Seeking the Dead

Seeking the Dead

When Carmel Hennessy begins a new job in North Yorkshire, she finds the historic city of Eborby gripped by fear. A killer is on the prowl - a killer who binds and asphyxiates his victims before leaving their naked bodies in isolated country churchyards. The press are calling him the Resurrection Man. Tragic events from the past link Carmel with new-kid-on-the-block DI Joe P When Carmel Hennessy begins a new job in North Yorkshire, she finds the historic city of Eborby gripped by fear. A ki...

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Title:Seeking the Dead
Author:Kate Ellis
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:0749908610
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:330 pages pages

Seeking the Dead Reviews

  • LJ
    Mar 03, 2016
    First Sentence: Things that frighten the devil away. Carmel Hennessy?s small flat in the house owned by her boss at the Archeology Center. She also feels it has a ghost and wonders if it?s connected to the Ghost Tour that always stops and points to her bedroom. She turns to DI J...
  • Vivienne
    Feb 25, 2013
    I finally got around to starting this series and am so glad I did. I found this a highly engaging police procedural that kept me on the edge of my seat. Joe Plantagenet is a very appealing lead and I enjoyed he occult overtones to the story. ...
  • Spuddie
    Feb 08, 2010
    #1 Joe Plantagenet police procedural set in the fictional Eborby in Yorkshire, UK. Joe is a DI who has suffered a number of losses in his relatively young life--widowhood only a few months after marrying, his cop partner Kevin's death in a shooting that also injured Joe. A serial k...
  • Deb
    Aug 21, 2015
    This is the first book in a series featuring Jo Plantagenet, a detective based in Eborly, a thinly disguised version of York, UK. The Resurrection Man has got the city on edge with a series of seemingly unconnected bodies found around the area. As Jo and his newly arrived DCI Emily T...
  • Miriam
    Oct 20, 2015
    I love Kate Ellis' Wesley Peterson mysteries so when I learned about another series, I had to check it out and I was not disappointed. While DI Joe Plantagenet is neither archaeologist nor historian, he is an excellent detective who pulls together the clues to the newest Yorkshire seri...
  • Deb
    Jul 10, 2011
    first book in a new series by one of my favorite British authors. Present day mystery dealing with the past, a bit of black magic, a girl ghost thrown in a couple of times, good characters, mystery unravels about the various deaths that took place to a surprising conclusion. Looking fo...
  • Chris
    Dec 31, 2016
    This was an entertaining mystery. Joe Plantegenet's a pretty cool guy. Not so fond of his boss, who is not the most honest person in the world and a little unstable, I think. Good characterization, in general. I did figure it out pretty easily, and wonder how intriguing upcoming storie...
  • Elizabeth
    Aug 13, 2017
    If it wasn't for the fact that it was about another serial killer who tortures his victims I might've like the story. ...
  • Carol Kerry-green
    Apr 25, 2010
    Okay, I seem to be on a Crime reading odyssey at the moment:-) Seeking the Dead is set in the fictional city of Ebory which is based on York, it was fun trying to guess the areas of York where the book was set, as having lived there for two years I'm fairly familiar with the area, and ...
  • Andrea Bowhill
    Oct 09, 2009
    There would always be wrongs and rights, thieves and murderers to apprehend it's the way of the world ever since Cain first lost his temper with his brother Abel. These thoughts plagued DI Joe Plantagenet as he was just another official trying to bring the wrongdoers to justice, a seri...
  • Brenda H
    Dec 30, 2016
    Joe Plantagenet is newly transferred to the police dept of Eborby. He gave up his post in London after the death of his long-time partner and friend and has come to Eborby for a calmer life. However, life in Eborby is anything but safe at the moment as a serial killer -- the Resurre...
  • Dorothy
    Apr 04, 2016
    I think I might have enjoyed this book more had I not listened to it on audio. The narrator was very slow paced and his regional accents were not authentic. I did think of giving up on it but was glad I didn't as the plot was interesting and more exciting towards the end. So...not the ...
  • Mel
    Dec 18, 2010
    Joe Plantagenet must be one of the most incurious detectives in England. I lost count of the times he felt something wasn't right but then made an excuse to himself rather than pursue his thought. The story wasn't as well developed as her Wesley Peterson books. The saying "a mile wide ...
  • Bill
    Nov 28, 2012
