The discovery of a missing woman’s bones force Ruth and Nelson to finally confront their feelings for each other as they desperately work to exonerate one of their own in this not-to-be-missed Ruth Galloway mystery from USA Today bestselling author Elly Griffiths.
When builders discover a human skeleton during a renovation of a café, they call in archeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway, who is preoccupied with the threatened closure of her department and by her ever-complicated relationship with DCI Nelson. The bones turn out to be modern—the remains of Emily Pickering, a young archaeology student who went missing in 2002. Suspicion soon falls on Emily’s Cambridge tutor and also on another archeology enthusiast who was part of the group gathered the weekend before she disappeared—Ruth’s friend Cathbad.
As they investigate, Nelson and his team uncover a tangled web of relationships within the archeology group and look for a link between them and the café where Emily’s bones were found. Then, just when the team seem to be making progress, Cathbad disappears. The trail leads Ruth a to the Neolithic flint mines in Grimes 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?
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 truly hope we will have more future adventures from Ruth Galloway and company
Disappointed after Waiting A Year
This was a rehash of same themes. Marry or not. Move or not. Quit or not. Even the crimes were so similar that it was not as interesting or absorbing. I think it is time to let the wonderful Ruth Galloway ride off into the sunset of the marsh.