Norfolk is experiencing a July heat wave when a construction crew unearths a macabre discovery - a buried World War II plane with the pilot still inside. Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway quickly realizes that the skeleton couldn't possibly be the pilot, and DNA tests identify the man as Fred Blackstock, a local aristocrat who had been reported dead at sea.
When the remaining members of the Blackstock family learn about the discovery, they seem strangely frightened by the news. Events are further complicated by a TV company that wants to make a film about Norfolk's deserted air force bases, the so-called Ghost Fields, which have been partially converted into a pig farm run by one of the younger Blackstocks. As production begins, Ruth notices a mysterious man lurking close to the Blackstocks' family home. Then human bones are found on the family's pig farm.Can the team outrace a looming flood to find a killer?
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This was not my favorite in the series, to say the least. Perhaps I would like it more if I had read it, as I did any of the previous books. I do give credit to the narrator for her gift with accents (although why can't they ever "do" American) and her female voices are good but the male characters are all are very poorly interpreted, which is quite off putting. Nelson sounds like a dolt and Cathbad's dreamy, mystical sound is trite.
I look forward to each new Elly Griffiths mystery but in this one, I identified the killer very early on...not satisfying at all. Also, I am kind of bored with the whole Ruth/Nelson thing....fish or cut bait, already!
(Oh, nuts, I'm sounding like quite a curmudgeon!) Read the series in order...I loved the early books!
Somewhere along the line, ma Griffiths seems to have made a mental link of series heroine Ruth Galloway and perennial comedienne champ Dawn French. The result is a perfection in paradigm shift. So sad this came rather later in the collection, but still much appreciated as one visualizes RG in the variously tragicomic, life threatening, and strictly dramatic events depicted ( The Duck). I cannot understand the numerous negative reviews of narrator Clare Corbett, not, that is, in light of the newly crystallized persona for Ruth. My only criticism of Corbett's range is male depiction- uneven and somewhat weak- and especially regarding American male voices- perfectly awful. Poor Frank sounds always as though he were munching on a pair of wool socks. Otherwise, lovely- especially nice w/ Kate; children's voices can be career ending.
Yes I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. The writer Domenica de Rosa, writing as Elly Griffiths pens one great book after another. I have purchased and read all of them and am just now starting on her newest series, The Zig Zag girl. I have not doubt this series will not disappoint either. History, archeology, a little bit of romance, or maybe I should say love, no graphic sordid sex scenes, good mystery and human interactions.
In this series, Elly weaves story lines based on archeological/ historical events. Two of my interests. She does not preach using these lines of a story though. Informative Her characters, come alive. You can imagine each of them living their lives long after you finish the latest story. Louise Penny's characters and a few other authors characters are people I think about when not in the book as well, even though I know they are fictional. That to me is a mark of a good book.
The character development, I would say is what I liked best about this book and her others as well. They become old friends you want to visit in the next book in the series.
The scene when Frank shows Ruth the mural on the wall of what is now a pig farm barn, but was a US air force building during WWII. That mural depicts one air man or really the Army Air Core at that time still, I would think, view of the war, and Ruth's thoughts bring it to life.
You wonder about the men and woman who did leave their homes to go to a foreign soil to in this case was probably going to end in their death, but they fought because they felt they had to.
My own father was in the Army Air Core during WWII and overseas, although I was not yet alive. He never liked to speak of the war, and this book brings it to life in a good way.
Both at different times. Elly always brings the book to a stunning climax the reader of her books, knows will come. Then she leaves you with a little personal tidbit about a characters life line and maybe what is to come! In this ending Ruth comes to an important decision, the reader really can't predict which way she will go until you read it.
Her familial interactions make you think as well.
Just that the narrator is wonderful too. Easy to listen too, great diction, good pace etc. Some books and authors are great, but the narration ruins it, not in this case.
Yes, like the characters
It's okay, not the greatest storyline but good none the less.
One of my favorite narrators! She is great, accents are great! I hope they never change narrators, it just wouldn't be the same.
This was not as good as the earlier ones, but I am sure the author runs
out of ideas. I love the characters, Ruth, Nelson, Cathbad, but there needs
to be more plot.
She does a good job on the narration.
