THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER AND FINAL INSTALMENT OF THE DR RUTH GALLOWAY MYSTERIES
Ruth and DCI Nelson are working on a murder case in which their friend Cathbad emerges as the prime suspect. Can they uncover the truth in time to save him?
'Galloway now seems as real as Marple and Morse' The Times
When builders renovating a café in King's Lynn unearth a human skeleton, they call for DCI Harry Nelson and Dr Ruth Galloway, Head of Archaeology at the University of North Norfolk. Ruth is preoccupied with the threatened closure of her department and by her ever-complicated relationship with Nelson.
The bones are identified as those of Emily Pickering, an archaeology student who went missing in the 1990s. Emily attended a course run by her Cambridge tutor. Suspicion falls on him and on another course member - Ruth's friend Cathbad, who is still frail following his near death from Covid. As they investigate, Nelson and his team uncover a tangled web of relationships within the student group and the adults leading them. Then, just when the team seem to be making progress, Cathbad disappears.
The trail leads Ruth and Nelson to the Neolithic flint mines in Grime's Graves. The race is on, first to find Cathbad and then to exonerate him, but will Ruth and Nelson uncover the truth in time to save their friend?
Praise for The Last Remains
'One of our very best writers. Bravo!' The Times
'A great pleasure to read' 5* Reader Review
'Typically intriguing' Sunday Times
'Couldn't put it down. Great characters, great plot' 5* Reader Review
'One of Ruth's best investigations' Belfast Telegraph
'Kept you guessing until the very end' 5* Reader Review
The discovery of a human skeleton, "laid out like a Hallowe'en prop" behind a wall in a café undergoing renovations in 2021 Kings Lynn, England, drives Edgar winner Griffiths's harrowing 15th mystery featuring forensic anthropologist Ruth Galloway (after 2022's The Locked Room). After Ruth is assigned to the cold case, she learns that the remains belong to Emily Pickering, a Cambridge University archaeology student who disappeared in 2002 on a field trip to a prehistoric flint mine. The investigation escalates dramatically when Ruth's druid friend, Cathbad, is incriminated in Emily's murder and goes missing. Other suspects include a Cambridge tutor, members of the deceased café owner's family, and Emily's fellow students on that long-ago dig. Meanwhile, Ruth's department at the University of North Norfolk may be shut down, and her married partner, Det. Chief Insp. Harry Nelson, with whom she shares a young daughter, hints that he wants her to move in with him. Griffiths expertly blends a well-wrought procedural with distinctive characters, academic politics, and romance. Fans old and new will be rewarded.
The last remains
I really like these stories relating to Ruth and her assorted circle.
A body found, which has links to earlier times and when Cathbed goes missing, there are not only fears for his safety, but what does he know. Following the leads puts Ruth and her daughter in terrible danger.
Once again couldn’t put it down
As always, brilliant!