The Funeral Boat

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Peterson and his boss have their hands full in the fourth entry in this wonderfully addictive series of West Country-set crime novels

When a skeleton is discovered on a small farm, DS Wesley Peterson—a keen amateur archaeologist—is intrigued by the possibility that it is a Viking corpse, buried in keeping with ancient traditions. He also has a more urgent crime to solve, namely the recent disappearance of a Danish tourist. His boss Gerry Heffernan believes that the attractive ...

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Overview

Peterson and his boss have their hands full in the fourth entry in this wonderfully addictive series of West Country-set crime novels

When a skeleton is discovered on a small farm, DS Wesley Peterson—a keen amateur archaeologist—is intrigued by the possibility that it is a Viking corpse, buried in keeping with ancient traditions. He also has a more urgent crime to solve, namely the recent disappearance of a Danish tourist. His boss Gerry Heffernan believes that the attractive Dane's disappearance is linked to a spate of brutal robberies, but is her disappearance linked to far older events?

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"Ellis skillfully interweaves ancient and contemporary crimes in an impeccably composed tale . . . an absorbing plot smoothly blends archaeology with current forensic procedures."  —Publishers Weekly

"An exciting blend of historical and present-day police procedural . . . Peterson's skill and intuition make this is an involving, adventurous, nicely detailed work for all collections."  —Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
As in her three previous mysteries (An Unhallowed Grave, etc.) featuring Det. Sgt. Wesley Peterson and Insp. Gerry Hefferman, Ellis skillfully interweaves ancient and contemporary crimes in an impeccably composed tale. Excerpts at the head of each chapter from the chronicle of Brother Edwin, monk of Neston Minster, describe the Danish Viking raids on South Devon at the end of the first millennium and provide clues to a past injustice. In the present, after a boy discovers a skeleton on his mother's smallholding, Hefferman suspects it's that of the boy's disreputable father, who vanished three years earlier. Peterson, whose degree is in archeology, thinks it may be far older and brings in a former university colleague to see whether the remains might be those of a Viking. A series of break-ins at isolated farmhouses and the disappearance of a beautiful Danish tourist, Ingeborg Larsen, complicate matters. The author tidily brings all the solutions together, Danish Viking mixing with modern-day Devonian, while an absorbing plot smoothly blends archeology with current forensic procedures. The clear, sequential flow keeps the many characters distinct. Those familiar with South Devon will have fun recognizing Dartmouth in the author's Tradmouth, Torbay in Morbay and Totnes in Neston. Ellis hints at putting Hefferman into retirement soon, but her readers should surely object, for he's doing just fine. (July 22) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Meet the Author

Kate Ellis is the author of the Wesley Peterson Series and the DI Joe Plantagenet series and has twice been nominated for the Crime Writers’ Association Short Story Dagger.

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