I have enjoyed all the Ruth Galloway stories and this one was excellent! As always the narration is exceptional and very enjoyable. I hope their are still more in this series to come. Thank you Ms. Griffith for another job well done!
No, I wouldn't. It was tedious. As a stand-alone book, it is impossible, and as part of a series it is hackneyed, filled with inanities, and just mind-numbingly boring. I couldn't keep my mind on it. I kept having to rewind and re-listen.
Write an honest book. This is obviously a poor imitation of the books she started out to write. She's turning them out like penny postcards. The first one was really good, but unfortunately, they have gone downhill dismally since then. I'm so sick of all of the characters.
NO! NO, no, no. I didn't even like Kate, although I could tell it was her because her voice is so piercingly loud and obnoxious.
No it wasn't. It was a badly formed plot, stupid behavior by supposedly smart people, and extremely unsatisfactory.
I wanted to like it.
Always looking for twists in a story that surprise me!!!!
Ruth struggles with single parenting and still manages to solve murders!! Believable and entertaining!!! Harry remains as oblivious as ever.
Quite well read and not a bad story. I would say fits in the cosy crime genre. nothing particlarly nasty. But then nothing great about the story., if a bit silly in places. I would say it could be a third shorter if you take out the long descriptions that have no bearing on the story. But that seems to the norm with these kinds of book. If your after an easy listen this is for you. But don't expect any great literature!
"Another intriguing Norfolk mystery"
I just love the characters in this series and feel as if I know them well.
The story is typically involved with twists and turns that keep the interest when listening.
I can't wait for the next episode to see how the characters develop.
I really like Clare Corbett's performance which is clear, consistent and easy to listen to.
As a fan of this series I felt that the author has reused her plots. Granted the characters have developed and their personal stories have moved on, but the plot seems like a re-take of previous adventures. In this story there is a backdrop with US airforce during WWII; that is interesting - the airfields are still dotted around in the East Anglia.
The narrator tells the tale well with good characterisation. It is worth giving the story a listen, but I felt it was not as good as previous stories in this series. I am glad for the humour and the mentions of the unique landscape.
"Close to perfect"
I would agree with another reviewer that Elly Griffiths has finally got her plot sorted. This book has a much more understandable and realistic plot and I think she is drawing her characters better. There is the odd touch of humour to the book that hasn't been there previously - and thankfully we had less of the endless anguish about whether Ruth thought herself a good mother. I have enjoyed all of this series but every one has had niggles - whereas this one didn't really have any at all. I am now even used to Clare Corbett reading (the change of voices grated on me when the switch to her was first made). Thoroughly enjoyable and well worth a listen I shall look forward to No. 8.
"Something more needed"
The Ruth Galloway series is a guilty pleasure. The characters grow on you but offer little depth or excitement. This episode - the seventh - does not add much to the ones before. The plot was predictable and the climax by-the-numbers. I hope Griffiths will provide something just a bit sharper for the next installation.
I have enjoyed a number of books from this author and this story is just as enjoyable and entertaining. I know the main characters like old friends so it is easy to become absorbed into the story straight away. Clare Corbett was skilful with the narration.
"Another fantastic treat from Elly Griffths"
A wonderful treat, kept me listening to the very end
Ruth Galloway is a wonderful character, full of self-knowledge, down to earth, pigheaded but likeable.
the whole book was wonderful
absolutely, but then it' s a shame ot is over and we have to wait for the next one. Please hurry up Elly.
"For me another winner in this appealing series"
This is not the place to start with the Ruth Galloway series they are so much better read in sequence as the same people appear in almost all of them and develop as they do. Elly Griffiths is marvellous at creating a background atmosphere of the limnal zone in her novels it is almost as much part of them as the other characters. This time Ruth and Inspector Nelson are caught up in a mystery that stretches back through time to the Second World War and involves the ghost fields, abandoned WW2 airfields and a local family the Blackstocks. The narration is excellent and the story is good, overall I recommend it.
"A very light listen"
The storyline was too twee for my usual tastes and the narrator struggled to make the men seem real or distinguishable from each other. This is the sort of book that wouldn't offend a maiden aunt or a young person but not enough about it to be memorable.
A steady tale of murder and mystery. Well read. Not the ending I was expecting at all. All very good.
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