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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

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Still a great series

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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great Ruth Galloway Mystery!!!

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Cant do a male voice to save her life!

Would you consider the audio edition of Dying Fall to be better than the print version?

Didn't read print version.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Clare Corbett?

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.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Another good episode in series

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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terribly terrible narration!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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.

Would you be willing to try another book from Elly Griffiths? Why or why not?

Only with the narrator of the first books in this series.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Clare Corbett?

The narrator of the first books or anyone who can do believable male voices.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Where is the original series narrator?

The new narrator ruined the book for me. Her male voices were so annoying I could barely finish listening. Bring back the original narrator!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sue
  • PALOS VERDES PENINSULA, CA, United States
  • 05-29-13

Great Story, absolutely Terrible Narration

How could the performance have been better?

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.

Any additional comments?

Change your narrator and a book should be read not performed!!!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Tracey
  • Danville, AR, United States
  • 02-06-13

Another great entry in the series

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mer
  • PATTERSON, CA, United States
  • 08-20-16

When will this series score a decent narrator?

A nice addition to the series--I love the main character, Ruth--and the location, which is another "character" in the stories.

However the narration has been consistently horrid. Jane McDowell's strident, grating voice would leave me clenching my teeth after only a few moments of listening. However, Clare Corbett is worse--but in a different way. She has a pleasant enough voice, easy to listen to, until she attempts to do a male voice. At first I thought I was hallucinating--no WAY her clownish male characterizations would have been permitted. Wrong.

C'mon people--will somebody please just LISTEN to these performances before inflicting them on the paying customers?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Worst narration ever but a good story

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Margaret
  • 04-25-13

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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.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Clare pitt
  • 04-16-15

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.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Saffy
  • 07-19-13

Hugely enjoyable series

Would you consider the audio edition of Dying Fall to be better than the print version?

As I currently have a visual impairment the audio edition is a lifesaver for me!

What did you like best about this story?

The continuing story of Ruth Galloway and friends. If you have never read any of this series I would suggest starting at the beginning.

Have you listened to any of Clare Corbett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is not an unputdownable gripping story but it does draw you in over the course of the book.

Any additional comments?

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!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Apts48
  • 03-31-15

Great book but narrator misses

If you could sum up Dying Fall in three words, what would they be?

Fun, different, entertaining

What did you like best about this story?

The Characters and the archeology aspects coming together within a mystery.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Clare Corbett?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

book yes - narrator no.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Kirsten Behrens
  • 09-26-15

I miss the performance of Jane McDowell.

Would you be willing to try another one of Clare Corbett’s performances?

I miss the performance of Jane McDowell. <br/>For the female voices and the story line, Clare Corbett does an excellent job, but her male and child voices sounds like a caricature.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-15-15

Great story

Loved this story. Preferred narration by Jane McDowell in previous books listened too.
Love the characters Already downloaded number 6!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • HelenM
  • 02-21-16

Another good Ruth Galloway mystery.

Would you consider the audio edition of Dying Fall to be better than the print version?

I love audio books, so I'm already a convert.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ruth is great, trying to balance work, motherhood and police work. I like cathbad too, he adds a bit of mystery to the proceedings.

Which character – as performed by Clare Corbett – was your favourite?

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Maggie
  • 01-09-16

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...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • kimmie
  • 12-02-15

Awesome read

What did you like most about Dying Fall?

Like all Ms Griffths books this one was fantastic

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Ruth and little Kate, listening to like Kate growing up and how Ruth deals with her very new age without being silly.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

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

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I always cry in Ms Griffiths book but I also laugh at Nelson, waiting his cake an all.<br/>

Any additional comments?

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

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  • Valerie
  • 10-12-14

Good story spoilt by bad narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Clare Corbett?

Jane McDowell

Any additional comments?

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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • jennifer palmer
  • 04-20-16

Painful reader!!

It was almost impossible to enjoy the story at all. The readers voices were horrid. Especially that of the little girl, which was not only high pitched, but ten times louder than any other character. I actually had to cover the speakers on my iPad quickly whenever this character spoke. It disturbed my sleeping dogs! I would definitely not recommend it, the story itself was dull. I would return it but I've returned too many apparently!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • imtralee
  • 05-12-15

the narrator loses me

Jane McDowell seemed to have a much closer affinity with the characters of this series than Clare Corbett, who makes central Male characters sound either creepy/sleezy (Cathbad) or uncaring (Nelson). I miss the old characters.

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  • Eosaphrodite
  • 08-17-16

Great next book in series

This is a good installment in Ruth Galloway series. Fans should enjoy story but change in narrator is quite disconcerting after consistency of previous titles. Once I got used to the change it was fine though. Clare read well and managed all the different accents and voices beautifully. I think if you haven't read any books in this series before, I'd recommend going back and finding an earlier book in this series to start with as much of the relationships in this book assume prior knowledge.