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Is the Doll Strangler back? Or is a copycat killer on the loose...? Singmass Close has a sinister past. Reputedly haunted by the ghosts of children, in the 50s it was the hunting ground of the Doll Strangler, a ruthless killer who was never brought to justice. Now DI Joe Plantagenet wonders whether a copycat killer is at work when the strangled body of teenager Natalie Parkes is found in the same close, a mutilated doll lying by her side. With the recent disappearance of a young female model and an escaped convict at large, this new, horrific murder stretches Joe's team to their limit. But as the bodies start mounting up and Joe's questioning brings him closer to the real strangler, he comes to suspect a shockingly creepy connection between all three cases...
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Kate Ellis is the author of The Wesley Peterson Murder Mysteries series and has twice been nominated for the Crime Writers’ Association Short Story Dagger.From Booklist:
Three unrelated cases come together in this atmospheric mystery set in the English town of Eborby, patterned after York. A convicted child murderer escapes, two teenage girls go missing, and a serial killer from the 1950s, the Doll Strangler (or his copycat), is again murdering young women, mutilating them in a manner never made public and leaving a similarly marred antique doll at the scene. DI Joe Plantagenet and his boss, DCI Emily Thwaite, are on the case but struggling with personal problems: he deals with the earlier deaths of his young wife and detective partner and the potential relocation of his current girlfriend, she with concerns of neglecting her family. Overlaying all is the gloomy, supernatural atmosphere of Singmass Close, the site of the murders, an area reputedly haunted by the ghosts of ill-treated orphans and destitute children. Ellis, author of the Wesley Peterson mysteries, follows her first in the Joe Plantagenet series (Seeking the Dead, 2009) with this worthy successsor, a compelling thriller perhaps best enjoyed during daylight. --Michele Leber
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