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Playing with Bones


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Second book in a new series by popular author Kate Ellis, starring DI Joe Plantagenet.

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Kate Ellis first enjoyed literary success as a winner of the North West Playwrights competition. She was nominated twice for the CWA Short Story Dagger 2003 and THE PLAGUE MAIDEN was nominated for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2005.


In Ellis's run-of-the-mill second procedural to feature North Yorkshire Det. Insp. Joe Plantaganet (after 2009's Seeking the Dead), Plantagenet, who carries with him the de rigueur tragic backstory (i.e., the loss of his wife in an accident, the murder of his partner), looks into a potentially explosive case-the strangulation of a young woman, eventually identified as Natalie Parkes, whose left big toe was severed postmortem. Beside her corpse was a porcelain doll, mutilated in the same fashion. Incredibly, the police only learn of similar murders in the 1950s committed by a killer nicknamed the Doll Strangler of Singmass Close, who was never apprehended, by reading a true-crime book. A subplot concerning a naive would-be model who finds herself abducted and forced to care for an ailing elderly woman provides a clumsy link to the police investigation. The solution to Parkes's murder will strike many as coming out of left field. (Jan.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

A serial killer stalks Singmass Close, a somewhat sinister area in Eborby, Yorkshire. DI Joe Plantagenet and DCI Emily Thwaite find themselves looking at some cold cases that might be the model for the current ones. VERDICT Ellis rates right up there with Peter Turnbull and Sally Spencer. For fans of British procedurals. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Atmospheric . . . a compelling thriller perhaps best enjoyed during daylight." "Booklist""
"Ellis keeps a steady hand on the tiller in DI Plantagenet's second outing, setting forth her tightly controlled plot in a way that's both cozy and creepy." "Kirkus Reviews""
"Ellis rates right up there with Peter Turnbull and Sally Spencer. For fans of British procedurals." "Library Journal""

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