Author: Kate Ellis, 2008.
Genre: Police Procedural. Murder Mystery. Archaeology.
Other Details: Hardback. 352 pages.
Never has DI Wesley Peterson witnessed such a bizarre crime scene. The victim, Charles Marrick, has been murdered, his body drained of blood. Described by those who knew him as 'evil', it seems that Wesley isn't going to have any shortage of suspects - until a popular local vet is murdered in an identical fashion...and a third body is discovered many miles away.
And when Wesley's archaeologist friend, Neil Watson, starts getting disturbing anonymous letters written in gory detail about macabre events at a medieval abbey - which Neil fears are being sent by the killer Wesley is looking for - Wesley wonders whether there could be a connection between all these deaths and Neil's letters. And could Neil himself be in danger? - synopsis from UK publisher's website.
Another top-notch instalment in this series of police procedurals set in South Devon. Again Ellis' formula of combining present and near past crimes with a historical mystery works well though I will admit that there were times when I wondered how these various strands would all come together. Yet they did and with actually quite a shocking twist.
I am quite pedantic about reading series such as this in order though Ellis is quite good about keeping plot details of her previous books quite vague while supplying details of each of the leading and supporting character's backgrounds to fill in new readers of the series if they happen to start at that point.