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By Charmaine on 07-12-14
Once again Ruth Galloway gets caught up in solving a crime she never wanted to get involved with which brings her in contact with her love. All sorts of lovely twists and turns throughout as usual to keep the reader interested with characters who are totally believable. And thankfully a decent narrated was used who is capable of voicing the different characters making it so much easier to listen to. I have read the first 3 books in this series and none of them have disappointed - this a series I will definitely continue following
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Kirstine on 16-04-17
Another intriguing story
I'm glad to say that my misgivings in my review of Book 3 of the series were premature and the author has created another intriguing and interesting story that isn't a repetition of the same formula as the preceding books. Most of the characters of previous stories return and part of the pleasure is finding out what happens to them next. I remain convinced that these books are best listened to in chronological order. There's more mysticism in this book as Cathbad, the Druid friend of forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway, plays a big part in the story. A minor criticism is that an author who takes care to get her scientific facts correct, makes the error of thinking that viruses and fungal infections are treated with antibiotics.
I'm enjoying the series and am galloping through them in my eagerness to follow the lives of the characters who seem so real.
The narrator does the author proud in bringing the characters to life and is consistent in her accents across the books.
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By karen on 24-11-12
Changing, evolving, genre....
I loved Elly Griffith's first book so much that when the second came out, I bought it right away -- something I almost never do. I usually wait for a second-hand copy to become available. I enjoyed the second book, and the third, too, but not as much. This one? Not at all. The author has subtly changed genre, and this doesn't interest me anymore.
The earlier books focused on Ruth Galloway, an archaeologist and single mother, which was an interesting combination, and meant a mystery focused on ancient remains, their origins and what might have occurred. The series has now taken off in a different direction. Now the focus is equally on one of the other characters, Cathbad, a Druid, and now seems to center on his occult beliefs, rituals, super powers and abilities. We still get Ruth dealing with her young daughter, but the emphasis has definitely changed.
In reading other reader's comments, I understand that many love this new direction, the Druidical hocus-pokus, the spells and charms. I don't. I liked the more traditional detective tale involving ancient remains and what happened to them.
It's all a matter of taste -- this book with its phantasmagorical storyline just wasn't interesting to me. I won't bother with subsequent books.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
By Meep on 22-08-16
This is where I stop
I have been working through the series back to front. I started with book 8, and though reviews tended to complain that it wasn't as good as earlier books, it caught my interest and I continued backward through the series to this point. I do not particularly like the two main characters (Ruth Galloway and Harry Nelson), but I find a number of the secondary characters and their interactions interesting and compelling and find myself caring about their lives. The mysteries themselves vary, but the atmosphere is always powerful and the flow of the story grips the reader and carries them along inexorably. Until this book.
SPOILER ALERT Spoilers to follow!
This book, however, breaks with all the books to follow it. (5-8). The mystery is resolved with a secondary plot that is introduced late, and seems to have been shoehorned in to explain things in a poorly executed way. The solution to the deaths is clever but it is, for me, completely wiped out by the coroner saying that they would have known what killed one of the victims if they had done an autopsy. Really? A second person dies a mysterious and unexpected death while a police investigation is going on that closely involves him and they didn't do an autopsy? This is ridiculous. The whole thing is put together with equal sloppiness.
The worst part, however, is the fact that I loath authors who use the abuse of animals as a means of indicating evil or wrongdoing. In this case, we have snakes killed and abused in the name of animal rights, the report of a cat brutally murdered in a previous story, and the horrifying abuse of multiple horses. In fact, the police witness this not once but twice. The second time they witness this horror and are thrown off the property in a suspicious manner and they do nothing, NOTHING about it. They just ignore it. Aditionally, we are never told if either of these horses survives, or anything about their fate or the fates of any of the other animals that were abused in the past. We are in fact meant to believe that the owner of the stable, his horse loving daughter and his animal rights activist wife allowed this abuse to go on for months or maybe years without even noticing it! There is also no satisfactory explanation of why these horses are suffering this way. We are told the cause, but not why it should cause such suffering. The medical explanation might be simple enough, but since this book is written with a depth of understanding that allows us to be told that a character may be suffering from a viral infection "one that doesn't respond to antibiotics" and a coroner that doesn't do autopsies on suspicious deaths, it is really no surprise that no coherent explanation is offered for the horse situation either.
In summary, I will not be reading anything by Elly Griffiths again and I am sorry she got so much of my money already.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful