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It’s not every day that you’re summoned to the Italian countryside on business, so when archaeologist Angelo Morelli asks for Ruth Galloway’s help identifying bones found in the tiny hilltop town of Fontana Liri, she jumps at the chance to go, bringing her daughter along with her for a working vacation. Upon arriving, she begins to hear murmurs of Fontana Liri’s strong resistance movement during World War II and senses the townspeople are dancing around a deeply buried secret. But how could that be connected to the ancient remains she’s been studying? 

Ruth is just beginning to get her footing in the dig when she’s thrown off-guard by the appearance of DCI Nelson. And when Ruth’s findings lead them to a modern-day murder, their holidays are both turned upside down, and they race to find out what darkness is lurking in this seemingly picturesque town.  

©2018 Elly Griffiths (P)2018 Recorded Books

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  • sera
  • Chicago, IL USA
  • 05-18-18

Good Entry in Series

I enjoy this series very much. and this entry is no different. But the decision to change the audio on phone calls within the book, i.e. making them sound as if they are down a well, is utterly idiotic.

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The characters all seem real

I do like this series. As some say, they are not pure mystery, although generally a part of the plot is focused on trying to figure out how or why someone died - no matter when they died. The cast of characters includes interesting people, all with a wart of two. They are not great books, but they are good reads, they are informative and they are fun. When I am working hard - a good read is just the ticket.

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Not a mystery

This was incredibly boring. It was a wait and wait and wait for something to happen. It didn’t it is not a mystery except why it was every produced.

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Great book.

I love this series of books. Can hardly wait for the next one. I do not, however, like the phone calls in the narrative. Makes it cheesy.

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  • TK
  • 08-14-18

No interesting storyline

The previous books in the series have all had unique archaeology/forensic plots involving the characters whose love lives intermingled. This book seemed to only exist thi make the love lives more complicated - the history & archaeology were afterthoughts & not even well fleshed out. The lengths the author goes to to keep Ruth & Nelson involved but separate are getting ridiculous.

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This author can't resolve her books!

Tired of waiting for a resolution between main characters. Ridiculous! Not buying another book. I am bored.

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Very good story

I found this a good follow up to the other stories by Kelly Griffiths and look forward to the next one.

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My Favorite Elly Griffiths so far!

I’ve adored everything I’ve read by Elly Griffiths, but there is something I can’t quite put my finger on that makes this book my favorite. Maybe it’s the character development, which I’ve always appreciated in her work, that seems to reach a new level here. It may also be the way she presents Ruth’s opinion of evangelicals, juxtaposed to other religious/spiritual beliefs and practices. It’s both skeptical, respectful, and questioning.

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Disappointing

I was very disappointed by this book. Frankly, the series seems to get worse with every new addition. There is way too much emphasis on Ruth's relationships and in this book the mystery seemed to be an afterthought. If the next book is no better than this one, I will drop the series.

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loved it

This story really sucked me in. Character development and excitement. Can't wait for the next installment.