Published by Piatkus,
27 March 2008.
ISBN 987-0-7499-0853-9 (HB)
The Blood Pit is the twelfth book in the Wesley Peterson series. A killer is on the loose in Tradmouth (a fictionalised Dartmouth) and DI Wesley Peterson is called out to a murder scene where he finds that the body has been drained of blood. This first victim of a serial killer was an unpleasant man described by some as ‘evil’ and there is a long list of suspects. The next man to die is the opposite, a well-liked and respected local vet. Yet there is evidently a link between them, and the police must find it.
Meanwhile, Wesley’s archaeologist friend Neil Watson receives a string of anonymous letters about events in the past to do with blood letting.
A skeleton is found in nearby woodland, possibly that of a sex offender who disappeared twenty years before. Wesley's investigation takes an unexpected twist when a third body is discovered many miles away. Could there be a connection between all these deaths and Neil's letters?
In this book the chapters begin with modern writing,
rather than historical, which makes a refreshing change. All the usual
ingredients of an Ellis novel are here in this book, although she does kill off
a familiar character. A thoroughly enjoyable piece of work – if you are a Kate
Ellis fan you will love this book.
Reviewer: Sue Lord