The Funeral Boat

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Peterson and his boss have their hands full in the fourth entry in this wonderfully addictive series of West Country-set crime novels

When a skeleton is discovered on a small farm, DS Wesley Peterson—a keen amateur archaeologist—is intrigued by the possibility that it is a Viking corpse, buried in keeping with ancient traditions. He also has a more urgent crime to solve, namely the recent disappearance of a Danish tourist. His boss Gerry Heffernan believes that the attractive Dane's disappearance is linked to a spate of brutal robberies, but is her disappearance linked to far older events?


Kate Ellis is the author of the Wesley Peterson Series and the DI Joe Plantagenet series and has twice been nominated for the Crime Writers’ Association Short Story Dagger.


"Ellis skillfully interweaves ancient and contemporary crimes in an impeccably composed tale . . . an absorbing plot smoothly blends archaeology with current forensic procedures."  —Publishers Weekly

"An exciting blend of historical and present-day police procedural . . . Peterson's skill and intuition make this is an involving, adventurous, nicely detailed work for all collections."  —Library Journal