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The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths

The Ghost Fields

by Elly Griffiths

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"The macabre discovery of a downed WWII plane with the pilot's skeleton still inside leads Ruth and DCI Nelson to uncover a wealthy family's secrets in the seventh Ruth Galloway mystery" --



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I love the combination of location and history in this series. ( )
  AnnaHernandez | Oct 17, 2019 |
A mystery that relies on DNA analyses to reveal surprising family connections amongst the Norfolk inhabitants. I was (as usual) immediately drawn into the story by Griffiths' excellent opening chapter. The continuing antics of Ruth's child, Kate, are very genuine and throw the characters into likeable, human scenarios. There were a few developments in Ruth's love life that seemed a bit unstable but in keeping with the persona that the author is evolving for the protagonist. I had a sense that I could "see" where the whole castle of cards was going... some of this was a mildly disappointing romance development.

One disappointment was how Ruth starts off in the story at a Bronze Age excavation, but nothing much develops from there. I am a particular fan of the ancient history that Griffiths weaves into her stories, so having this opening scenario play no part of the ensuing more recent find (a WW II connection) gave the novel an unfinished feel. Perhaps the author was 'world-building' for the next book. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Sep 16, 2019 |
Ruth Galloway is excavating what appears to be a bronze age site while a nearby construction worker uncovers a WWII plane with a body inside. The relationships and families of Ruth and friends continue to be a feature of Griffiths' very enjoyable series. The "Ghost Fields" were mock airfields formed to fool the enemy during WWII. They, as well as the harsh Norfolk weather events described were created from fact, which make the story even more interesting. ( )
  VivienneR | Aug 27, 2019 |
This is another good Ruth Galloway thriller. While Ruth is at a Bronze Age excavation site, a WWII plane is found buried in the neighborhood. In the cockpit sits a corpse from the same time, only Ruth has to realize that this body was recently placed in the cockpit. With the help of modern technology, it quickly becomes clear that he is dead. The question that needs to be clarified is how did he get to this place?
It was a fun read from the first to the last page. ( )
  Ameise1 | Jul 26, 2019 |
Always enjoy this light mystery series. The historical references are informative, the atmosphere is always eery and the underlying romances are fun to follow. ( )
  beebeereads | May 30, 2019 |
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I hate the dreadful hollow behind the little wood,
Its lips in the field above are dabbled with blood-red heath.
The red-ribb'd ledges drip with a silent horror of blood.
And Echo there, whatever is ask'd her, answers "Death."

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For Sheila and Ian Lewington
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