Ruth Galloway receives a phone call that bears shocking news. A friend of hers from college, Dan Golding, has been killed in a fire at his Lancashire home. Her shock turns to alarm when she gets a letter from Dan. He has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever but he needs Ruth's advice. Even more alarming, he sounds vulnerable and frightened. DCI Harry Nelson is also rediscovering his past. Up north for a holiday, he meets his former colleague Sandy MacLeod, now at Blackpool CID. Sandy tells him there are strange circumstances surrounding Dan Golding's death. Many of those who worked with Dan seem to be afraid.
Many have secrets to hide. Ruth is drawn deep into the mystery, and where she goes, so does her toddler daughter, Kate. This time, it's not just Ruth's life at risk.
©2013 Elly Griffiths (P)2013 Quercus Publishing Plc
The story is ok. I am tempted to read the earlier books just to find out how Nelson and Ruth ended up having a child together when he appears to love his wife so much. But, I doubt if I will. The story was just not that compelling.
What I will do is look for other books narrated by CC. She does amazing things with her voices. At one point I thought perhaps it was a real child doing the voice of Kate, Ruth's 2 y.o. daughter. She gives a different voice to each character, so much so that I imagine I can see them in my head.
Have listened to the whole series, and have enjoyed them all, even though the narraator changed. Good crime story, but nothing majorly original. There's a mean twist in this one, but I won't spoil it for you. I wouldn't say it's an over-accurate representation of forensic or police procedure, but enjoyable, and the characters are well established by this point. Listen to them in order though if you want to get the best out of them.
Another outing for Dr Ruth Galloway, this time visiting Lancashire to investgate some very strange and bizarre happenings. A fatal fire sets Ruth on a path to solve a mystery uncovered by an old college friend, Dan Golding. But things are not quite as they seem and everyone seems to be hiding a secret.
Once again we are treated to a thoughtful and intriguing case, with the familiar characters of Ruth, Nelson, Kate and Cathbad. We are also introduced to Nelson's family and start to have a glimpse into his life before he came to Norfolk.
As i have come to expect from Elly Griffiths books this one has a great story line, keeps you guessing throughout the story and has the usual background story which is in her previous books. This book is highly recommended and will keep you entertained from the moment you pick it up. Can't wait for her next book.
The trouble with many series is that the longer they go on, the greater the risk that much of the book is devoted to updating the regular characters' lives and plot becomes almost secondary. I have really enjoyed Elly Griffiths early books but found this one a little weak. Having said that, her characters are so well drawn that you really do want to find out how they are doing 'now'. Jane McDowell has read the previous unabridged books in the series, so it is a pity that the publishers have changed this.
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