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A Dying Fall (2016)

by Elly Griffiths

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Series: Ruth Galloway (5)

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Ruth's old friend Dan Golding thinks he has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever - but he needs Ruth's help. Then, Dan is killed in a fire, leaving Ruth with one clue: the tomb of the Raven King. DCI Nelson is also rediscovering the past. He meets his friend Sandy Macleod, now at Blackpool CID, who tells him there are mysterious circumstances surrounding Dan's death. A Neo-Nazi group at Dan's University has been making threats and could be involved. Many of Dan's colleagues seem fearful and have secrets to hide. Ruth is drawn into the mystery, and where she goes, so does her daughter, Kate. This time, it's not just Ruth's life at risk.… (more)



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A Dying Fall, the fifth book in the Ruth Galloway mystery series, is a straightforward thriller centering on the murder of Ruth's ex-colleague Dan Golding who, like Ruth, has forged a successful career in the field of archaeology. Ruth hears about his death through a mutual friend, one she has lost touch with, and coincidentally, two days later she receives a mysterious letter from Dan, written just before his death. She heads to Pendle University in Blackpool with her daughter Kate, and Kate's Druidic godfather, Cathbad, to solve the mystery of the newly discovered bones.

There is less actual archaeology in this book than the previous ones, and Ruth works to solve various plots that revolve around a group of white supremacists who have made inroads at the university and the complex personal relationships that connect several members of the university staff. There is a wonderful mix of the King Arthur legends, archaeology, mystery and an absolutely riveting finale.

You always know that this series will leave you educated and entertained. Ruth is a fantastic character, who constantly doubts herself on the personal level but is completely confident on the career level. Her personal life is a mess, but she is devoted to her friends and, of course, her daughter. The secondary characters are some of the most interesting and complex I've ever encountered. The author manages to weave archaeology into a compelling plot, and achieves an ideal balance between the character's private lives and the intriguing crime story. I can't wait to read the next book in this series, The Outcast Dead. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
A cracking read. Ruth Galloway's adventures just keep getting better.

This is not great literature, but it is escapism done to perfection. I am an aficionado of detective fiction so, it is not often that I am truly fooled by a plot twist: I was during this book.

Thoroughly enjoyable. ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Jun 11, 2020 |
Another excellent mystery to read over a quiet weekend in self-isolation. Cathead has become such a likeable druid and Kate is developing her own personality. ( )
  siri51 | Mar 29, 2020 |
I just can’t get enough of this series. The characters and story lines are fantastic, the settings are well described and engrossing, and the mysteries are always suspenseful and intriguing. Love them!!!! ( )
  BookishHooker | Dec 16, 2019 |
A friend from Ruth's student days dies in a house fire and the next day Ruth gets a snail mail from him saying that he has made a major archaeological discovery but is frightened and asking her to come and help verify the origins of a skeleton.

Very atmospheric with a tantalising air of menace from an unknown source. One quibble which may be just the ebook formatting, but some sort of typographical clue such as an extra line space or a row of asterisks when the scene changes would be helpful. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Dec 5, 2019 |
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Griffiths, Ellyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Corbett, ClareNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hammarström, Helenasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Handels, TanjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kangasmaa, AnnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kennedy, MarthaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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'That strain again! It had a dying fall:
O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound
That breathes upon a bank of violets
Stealing and giving odour! Enough, no more;
Tis not so sweet now as it was before ...'
—Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
For John Maxted
and for Sarah and Michael Whitehead
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At first he isn't even scared. (Prologue)
The phone is ringing when Ruth opens the front door.
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