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From the Sunday Times best-selling author, the 10th Dr Ruth Galloway mystery - celebrating 10 years of Ruth.

Dr Ruth Galloway is flattered when she receives a letter from Italian archaeologist Dr Angelo Morelli, asking for her help. He's discovered a group of bones in a tiny hilltop village near Rome but doesn't know what to make of them. It's years since Ruth has had a holiday, and even a working holiday to Italy is very welcome!

So Ruth travels to Castello degli Angeli, accompanied by her daughter Kate and friend Shona. In the town she finds a baffling Roman mystery and a dark secret involving the war years and the Resistance. To her amazement she also soon finds Harry Nelson, with Cathbad in tow. But there is no time to overcome their mutual shock - the ancient bones spark a modern murder, and Ruth must discover what secrets there are in Castello degli Angeli that someone would kill to protect.

©2018 Elly Griffiths (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

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"My favourite current crime series." (Val McDermid)

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This Needs to End

Initially I found the Dr Ruth Galloway Series an excellent read but Book 9 lacked believability in many ways but Book 10 " The Dark Angle", has really ended this series for me. I resent I actualy bought the book and found that when Nelson and co just happen to arrive in Italy near Ruth, I could not be bothered reading any more fanciful stuff. For me in reading and enjoying fiction there needs to be strong elements of believability in the story for me to continue reading. But this offering from Elly Griffiths kills thd series dead for me. If you too have been a fan then borrow from a library or partner buy but that is my last read of this series.

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thoroughly enjoy this series

Enjoy this series so much have sped through first 10 books back2back. Only a couple left to go but so addicted need to get straight into the next book... makings of a terrific tv series

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Love this series

I can’t believe I’ve now read (in quick succession) ten books in this series! No wonder I feel like I know all the characters personally! This installment takes up immediately after number nine where Ruth had received a couple of pieces of stressful news. So, when a former colleague asks for her help at an Italian archaeological dig, she jumps at the chance to get away. Ruth travels to Italy, accompanied by her daughter Kate, her friend Shona, and Shona’s son. Her working holiday, however, doesn't turn out to be as relaxing as she thought it would. Aside from the stifling heat and mountainous terrain of the small town they are staying in, Ruth has to contend with threatening graffiti, earthquakes, and, of course, murder. If that isn’t enough, Nelson arrives unexpectedly and unannounced to throw his macho weight around. This book has such a great start - where some newly discovered bones at the archaeology site manage to make a call to the mobile of the man about to dig them up. And the mystery plot doesn’t slow down from that moment on. The Dark Angel even manages to include a great little crime/mystery subplot for the characters who stayed behind in Norfolk. In fact, out of all of the Ruth mystery plots, this was one of my favourites. But, as I say in every review of this series, it’s not the mystery plot that really interests me, it’s the soap opera life of the characters. There were a few moments that I was unsure of here. I just didn’t think Nelson and Ruth would make some of the decisions they did in this book. (As I said, I feel like I know them personally and therefore, think I know how they’d act, LOL.) It’s only a minor gripe, however, and, for the most, I adored reading about the private lives of the characters, just as always. I was impressed by how Griffiths again squeezed in so many of the series’ familiar characters. She even found a way to let Nelson’s daughter, Laura, have some moments in the sun. I really liked Laura's scenes and inner thoughts and look forward to her being used again in a future book. As usual, Griffiths left us on a cliffhanger. I’m not terribly sure about this one either but I’ll have to wait and see where she goes with it when book 11 comes out next month. (Thank goodness I've timed this so I don't have long to wait!) 5 out of 5

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This was another great Ruth Galloway

I thoroughly enjoyed Book 10. In Elly Griffiths trademark style a well written story with some absolutely fantastic twists and turns. The characters have become a family to me - congratulations to the author for maintaining continuity by constantly enriching the lives of the character, thereby creating a grippping story line. Bravo

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worth a listen

A good read quite a twisty turny story. Two stories intertwining thoughout the book with suspicious people at every corner. I would read this author again.

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Familiar and comfortable, but no great sparkle

I continue to read this series because I have developed an affection for the characters. However it is not difficult to recognise that the prose and plot are pedestrian at best.

Will I read the next installment? If the month is quiet and I want a mild distraction I probably will.

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Ruth Galloway saga

Love this series, hope the author is hard at work on the next book. I have grown to love all the central characters.