    This is the first in the Joe Plantagenet mystery series. I read the second by mistake previously. It didn't affect my enjoyment of this story at all. The series is set in Yorkshire and DI Plantagenet is an ex-priest (or more correctly, he was in training for priesthood but fell in love...
  • Meaghan
    Oct 28, 2010
    I really liked this book. It is set in York but they name is Eborby and it has all the elements of a good mystery. It involved a schitzophrenic murdering people because he thought they were cursed by the devil. It also involved some ghosts and a little satanic ritual. I give this book ...
  • Eadie
    Dec 31, 2016
    This was my first Kate Ellis book but it won't be my last. I found her writing to be very enjoyable and I loved her research about the city of York. Sounds like a very unique place to visit in the future. Her characters were very well-drawn and interesting. The plot was good with unexp...
  • Ant Koplowitz
    Jan 14, 2017
    Seeking the Dead by Kate Ellis is set in a fictional town in Yorkshire and is billed as a "Joe Plantagenet mystery". But after reading it is didn't feel I really knew Joe or any of the other characters any better than at the start. All I can really recall is that Joe Plantagenet likes ...
  • Ruth
    May 31, 2013
    c2008: FWFTB: Eborby, asphyxiates, churchyards, malevolent, cunning. Ms Ellis is certainly not a succinct writer. The plotting ambles along and everything does come together at the end. But, sadly, no part of the solution was difficult to work out and I had worked out both the murderer...
  • Larraine
    Oct 15, 2016
    Seeking the Dead is the first Joe Plantagenet book I've read. It's also the first in the series. I've read several of her Wesley Peterson series. These mix crime and archaeology in interesting ways. The Plantagenet series is more about history and ghosts mixed with crime and a touch of...
  • Andrew
    Dec 31, 2016
    4.5 Stars. This is the first book in a new series and by a new author for me, but it won't be the last. I found the book to be very enjoyable and very readable with plenty to hold your interest and get you involved in the story. The lead character, Joe Plantagenet, was training to be a...
  • Carol
    Dec 31, 2016
    Seeking The Dead by Kate Ellis Joe Plantagenet Series Book #1 4.5?'s From The Book: When Carmel Hennessy begins a new job in North Yorkshire, she finds the historic city of Eborby gripped by fear. A killer is on the prowl - a killer who binds and asphyxiates his victims before ...
  •  Olivermagnus
    Dec 30, 2016
    This is the first book in a series that introduces some interesting characters and an intriguing plot. Carmel Hennessey begins a new job in Eborby, North Yorkshire, a town where a killer is on the loose, tying up and asphyxiating victims before leaving their bodies in churchyards. When...
  • Heather
    Feb 25, 2019
    I am just not sure about this one, I finished the book but it really seemed a bit slow moving for my taste. The writing was well done and I did enjoy the characters so wasn't that bad . Good mystery story as a hole ...
  • Helen
    Apr 05, 2014
    Galloped through this one, which is the first in a series featuring Joe Plantagenet and set in "Eborby" (nice name for York - ecclesiastical Latin with Scandinavian ending). If you know York at all, even a bit, it is very recognisable. Mixture of history & mystery, a serial killer ...
  • Gary Van Cott
    Aug 10, 2015
    3.5 Stars. I have read most of the author's Wesley Peterson series and decided to try this one. While she still includes events of the past she has a avoided the rigid formula of the Wesley Peterson books, for the better I think. I thought the characters were good but the solution to t...
  • Sherry Mackay
    Jul 31, 2014
    Yes I did enjoy this murder thriller with Satanism and a ghost thrown in. I love a good crime novel and this was not bad. I do have to say the main character joe Plantagenet was a bit lack lustre. I didn't get much of a feel for his character and he didn't seem very interesting or part...
  • Fiona
    Oct 15, 2018
    I was expecting something more spooky judging by the book blurb and was a bit disappointed. However the story is fine although rather predictable, I worked it out quite early. ...
  • Susan Atkin
    Jan 13, 2019
    Read for a book group. Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Loved how easy it was to read yet kept be enthralled with its story. Did not confuse or complicate. I don?t like series of books but I may be tempted to read the next one! Couldn?t fault any of it and it was set in ...
  • Theunis Snyman
    May 19, 2018
    A highly enjoyable police procedural. I guessed who the killer was, but the reason why was a real surprise. ...
  • Ivana Richards
    Jan 08, 2019
    A great book. ...