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The Blood Pit

Number 12 in series

By Kate Ellis

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The 12th novel in Kate Ellis's wonderfully addictive Wesley Peterson series

Never has DI Wesley Peterson witnessed such a bizarre crime scene. The victim, Charles Marrick, has been murdered, his body drained of blood. Described by those who knew him as 'evil', it seems that Wesley isn't going to have any shortage of suspects - until a popular local vet is murdered in an identical fashion...and a third body is discovered many miles away.

And when Wesley's archaeologist friend, Neil Watson, starts getting disturbing anonymous letters written in gory detail about macabre events at a medieval abbey - which Neil fears are being sent by the killer Wesley is looking for - Wesley wonders whether there could be a connection between all these deaths and Neil's letters. And could Neil himself be in danger?

As the sinister truth unfolds, both Wesley and Neil are forced to face tragedy and shocking revelations...and a killer who bears the scars of past sins.

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  • ISBN: 9780748126651
  • Publication date: 06 Jan 2011
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  • Imprint: Piatkus
A beguiling author who interweaves past and present — The Times
Star author. Unputdownable — Bookseller
A gripping read — Best Magazine
Skilfully weaves crimes of past and present into a seamless narrative — Gerald Kaufman, The Scotsman
Traditional detective fiction with a historical twist - fans will love it — Scotland on Sunday
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C. J. Cooper

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Elizabeth Chadwick

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Christobel Kent
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Christobel Kent

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Mark Greaney
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Kate Ellis

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Authors:
Angela Marsons

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Kate Ellis
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Kate Ellis
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Christobel Kent
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Piatkus

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Kate Ellis
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Kate Ellis

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Piatkus

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Kate Ellis
Authors:
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