We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
The Woman in Blue Audiobook

The Woman in Blue: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 8

Regular Price:$38.59
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

The murder of women priests in the shrine town of Walsingham sucks Dr. Ruth Galloway into an unholy investigation.

Ruth's friend, Cathbad, is housesitting in Walsingham, a Norfolk village famous as a centre for pilgrimages to the Virgin Mary. One night, Cathbad sees a strange vision in the graveyard beside the cottage: a young woman dressed in blue. Cathbad thinks that he may have seen the Madonna herself, but the next morning the woman's body, dressed in a white nightdress and blue dressing gown, is found in a ditch outside Walsingham.

DCI Nelson and his team are called in and establish that the dead woman was a recovering addict being treated at a nearby private hospital. Ruth, a devout atheist, has managed to avoid Walsingham during her 17 years in Norfolk. But then an old university friend, Hilary Smithson, asks to meet her in the village, and Ruth is amazed to discover that her friend is now a priest.

Hilary has been receiving vitriolic anonymous letters targeting women priests - letters containing references to local archaeology and a striking phrase about a woman 'clad in blue, weeping for the world'. Then another woman is murdered - a priest. As Walsingham prepares for its annual Easter reenactment of the Crucifixion, the race is on to unmask the killer before he strikes again....

©2016 Elly Griffiths (P)2016 Quercus Publishing Plc

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.8 (25 )
5 star
 (9)
4 star
 (6)
3 star
 (7)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
3.8 (25 )
5 star
 (9)
4 star
 (9)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.0 (24 )
5 star
 (8)
4 star
 (11)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Roderic Victoria Park, Australia 15/02/2016
    Roderic Victoria Park, Australia 15/02/2016 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Standard fare with no surprises"

    It is difficult to sustain freshness of character and plot in a book series. Unfortunately there is little in "The Woman in Blue" to lift it beyond the ordinary. The development of the main characters is steady but not scintillating but I suspect I will read the next book in the series if one is written, just to stay with the characters a bit longer. The plot has the requisite number of twists and red herrings but never truly surprises.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    JULIE ASPENDALE, Australia 11/02/2016
    JULIE ASPENDALE, Australia 11/02/2016 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    65
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Doesn't disappoint!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Elly Griffiths is a great writer. Jane McDowell is a great narrator. It makes for one great audio book, which is compelling and entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is the 8th book with Ruth and the gang and it's definitely on par with the rest of the series.


    Which character – as performed by Jane McDowell – was your favourite?

    Jane McDowell does a fantastic job with voices for both men and woman. I often find that a narrator doing voices for the opposite sex can be jarring and off-putting and take me out of the story. I never feel that way with Jane.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book (this series) is so engaging, I find I'm annoyed when I have to stop listening and go about every day life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jeanette NORMAN 14/02/2016 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    31
    28
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This is a must read. "

    This was a compelling read. I find the story extensions fascinating and topical. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    emmoff Australia 13/02/2016
    emmoff Australia 13/02/2016 Member Since 2015

    "I'm walking but I'm reading!"

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    173
    36
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not up to her usual standard"

    This book seemed a bit rushed to me. Definitely not up to her usual standard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Elaine
    10/07/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great atmosphere of ecclesiastical odd stuff "

    I most enjoyed in this book all the Catholic and Anglican atmosphere and information about the pilgrimage town. One scene of Ruth's research into the Madonna Lactans had me hooting with laughter. That churchy theme was so well done it made up for a pretty unconvincing motive for the murderer and an excess of titillation, I felt, around the progress, or otherwise, of Ruth and Nelson's relationship. I enjoyed the narration.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Ojai, CA, United States
    15/06/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Meh..."

    My least favorite of the series, this book was slow to start and the denouement felt contrived: this will not prevent me from looking forward to the next one, however, as this is usually a five star series. I am so happy to see the return of narrator Jane McDowell. Clare Corbett is a fine reader but she gives a truly cringeworthy voice to Cathbad. If you haven't read the series, do start at the beginning with The Crossing Places.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • CATHERINE
    Margaretville, NY, United States
    13/06/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not the best in the series but still enjoyable"

    This book is best listened to by those who have followed Ruth from the beginning. I also missed Claire Corbett as narrator

    Still, I enjoyed this book. It was like checking in on old friends

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dorothy
    Madison, WI, United States
    17/07/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I prefer Ruth as an archaeologist ."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have enjoyed all of the Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway books. The plot in this book was a bit thin and the story line was not as compelling as I wished. The conflict of women as clergy is a bit dated . Also - we don't see any evolution or resolution of Ruth's relationship with Nelson.
    The narrator is good - but the change in narration for telephone conversations was strange.On the whole, I did not enjoy this book as much as prior books in the series.


    What about Jane McDowell’s performance did you like?

    Everything except the telephone conversations.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M. Labouche
    10/07/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good story, but..."

    This most recent installment in the Ruth Galloway series has a clever and engaging plot. Jane McDowell reads voices well, but I wish someone would offer her water; the mouth noises are hard to take. Maybe a better read than a listen?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • summer
    London, England
    16/06/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The woman in blue is miserable."

