Kate Ellis - The Skeleton Room - Little, Brown Book Group

The Skeleton Room

Number 7 in series

By Kate Ellis

  • Paperback
  • £8.99

Set in an boarding school, Chadleigh Hall, this is the 7th book in the Wesley Peterson Series

When workmen converting former girls' boarding school, Chadleigh Hall, into a luxury hotel discover a skeleton in a sealed room, DI Wesley Peterson and his boss, Gerry Heffernan are called in to investigate. But within minutes they have a second suspicious death on their hands: a team of marine archaeologists working on a nearby shipwreck have dragged a woman's body from the sea. And it becomes clear that her death was no accident. The dead woman's husband may be linked with a brutal robbery of computer equipment but Wesley soon discovers that the victim had secrets of her own. As he investigates Chadleigh Hall's past and the woman's violent death, both trails lead in surprising directions and matters are further complicated when a man wanted for a murder in London appears on the scene, a man who may know more about Wesley's cases than he admits

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: 9780749933760
  • Publication date: 24 Jul 2003
  • Page count: 384
  • Imprint: Piatkus
A beguiling author who interweaves past and present — The Times
Star author. Unputdownable — Bookseller
A gripping read — Best Magazine
Skilfully interweaves crimes of past and present into a seamless narrative — Gerald Kaufman, The Scotsman
Traditional detective twist with a historical twist - fans will love it — Scotland on Sunday
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