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The Marriage Hearse | [Kate Ellis]

The Marriage Hearse

When Kirsten Harbourn is found strangled and naked on her wedding day, DI Wesley Peterson makes some alarming discoveries. Kirsten was being pursued by an obsessed stalker, and she had dark secrets that her doting fiancé, Peter, knew nothing about. Kirsten's wasn't the only wedding planned for that July day. At Morbay register office, a terrified young girl makes her wedding vows. Days later, her bridegroom is found dead in a seedy seaside hotel.
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Publisher's Summary

When Kirsten Harbourn is found strangled and naked on her wedding day, DI Wesley Peterson makes some alarming discoveries. Kirsten was being pursued by an obsessed stalker, and she had dark secrets that her doting fiancé, Peter, knew nothing about.

Kirsten's wasn't the only wedding planned for that July day. At Morbay register office, a terrified young girl makes her wedding vows. Days later, her bridegroom is found dead in a seedy seaside hotel.

Meanwhile, the discovery of a skeleton unearths connections with an Elizabethan playwright and a rarely performed play that may be a confession to an age-old murder or may cast light on recent mysteries.

©2006 Kate Ellis; (P)2006 Soundings

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"A beguiling author who interweaves past and present." (The Times)

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  • AmyAlice
    Durham, United Kingdom
    4/5/11
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    "marriage hearse"

    Good crime book with enough twists and turns to keep you listening til the end. This was a leap in the dark for me as I have not come accross this author before, I have since read more of her writing. The narration is good and allows good flow of the prose.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    Chester, United Kingdom
    7/30/14
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    "Good, but ..."

    I have listened to a couple of other books in this series and each has left me with the same sense of irritation. The basic police procedural is fine and I am interested in the characters but I do wish the author would not try so hard to link the stories with supposed events from the past. In the end it ruins the believability of the book, in my opinion, and the extracts from "old texts", in this case a newly-discovered play, are really poor. You cannot create an Elizabethan dramatic work just by adding a few "thees" and "thous" to material where the thought processes are really modern. At least as far as I am concerned the whole revenge tragedy link was forced and inauthentic to the extreme.

    Having said that, the narration is good and the book is certainly not the worst I have heard.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    Ledbury, United Kingdom
    9/3/14
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    "Enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would recommend this book. Liked the story despite feeling that I knew the outcome. It was easy to listen to and enjoyed the narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Marriage Hearse?

    When the mother assumes that the father may have been different.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Joyce and Chief Inspector's first encounter.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Normally prefer something with a faster pace but having said that I did enjoy this read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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