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  • 09-02-2019

A bit lazy on planning the story line

I normally enjoy the Ruth Galloway mysteries as they provided a good snap shot of some time in history. This one was very light on the archaeology and history. The story seemed to fluff around for ages about what the characters were eating and other mundane general just living with no clues as to the culprit and all of a sudden, boom in one chapter all is suddenly revealed. Come on Elly play fair, do your research and plan the writing to maintain interest throughout the whole story and build to a climax.

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  • Jude
  • 09-02-2018

A great listen, excellent work!

The trouble with each new Ruth Galloway title by Elly Griffiths that I purchase on pre-order is that as soon as it's in my account I must listen to it in large chunks, and then I am left waiting for the next title!

Book 10 has a different landscape, which was a really interesting insight, the subject matter is interesting, and I can always relate Ruth's concerns and worries. Another excellent listen, when is book 11 being released?

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  • Maggie
  • 19-02-2018

Wow! Magnifico: I wasn’t expecting that

At the end of Book 9 we were left with significant cliffhangers in the relationships of Ruth, Nelson, Michelle - and Tim. I was naive enough to think I could predict the outcome. I was totally wrong. This book picks up the same day the previous ended; Clough and Cassandra’s wedding. It then runs the length of their honeymoon, so is pretty much a Dave Clough free zone. Look forward to seeing him back next time round.

Without spoilers: Elly Griffiths then copes neatly with the issue of “how many archaeology related murders can one county sustain?” by moving Ruth, and Kate, to Italy for a short working holiday project. From then the events back in Norfolk and the events in Italy mirror each other in a very cleverly written way. The only bit that didn’t quite work for me was Nelson and Cathbad’s rush to Italy. Felt more like a slightly clunky plot contrivance rather than a natural progression. That’s the only reason for 4 rather than 5 overall.

The ending, when it arrived, was totally unexpected. Far sadder, yet in an strange way far more glorious, than anyone could have imagined, and leaving even more cliffhangers than the end of Book 9. Far from running out of steam, the characters continue to develop, the series goes from strength to strength, and Jane McDowell’s consistently professional narration adds the final polish.

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  • Carol
  • 11-02-2018

Another stunning success Well done Elly

A brilliant storyline. Leaves you feeling a bit uncomfortable but in a good way Brava

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  • Sparks
  • 16-02-2018

Sadly boring

I have enjoyed this series so far. What a disappointment to find that I was struggling to complete this book, and found myself bored. The story was slow moving, it just droned on with unrealistic story lines and the new characters not at all likeable. The narrator did her best with a poor story line. The last few chapters did liven up a little but I found myself disbelieving the events that took place.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-02-2018

wonderful

This book is so good. Thank you for bringing all these characters to life. here's to the next.

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  • Kirstine
  • 24-02-2018

Another enjoyable story

This is my favourite 'crime' series, not least because not much crime is involved. It is much more an evolving story of the lives of the main characters most of whom have been there from the start and who have come to seem like real people, not least Dr Ruth Galloway, who is an endearing creation, anxious about being over-weight, but confident about her professional expertise.

Up to now the stories have been rooted in Norfolk and the Ruth’s interesting archaeological work as an expert on bones. The present book has her working further afield in Italy helping with the identification of some very ancient bones. As with the Norfolk-based stories, the author is adept at evoking the atmosphere of the Italian location: a small town perched on a hill-top full of both ancient and WW2 history.

The archaeology and the murder of a priest take second place to the complicated relationships between Ruth and DCI Nelson and Nelson’s wife and Tim, Nelson’s former sergeant. The murder is resolved but the personal relationships are still up in the air.

I’m glad to say that the author has kept up her high standard of compelling story-telling and I’m looking forward for book 11.

Narrator, Jane McDowell, does a splendid job of all the new accents needed for dramatising all the scenes in Italy.

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  • Georgina Gatfield
  • 17-03-2018

A weaker outing.

Beautiful Italian setting but puts much more emphasis on the relationship dramas than the plot.

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  • roving mum
  • 08-03-2018

Not my favourite..

I've loved this series, and whilst the storyline is often a little loose, there is an addictive charm to them, strengthened by the ever evolving characters, but for some reason this book was lacking, it was something and nothing whilst changing the direction of the lives of the characters forever, it just didn't have the impact it should have, which is sad, will look forward to the next one and decide this was a blip.

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  • Lamy St 2+1 Tri Pen
  • 12-02-2018

Recommend

Wonderful. Enjoyed this Ruth Galloway almost the best. It is ‘a who done it’ and much more. Moving and touching. Beautifully read.

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  • Gill
  • 02-05-2018

Always a great read

I have listened to all ten books, and enjoyed every one. The narration is really good, which is great as , as it can spoil a book if it’s badly done. I recommend these books .

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