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Thursday 10 February 2022

‘The Blood Pit’ by Kate Ellis

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

Kate Ellis was born in Liverpool and she studied drama in Manchester. She worked in teaching, marketing and accountancy before first enjoying writing success as a winner of the North-West Playwrights competition. Crime and mystery stories have always fascinated her, as have medieval history and archaeology which she likes to incorporate in her books. She is married with two grown up sons and she lives in North Cheshire, England, with her husband.  Kate's novels feature archaeology graduate Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson who fights crime in South Devon.  Each story combines an intriguing contemporary murder mystery with a parallel historical case. She has also written five books in the spooky Joe Plantagenet series set up in North Yorkshire as well as many short stories for crime fiction anthologies and magazines. Kate was elected a member of The Detection Club in 2014. She is a member of the Crime Writers Association, Murder Squad, and Mystery People. Her most recent series is set post WW1.

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