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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Book Review: The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  Publishing, via Edelweiss, ,for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Today's lasy book review brings us to History Thursday!

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In this highly atmospheric mystery, Ruth Galloway—“a captivating amateur sleuth” (Louise Penny)—and DCI Nelson investigate a murder in a medieval Italian town where dark secrets are buried as deep as bones.

It’s not every day that you’re summoned to the Italian countryside on business, so when archaeologist Angelo Morelli asks for Ruth Galloway’s help identifying bones found in the tiny hilltop town of Fontana Liri, she jumps at the chance to go, bringing her daughter along with her for a working vacation. Upon arriving, she begins to hear murmurs of Fontana Liri’s strong resistance movement during World War II and senses the townspeople are dancing around a deeply buried secret. But how could that be connected to the ancient remains she’s been studying?

Ruth is just beginning to get her footing in the dig when she’s thrown off-guard by the appearance of DCI Nelson. And when Ruth’s findings lead them to a modern-day murder, their holidays are both turned upside down, and they race to find out what darkness is lurking in this seemingly picturesque town.


This is the 10th book of the Ruth Galloway series, and allows Ruth to leave England this time! This is an interesting book as it draws all the characters into a different world, where Ruth is still the expert, but she's out of her comfortable norm, and allows herself to see a different life for her and her daughter. Meanwhile DCI Nelson is unsettled by their sudden absence and when disaster strikes, finds himself fleeing to their side. Will the different loction finally bring Ruth and Nelson together, or will it tear them apart? Add to that story 2 different mysteries, that require both of their expertise and you have a story your can't put down, even if you haven't read the previuos 9 books in the series! If you're looking for something new to read over the Summer, be sure to chekc out this full series! 

About the Author:

ELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Magic Men mystery series. She is the recipient of the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her work has been praised as "gripping" (Louise Penny), "captivating," (Wall Street Journal) and "must-reads for fans of crime fiction" (Associated Press). She lives in Brighton, England.

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