Archaeologist Neil Watson did not to expect to find the body of American veteran Norman Oppenheim in the ruins of the old chantry chapel... He turns to his old student friend, Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson, for help. Ironically, both men are looking at an invading force - Wes the WWII Yanks and Neil a group of Spaniards killed by outraged locals as they limped from the wreckage of the Armada. Four hundred years apart two strangers in a strange land have died violently - could the same motives of hatred, jealousy and revenge be at work? Wes is running out of time to find out ... An intriguing blend of history and detection from the author of THE MERCHANT'S HOUSE.
About the Author
Kate Ellis was born in Liverpool and studied drama in Manchester. Kate has twice been nominated for the Crime Writers' Association Short Story Dagger and the novel The Plague Maiden was nominated for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2005.
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World War II veteran Norman Openheim accompanied by his wife Dorinda, returns to England for a reunion celebration. However, with his hearing aid broken and smoking his first cigarette in a decade, Norman never heard his killer approach him. County Archeology employee Neil Watson finds the corpse as he wanders the ruins of St. Dennis Chapel. Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson begins the inquiries and almost immediately is overwhelmed by leads and suspects. Could his spouse, who was having an affair be the killer? Could it be the pregnant girlfriend the victim left behind in 1944? Or is just related to an anti-American resentment left over form five decades ago? As Wesley investigates, he also begins to uncover another murder mystery from four centuries ago. This police procedural is a fabulous tale of revenge that will thrust relative newcomer Kate Ellis into the sub-genre¿s limelight. The story line is entertaining as the two mysteries keep reader attention at all times. Wesley remains a complex protagonist who will charm the audience. THE ARMADA BOY and its predecessor THE MERCHANT¿S HOUSE are an excellent mingling of a historical tale with a modern day police procedural. Harriet Klausner