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There's nothing Ruth Galloway hates more than amateur archaeologists, but when a group of them stumble upon Bronze Age artifacts alongside a dead body, she finds herself thrust into their midst - and into the crosshairs of a string of murders circling ever closer. 

Ruth is back as head of archaeology at the University of North Norfolk when a group of local metal detectorists - the so-called Night Hawks - uncovers Bronze Age artifacts on the beach, alongside a recently deceased body, just washed ashore. Not long after, the same detectorists uncover a murder-suicide - a scientist and his wife found at their farmhouse, long thought to be haunted by the Black Shuck, a humongous black dog, a harbinger of death. The further DCI Nelson probes into both cases, the more intertwined they become, and the closer they circle to David Brown, the new lecturer Ruth has recently hired, who seems always to turn up wherever Ruth goes.

©2021 Elly Griffiths (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Another good book

Decent story line, lots of characters, some suspense on “who done it”, and an ending that will presumably lead to the next book. Jane McDowell was excellent as usual. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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  • EveryContinent
  • 2021-07-01

Good premise, characters, atmosphere of the fens

After a hiatus, I caved and bought this title, having skipped several in the series. And once again, coming very near returning it, I decided to hang in!

The main characters and the fens keep me interested, but the fluff, unnecessary PC stuff — a character not using the W word (wife) for fear of insulting an individual whose partner might be a guy? Come ON, that’s over the top. The major issue for me is the writing style in each book: a bit of dialogue, or an event, always followed by an exhaustive explanation of the place, person or action. It becomes infuriating and distracting and ruins the flow. A pity, really, and for me, simpering and unnecessary.

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  • jatw
  • 2021-07-04

Another great book in the series

This book is everything you want & expect from this series and advances some important relationships & storylines.

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  • Calista
  • 2021-07-03

Very satisfying , many thanks Ms Griffiths

Another excellent and riveting Ruth and Nelson installment . Never a letdown , love all the characters . Of course I am devoted to Ruth and Nelson , but Michelle is ,in addition ,very appealing with lots of character and and a fully
formed personality , not a two dimensional character .

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  • Debby
  • 2021-07-03

Great addition to the Ruth Galloway series

Really enjoyed this book and the continuation of the series. Can't wait for the next book to come out!

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  • Norma garcia
  • 2021-07-02

loved it

loved every ♥word wished it was longer or that it would never end can't wait for the next one

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  • Lauri C
  • 2021-08-01

Really bad narration

I have listened to this entire series and have loved it- until this book. The plot was decent, but the narration ruined it for me. As one other reviewer said, the narrator sounded as if she had too much saliva in her mouth- it’s unfortunately true. I almost couldn’t finish it due to this. She also seemed to pause at strange intervals and was not invested in the story. Perhaps her time as a narrator is drawing to a close? Whatever the issue, I hope the next book will have a different narrator. I am glad I trudged through it though, as I enjoyed the storyline.

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  • Winsome
  • 2021-07-30

It can't possibly end here!

I thought this excellent series had ended with Book 12, so I was happy to discover that Elly Griffiths continued the story into a Book 13, in which our protagonist Ruth Galloway returns to Norfolk after two years in Cambridge. The books are page-turners and we are left to wonder who-done-it until the final pages, but the real hook of the series is the wonderful recurring characters and their relationships with one another. I also love the vivid descriptions of the salt marshes of Norfolk. I won't include any spoilers here, but the book ends with a cliffhanger and we MUST KNOW what happens next! Here's hoping that Elly Griffiths is hard at work on the next installment!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-07-27

Excellent

Elly Griffiths doesn’t disappoint! Fascinating characters as always, everything intertwined, fabulous read! Can’t wait to see where Ruth and Nelson’s relationship goes from here.

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  • Beverly McGee
  • 2021-07-27

Most Enjoyable Series

I have enjoyed each of the books in this series and eagerly await the next. Elly Griffiths writes well. The narrator does not get such high marks. For the most part she’s okay but her rendition of voices on the telephone is terrible. She lowers and electronically alters her voice so that is both difficult to hear and to understand. This is distracting and irritating. Otherwise, another great book.

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  • Nancy Lerandeau
  • 2021-07-24

Her best yet

I keep waiting for Ruth and Nelson to finally be together. This book was a little more romantic than the previous books, but still no commitment from Nelson. At the end of the story, his mother tells him he knows what to do about his messy love life. What will he do? This book is about so much more than an ill- fated affair. People die. Is it murder, murder/ suicide or accident. There're enough deaths to keep you guessing.