The Funeral Boat

The Funeral Boat

by Kate Ellis


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When a skeleton is discovered on a Devon smallholding, DS Wesley Peterson, a keen amateur archaeologist, is intrigued by the possibility that it is a Viking corpse, buried in keeping with ancient traditions. But he has a rather more urgent crime to solve- the disappearance of a Danish tourist.

Wesley finds disturbing evidence that the attractive Dane has been abducted. His boss Gerry Heffernan believes that Ingeborg's disappearance is linked to a spate of brutal robberies and that she witnessed something she shouldn't have. But is her disappearance linked to far older events? For it seems that this may not have been Ingeborg's first visit to this far from quiet West Country backwater...

Kate Ellis's wonderfully addictive series of West Country set crime novels feature Wesley Peterson, one of Devon's first black detectives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780749954666
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Series: Wesley Peterson Series , #4
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kate Ellis was born and brought up in Liverpool and studied drama in Manchester. She is the author of the Wesley Peterson murder mysteries, as well as the Albert Lincoln trilogy and the Joe Plantagenet mysteries.

In 2019 Kate was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award for the second time. She has also twice been shortlisted for CWA Short Story Dagger.

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The Funeral Boat 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
devenish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The detective in this series of murder mysteries is Wesley Peterson who also has an interest in archaeology. In 'The Funeral Boat', the skeleton of what is later discovered to be a Viking warrior is discovered. The story of how it came to be killed and buried is given to the reader in a series of journal extracts by a monk in AD 997,and these extracts head each chapter.There are of course several rather more modern crimes to be investigated. A Danish tourist is abducted and a series of robberies which become increasingly violent take place from isolated farms.Each of the books featuring Peterson,are connected in one way or another with crimes from the past and it is this aspect which makes them somewhat different from the more run-of-the-mill crime novels. Plus the fact that Peterson is a very likeable sort of chap.An interesting and readable story.