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The Outcast Dead: A Ruth Galloway Investigation
The Outcast Dead: A Ruth Galloway Investigation
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4.0 out of 5 stars The chase for the child mnder, 8 Nov 2014
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This is the fourth Ruth Galloway investigation I have read, and as usual it is enjoyable and thought provoking. There are the usual ingredients; the bleak beauty of the Norfolk coast, Ruth's work as a forensic archaeologist, and her complicated relationship with DCI Harry Nelson, father of her child, yet married to the saintly Michelle.

The story starts with a service for the dead, which Ruth attends, whilst Harry and his devoted team of detectives are wrestling with the death of an infant, who is to blame? Soon Ruth is roped into helping to make a television programme concerning a local witch, and mysterious things start to happen; first one, then another young child is kidnapped by the mysterious "Child minder", and both Ruth and Harry are involved in trying to identify him or her before another child dies. The tension ratchets up as the hunt continues, I was torn between wanting to find the perpetrator, but not wanting the story to end. I look forward to meeting Ruth again.


A Bird in the Hand (George & Molly Palmer-Jones Book 1)
A Bird in the Hand (George & Molly Palmer-Jones Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Twitching.! In this mystery, set on the ..., 15 Oct 2014
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Twitching.!
In this mystery, set on the Norfolk coast, we are introduced to the world of the obsessive bird watchers, or twitchers, as they known, a crowd of individuals who think nothing of racing from one end ot the country to the other to see a rare breed of bird, so they. can tick it off in their notebooks.
The action begins with the death of a respected twitcher, in the village of Rushy. George Palmer Jones, retired Civil servant, is approached by the father of a birdwatcher, to try and discover the identity of the murderer, so he and his wife Molly, friendly with the local twitchers, pursue the quest with all their vigour. It is very readable, as we are privy to George's thought processes, and meet the varied characters involved, with clever use of suspense and atmosphere, as the weather closes around them.


A Room Full of Bones: A Ruth Galloway Investigation
A Room Full of Bones: A Ruth Galloway Investigation
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dem Bones, 21 Sep 2014
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I enjoyed this book very much, and as it is the third book I have read about Ruth, the professor of forensic archaeology in Norfolk , it feels as if I am getting to know her better, a rewarding exercise, as she is a complex mix of a complete professional, plus a very human mix of strong emotions and complex relationships.

The story starts with the opening of a tomb, and almost at once a dying victim; in the hunt for the killer, not just Ruth, but also someone she loves, falls into danger, and the web of her fragile relationships threatens to shatter. A gripping story.


Aphrodite's Island
Aphrodite's Island
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery on Cyprus, 11 Sep 2014
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Like Aphrodite herself, the island of Cyprus exercises its lazy charm over us in this intriguing novel. Our heroine is paying a recuperative visit to the island, once her childhood home, to get over her mother's recent death, and to boost her health. Whilst here she is haunted by childhood memories, and the disappearance of her father from her life, she also falls for a Turkish suitor.

The descriptions of the islands beauty are haunting, as is the mystery surrounding the heroine's early life and memories, and the source of her health problems. We are gripped by suspense as she grapples with all these problems, and the mysteries are finally cleared up. A very satisfying read.


The Janus Stone: A Ruth Galloway Investigation
The Janus Stone: A Ruth Galloway Investigation
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4.0 out of 5 stars An archaeological adventure, 18 Aug 2014
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In this book we meet Dr Ruth Galloway, a forensic professor on bones, she is in demand to examine skulls and other objects, at archaeological digs. She lives in Norfolk, and is consulted by a colleague, Max, about some finds on the local dig. However, more and more sinister objects turn up, wherever Ruth goes, and this brings her into contact with the local police, especially DCI Nelson, a gloriously unreconstructed macho man and reluctant admirer. As Ruth becomes a target of a stalker, the action speeds up, and I read the last chapters at great speed to find out the outcome of all the suspense. An extremely satisfying read for all lovers of crime, archaeology, and suspense.


Summer School
Summer School
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Fantasy in Italy, 6 Aug 2014
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This is a wholly delightful story. At the beginning, Patricia is rather anxiously preparing her carefully restored castello in Italy for a writers course, hoping to bring in enough money to keep the castle going; it is very beautiful but expensive to maintain. She despairs over her finances, and her teenage son, Matteo.
Soon the guests arrive, and we learn all about their writing ambitions, their lives, and their insecurities. As the course continues, they start to gel as a group, and we , the readers, start to care about their lives, and what will happen to them when the course finishes. The Italian background, with the idyllic scenery, and the delicious food, is ever present, and there is a suspenseful denoument, as the course reaches it's climax. The characters are well drawn, and above all it is very funny; I laughed out loud several times as I read it. Highly recommended to all lovers of literature and Italy.


The Killing Room (Sandro Cellini series Book 5)
The Killing Room (Sandro Cellini series Book 5)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery in Florence, 27 July 2014
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To read the Sandro Cellini books by Christabel Kent is to walk with Sandro through the piazzas and byways of Florence, you can feel the heat and the dust, and the frustration he often feels, when grappling with the current enigma of two murders. This time the wily Louisa, his wife, has guided him into a security job, but will he settle there?

As usual we are introduced to a cast of complex characters, any of whom are potential suspects, will Sandro draw the right conclusions in time for the thrilling finale? The palazzo, scene of past and possible current crimes, also plays it's part in the story, as does the spiky Giuilia, his unusual assistant. I was reluctant to finish this book, and look forward to the next Florentine adventure.


Villa Serena
Villa Serena
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tuscan mystery, 19 Jun 2014
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This is part mystery, part romance, and also the story of adapting to the Italian way of life. The heroine, Emily, has achieved her dream of converting an old Tuscan farmhouse into a family home,but has yet to get to grips with the language and customs, not to mention her sulky teenagers.

Her rather dreamy outlook on life is shaken by a marriage breakup, and the discovery of some grisly remains on her land. As she struggles with life events and her family responsibilities, we get a fascinating view of Tuscan village life, and the old enmities and loyalties and contradictions it involves. A story as beguiling as the Tuscan sun.


The House at Spinnaker Cove
The House at Spinnaker Cove
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3.0 out of 5 stars Widow or spinster?, 3 Jun 2014
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I like Rebecca Shaw's Village series, so thought this would be a good read, it is a mixture of romance and mystery. Nell's husband Jamie is missing, maybe lost at sea, so she tries to make a new start in Spinnaker cove, a favourite place of his. However odd things start to happen, making her wonder if Jamie is really lost; she is also confused by her feelings for her new gardener friend, Theo.

There is a strong element of mystery in this book, which I like, although I must confess to getting a bit irritated by the shilly shallying of Nell, who can't always make up her mind about her love life. A good holiday read.


The Lost Daughter
The Lost Daughter
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Italian conspiracy, 30 May 2014
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This book starts with the shocking assassination of Aldo Moro, in the 1970s, then switches to the modern day disappearance of a spoiled American student in Florence, causing a headache for the local police. With the arrival of the girl's American father and stepmother, we begin to see inconsistencies in the background to the case, and the mystery deepens.
The story veers between the present and the past, with its links to the Red Brigade movement, and events in Rome and Ferrara. The account of a motherless girl's childhood in Ferrara is particularly poignant, one gets a real sense of the poverty and struggle of daily life in the back streets in those days, and the past reaches out it's tentacles to affect events in the present. This is a gripping read, for those who like a sense of place, allied to historical events, with mystery and heartache.


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