- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Quercus; 1st Edition edition (8 Feb. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1784296635
- ISBN-13: 978-1784296636
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.6 x 23.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 263 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Dark Angel: The Sunday Times Bestseller (The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries) Hardcover – 8 Feb 2018
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Delightful . . . combines professional expertise with a wry sense of humour (Sunday Times)
Griffiths's complex, engaging characters are always the highlight of her addictive novels' (Sunday Express)
Griffiths supplies proof that thrillers can increase the pulse rate while tackling more serious issues (Guardian)
Excellent writing, excellent plotting, some utterly riveting detail and always a banging good story (Liz Loves Books)
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Winner Of The 2016 CWA Dagger In The Library.
Elly Griffiths was born in London. Her bestselling series of Dr Ruth Galloway novels, featuring a forensic archaeologist, have won the CWA Dagger in the Library, and been shortlisted three times for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.
She lives near Brighton with her husband, an archaeologist, and their two children.
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Personally, I could have done without the trip to Italy (inspired by a recent holiday?) and all the descriptions of the "hilltop village", the food, the beach, etc, and I wasn't convinced by any of the off-the-shelf characters. This part of the plot was very weak, too - did an editor urge her to invent an excuse to fly Nelson and Cathbad out to Italy pronto? I missed Norfolk, I missed Cloughie, I even wanted more of Phil (though the Michelle/Tim entanglement, despite the dramatic ending, was as dull as ever).
And I have to say, sadly, that I got pretty sick of Italian Ruth. Despite her moans about her looks and general ineptitude she handles all the social situations of the trip very well. And she seems to have morphed into a femme fatale under all that sun: yet another gorgeous bloke seems to find her attractive, and Nelson admires her in her M & S swimming costume: "she looks curvaceous rather than overweight, she's tanned too, and her hair is longer ..."
I always enjoyed the police procedural/archaeological details in these books, too, but this element is missing from this one - I'm not sure whether it could even go into the crime section of the library. Other reviewers have accused the author of sliding into chick-lit, and I think it's perilously close.
But there's a place for decent chick-lit, which I rather enjoy. I've invested in this series, which started so well, and I'm trying hard to stay interested in characters I used to like, but this is the worst by far. So I'll ask the question again - time for a break?
Just scraping three stars.
I suspect the same editor has worked on many of these books - it seems that they don't want to hurt a writer's feelings by altering the work. It really felt like an early proof rather than a completed work. Try harder Quercus!
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