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"An excavation at the lost gardens of Earlsacre Hall is called to a halt when a skeleton is discovered under a three-hundred-year-old stone plinth. But Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson has little time to indulge in his hobby of archaeology. He has a more recent murder case to solve. A man has been found stabbed to death in a trailer at a popular holiday park and the only clue to his identity is a newspaper clipping about the restoration of Earlsacre." Does local solicitor Brian Willerby have the answer? He seems eager to talk to Wesley, but before he can reveal his secret he is found dead during a "friendly" game of village cricket, apparently struck by a cricket ball several times with some force. What is it about Earlsacre Hall that leads people to murder?
A complex case . . . When DI Wesley Peterson is summoned to investigate a killing, he assumes that the case is a routine matter. But soon dark secrets and deadly deceptions start to emerge from the victim's past, and Wesley begins to realise that a simple incident of cold-blooded murder is altogether more calculated and complicated that he could ever imagine. Tracing back through time . . . Meanwhile, archaeologist Neil Watson is pulled from the historic Paradise Court to a ruined village from the First World War. Even with the help of the attractive and enigmatic Lucy, Neil cannot shake the feeling that something is missing from his explorations: a cryptic clue that might have been lost when Sandrock tumbled into the sea many years ago. A clue that could help Wesley solve his most puzzling case to date. DI Wesley Peterson is standing on the edge . . . As more victims fall prey to a faceless killer, Wesley sees the investigation affecting him more personally than ever before. And when his precious family becomes a target, Wesley has no time to lose. Just like the fallen village of Sandrock, Wesley will have to stand tall if he is to withstand the coming storm . . .
Praise for Kate Ellis: 'A beguling author who interweaves past and present' The Times 'Traditional detective fiction with a historical twist - fans of Time Team and The House of Detectives will . . . love it' Scotland on Sunday '[Kate Ellis] gets better with each new book' Bookseller 'Kate Ellis skilfully weaves crimes of past and present into a seamless narrative . . . The plotting is intricate and the finale totally unexpected' Gerald Kaufman, Scotsman 'Kate Ellis is a fine storyteller, whose characters are well realised, and this one gripped me to the end' Shots magazine 'Kept me on the edge of my seat' Yours magazine
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