The Dark Angel (The Ruth Galloway Mysteries) Audio CD – 23 November 2018
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- Publisher : Recorded Books, LLC; Unabridged edition (23 November 2018)
- Language: : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1664448810
- ISBN-13 : 978-1664448810
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About the Author
Elly Griffiths, winner of the 2011 Mary Higgins Clark Award and the 2016 CWA Dagger in the Library Award, is the author of two mystery series, one taking place in Norfolk and the other in Brighton. Her Ruth Galloway novels take for their inspiration Ellys husband, who gave up a city job to train as an archaeologist, and her aunt who lives on the Norfolk coast and filled her head with the myths and legends of that area. The second series takes place in the fifties and features Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens and illusionist Max Mephisto.
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Ruth is invited to Italy to provide expert advice at a Roman dig by Dr Angelo Morelli, another former lover! She is keen on the idea of a break after learning that DCI Nelson’s wife, Michelle, is pregnant again. Nelson is the father of Ruth’s daughter, 7 year old Kate. There’s also some uncertainty about the father of Michelle’s baby-to-be. It’s complicated. Ruth invites her friend Shona and her son Louis along to Italy for company and childminding. Dr Morelli has made accomodation available in the charming hillside town of Castello degli Angeli. The dig is nothing exciting for the overall story arc.
In a convenient plot device (I struggled with this) there is a minor earthquake and Ruth’s phone is off so Nelson hears about it and assumes the worst and is on a plane to Italy the next morning, accompanied by Cathbad. Of course. The earthquake has disrupted the local graveyard behind the church and a skeleton is uncovered that shouldn’t be there. The next thing we know, Ruth is embroiled in yet another murder investigation.
Meanwhile, back in England, tragedy strikes. And it has a unfortunate impact on Ruth and Nelson’s non-relationship. I really can’t say any more. I think this book was weaker than the rest of the series but I’m already onto the next one. And then I’m almost there! 3.5. Stars rounded up but it’s a close thing! But by the time you get to book 10 you’re in it for the long haul.
Oh, we all do it, are flattered and ready to go forward to help. This is definitely a lesson of be careful of what flatters you!
Ruth, along with her daughter Kate, a friend and her young son travel to Castello degli Angeli to help Dr Morelli, but things don't go according to plan.
It all sounds very hopeful and one would expect that being in Italy we would get a really wonderful opportunity to experience a good dose of archaeology, but it doesn't work that way. Ruth seems to barely look at the bones before happenings in the village life take over and we are, instead, involved in past history and secrets kept since the days of World War II.
It's all very interesting but it changes the balance of what we have come to love about the Ruth Galloway story and, while I wasn't disappointed in the book, I was disappointed in the lack of the archaeology that we are used to getting in this series.
The relationship between Ruth and Nelson is still going strong and that's a worry, as there is no way this can end well, I feel we are doomed for pain some time in the future.
It's a great story, just not one of her best in this series.
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This is the tenth instalment in the Ruth Galloway series, and the author obviously fancied a bit of a change - maybe inspired by a nice holiday in Italy? But personally, I'd have preferred to stay at home and do without all those descriptions of the "hilltop village", the pasta, the coffee, the limoncello, the beach ... It's a very weak plot, too, one that's not helped by some very unconvincing off-the-shelf local characters. Did her editor urge her to invent an excuse to fly Nelson and Cathbad out there pronto? Meanwhile, much much more interesting things seem to be happening back in Norfolk - though the Michelle/Tim entanglement, despite the dramatic ending, was as dull and unlikely as ever.
Ruth is still protesting too much about her looks and general ineptitude, of course, but now it's even more irritating, as she seems to have morphed into a sun-kissed femme fatale. Yet another gorgeous, available bloke is finding her attractive, and Nelson (who's as confused as me about why he's there) can't help but admire her in her M & S swimming costume: "she looks curvaceous rather than overweight, she's tanned too, and her hair is longer ..."
I always enjoy the police procedural/archaeological details in these books, too, but they're almost non-existent in this one - I'm not sure whether it could even go into the crime section of the library. Other reviewers have accused the author of sliding into chick-lit, and I think it's perilously close.
Nothing wrong with some decent escapist chick-lit, of course, and this is an easy read, especially if, like me, you've invested in this series. But by uprooting Ruth from her home and profession it's lost its USP, and this is the worst book by far. Even the title feels like an afterthought. So I'll ask the question again: time for a break?
Just scraping three stars.
In some ways the plot of this book seems contrived (since of course Nelson has to get out there as well), but several further complications in Harry Nelson’s convoluted life appear as a result of events in this and the last book. However, my immediate reaction was ‘gripping, heart-rending and inspirational’. So maybe it is better reviewed fresh!
Where is it all going to end? I start to think the story has nearly run its course, and Ruth should get out of the triangle, or quadrangle, or even quintangle she’s found herself in.
I can’t wait for the next one…
I suspect the same editor has worked on many of these books - it seems that they don't want to hurt a writer's feelings by altering the work. It really felt like an early proof rather than a completed work. Try harder Quercus!