    I'm it sure what's going on with the author of this book but Rees couldn't be any more judge mental of Christians. The whole time she's so caustic and constantly offended. It's Just such a beat down. Everybody knows somebody like that that complains all the time. You're an atheist. We get it. MOVE ON! Ellys's Ruth has become a cliche. She's a snarky single overweight unhappy atheist chubby spinster who loves cats. It's a miracle I even finished the book.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    Mercer Island, WA, United States
    17/11/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent continuation of the series"

    I really like Griffith's Ruth Galloway series. They are very well written with interesting, unusual characters. This one has the side light of a conference of female priests from the Anglican Church.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Maggie
    11/02/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A subtle change of direction for Ruth?"

    Interesting. I've just finished this and found it quite surprising on more than one level. Norfolk is a lovely, historical county but in all honesty how many archeological murder mysteries can it really provide, and how could Elly Griffiths sustain the theme?

    The answer seems to be by subtly changing direction. This, the 8th book, is far less archaeology - hardly any at all. It's also far less about Ruth (though she's still integral), and puts the police team of Nelson, Dave Clough, Tim and Tania into the centre. Even Cathbad has only a minor role and there's more Michelle, less Judy. Relationships move on, but no spoilers.

    No spoilers on the plot either, but feels a more mainstream detective story than normal. There is still the myth, legend and mystery aspects, but it's more straightforward murder than the previous seven, if that doesn't sound too callous. It still has the red herrings we can count on from Ms Griffiths. It's a strongly religion based theme, with quite topical aspects around the ordination of women. Overall, far less edge of the seat scary stuff, more Morse. No big yellow rubber duck though!

    That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it - I did. I've already googled Walsingham for weekend breaks! In a month or so I'll listen again to see if I should have spotted the perpetrator earlier.

    The Arthurian book, The Dying Fall, is still my personal favourite, but this is a good book, worth listening to, and hopefully by that subtle change of emphasis the series can continue and not get stale. Looking forward to seeing if other reviewers agree...

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • koopasdaddy
    14/02/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Bring back Clare Corbett"

    The graphic for the download is misleading. Jane McDowell does a good job but is not Clare Corbett. A new voice is a little disconcerting when following a series.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • homebeam
    28/02/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Best in series"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book more than others I have read in the series, there is less soul searching about Ruth's weight and whether she is a bad mother and more of a murder mystery. A good number of red herrings and enough pace to keep you listening. A rather muddled intermixing of Catholic and Church of England practices but I'm sure that won't bother most listerners. There is more of the will they/won't they story of Ruth and Nelson which works quite well. Ruth was more likeable because she was more assertive and less wet than usual. The performance was good, with believeable accents.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    27/02/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "more bible than crime story"

    too much time spent on religion & too little on the actual crimes themselves. narrator felt quite monotonous. my least enjoyable audible purchase to date. Boring really.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    Newport, United Kingdom
    27/02/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Missed the archaeology"

    Another good story and more interesting developments in the ever changing Ruth and Nelson relationship. I did miss the archaeological elements however. I know it's difficult to continuously find a connection between Ruth's archaeological work and active police investigations, but Ruth felt a little sidelined in this story. The religious elements were interesting but lacked the usual depth of the historical plotlines.
    The narrator was fine and it was good to return to the original voice for Ruth, but I was really irritated by the decision to add sound effects for people speaking on the phone. The volume was considerably lower and sometimes hard to hear, particularly when driving in the car. A good narrator should be able to convey that someone is talking on the phone without resorting to dodgy sound effects.
    All in all though an enjoyable listen and I look forward to the next installment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • jennifer couzens
    20/05/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Best yet"

    I've read all of the Ruth Galloway books and this is definitely my favourite so far.The main story is interesting and truly gripping in places with beautiful descriptions of the Norfolk countryside. It's the ongoing side stories that are the most intriguing, particularly the interaction between Ruth and Nelson.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kl Love
    Wassenaar Netherlands
    16/03/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another engaging myster"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Woman in Blue to be better than the print version?

    Not having read the print version, I have no idea; but this series has transferred well to audio format. There is a good balance of dialogue and narrative so that it keeps moving on well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am particularly enjoying the ongoing development of the backstory, as the main characters (Ruth, Nelson. Clough and the rest) continue through their lives. The author has also chosen another interesting sidelight as the setting for her mystery, in the Walshingham Shrine. As other reviewers have mentioned, Ruth has far less to do 'professionally' in this book (there is little archaeology can add to the investigation) but to be honest I felt the author's aracheological knowledge was beginning to become a bit repetitive as the series went on, so it may be wise of her to broaden out if she wishes to continue to develop these characters.


    Which character – as performed by Jane McDowell – was your favourite?

    I very much enjoy the depiction of Ruth; she is an honest character: not beautiful, not always right, but intelligent, thoughtful , kind and believable, and I always want to know how life develops for her.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • sheila
    16/06/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "well written as usual."

    I love the Ruth Galloway books. These are very well read . highly recommended series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • dan
    1/06/16
    Overall
    "Very good listen"

    Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Very easy to listen to whilst doing other things.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Irene
    Retford, United Kingdom
    25/02/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "thrills in Walsingham"

    this is a good must read to the end book. A sound stiry line based on Easter in Walsingham and lady vicars. Probably more enjoyable if you have read previoys books in series. I have and enjoyed number 8.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.