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The Merchant's House-A Wesley Peterson Mystery (original 1998; edition 1999)
by Kate Ellis (Author)
The Merchant's House by Kate Ellis (1998)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 074995275X, Paperback)
Kate Ellis's wonderfully addictive series of West Country-set crime novels feature Wesley Peterson, one of Devon's first black detectives
A black policeman from the Met might expect to meet some resistance, when he's transferred to a West Country seaside townbut, for DS Wesley Peterson, it's like coming home. One of the first people he bumps into is an old friendNeil is heading an archaeological dig at a Tudor merchant's house, and Wesley has to tear himself away to become involved in a major search for a missing child. The tension is mounting when a body is foundbut to Wesley's relief it is turned up at Neil’s dig and is more than 400 years old. It seems to be a tragic murder nonetheless, for the bones are those of a strangled young woman and a newborn baby. When another, more recent body is found, the circumstances surrounding the child's disappearance become more complex, and Wesley is increasingly convinced that the age-old motives of jealousy, sexual obsession, and desperate longing for a child are behind the crimesancient and modernthat he must solve soon if further tragedy is to be averted.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:11 -0400)
The uncovery of two skeletons in the ruins of a seventeenth century manor house leads Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson to solve a four hundred-year-old mystery that curiously parallels the abducted child case he is currently engaged in.
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