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Release Date: 7th February 2019 / Publisher: Quercus

DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to ‘go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there’. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle’s baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of The Crossing Places, and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead. Or are they?

Meanwhile Ruth is working on a dig in the Saltmarsh – another henge, known by the archaeologists as the stone circle – trying not to think about the baby. Then bones are found on the site, and identified as those of Margaret Lacey, a twelve-year-old girl who disappeared thirty years ago.

As the Margaret Lacey case progresses, more and more aspects of it begin to hark back to that first case of The Crossing Places, and to Scarlett Henderson, the girl Nelson couldn’t save. The past is reaching out for Ruth and Nelson, and its grip is deadly.

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My Review

This is book #11 in the Ruth Galloway series.  I have read all of the previous books and whilst this one can be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading the books in order to avoid spoilers!

I love this series and I love Ruth Galloway!  For those that don’t know, Ruth is an archaeologist who has, over her career, helped the Police with investigations involving old (and sometimes new) bones!  The series has also featured DCI Harry Nelson of the Norfolk Police and if you have read the previous books, you will know that there is a complicated relationship between Ruth and Nelson.  In the previous book, Ruth went abroad to help an Italian colleague with a discovery of some bones, and I have to admit, whilst it was lovely being in sunnier climes, it’s great to have Ruth back in dreary, grey old Norfolk!

The story itself strikes a chord back to the first book of the series, with many similarities.  Nelson is drawn into the discovery of two sets of bones within a henge near Kings Lynn after one of the sets was found to be the body of a young girl who went missing years before.  Needing Ruth to help with identification of the bones, it was great to see her and Nelson working so closely again.  Alongside the police investigation, we also delve more into Nelson’s personal life when his wife Michelle gives birth.  I love how I was kept on tenterhooks to discover if the baby was Nelson’s or her ex-lover Tim’s – something which would have been blatantly obvious by the colour of the baby’s skin!

The story, as usual, moved at a fast pace and I loved how this book continued to mix Ruth and Nelson’s personal and professional lives at just the right amount.  I’ve been routing for Nelson to leave Michelle and get together with Ruth for so many books now, so could this finally be the one where he does that…well of course, you will have to read it to find that one out!!  I adore Nelson and love his grumpy personality, his Blackpool accent and his loathing of anything spiritual!  I also love Ruth’s character and personally think they are both suited far more to each other than what they are with any other of the relationships that they have!  Of course, there are the usual supporting characters, such as Cathbad, Judy and Clough, which all add depth to the story. 

The plot of the book twisted and turned, and whilst you may have worked out fairly early on who was involved, it didn’t detract from the enjoyment of it any way, shape or form.  The storyline was gripping, the characters were fabulous and the setting was perfect.  There was nothing I could dislike about this book at all!  I have heard rumours about the series winding up but I really hope that it is just rumours as there isn’t a series where I’m so impatient for the next book in the series to carry on the story!  Would definitely recommend, but don’t start with this book, go back to the beginning and read the whole lot!

The Author

Elly Griffiths was born in London. The inpsiration for her books about forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway came from her husband who gave up a city job to train as an archaeologist. Elly lives near Brighton but often spends holidays on the wild Norfolk coast. She has two children and a cat.