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A Cursed Inheritance
A Cursed Inheritance

A Cursed Inheritance

A Wesley Peterson Murder Mystery

The Wesley Peterson Murder Mysteries


368 Pages, 4.5 x 7

Trade Paper, $12.95 (US $12.95)

Publication Date: August 2010

ISBN 9780749936068

Rights: US

Little, Brown Book Group (Aug 2010)
Piatkus Books

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The legacy of a terrifying massacre plagues an English town, and its roots reach back centuries—and possibly across the Atlantic to the U.S.

The brutal massacre of the Harford family at Potwoolstan Hall in 1985 shocked the populace and passed into local folklore. When a journalist researching the case is murdered 20 years later, the horror is reawakened. Now a New Age healing center, 16th-century Potwoolstan Hall is reputed to be cursed because of the crimes of its builder, and it seems the inheritance of evil lives. As more people die violently, detective Wesley Peterson must discover why a young woman has transformed a doll’s house into a miniature reconstruction of the massacre scene. The solution seems to lie in the ruined remains of an early English settlement in Virginia, but when the truth is finally revealed, it turns out to be as horrifying as it is dangerous.


"The guesswork goes on until the end in the latest of this excellent series." —Good Book Guide

"Kate Ellis skillfully weaves crimes of past and present into a seamless narrative. . . . The plotting is intricate and the finale totally unexpected. An agreeable mystery." —Scotsman

Author Biography

Kate Ellis is the author of the Wesley Peterson Series and has twice been nominated for the Crime Writers’ Association Short Story Dagger.