Kate Ellis - The Mechanical Devil - Little, Brown Book Group

The Mechanical Devil

By Kate Ellis

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The twenty-second Wesley Peterson mystery from captivating crime star Kate Ellis

'One of the finest murder mystery series out there'

When archaeologist Neil Watson unearths a long-buried mechanical figure in a Dartmoor field, he is determined to discover the truth behind the bizarre find.

Soon, however, the sleepy village becomes the focus of press attention for another reason when two people with no apparent connection to each other are found shot dead in nearby Manor Field, seemingly victims of an execution-style double murder.

DI Wesley Peterson is called in to investigate, but the two murders aren't his only problem. The daughter of a local MP has gone missing and the pressure is on to find her, especially when it's revealed that she has a connection to one of the murder victims. And Wesley's own life is thrown into turmoil when a woman he helped on a previous investigation finds herself subjected to a campaign of terror . . .

Is there a link between the double murder and the accidental death of a young history student in Manor Field twenty years ago? And just what is the true identity of the Mechanical Devil?

Biographical Notes

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 Joe Plantagenet mysteries and the Albert Lincoln Trilogy set in the aftermath of the Great War.


She has twice been shortlisted for the CWA Short Story Dagger and for the CWA Dagger in the Library award.


Visit Kate online at: www.kateellis.co.uk

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780349413136
  • Publication date: 01 Feb 2018
  • Page count: 384
  • Imprint: Piatkus
A beguiling author who interweaves past and present — The Times
Star author. Unputdownable — Bookseller
Kate Ellis skilfully weaves crimes of past and present into a seamless narrative...The plotting is intricate and the finale totally unexpected — Bookseller
The chilling plot will keep you spooked and thrilled to the end — Closer
Well worth a read for anyone who enjoys a traditional detective story with an intriguing historical twist . . . Ellis is a fine storyteller, weaving the past and present in a way that makes you want to read on — Peterborough Evening Telegraph
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