Ruth Galloway/DCI Nelson # 3
January 6, 2011/ ISBN 9781849163675
Crime / Police /Archeology/ England / Contemporary
by L J Roberts
Two people, a man and a woman, are walking along a hospital
A team of
archeologists studying coastal erosion uncover a number of skeletons
neatly placed within a cleft of a cliff. Archeologist and forensic
expert Ruth Galloway is brought in to work with DCI Harry Nelson,
to determine the age and identity of the remains. The more they
discover, the less someone wants them to find and others die trying
to keep secrets buried.
and then there is a review which I find difficult to write; this
is one. Let me start with all that I found very well done:
I love the
illustration at the beginning of the book. I admit to being a map
person so anything which provide a prospective as to the settings,
I appreciate. Additionally, Ms. Griffiths’ descriptions are
wonderful a establishing a sense of place and enhancing the action
of the story. She describes both the tension of driving in a heavy
snowstorm as well as the beauty it creates with equal skill.
a driving thread through the plot of the story. I particularly appreciate
her perspective of someone in the present being unable to comprehend
the fear of those living in vulnerable areas during the war. One
can empathize, but never really understand without having the experience.
The mystery itself is very good. While you, as reader, know some
of the events have a direct impact on the story, it’s Ms.
Griffiths’ ability to bring together a lot of small pieces
into solving the complete puzzle that is admirable. There is heart-pounding
suspense, surprises, twists and an ending which was wonderfully
set up but not contrived.
themselves are complex, interesting and very realistically human.
There is a wonderful diversity among them and I’ve certainly
come to have my favorites. Relationships are complicated; and nowhere
is that point made more clear than in this series.
of the book with which I had reservations, and thus dropped my rating
from Very Good, is based on the relationship between two of the
characters. It is my personal view only. Yet because it is such
a significant part of the series and accounts for a considerable
portion of each story, it’s not something I can ignore. The
event is a moral decision, not one of legality, and while I realize
may this may seem silly, being the characters are fictional, but
it is just not something acceptable to me. Had an event which occurred
in the first book of the series not reoccurred, I am certain I would
feel differently. However, that was not the choice made by the author.
That’s fine, it is her choice, but it is one that clearly
impacts the way I feel about the book.
So, the big
question is: Will I continue with the series? Yes, I shall. For
as much as I am uncomfortable with the relationship, I have to believe
the author has a purpose for making this, and other, relationships
such a focus of the books. That, the quality of the writing, and
the author’s ability to create a compelling mystery is enough
to bring me back—for now.
of other titles in this series
House at Sea's End
Dying Fall #5