The Armada Boy, Paperback Book
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Four centuries, two murders, one motive...Archaeologist Neil Watson did not to expect to find the body of American veteran Norman Oppenheim in the ruins of the old chantry chapel...He turns to his old student friend, Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson, for help.

Ironically, both men are looking at an invading force - Wes the WWII Yanks and Neil a group of Spaniards killed by outraged locals as they limped from the wreckage of the Armada.

Four hundred years apart two strangers in a strange land have died violently - could the same motives of hatred, jealousy and revenge be at work?

Wes is running out of time to find out ...An intriguing blend of history and detection from the author of THE MERCHANT'S HOUSE.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780749953409

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The second entry in her Wesley Peterson series, The Armada Boy by Kate Ellis gets high marks for it’s clever mingling of past and present. The basic theme of history repeating itself is played out quietly, in fact, one of the things I like best about this book is it’s quiet subtlety, this author does not underestimate her audience.A murdered American Vet found on the site of an archaeology dig leads DS Peterson and his boss, DI Heffernan back into the past when this coastal area had been evacuated while the Americans practiced their D-Day landings. Meanwhile, Peterson’s friend, archaeologist Neil Watson is studying another invasion, that of the Spanish Armada over 400 years ago. The past, it appears, is a crucial element to the solving of this case. Kate Ellis does not rely on action or thrills in her stories, she allows her characters to work through the process, each step of the investigation is performed, from forensics to witness interviews, all the while allowing her characters sift through the clues and put the pieces together. I personally love this blend of modern detective work with it’s slight historical twist and I look forward to exploring more of this series.

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