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Coffin Island

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9780349433172

Price: £21.99

ON SALE: 1st August 2024

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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The next gripping mystery featuring DI Wesley Peterson by the million-copy-bestselling author Kate Ellis.

Despite many years living in South Devon, DI Wesley Peterson has never visited the tiny island of St Rumon’s. That is until erosion from a storm reveals three bodies buried outside the local churchyard.

Two are ancient skeletons, but one is far more recent, and Wesley realises he has uncovered a case of murder. But whose remains are they? And who killed them?

The island has only a small number of inhabitants. Yet one resident keeps cropping up in Wesley’s investigation: the author and self-styled academic, Quentin Search.

Meanwhile Wesley’s friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, becomes fascinated by the remains of the island’s old priory. His discovery of a journal, written by a sixteenth century cleric, reveals an eerie tale of strange rituals and disturbing deaths.

As Wesley begins to wonder whether the past might be repeating itself, another murder occurs . . . There is a calculated killer on the island – one whose grip is as deadly as the rising tide.


A splendidly macabre thriller with a very dark heart and a hugely effective twist at the end
Andrew Taylor
Praise for Kate Ellis:
Fascinating, with a characteristically clever twist
Martin Edwards
A beguiling author who interweaves past and present
The Times
Star author. Unputdownable
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
I absolutely loved this book . . . A perfectly paced crime novel that beautifully evokes both time and place. Kate Ellis keeps you guessing all the way through to the final unexpected twist
L. C. Tyler
A beguiling author who interweaves past and present
The Times
I loved this novel . . . Clever plotting hides a powerful story of loss, malice and deception
Ann Cleeves
Praise for Kate Ellis:
Imagine a plot as devious as anything Agatha Christie devised, locate it in a Derbyshire village in 1919 and with writing as close to the pulse as Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth and you will have some idea of the extraordinary power of Kate Ellis's new novel
Peter Lovesey
The chilling plot will keep you spooked and thrilled to the end