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Dying Fall

A Ruth Galloway Investigation
Narrated by: Clare Corbett
Series: Ruth Galloway, Book 5
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (65 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library

Ruth Galloway receives a phone call that bears shocking news. A friend of hers from college, Dan Golding, has been killed in a fire at his Lancashire home. Her shock turns to alarm when she gets a letter from Dan. He has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever but he needs Ruth's advice. Even more alarming, he sounds vulnerable and frightened. DCI Harry Nelson is also rediscovering his past. Up north for a holiday, he meets his former colleague Sandy MacLeod, now at Blackpool CID. Sandy tells him there are strange circumstances surrounding Dan Golding's death. Many of those who worked with Dan seem to be afraid.

Many have secrets to hide. Ruth is drawn deep into the mystery, and where she goes, so does her toddler daughter, Kate. This time, it's not just Ruth's life at risk.

©2013 Elly Griffiths (P)2013 Quercus Publishing Plc

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Great next book in series

This is a good installment in Ruth Galloway series. Fans should enjoy story but change in narrator is quite disconcerting after consistency of previous titles. Once I got used to the change it was fine though. Clare read well and managed all the different accents and voices beautifully. I think if you haven't read any books in this series before, I'd recommend going back and finding an earlier book in this series to start with as much of the relationships in this book assume prior knowledge.

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the narrator loses me

Jane McDowell seemed to have a much closer affinity with the characters of this series than Clare Corbett, who makes central Male characters sound either creepy/sleezy (Cathbad) or uncaring (Nelson). I miss the old characters.

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Not my favourite in the series

Number 5 in the Ruth Galloway series and still loving it. I wouldn’t say this one is my favourite yet though, for a couple of reasons.

I’ve been listening to these on Audible as I drive to and from work, and A Dying Fall had a different narrator than the other books in the series. This one Clare Corbett, the others Jane McDowell. I must say I really missed McDowell’s work. Corbett’s voices for the men was very distracting, and not in a good way.

The story starts with the death of one of Ruth’s university friends. Before he died, Dan, also an archaeologist who lives and works near Blackpool, had discovered some bones he believed to be those of King Arthur. Dan’s boss asks Ruth if she would look at the bones and offer her expert opinion. Ruth accepts, deciding she’ll use the time in Blackpool as a holiday for her and her daughter, Kate.

When Ruth arrives, she finds that Dan’s death was not an accident, but murder. In the normal way for such books, there’s a plethora of likely suspects and, of course, one of them is sending threatening texts to Ruth, meaning she and Kate are in danger.

Her knight in shining armour, Nelson, has meanwhile been forced to have a holiday and he’s chosen to return to his hometown of Blackpool to visit his mother and mother-in-law. Thus Griffiths has lots of opportunities for Ruth and Nelson to run into each other…

Griffiths takes up those opportunities, to a point. In fact, on the face of it, Ruth and Nelson are behaving appropriately and are simply trying to protect Kate and solve the crime. However, if I was Nelson’s wife, I would definitely not trust the crime solving duo are far as I could kick them.

The main crime was very different to the others in the series and yet it still cleverly incorporated Ruth’s knowledge of bones. I’ve had a whinge about Griffiths' writing in the reviews of the other books but, I must say, I think she’s become much stronger in this regard. She has stopped her annoying word repetition and having the characters think the same thing over and over (although, ugh, Ruth still thinks about Erik which drives me nuts). The only major gripe I would have is that the guilty party's reveal at the end included a bit of an information dump surrounding their crime plot.

My favourite supporting characters still feature, especially Cathbad at his stellar best (although, as I said earlier, Corbett’s way of interpreting his voice wasn’t the best). Griffiths introduces a few others I wouldn’t mind getting to know more in future books (Nelson’s mother and his reaction to her was a hoot!).

Kate is becoming such a cute character also. I’m sure Griffiths has her own children. From sleep deprivation to Dora backpacks, she writes the scenes featuring Ruth’s thoughts about motherhood perfectly.

As Ruth and Nelson are both on vacation, we get a different setting this time. I have zero knowledge of the Blackpool region but it sounds quite fun (except for the crazies featured in this book who apparently live there). After four books of Griffiths describing Norfolk and the salt marsh where Ruth resides, I thought this too, was quite a clever move.

I wouldn't recommend reading this book without reading the previous ones in the series. Not that readers wouldn’t follow the plot, but I just think the nuances of the Ruth/Nelson relationship, and the relationship Cathbad has with them both, would not have the same impact on those with no background knowledge.

As usual, Griffiths gives us a bit of a cliffhanger when it comes to Ruth and Nelson at the end of the book. I didn’t think this one was as startling as the other books in the series. I still enjoyed it but let’s just say I smiled wistfully instead of gasping aloud this time.

Actually that would be a good way to describe my overall feelings for this book: it made me smile wistfully instead of gasping aloud. It will still be a favourite as it's part of what has become one of my favourite series but it isn't my favourite of the series thus far (say that three times without getting tongue twisted).

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Reviews on Narrator Unfair

I am unsure why Audible published 3 negative reviews about the Narrator Clare Corbett at the beginning of the Review Section. I nearly gave up on reading the Ruth Galloway series after seeing these negative and very subjective reviews.
It is true that Clare Corbett has a different narration style from Jane McDowell, but both are excellent narrators. Clare uses different tones of voice for the male characters and the young child, which though not exact in tone are very helpful when discriminating between the different characters.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series read by one of those excellent narrators. May I suggest to the few detractors that they either give up on listening to books, or develop an understanding of how many skills it takes to become a narrator.

