A High Mortality of Doves - Kate Ellis

‘Edith stayed with us for nine years then in 1915 she left us to do her bit for the war effort in a factory in nearby New Mills. I could tell Father missed her terribly but she can’t have felt the same because she never returned to us after peace was declared.’


  1. 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 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?


I was sent a copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review, so here goes.


This book was a very easy book to read and it’s doable to crack through it in one sitting, which is what I like – unfortunately life kept knocking on the door for me and interrupting, it must have heard that I was enjoying myself.


The characters are relatable, likeable and you end up really just rooting for them even when Ellis drops little seeds on everyone, indicating that they could have been the murder and it’s only right at the end when all is revealed and I can tell you now that it will surprise you; it did me. We follow the point of view of someone that you normally wouldn’t expect; I’m not doing to ruin it for anyone by going into that much detail about it but this was one of the reasons I enjoyed this novel.


If at any point you fancy a thriller, murder mystery novel that trails away from the typical narrative and style of writing, give A High Morality of Doves a go.