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A Room Full of Bones: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 4

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The story would probably be a reasonable one that you could see working on TV (maybe this is the author's aim) being your standard situation crime-drama. I was also irritated by the way that the author feels the need to tell us everything that has happened in the series up until now, to the point of spoiling little twists in the previous books (like what happened to her cat in The Crossing Places). Although the two deaths look like natural causes it is not thought likely and when threatening letters turn up the case gets even more sinister.

The imagery of snakes is common to both medieval Christianity and Australian dreamtime stories and Elly Griffiths utilises this to full spooky effect has more than one character experiences terrifying hallucinations and portents of death. Lord Danforth Smith, the current title holder, is a racehorse trainer and unwilling local celebrity. On this occasion the mystery revolves around a family-run racing stables, and its connection to the discovery of a body at a local museum. The book opens tantalisingly with the planned opening of a recently unearthed medieval coffin in a Norfolk museum, although before the festivities can get underway an unexpected modern death occurs! These two deaths could be from natural causes but DCI Harry Nelson isn’t convinced, and it is only a matter of time before Ruth and Nelson cross paths once more.

Forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway stirs up fears and passions among the living even as she unearths Iron Age remains. Emotions run high in A Room Full of Bones but the novel is cleverly plotted and delivers a highly satisfying mystery element, perhaps the most well thought out in the series so far. Lab assistant at the university by day, druid and godparent by night, Cathbad's usual talent for embroiling himself in matters continues, from his friendship with Ruth's Aussie neighbour to his shadowy connections to the Elginists. Most of the exhibits in this museum were acquired by Lord Smith in the course of a fascinating life. Now her feelings about Erik are rather more complicated, but that doesn’t stop his voice popping into her head at alarmingly regular intervals.

in " The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's membership magazine, and in our weekly " Publishing This Week" newsletter.

A Room Full of Bones has several mysteries running through it increasing Nelson's workload - that of the dead curator; another unexpected death; and an influx of cheap cocaine into the area.

A fast-paced, insightful and murky story of ordinary lives, buried secrets, and desperate crimes' Good Book Guide. There’s a formula (or balance) in my favorite mystery series— something like 70-80% mystery/crime threads to about 20-30% main sleuth/ regular character development. It was a chance remark of my husband's that gave me the idea for the first in the series, The Crossing Places. In some ways this edition feels less structured or perhaps more far flung with plot, but I didn't mind. This review and others are also published on Twitter, Instagram and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.As Ruth races past the soft drinks aisle, she becomes aware for the first time that the supermarket has been taken over by the forces of darkness. I think in future books she’ll be even more fun as she ages and can even more fully express herself, but I do already love her character. BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

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