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The House of the Hanged Woman

by Kate Ellis

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'A beguiling author who interweaves past and present' The Times 'A powerful story of loss, malice and deception' Ann Cleeves 1921. When a Member of Parliament goes missing in a small Derbyshire village, Scotland Yard detective Albert Lincoln is sent up North to investigate. This isn't Albert's first visit to Wenfield. He once solved a traumatic case there at great personal cost and now, two years later, it seems that darkness still lurks in the village. The naked body of a man has been discovered, mutilated beyond recognition, by an ancient stone circle called the Devil's Dancers. The local police assume the body is that of the missing politician, but when that identification proves false and more strange deaths occur, Albert realises his case is far more complex than a simple disappearance. But, as he reawakens ghosts from the past, will he be able to solve the mystery surrounding Wenfield once and for all? The third and final historical thriller in the Albert Lincoln series by award-winning crime writer Kate Ellis. An atmospheric, spellbinding mystery set in the aftermath of the Great War. Praise for Kate Ellis: 'Haunting' Independent 'Fascinating, with a characteristically clever twist' Martin Edwards 'The chilling plot will keep you spooked and thrilled to the end' Closer 'A splendidly macabre thriller' Andrew Taylor 'Extraordinarily powerful' Peter Lovesey 'This could be an instant classic' L. C. Tyler… (more)
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Settling back into life in London, Detective Albert Lincoln is shocked to be sent back to Wenfield again. Two years ago he solved a series of crimes at great personal cost and now an MP has disappeared. When Lincoln arrives a body is discovered which may belong to the the missing man but a second murder then occurs and Lincoln has to work out if the cases are linked. In addition he is forced to reflect on his turbulent personal life
I hadn't read the first two books in the series but luckily there is enough backstory to fill in most of the details. I really loved the setting both geographically in the small mill towns of the Peak District and also the time period. Whilst Ellis doesn't play too heavily on WW1 its effects run through the narrative, in terms of the physical and psychological damage to many protagonists but also as driver. This is dealt with a light touch, as is the subplot around homosexuality. An enjoyable and thought-provoking tale. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Aug 7, 2021 |
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'A beguiling author who interweaves past and present' The Times 'A powerful story of loss, malice and deception' Ann Cleeves 1921. When a Member of Parliament goes missing in a small Derbyshire village, Scotland Yard detective Albert Lincoln is sent up North to investigate. This isn't Albert's first visit to Wenfield. He once solved a traumatic case there at great personal cost and now, two years later, it seems that darkness still lurks in the village. The naked body of a man has been discovered, mutilated beyond recognition, by an ancient stone circle called the Devil's Dancers. The local police assume the body is that of the missing politician, but when that identification proves false and more strange deaths occur, Albert realises his case is far more complex than a simple disappearance. But, as he reawakens ghosts from the past, will he be able to solve the mystery surrounding Wenfield once and for all? The third and final historical thriller in the Albert Lincoln series by award-winning crime writer Kate Ellis. An atmospheric, spellbinding mystery set in the aftermath of the Great War. Praise for Kate Ellis: 'Haunting' Independent 'Fascinating, with a characteristically clever twist' Martin Edwards 'The chilling plot will keep you spooked and thrilled to the end' Closer 'A splendidly macabre thriller' Andrew Taylor 'Extraordinarily powerful' Peter Lovesey 'This could be an instant classic' L. C. Tyler

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