Walking by Night by Kate Ellis

T I T L E: Walking by Night
S E R I E S: A Joe Plantagenet Mystery
A U T H O R: Kate Elli
P U B L I S H E R: Severn House; Crème de la Crime
P U B L I S H--D A T E: July 1,2015
I S B N: 9781780290737
Literature/Fiction (Adult); Mystery, Thriller

A drunk teenage girl decides to take a shortcut on her way home from the pub. The night is foggy and she thinks she hears someone following her. In her panic, she stumbles across a body, as well as what looked to be a nun-like figure watching her from the darkness. She reports what happened to the police, but after no body is found, they think it’s because it was foggy and her drunken state combined to make her imagination run wild. Only one policeman believes her and that is Detective Inspector Joe Plantagenet. Not long after, a woman is reported missing and then a body is found but not in the same place that the young girl reported finding one, although the description is similar to the one she gave police. Soon DI Plantagenet finds himself involved in an investigation that has all kinds of twists and turns. It involves a production that the local playhouse is putting on called The Devils. There are also reports of ghosts being seen at the theatre. The question is whether the death of the woman is related to the play or is the play itself by the ghosts that are reported to haunt the theatre?

     I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though I haven't read any of the other books in the series. There are lots of suspects and it was fun trying to figure out who the murderer was. It was well written and a great read.
     Joe is a great character. He is intelligent and very likable, as is his boss, Emily. Even though he struggles with his past, it isn't the main focus of the story and gives his character some depth.
I gave this book four stars and would like to read the other books in this series.