Kate Ellis is an award winning author of two thrilling crime series and has sold over a million books worldwide. She has also written three historical crime novels and many short stories.

Kate has a story in this great anthology - Happiness is a Warm Gun inspired by her experiences growing up in Liverpool in the Beatles era :-)

Her books in the Wesley Peterson series, containing an intriguing blend of mystery and history, include:

The Merchant's HouseThe Armada BoyAn Unhallowed GraveThe Funeral BoatThe Bone Garden, A Painted DoomThe Skeleton Room, The Plague Maiden, A Cursed Inheritance, The Marriage Hearse, The Shining Skull, The Blood PitA Perfect Death, The Flesh Tailor, The Jackal Man, The Cadaver GameThe Shadow CollectorThe Shroud MakerThe Death SeasonThe House of Eyes , The Mermaid's ScreamThe Mechanical Devil , Dead Man's LaneThe Burial CircleThe Stone Chamber, Serpent's Point & The Killing Place

Also available are five books in her spooky and mysterious series set in the ancient city of Eborby in North Yorshire and featuring DI Joe Plantagenet: SEEKING THE DEAD, PLAYING WITH BONESKISSING THE DEMONSWATCHING THE GHOSTS & WALKING BY NIGHT

Kate has also completed a powerful and stunning historical trilogy set in the aftermath of the First World War. A HIGH MORTALITY OF DOVESTHE BOY WHO LIVED WITH THE DEAD & THE HOUSE OF THE HANGED WOMAN are available in paperback and ebook

Quick News

Fans of Kate's Joe Plantagenet series will be pleased to hear that the third, fourth and fifth books in the series have been reissued and are now available. A sxith adventure for Joe is planned - date to be announced

Kate is pleased to announce that Watching the Ghosts has been selected for a Kindle deal in the US for this May, and The Merchant’s House has been selected for a UK Kindle promotion this May. Priced at 99p/$0.99 respectively

Kate's short story, 'Not a Note' is in the latest CWA Anthology 'Music of the Night'

Kate's historical crime novel The Devil's Priest is available to download from the Amazon Kindle Store for £1.77p ($2.99 US)

Kate has written about the art of plotting in the new Detection Club publication HOWDUNIT - a masterclass in crime writing from the UK's leading crime authors.

Kate's Diary


Updated May 2024

Forthcoming Events

Kate will be attending Crimefest, Bristol, 9 - 12 May 2024 

Kate will be attending Alibis in the Archive, at Gladstones Library, 7 - 9 June 2024

On Thursday 20 June at 2.30pm, as part of National Crime Month, Kate will be speaking at West Kirby Library, The Concourse, Grange Rd, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 4HX.

On Wednesday 26 June at 7pm, Kate will be speaking at Padgate Library, Insall Rd, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0HD as part of LiveWire Libraries LitFest

On Thursday 19 September at 2pm, Kate will be speaking at Whitehaven Library, Lowther St, Whitehaven CA28 7QZ