The Armada Boy

Norman Openheim is an American Veteran of the D Day Landings, on a sentimental journey with his old unit to their West Country base. His is the last body archaeologist Neil Watson expects to find in the ruins of an old chantry chapel.

Neil naturally turns to his old friend from student days, Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson, for help. Ironically, both men are looking at an invading force - Wesley the World War Two American veterans, and Neil a group of shipwrecked Spaniards reputed to have met a sticky end at the hands of outraged locals as they limped from the wreckage of the great Armada in 1588. Local memories prove retentive and Wesley is soon caught up in old accusations, resentments and romances from fifty years before. But the coolness of Openheim's wife, Dorinda, and her reliance on a fellow veteran in the party, offer an all-too-familiar motive for murder.

A belligerent group of homeless youths are also under suspicion: then another veteran's wife disappears. Wesley's case grows more perplexing, while Neil uncovers a tragic story from the distant past. Over four hundred years apart two strangers in a strange land have died violently. Could the same motives of hatred, jealousy and revenge be at work? Wesley is running out of time to find out.


"Ellis unfolds an intricate yarn...with all the assurance of a seasoned veteran of the genre." Publishers Weekly.

"Traditional detective fiction with a historical twist - fans of Time Team and The House Detectives it." Scotland on Sunday.

"Enjoyable whodunit". Eastern Evening News.

"Marvellous, this book manages to improve on its very clever and well-worked predecessor." Leon Vincent.

"...good...atmospheric thriller...plenty of intriguing background and some oddball protagonists." The Bookseller.

"It's fast paced with twists and turns guaranteed to keep you hooked right until the final page." York Evening Press

"There is plenty going on and the whole affair is recounted with pleasant wit and genuine feeling for character and plot." Birmingham Post.

First published 1999 by Piatkus

Hardback ISBN 978-0312251987
Paperback ISBN 978-0749953409
Published in the USA by St Martin's Press (ISBN 031225198X)

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