past of 1756. As Wesley delves deeper he discovers that Eyecliffe Castle
could have a connection with the disappearance of two girls back in the 1950s.
Two intriguing mysteries woven
across centuries make for riveting reading. And then for the many fans of this
series add the personal traumas of both our much loved DCI Gerry Hoffernan who
is dealing with his own demons, and a new monster that suddenly manifests itself for DI Wesley
Peterson. In all a wonderful entry in this highly acclaimed series, you cannot
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
Kate Ellis was born in Liverpool and
studied drama in Manchester.
She is interested in archaeology and lives in North Cheshire.Kate has twice been nominated for the Crime
Writers' Association Short Story Dagger and has alse been nominated for the
Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.