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The Dark Angel

Written by: Elly Griffiths
Narrated by: Jane McDowell
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
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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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  • Barbara Dumas
  • Newton, MA USA
  • 2018-07-27

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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  • sera
  • Chicago, IL USA
  • 2018-05-18

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • Moffat, CO United States
  • 2018-05-17

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
  • 2018-08-14

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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  • PMWSSTUFF
  • 2018-07-04

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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  • carina
  • 2018-12-20

Ruth Travels to Italy

Ruth goes to Italy for work/holiday. An unexpected occurrence brings Harry Nelson there also even though his wife is again pregnant. Who is the father? Kate, now 6 years old, enjoys the Italian beaches and public swimming pool. The narrator does an outstanding job with the Italian accent. Bravo!

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  • Susan Snell
  • 2018-05-21

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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  • Shirley Y. Thomas
  • 2019-05-02

The epilogue drags the story down

I enjoyed the reader very much. The story was good but I was at sea in the beginning. This book is clearly one in a series, and if you don’t know the characters from previous installments, it takes awhile to catch up. The concurrent dramas playing out on two continents requires your close attention. I wasn’t surprised much by the solutions in either situation. The epilogue is long and seems needlessly detailed. Maybe the writer felt she needed all that to set up the next book. The reader’s pleasant lilting voice and clear, easy delivery made the book for me

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-03-14

Soap opera

Yes there is a little bit of archaeology and a little bit of mystery but mostly it's a love triangle. The marriage is over but can't be ended because the 40+ year old wife is pregnant, possibly by another man. You have to like the characters to care what happens and Michelle, the wife, has lived too long on her looks. Enough already. I'm sorry I listened to it.

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  • K. LAPPEN
  • 2019-03-09

Wonderful series!

I'm upset that the series is over! How can I go on without Ruth Galloway, Kate and Nelson??