A Dying Fall

A Dying Fall

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" A Dying Fall , like all of Griffiths' work, combines an intriguing plot with well-drawn characters--topped by the ever-fascinating Ruth--and a keen sense of place and history. Connoisseurs of thoughtful suspense will revel in its many pleasures."-- Richmond Times-Dispatch

When Ruth Galloway learns that her old university friend Dan Golding has died in a house fire, she is shocked and saddened. But when she receives a letter that Dan had written just before he died, her sadness turns to suspicion.

The letter tells of a great archaeological discovery, but Dan also says that he is scared for his life. Was Dan's death linked to his find? The only clue is his mention of the Raven King, an ancient name for King Arthur.

When she arrives in Lancashire, Ruth discovers that the bones reveal a shocking fact about King Arthur--and that the bones have mysteriously vanished. The case draws in DCI Nelson, determined to protect Ruth and their eighteen-month-old daughter, Kate. But someone is willing to kill to keep the bones a secret, and it is beginning to look as if no one is safe.

"Another gem packed with offbeat, well-developed characters and a quirky, challenging mystery."-- Kirkus

"As with all Ruth Galloway mysteries, the application of forensic archaeology is intriguing . . . readers are in for a really good time with this flesh-and-blood bone expert."-- Booklist , starred
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, 2014.
Edition: First Mariner Books edition.
ISBN: 9780544227804
Characteristics: 392 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jun 30, 2015

A very enjoyable read. Didn't want to put it down. Great series.

Mar 13, 2015

As a mystery lover, I have been enjoying this series very much.

Oct 16, 2014

This is poorly written in the wrong tense. I mentally edited the pages as I read them. I fail to understand how books such as these are ever published.

samdog123 Jul 31, 2014

I enjoy each and every one of the books in this entertaining mystery series featuring forensic archeologist, Ruth Galloway. Now a Mother of a 2 year old, Ruth balances a holiday/work trip to Blackpool where she tries to authenticate a grave that may or may not be that of King Arthur. But what does the secret society of the White Hand have to do with it all?????

Oct 04, 2013

Any flicker of mystery has been smothered by the gooey treacle of domesticity. Babies and todlers have put the kybosh on any intrigue proferred by the current case involving Ruth Galloway. In fact, this is more a fantasy, what with a cute, cuddly, utterly docile pit bull terrier being the perfect play companion for a two-year old child. Boring, rehashed, politically correct characterizations impeling the reader to reach the conclusion as mercifully quickly as possible.

Sep 09, 2013

Absorbing, but the author's credibility has been strained a bit too far this time around.

Jun 25, 2013

This is the fifth in the Ruth Galloway series. She becomes involved in a mystery through her job a forensic anthropologist. She is a regular person, over weight and a single mother. Full of interesting characters. I am not only entertained but learn something as well.

JCLJanineM May 08, 2013

For those invested in the Ruth Galloway series characters, it's worth the read. But the plot gets downright silly at times and you have to seriously suspend your disbelief for this one.

Apr 15, 2013

Not the strongest of the series but it does end with some changes for a few of the regular characters.

Apr 08, 2013

The latest installment in the Ruth Galloway series is entertaining but was a little disappointing because 1. Little happens to advance the story arc with the recurring characters and 2. Ruth actually does almost no forensic archeology. Ruth, with Kate and Cathbad in tow, is in the north of England after an old friend makes a discovery and asks her to provide an opinion on some bones. Unfortunately the friend has been murdered and the bones are nowhere to be found. Kate's father, DCI Harry Nelson who is from the area is visiting family and an old copper friend at the same time. Not too many encounters between the two, but a bit of suspense towards the end. Unfortunately for me, a fact in the murder makes no sense. A man dies in a fire because he can't get out of his house. The door has been locked from the outside. Okaaaay. So why couldn't he unlock and open it from the inside? It's never explained and no matter how much I try to ignore it, it just keeps popping up in my mind.

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