The Blood Pit by Kate Ellis

The Blood PitCharles Marrick is found by his wife sitting peacefully on the sofa in their living room. Peaceful apart from the knife wound in his neck – and the vast amounts of blood that have drained from his body. Once DI Wesley Peterson starts investigating, it seems that there is no end to the list of suspects – one of the most common adjectives to describe Marrick is “evil”. But soon, a second body is found in the same circumstances – the body of someone who is almost the complete opposite of Marrick.

Meanwhile, Wesley’s archaeologist  friend Neil Watson is being sent anonymous letters telling the story of Brother William, a friar at a medieval abbey – a story that involves bodies being drained of blood… But it’s not just the distant past that will have a bearing on the case.

My reviews of Kate Ellis’s work basically write themselves – it’s simple. The book has a clever, intricate plot, with a set of well-defined characters. Red herrings abound, enticing the reader to look the wrong way. I did think in particular that one character was being dangled in a “last person you’d expect” kind of way very effectively – a lovely bit of misdirection.

And once again, the solution, surprising as it may be (although I did guess the killer), has a twist in the tail – two, in fact, one of which will have a long term effect on the series – possibly. Certainly it’s still being mentioned in The Jackal Man, one of the later books that I read out of sequence – another cracking read, that one.

Not going to say any more but to Highly Recommend yet another strong entry in this excellent series – if you haven’t tried it yet, you really, really should.

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