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
Action, suspense, great characters and a well-written story. I am getting used to the narrator/voices in my head disconnect (you know, when what you're hearing isn't how you thought the characters should sound ); Ms Corbett is absolutely capable-her men sound like men, her accents are amazing, and I like her voice.
If you're up for a decent forensic series without a lot of gore and isn't going to leave you unable to sleep at night, allow me to suggest this entire series. And I do suggest you start at the beginning to get the full flavor of how things are put together and who these people are.
And I'm delighted to say that while this series is beginning to flag a bit, it is still a solid 4 stars.
Always looking for twists in a story that surprise me!!!!
Ruth remains one of my favorite mystery characters. She is very real with believable strengths and weakness. Like all of us she is always second guessing herself. DCI Nelson and the Druid Cathbarth, other characters in these tales, are well developed with their own strengths and weakness. Ms. Griffiths' books, well plotted and riveting until the last paragraph, leave the reader wanting more.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
The Ruth Galloway series is well-written and interesting, with good continuing character development throughout. Ruth is an archeologist who tends to always become involved in forensic activities, so has developed a strong relationship with some of the local police, as well as her friends from the university where she teaches.
In this book, Ruth receives a letter from a friend from an earlier time in her life, just after he has been killed in a fire, hinting at a stupendous archeological discovery. Ruth feels she must travel to Pendle University where he taught to investigate. So she sets out with her young daughter. Her friend Cathbad the druid is there, and so, conveniently, is Nelson, the policeman who is also father to her child.
As she looks into the discovery, dark and strange events begin to occur. Someone does not want her there, and will go to great lengths to get her to leave.This is a very good series. But it is always frustrating that Ruth manages to put herself into otherwise avoidable danger. In this book, it is her daughter who is at risk.
If the reader simply accepts that an intelligent woman with a young child seems to take chances that always lead to danger, this, like all the others, is a good book. It has good interaction among the characters beyond the mystery itself. I had read all the previous books, and this was the first with a narrator I have listened to. I was unimpressed with Clare Corbett's interpretation of male voices, but when she was simply reading the story itself, she was quite good.
Didn't read print version.
BRING BACK Jane McDowell! Clare Corbett is a terrible match for these characters! I'm going to finish the book, bit I'm dreading hearing the male characters talk. I can't comment on their accents, but she sounds as if she's doing parodies of male voices.
I would recommend only reading this book. The narrator does dreadful male voices. I am going to finish the story by reading it and return this to Audible.
Only with the narrator of the first books in this series.
The narrator of the first books or anyone who can do believable male voices.
Go back to Jane McDowell as your narrator. Clare Corbett is irritating right from the beginning but when she starts to do the "voices" of the various characters she becomes unbearable. She is not able to keep the voices consistent with the associated characters and her idea of the local accents is just insulting. I could not finish listening to this book and will read it instead.
Change your narrator and a book should be read not performed!!!
I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)
This 5th volume is my favorite of the series. I appreciated the different setting: Blackpool sees Ruth consulting on recent find by her old college chum (now dead in a mysterious fire.) Druid friend Cathbarth and Kate are in tow.
DCI Nelson and wife are vacationing in Blackpool, visiting his mother. Naturally, the 3 become entangled in solving the mystery behind archaeologist Goldingls fiery death.
I like the introduction to Nelson' family (his mum is a hoot and bonds quickly with Cathbarth) as well as his old "stomping" ground and colleagues. I look forward to seeing more of Sgt Tim (hoping he will follow Nelson back south, as he is an intriguing character.)
The mystery holds together fairly well and Kate isn't too much an intrusive part of the story (I typically prefer the surly loners). I actually find myself looking forward to seeing how Griffiths handles Kate's aging.
Some of the transitions between scenes are a bit choppy, but I suspect this is due to the format (probably wouldn't be as harsh in text.)
Narrator handles the different accents and characters with aplomb.
Highly recommend to any mystery lover.
