Kate Ellis - The Mermaid's Scream - Little, Brown Book Group

The Mermaid's Scream

By Kate Ellis

  • Paperback
  • £8.99

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.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780349413112
  • Publication date: 03 Aug 2017
  • Page count: 384
  • 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
Hachette Audio

Only the Dead Can Tell

Alex Gray
Authors:
Alex Gray
Constable

Prey

L. A. Larkin
Authors:
L. A. Larkin
Constable

The Throne of Caesar

Steven Saylor
Authors:
Steven Saylor
Piatkus

The Shining Skull

Kate Ellis
Authors:
Kate Ellis

Little Marcus Fallbrook was kidnapped in 1976 and when he never returned home, his grieving family assumed the worst. Then, thirty years later, teenage singing star Leah Wakefield disappears and DI Wesley Peterson has reason to suspect that the same kidnapper is responsible. And another abductor is at work in the area - a man who tricks blonde women into a bogus taxi and cuts off their hair. Has Leah fallen prey to the man the newspapers call 'The Barber' or has she suffered a more sinister fate? But then Marcus Fallbrook returns from the dead. And when DNA evidence confirms his identity, the investigation takes a new twist. Meanwhile, archaeologist, Neil Watson's gruesome task of exhuming the dead from a local churchyard yields a mystery of its own when a coffin is found to contain one corpse too many - a corpse that may be linked to a strange religious sect dating back to Regency times. Wesley has his hands full elsewhere - slowly, Marcus Fallbrook begins to recover memories that Wesley hopes will lead him to cunning and dangerous murderer. But he is about to discover that the past can be a very dangerous place indeed.

Piatkus

The Mechanical Devil

Kate Ellis
Authors:
Kate Ellis
Sphere

The Cost Of Silence

Margaret Yorke
Authors:
Margaret Yorke
Sphere

Admit To Murder

Margaret Yorke
Authors:
Margaret Yorke
Sphere

Crime In Question

Margaret Yorke
Authors:
Margaret Yorke
Sphere

Evidence To Destroy

Margaret Yorke
Authors:
Margaret Yorke

On the evening that Lydia Cunningham drives to the train station to meet her daughter Thelma, the pretty little coastal town of Milton St Gabriel is sleeping quietly. The town's utter normality is reflected in Lydia, a respectable widow of advanced years. But Thelma's arrival will shatter the peace of Milton St Gabriel forever. Thelma brings with her Edward, a young and not altogether appealing casual pick-up with a penchant for arson, and the two of them unleash events that reveal a sordid and long-hidden tale of illegitimacy and death. But this is only the groundwork for what lies ahead as Lydia, encountering her past, falls over the edge of sanity into a nightmarish world of revenge and murder.

Sphere

The Smooth Face Of Evil

Margaret Yorke
Authors:
Margaret Yorke
Sphere

The Small Hours Of The Morning

Margaret Yorke
Authors:
Margaret Yorke
Sphere

Point Of Murder

Margaret Yorke
Authors:
Margaret Yorke

She went on making sounds in her throat, her eyes rolling frantically. Breathing heavily, he held her down...She freed a hand and pounded at him, but her didn't feel her blows; then she scratched his face and he released her mouth for a moment. Sandra screamed very loudly, and went on screaming. He had to stop the noise.'It has been the result of a chance encounter' Gary had never intended to kill the girl. But as his initial panic subsided he realised that there had been a witness, someone whose death he would now have to plan - in a premeditated, cold-blooded way...

Sphere

No Medals For The Major

Margaret Yorke
Authors:
Margaret Yorke
Sphere

Criminal Damage

Margaret Yorke
Authors:
Margaret Yorke
Sphere

Intimate Kill

Margaret Yorke
Authors:
Margaret Yorke
Sphere

Speak For The Dead

Margaret Yorke
Authors:
Margaret Yorke
Constable

The Great California Game

Jonathan Gash
Authors:
Jonathan Gash
Constable

The Lies of Fair Ladies

Jonathan Gash
Authors:
Jonathan Gash

Lovejoy has a new apprentice - the lovely, scatty and seriously rich Mrs Luna Carstairs. For Luna, Lovejoy is more than willing to give of his expertise in antiques, auctions and other, more intimate subjects. But just as things look to be getting rosy, a series of murders occur and the supply of antiques dries up. Behind it all lurks the threatening shadow of Miss R - a 'dollop broker', or harbourer of stolen booty - an evil genius who deals only with women. Trailing behind him an abandoned mistress and an assortment of police officers, Lovejoy must keep one step ahead of the law as he puzzles out the intricacies of his most complicated and potentially fatal case so far.Praise for Jonathan Gash: 'Irrepressible... bounteous entertainment' Sunday Times'Lovejoy is up to his old tricks again... compelling stuff' Today'Unabashedly amoral, witty and crammed with treasures of every sort... Pure, unadulterated Lovejoy' Publishers Weekly

Constable

Paid and Loving Eyes

Jonathan Gash
Authors:
Jonathan Gash
Little, Brown

Want You Gone

Chris Brookmyre
Authors:
Chris Brookmyre