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Historical crime mixed with missing children - a winning combination.,
This review is from: The Outcast Dead: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 6 (Kindle Edition)
The Outcast Dead features a fictional baby-farmer, made more gruesome by the addition of a hook to replace her missing hand. Mother Hook as she was known after her death was tried, found guilty and executed for killing children in her care and the discovery of a body, which could be this infamous woman, real name Jemima Green during a dig at Norwich Castle prompts the TV series Women Who Kill to turn up to film `the discovery.' Phil, Ruth's boss at the University is keen to take part as the archaeology team work on identification of the remains.
Meanwhile DCI Nelson is plunged into the worst kind of investigation, an investigation into a mother whose third child has just died. Nelson is cautious but equally anxious not to upset the bereaved mother when he is plunged into the disappearance of a young child and he race against time to find her before it is too late.
I have only read the first in this series The Crossing Places: A case for Ruth Galloway featuring Ruth Galloway, something I must rectify as I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed reading about Ellie Griffith's unglamorous archaeologist so fortunately I got the references to this book which was easy to read as a stand-alone in its own right. Although the writing style (in the present tense) does take some getting used to, I soon managed to immerse myself in this book, the wonderful imagery, tense and often complicated relationships and a genuinely gripping plot.
I received a free copy of this book from the publishers Quercus in return for my opinion.