I am working through this series back to front. Normally, I would never do such a thing, but the series came to my attention with book 8 and since there were a number of complaints in the comments stating that book 8 wasn't as good as previous books, I thought I'd start there and if it caught my attention I'd work backward and the books should theoretically get better. I've actually enjoyed that approach, in part because while the reader of the first few books takes over again for book 8, the books in the middle of the series are read by a different reader, Clare Corbett. I admit that she does not do a good job with Nelson's actual voice, however I think her voices for the other male characters are fine, and I deeply prefer her voicing of both Cathbad and Kate in particular, who are two of my favorite characters. Also, though the voicing of Nelson is poor, his accent is much better than that provided by Jane McDowell (the reader of the first four books, as well as book 8). In fact all the accents are much better as voiced by Corbet. Additionally, her voice is much more pleasant to listen to to me, as she doesn't have a tendency to become shrill when indicating high emotion. So, overall, I felt that someone should write a defense of Corbet as a reader for this series, since there is a lot of complaining about her in the review here.
Other people have written good reviews of the story, so I'll just stop with my defense of Corbet.
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.
I have enjoyed all of Elly Griffiths books about Dr Ruth Galloway.
What a pity the publisher changed the reader for this unabridged book.
The general narration was fine but I thought this reader was very poor on the mens' voices..
A good story spoiled for me by this.
If there are any more planned, please revert to the original reader.
"Hugely enjoyable series"
As I currently have a visual impairment the audio edition is a lifesaver for me!
The continuing story of Ruth Galloway and friends. If you have never read any of this series I would suggest starting at the beginning.
Yes I have listened to many of her performances and she is definitely one of my favourite narrators. This is one of her best performances, she really makes you feel a part of the story and the characters lives.
It is not an unputdownable gripping story but it does draw you in over the course of the book.
I love the Ruth Galloway series and would highly recommend it. This is not the best in the series as the story gets a little silly in places but I still loved it!
Loved this story. Preferred narration by Jane McDowell in previous books listened too.
Love the characters Already downloaded number 6!
"Back on Form"
Great to see the author back on form. In this book we discover more about our favourite characters from the previous books and also discover new characters added to the family. I have to say I loved Nelson's Mum and her interpretation of Cathbads name.
I bought this novel without reading any synopses as I like the author so much. So imagine my surprise settling down on my train trip to Blackpool from Scotland to discover the book set in and around the blackpool area, which brought the whole story alive for me as I knew where Ruth and Kate were located.
Superb read that had me laughing, crying and near the end so shocked I could hardly breath and shouting aloud "Oh NO!: If you read you may discover why lol.
I Highly recommend this book.
"I miss the performance of Jane McDowell."
I miss the performance of Jane McDowell.
For the female voices and the story line, Clare Corbett does an excellent job, but her male and child voices sounds like a caricature.
"Good book, annoying narrator"
Not a bad story, quite interesting at times but the narrators attempt at male and the child's voices set my teeth on edge.
"Great book but narrator misses"
Fun, different, entertaining
The Characters and the archeology aspects coming together within a mystery.
The original narrator was great. Please bring her back! Other reviewers have said the same. Clare Corbett is a good narrator and have liked her very much for other books but she was not good for this book. Her take on the regional accents was poor and whenever the child Kate appears SHE SCREAMS in this awful fake child voice. I found it so disturbing that it almost ruined a wonderful fun book for me as it was actually unpleasant and jarring.
book yes - narrator no.
The story in this was a bit odd and far-fetched, but okay-ish. I did get irritated by the fact that so much was made of the Lancashire, Yorkshire divide yet the accent that was used was Yorkshire NOT Lancashire. It also gets a bit over the top in the 'oh dear I am so fat and frumpy!' department (Ruth). I don't think I'd bother with another in the series, especially with this narrator.
"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.
"Mildly Enjoyable but Main Character Irritates"
I would probably read another book in the Ruth Galloway series (I have read all of them published so far) but I would hope that the character (and author) get over the 'I'm a mother now!' fixation. I understand the sketching of a character's concerns but the narrative's harping on the New Mother self-consciousness makes for irritating reading.
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