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A High Mortality of Doves

(2016)
(The first book in the Albert Lincoln series)
A novel by

 
 
'Haunting' Independent

'A powerful story of loss, malice and deception' Ann Cleeves


The first gripping historical thriller in the Albert Lincoln series by bestselling crime writer Kate Ellis.

1919. The Derbyshire village of Wenfield is still reeling from four years of war. Just when the village has begun to regain its tranquillity, a young girl, Myrtle Bligh, is found stabbed and left in woodland, her mouth slit to accommodate a dead dove - a bird of peace.

When two more women are found murdered in identical circumstances, Wenfield is thrown into a panic.

With rumours of a ghostly soldier with a painted face being spotted near the scene of the murders, Inspector Albert Lincoln is sent up from London to crack the terrible case - but with the killer still on the loose, who will be the next to die at the hands of this vicious angel of death?

What readers are saying about A High Mortality of Doves:

'Anutterly stunning mystery . . . Outstanding' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'Deliciously brilliant' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'Gripping' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'Anamazing mixture of great plotting, well developed characters and interesting historical detail' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'Fabulously atmospheric' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'A satisfyingly shocking ending' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'A terrific mystery' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"I loved this novel. Set just after the First World War, its clever plotting hides a powerful story of loss, malice and deception." - Ann Cleeves

"Kate Ellis has established a deserved reputation for ingenious whodunit plots [and] in A High Mortality of Doves, she breaks new ground. Fascinating, with a characteristically clever twist." - Martin Edwards

"Imagine a plot as devious as anything Agatha Christie devised, locate it in a Derbyshire village in 1919 and with writing as close to the pulse as Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth and you will have some idea of the extraordinary power of Kate Ellis's new novel." - Peter Lovesey

"A splendidly macabre thriller with a very dark heart and a hugely effective twist at the end." - Andrew Taylor

"I absolutely loved this book. It's a perfectly paced crime novel that beautifully evokes both time and place. Kate Ellis keeps you guessing all the way through to the final unexpected twist. This could be an instant classic." - L C Tyler


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Used availability for Kate Ellis's A High Mortality of Doves

Hardback Editions

January 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: A High Mortality Of Doves
Author(s): Kate Ellis
ISBN: 1-4448-3958-6 / 978-1-4448-3958-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Ltd
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November 2016 : UK Hardback
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Title: A High Mortality of Doves
Author(s): Kate Ellis
ISBN: 0-349-41308-8 / 978-0-349-41308-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Piatkus
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Paperback Editions

May 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: A High Mortality of Doves (Albert Lincoln)
Author(s): Kate Ellis
ISBN: 0-349-41306-1 / 978-0-349-41306-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Piatkus
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Audio Editions

January 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A High Mortality of Doves
Author(s): Kate Ellis
Publisher: Soundings
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January 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: A High Mortality of Doves
Author(s): Kate Ellis
Publisher: Soundings
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January 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A High Mortality of Doves
Author(s): Kate Ellis
Publisher: Soundings
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January 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A High Mortality of Doves
Author(s): Kate Ellis
Publisher: Soundings
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Kindle Editions

November 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A High Mortality of Doves
Author(s): Kate Ellis
Publisher: Piatkus
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November 2016 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A High Mortality of Doves (Albert Lincoln)
Author(s): Kate Ellis
Publisher: Piatkus
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU