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
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.
As was true with the previous four books in the series, the story is great! The characters are diverse and compelling.
The narrator's voice for Cathbad makes him sound like an old cigarette smoking drag queen. And her voice for Kate, particularly when she is calling out is ear piercing! I was not thirty minutes into the story before I had called my partner to ask about the narrator change. He completely agreed it was horrible, so much so that we both debated buying the sixth book because it was again narragted by Clare Corbett!
Miserable voice for Cathbad and a voice so irritating for the two year old Kate that I could not listen with earphones on because the volumn would hurt my ears if she did kate and I could not hear the other voices if I adjusted to a Kate acceptable level.
NOT read by Clare Corbett...
I liked Jane McDowell's narration in "The Janus Stone" and I have liked Clare Corbett in recent Ruth Galloway series. Ms. Corbett does a good job with the female voice's however her male ones get a bit mixed up and the voice of Kate, Ruth's small daughter is like listening to NAILS on a CHALKBOARD! I have shut this book off twice because of this child's voice. Just horrible and jolting. I don't want screeching or loud noises in any audio book I listen to. I have returned audio books that have gun shot sounds, phone ringing sounds etc. Not necessary. When I read books my brain does not create these sounds so PLEASE don't put them in the audio version.
Only Jack Reacher (Lee Child) can keep me on the edge of my seat and even his latest wasn't seat edging material.
Child's voice awful!
I will finish this audio book and yes buy another because I really like "Ruth Galloway" so keep up the good work Elly Griffiths.
Bring back Jane McDowell or find another native English speaker who doesn't find it necessary to create cartoon voices for a classic English mystery. I enjoy Ruth Galloway and her band of quirky characters as long as the narrator is not trying too hard.
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.
Loved this story. Preferred narration by Jane McDowell in previous books listened too.
Love the characters Already downloaded number 6!
Very poor book, boring plot which has no pace to it, with a very weak ending
"Interesting story line"
I enjoyed this audio book once I could ignore the fact that it is written in the first person which never really works so I wouldn't want to buy more. The characterisation is strong but unfortunately, the reader simply cannot do a male policeman with a northern accent! Also,it is a great shame that the author has chosen to use the book as a vehicle for expressing her own antipathy towards the Christian faith; it spoils the book & is completely unnecessary as it really doesn't add to the story. She could still have used the druid/Celtic faith without making out that all Christians are religious nuts; it is too one sided.
"better than expectes"
Yes I would, just so I could maybe grasp some of the characters better than I did the first time.
I found the characters very interesting and the use of the druid beliefs
I did get a little upset about the dog, but where animals are concerned I always get emotional whether its happy or sad.
I would like to read some of the other books written by the author.
"irritating narrator and not great writing"
this story is written as if for small children it may have a good plot but the language is like Enid Blyton and read in the same manner - the narrator sounds like she's reading a Noddy book - the 'voices' are appalling
"Good story spoilt by bad narrator"
I loved the story, but the narrator spoilt it for me. Her male voices were awful. Unfortunately I have already bought the next story and Clare Corbett is again the narrator. However, I shall not buy any further books in this series if she continues to read them.
"More Midsummer Murders than Rebus"
More like Midsummer Murders than Rebus. Very slow and a bit far fetched.
Not sure. Some of her narration was good but the male characterisation was irritating.
Very gentle mystery, but not for me.
"Very enjoyable series"
I have read some of the others in the series but this is the first I have heard. On balance I think that I preferred to listen than to read in this case.
I particularly enjoyed it as I knew some of the places mentioned, the Lancashire moors and Blackpool. I knit whilst I listen and this was a nice book for that, not too complicated to keep track of the characters and plot but interesting. certain parts were exciting enough to make me knit faster!
I would love to listen again without Clare Corbett doing the voices she used for Nelson and Cadfel the rest she read beautifully.
I have read all of the Ruth Galloway stories and love them this one was hard to get through due to the narration.
Yes as long as there are no northan males or posh durrids in them.
not this time sadley.
"Not for me"
I like a fast-paced thriller and, sadly, this is not one. I have listened as far as chapter 12 and not a lot has happened. An archeologist friend of our heroine has died (prologue) and she has gone to Blackpool to investigate the archaeology he was involved with. She has received a threatening text message. Apart from this, the story is full of descriptions of characters and places, which didn't hold much interest for me.
I appreciate that many others have enjoyed this book, so it is obviously something to do with my own preferences which has put me off.
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