Boothgate House has a sinister past. Once an asylum for the insane, serial killer Peter Brockmeister was sent there on his release from prison in 1978. Three years later, it closed, and Brockmeister died in mysterious circumstances. Solicitor Melanie Hawkes is investigating the suspicious events when her young daughter is kidnapped. Meanwhile, Boothgate House resident Lydia Brookes is burgled. And why is a paranormal researcher fascinated by the building’s basement? As Joe uncovers the appalling truth, he faces an evil that threatens those closest to him – and puts his own life in jeopardy.
About the Author
Kate Ellis was born and brought up in Liverpool and she studied drama in Manchester. She worked in teaching, marketing and accountancy before first enjoying writing success as a winner of the North West Playwrights competition. Crime and mystery stories have always fascinated her, as have medieval history and archaeology which she likes to incorporate in her books. She lives in North Cheshire, England, with her husband, two sons and an overweight cat called Vivaldi!
What People are Saying About This
"Fast-paced, cleverly plotted, and full of suspense, this novel—part horror story, part police procedural, part psychological thriller— should appeal to a wide range of mystery fans."
Booklist on Watchig the Ghosts
“An abundance of creepy scenarios and characters make the pages fly by in this all-nighter. The book’s unsettlingly fast pace and shifting points of view make the reader as jumpy as the characters in the fourth Joe Plantagenet procedural (after Kissing the Demons). A perfect getaway read for anyone who loves gothic horror.”Library Journal
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Gripping murder mystery with a spooky setting. The supernatural element is more atmospheric than the literal translation I was hoping for, but I still enjoyed the story. And Joe Plantagenet is one of those moody, inscrutable detectives, nursing a tortured past beneath a handsome face and a charming personality, who never really rise above their unusual moniker for me, but he helps the reader to connect the dots.Joe and his partner Emily are called to investigate the abduction of a young child, a copycat killing, and the sinister secrets of a converted mental hospital in Eborby (or York, thinly disguised). Ellis certainly knows how to keep her readers hooked, dropping baited clues and lines like 'Nor were they aware of the corpse caught up in the overhanging branches of a large willow tree until one of the rowers hit it with his oar'. The 'red herrings' are also cleverly used, casting suspicion on a host of dodgy characters. Only, after weaving together all the separate strands of the case, the denouement proved inevitably disappointing and more like the climax to a bad horror film than the satisfying psychological solution I was waiting for. I really enjoyed the historical mystery of the old hospital, even when the ghosts were made real, so felt rather let down by the neat ending. Still, the fast-paced plotting and building tension meant that I remained engrossed until the very last chapter, so I can't fault Kate Ellis for missing the mark.The perfect library book - a quick, entertaining read to pass a few hours and then return to the shelves.