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on 19 February 2012
Unbelievable, disappointing - never thought I would write this about a Ruth Galloway/Harry Nelson story especially after the brilliant trio that preceded it. The success of those stories involved the lively interaction both professional - and otherwise - of those two principal characters. Once they are sidelined, the story loses its grip. Nelson is halucinating on his deathbed, Ruth is more involved with her daughter and with Max, leaving others to carry the plot forward. And they end up getting mired down - literally - at the Racing Stables, stoned in an attempt to resusicate Nelson etc., etc. Too many threads, too many distractions, too much implausibility. And is Nelson really such a pussy-cat to make those promises to the perfect Michelle?
Please Elly Griffiths, go back to the original framework of the earlier books - more archaeological investigation for Ruth, more criminal investigation for Nelson, both working together - with difficulty of course - to a believable conclusion.