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The Mermaid's Scream

By Kate Ellis

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

Why did Wynn Staniland, a legend in the literary world, suddenly become a recluse in the 1980s? Most assumed he stopped writing because of his wife's bizarre suicide; a death that mirrored a murder case from the nineteenth century. And now a promising young author called Zac Wilkinson is working on Staniland's biography and hopes to reveal the true story to a waiting world - while at the same time keeping his own troubled past hidden from public view.

When Wilkinson is found brutally murdered, DI Wesley Peterson finds links to the unexplained poisoning of a middle-aged couple at a local caravan park - and Wynn Staniland appears to be the connection.

As Wesley delves further into the case he suspects a sinister puppet show might provide the solution: a grim re-enactment of the murder of Mary Field, a cause celebre from the reign of Queen Victoria that inspired Staniland's best-known novel.

The case becomes personal for Wesley when he discovers his son is involved, and as he begins to unravel decades of secrets and deception, the shocking truth proves almost too much to bear . . .

Biographical Notes

Kate Ellis is the author of the Wesley Peterson Murder Mysteries and the Joe Plantagenet Murder Mysteries. She has twice been nominated for the Crime Writers' Association Short Story Dagger Award.

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  • ISBN: 9780349413105
  • Publication date: 02 Feb 2017
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  • Imprint: Piatkus
A beguiling author who interweaves past and present — The Times
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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