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Monday, April 12, 2021

Book Review: The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths

 Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook free of charge, from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,  via Edelweissplus, for review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own

There’s nothing Ruth Galloway hates more than amateur archaeologists, but when a group of them stumble upon Bronze Age artifacts alongside a dead body, she finds herself thrust into their midst—and into the crosshairs of a string of murders circling ever closer.

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Ruth is back as head of archaeology at the University of North Norfolk when a group of local metal detectorists—the so-called Night Hawks—uncovers Bronze Age artifacts on the beach, alongside a recently deceased body, just washed ashore. Not long after, the same detectorists uncover a murder-suicide—a scientist and his wife found at their farmhouse, long thought to be haunted by the Black Shuck, a humongous black dog, a harbinger of death. The further DCI Nelson probes into both cases, the more intertwined they become, and the closer they circle to David Brown, the new lecturer Ruth has recently hired, who seems always to turn up wherever Ruth goes.


This is a series that is aging like a fine wine- getting better with every installment. It came on like a flash, settled into a mellow groove and now Elly has brought new life into it with this book. Moving Ruth into a managerial position, puts her more on par with DCI Nelson. Now that she is moved back, he thinks nothing of calling her when a new set of bones is discovered, but now she has her replacement along for the ride. But in true Elly style, nothing is as it seems and one set of bones quickly turns up another mystery, and a surprising end. Fans of this series will adore this new entry, and be waiting with abated breath for what happens next, while new readers will find it a great stand alone, that makes you want to go back and read the rest of the series.

About the Author:

ELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Brighton mystery series and the stand-alone novels The Stranger Diaries and The Postscript Murders. She is a recipient of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. She lives in Brighton, England.

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