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 narrator attempted to do several accents. If I were from Yorkshire, I would have been offended. Just because someone has an accent is no reason to make them sound stupid. The regular narration was so soft, I had to turn the volume way up. Even then, I could hardly hear it. But the "accents" were so loud and horrible that the dialogue seemed as if it were being yelled. Even the poor two year old screamed every single word of her dialogue. All in all, a ridiculous circus that really detracted from the book.
No. I generally don't listen to books again for quite some time but this would not be one. The narrator, especially the very uneven volume levels, the screaming Kate and the overloud Sandy completely spoiled my enjoyment of the book. Books should be read, not considered a 'performance'
Very disappointing and contrived.
Jane McDowell read the early Galloway and she was excellent. I won't buy any more as long as Clare Corbett is the reader
For goodness sake read the book and don't do the accents.
On the whole, I enjoyed this but not as much as the earlier books in the series. Make voices were pretty awful, especially Nelson and Sandy, and that was a big negative. Also, the solution to the mystery seemed contrived and didn't hang together that well. The reader did well with female voices and general narrative tough and I enjoy the characters. May have to read the next book, as not sure I can listen to the same narrator again.
I hate to say this -- I resist saying this as often as possible - but the narration here for any character other than Ruth is horrible. Children should not necessarily be depicted as cartoon characters and worse, men should not be voiced as childrens' teddy bears in a fake gruff voice. Every scene including a male character is ruined.
Please see above.
I still enjoyed this book in the series, but I agree with other reviewers that stated that the narration was distracting. I was so disappointed in the sonorous, droning tone bestowed on Cathbad, who in previous versions was an Irishman, that I almost couldn't follow the story at first.
Also, when performing the children's voices the narrator because loud and piercing in order to maker her voice sound 'childlike.'
By the next book in this series that is read by the same narrator I became a bit more used to it, but still missed the other narrator.
I've loved listening to this series, but I was dismayed to hear the new narrator. Jane McDowell was FAR superior. Clare Corbett's female characters are fine, but her male characters sound more like caricatures of what "men" sound like. Ugh. If I didn't love the series so much, I'd stop listening to this one.
The performance was awful. The narrator's attempts to voice the characters was torturous.
A Maisie Dobbs book from the library.
I would edit out about 50% of Ruth's infernal, internal discussions. They are endless and silly for a woman who is supposed to be intelligent and sure of herself, and successful in her chosen field. These internal dialogues no longer make sense to me on an emotional level, or on an intellectual level, either. I want her to get over herself and get on with it. I would be less harsh if I hadn't liked her so much in the first book or two.
I think this is the worst of the lot. I really liked number 1, enjoyed number 2, yawned through three and could barely finish number 4. Success isn't always a great thing for an author, I have decided. At least for that author's 'work'.
I really don't like this narrator. The only voice I liked was Ruth's. I hated (!) Harry's voice...in fact all the men were badly served, I think.
It would be a great TV series and it almost feels that is what Elly Griffiths is fishing around for. I wouldn't watch it, but it would probably be popular enough. It would have to be British actors and they are all so wonderful that I would thinking finding the right people would be fairly easy.
I was just disappointed. Now I don't know if I want to listen to any more of these. I'm taking a break for now.
"You might have to grit your teeth"
I would recommend this story, with the warning that you may have to grin & bear some of the 'voices'. Fortunately, the story was enough to keep me hooked.
A different narrator would have improved the book out of sight. The men's voices were awful - I almost pictured the narrator putting her chin down to her chest to try & deepen her voice - and I considered giving up the story two or three times. I decided to hang in there, though, because I was interested enough in the story.
"Another good Ruth Galloway mystery."
I love audio books, so I'm already a convert.
Ruth is great, trying to balance work, motherhood and police work. I like cathbad too, he adds a bit of mystery to the proceedings.
This was the first Elly Griffiths book I've read so I had to go back to number one in the series, it's worth doing as the characters grow with you.
"Change of accent"
One of the main characters has been changed from an Irish accent to posh English and it really bothered me.
"Has the narrator ever been to north?"
I have listened to the Ruth Galloway books in order and thoroughly enjoyed them until I heard the narration on this one.
Has this narrator every been been to the north west.? I can assure her that the men in these parts don't sound anything like that and what has happened to Nelson? his voice is terrible. I only persivered with this book because of the good story line and I want to know what happens between Ruth and Harry, because of this I will listen to the next book and try to ignore the terrible male voices.
"My favourite Ruth Galloway so far - with a twist!"
I found this series through an Audible offer that turned out to be No.6, the Outcast Dead, and got hooked enough to buy the rest and listen from the beginning.
I enjoyed them all, but this one stands out for me because of the Arthurian theme. Did he exist, and if so who was he? I've read so many theories and the Northern British ones are fascinating. Yes, this is a novel, but so are the late Mary Stewart's Crystal Cave series and they are brilliant. (Wish Audible would record them, unabridged)
With this you get everything - a classic Ruth Galloway book, well written, with developments in the lives of all the regular characters. A murder mystery that keeps you guessing a lot of the time. Archaeology proving more interesting than I ever imagined. Plus King Arthur!
Yes, Ruth still dithers when she should act, never seems to learn from previous risky experiences and often you want to shake her in irritation but that's the person she is and the mark of how well Elly Griffiths has created her as an individual. Well read as always, and with a wonderfully intriguing twist...
No spoilers! Listen for yourself...
Like all Ms Griffths books this one was fantastic
I love Ruth and little Kate, listening to like Kate growing up and how Ruth deals with her very new age without being silly.
I thought the way the fire at the brining was brilliantly written you felt you were with Dan as he tried to escape the flames, chocking on the black smoke
I always cry in Ms Griffiths book but I also laugh at Nelson, waiting his cake an all.
I wish I had found her books sooner, can't wait to finish reading them all over again but this time I the right order...haha
"Not as good as previous stories"
This story missed some of the benefits of the earlier novels, in that the Norfolk setting has a character and atmosphere of it's own. The action here is transferred to Blackpool, and the fact that a number of recurring characters manage to be there is a little contrived. In addition, while it is a cliche that having listened to 4 audiobooks with one narrator any listener is going to be a little disappointed with a new performance, I do actually think that Jane McDowell's performance was better, particularly with the male characters.
This is the first Ellie Griffiths book I've listened to. I really enjoyed it, I liked the mix of murder mystery with a little archeology. The pace of the story was consistent, drawing you in, wanting to know more and then building the story to a dramatic finish. I will definitely listen to more of her books.
Awful, cluttered style of writing. And now I am forced to write more before I can submit this review. Awful awful awful awful awful
This is Elly Griffiths at her best, unfortunately at is ruined by one thing; the narrator's characterisation of Cathbad's voice.
The story is classic Ruth Galloway and it cannot be faulted, the usual suspects are all there, with the twist that the main plot is set on the Lancashire coast. Most of the voice characterisations, which is very important when listening to a book, are fine. The voice of Cathbad, however, is dreadful. The Druid grew up in rural Ireland and has spent his adult life, as far as we have been informed thus far, in Manchester and rural Norfolk; the narrator makes him sound as though he were a bad actor trying to portray the result of a Home Counties upbringing coupled with Eton and Oxbridge.
The book itself would be a definite "five stars", but I just cannot do the same for this audiobook as a whole.
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