The Armada Boy

The Armada Boy

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Archaeologist Neil Watson and Detective Sergeant Wes Peterson, investigating the circumstances surrounding the body of an American veteran found in a chapel, find a decades-old mystery and connections with a similar event four hundred years ago.

McMillan Palgrave
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 body is the last one 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 - Wes, the WWII Yanks, 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. Local memories are retentive, and Wes 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.

As if that is not enough, a belligerent group of homeless youths are also under suspicion: then another veteran's wife disappears. Wes'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? Wes is running out of time to find out...


Blackwell North Amer
Norman Openheim, an American veteran of the D day landings, is on a sentimental journey with his old unit to their West Country base. His body is the last one archaeologist Neil Watson expects to find in the ruins of an old chantry chapel. . .
Neil naturally turns to his old friend from his student days, Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson, for help. Ironically, both men are looking at an invading force - Wes, the WWII Yanks; 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. Local memories are retentive, and Wes 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.

Baker
& Taylor

Archaeologist Neil Watson and Detective Sergeant Wes Peterson, investigating the discovery of the body of an American veteran in the ruins of an old chapel, find a decades-old mystery and connections with a similar event four hundred years ago

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2000
Edition: First US edition
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780312251987
031225198X
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY ELLIS...K
Characteristics: 218 pages ; 22 cm
Notes: "Thomas Dunne books"

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May 08, 2011

Heads up to Kate Ellis fans - this is a reissue of a 1999 book so if you're a fan like me you may have read it before. Good story though.

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