The Plague Maiden by Kate Ellis is another Wesley Patterson crime story. Set in a fictional Devon (?) they feature a black Police Inspector, who formally was an archaeologist. It leads to some interesting stories. Fans of Elly Griffiths will feel instantly at home in the series. As a series it's good. Sometimes though the individual story isn't as good as the whole. For me, The Plague Maiden is a case in fact.
The story, as always, mixes events of the distant past, with a future case. A poisoner is targeting a local supermarket chain with deadly jars. Meanwhile his archaeologist friend, Neil, is digging up what could potentially be a plague burial ground on the site of a new supermarket for the same company. All nicely dovetailed together.
Usually, I like this series. It mixes my love of history and archaeology with my passion for crime fiction. Wes is a great character, one that really deserves a TV series. His crotchy boss lets Wesley have his head. Abely assisted by Rachel and detested by another PC; Wesley navigates life in Devon with a family life that is getting more fragile each book.
This time however the story didn't imprint on me as the rest of the series. Hopefully this is just a bump in the road and normal service will be resumed in the next one.