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Painful reader!!

It was almost impossible to enjoy the story at all. The readers voices were horrid. Especially that of the little girl, which was not only high pitched, but ten times louder than any other character. I actually had to cover the speakers on my iPad quickly whenever this character spoke. It disturbed my sleeping dogs! I would definitely not recommend it, the story itself was dull. I would return it but I've returned too many apparently!

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I really enjoy Ellie Griffiths novels. This one was perhaps a little bit flaky on the plot, but what was distracting was the voice performance, there were times when the voice adopted was irritating and not very believable when the different characters played.

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  • Clare pitt
  • 16-04-2015

Good book, annoying narrator

Not a bad story, quite interesting at times but the narrators attempt at male and the child's voices set my teeth on edge.

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  • Apts48
  • 31-03-2015

Great book but narrator misses

If you could sum up Dying Fall in three words, what would they be?

Fun, different, entertaining

What did you like best about this story?

The Characters and the archeology aspects coming together within a mystery.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Clare Corbett?

The original narrator was great. Please bring her back! Other reviewers have said the same. Clare Corbett is a good narrator and have liked her very much for other books but she was not good for this book. Her take on the regional accents was poor and whenever the child Kate appears SHE SCREAMS in this awful fake child voice. I found it so disturbing that it almost ruined a wonderful fun book for me as it was actually unpleasant and jarring.

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

book yes - narrator no.

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  • Margaret
  • 25-04-2013

readers

I have enjoyed all of Elly Griffiths books about Dr Ruth Galloway.

What a pity the publisher changed the reader for this unabridged book.

The general narration was fine but I thought this reader was very poor on the mens' voices..

A good story spoiled for me by this.

If there are any more planned, please revert to the original reader.

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  • Saffy
  • 19-07-2013

Hugely enjoyable series

Would you consider the audio edition of Dying Fall to be better than the print version?

As I currently have a visual impairment the audio edition is a lifesaver for me!

What did you like best about this story?

The continuing story of Ruth Galloway and friends. If you have never read any of this series I would suggest starting at the beginning.

Have you listened to any of Clare Corbett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes I have listened to many of her performances and she is definitely one of my favourite narrators. This is one of her best performances, she really makes you feel a part of the story and the characters lives.

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

It is not an unputdownable gripping story but it does draw you in over the course of the book.

Any additional comments?

I love the Ruth Galloway series and would highly recommend it. This is not the best in the series as the story gets a little silly in places but I still loved it!

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  • Kirsten Behrens
  • 26-09-2015

I miss the performance of Jane McDowell.

Would you be willing to try another one of Clare Corbett’s performances?

I miss the performance of Jane McDowell.
For the female voices and the story line, Clare Corbett does an excellent job, but her male and child voices sounds like a caricature.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-02-2015

Great story

Loved this story. Preferred narration by Jane McDowell in previous books listened too.
Love the characters Already downloaded number 6!

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  • Valerie
  • 12-10-2014

Good story spoilt by bad narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Clare Corbett?

Jane McDowell

Any additional comments?

I loved the story, but the narrator spoilt it for me. Her male voices were awful. Unfortunately I have already bought the next story and Clare Corbett is again the narrator. However, I shall not buy any further books in this series if she continues to read them.

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  • HelenM
  • 21-02-2016

Another good Ruth Galloway mystery.

Would you consider the audio edition of Dying Fall to be better than the print version?

I love audio books, so I'm already a convert.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ruth is great, trying to balance work, motherhood and police work. I like cathbad too, he adds a bit of mystery to the proceedings.

Which character – as performed by Clare Corbett – was your favourite?

This was the first Elly Griffiths book I've read so I had to go back to number one in the series, it's worth doing as the characters grow with you.

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  • Maggie
  • 09-01-2016

My favourite Ruth Galloway so far - with a twist!

I found this series through an Audible offer that turned out to be No.6, the Outcast Dead, and got hooked enough to buy the rest and listen from the beginning.

I enjoyed them all, but this one stands out for me because of the Arthurian theme. Did he exist, and if so who was he? I've read so many theories and the Northern British ones are fascinating. Yes, this is a novel, but so are the late Mary Stewart's Crystal Cave series and they are brilliant. (Wish Audible would record them, unabridged)

With this you get everything - a classic Ruth Galloway book, well written, with developments in the lives of all the regular characters. A murder mystery that keeps you guessing a lot of the time. Archaeology proving more interesting than I ever imagined. Plus King Arthur!

Yes, Ruth still dithers when she should act, never seems to learn from previous risky experiences and often you want to shake her in irritation but that's the person she is and the mark of how well Elly Griffiths has created her as an individual. Well read as always, and with a wonderfully intriguing twist...

No spoilers! Listen for yourself...

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  • kimmie
  • 02-12-2015

Awesome read

What did you like most about Dying Fall?

Like all Ms Griffths books this one was fantastic

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Ruth and little Kate, listening to like Kate growing up and how Ruth deals with her very new age without being silly.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I thought the way the fire at the brining was brilliantly written you felt you were with Dan as he tried to escape the flames, chocking on the black smoke

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I always cry in Ms Griffiths book but I also laugh at Nelson, waiting his cake an all.

Any additional comments?

I wish I had found her books sooner, can't wait to finish reading them all over again but this time I the right order...haha

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