An excavation at the lost gardens of Earlsacre Hall is called to a halt when a skeleton is discovered under a 300 year old stone plinth, a corpse that seems to have been buried alive.
But DS 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 caravan at a popular holiday park and the only clue to his identity is a newspaper cutting 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.
If Wesley is looking for a demon bowler this appears to let out most of the village side.
But what is it about Earlsacre Hall that leads people to murder?
Kate Ellis was born and brought up in Liverpool and studied drama in Manchester. She is the award-winning author of the DI Wesley Peterson detective novels, as well as the Albert Lincoln trilogy and the Joe Plantagenet mysteries.
In 2019 Kate won the CWA Dagger in the Library Award for her crime writing. It was the second time she had been shortlisted for the award, and she has also twice been shortlisted for CWA Short Story Dagger.
Visit her online at: www.kateellis.co.uk
A beguiling author who interweaves past and present
Star author. Unputdownable
A gripping read
Skilfully weaves crimes of past and present into a seamless narrative
The Scotsman - Gerald Kaufman
Traditional detective fiction with a historical twist - fans will love it
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