A Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway Series #5)

A Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway Series #5)

by Elly Griffiths


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A Dying Fall, like all of Griffiths’ work, combines an intriguing plot with well-drawn characters—topped by the ever-fascinating Ruth—and a keen sense of place and history. Connoisseurs of thoughtful suspense will revel in its many pleasures.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

When Ruth Galloway learns that her old university friend Dan Golding has died in a house fire, she is shocked and saddened. But when she receives a letter that Dan had written just before he died, her sadness turns to suspicion.

The letter tells of a great archaeological discovery, but Dan also says that he is scared for his life. Was Dan’s death linked to his find? The only clue is his mention of the Raven King, an ancient name for King Arthur.

When she arrives in Lancashire, Ruth discovers that the bones reveal a shocking fact about King Arthur—and that the bones have mysteriously vanished. The case draws in DCI Nelson, determined to protect Ruth and their eighteen-month-old daughter, Kate. But someone is willing to kill to keep the bones a secret, and it is beginning to look as if no one is safe.

"Another gem packed with offbeat, well-developed characters and a quirky, challenging mystery."—Kirkus

“As with all Ruth Galloway mysteries, the application of forensic archaeology is intriguing . . . readers are in for a really good time with this flesh-and-blood bone expert."—Booklist, starred

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544227804
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 03/11/2014
Series: Ruth Galloway Series , #5
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 79,763
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

ELLY GRIFFITHS’s Ruth Galloway novels have been praised as “gripping”(Louise Penny) and “highly atmospheric” (New York Times Book Review). Griffiths is the winner of the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark Award.

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Dying Fall 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
When, after learning that a university friend has burned to death, a letter arrives from him, written just days before he died, asking for her help, forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway could hardly refuse to leave her home and go up north to investigate what she believes her friend discovered: a momentous find. It appears the friend, Dan Golding, believed that he had uncovered the bones of the legendary King Arthur. The letter indicated Dan was scared but wanted Ruth to look at the bones and, hopefully, confirm his suspicions. So Ruth travels to Lancashire, along with her almost-two-year-old daughter and her druid friend, Cathbad. Unbeknownst to Ruth, Kate’s father, DCI Harry Nelson, has chosen the same time frame to vacation in his nearby hometown, thus setting up the situation for the pair to solve yet another mystery together. Golding’s death has already raised police suspicions, and no sooner than Ruth decides to go she begins to receive threatening messages warning her not to. When she arrives, she learns of neo-fascist activity at the college where Golding was a lecturer and a particularly dangerous group called the White Hand. Examining what purports to be Golding’s discovery, Ruth learns a shocking fact about “King Arthur,” but further analysis is not possible because the real bones have disappeared, setting up the further mystery of who would steal the bones and why. This is the fifth novel about a plump 42-year-old character, a single mother and an academic, who apparently has a penchant for using her skills to solve various types of mysteries with a detective inspector with whom she apparently is in love (but who is unavailable). Who would think that such elements have the making of an interesting and rewarding series? Perhaps the excellence of the writing, and the creative nature of the plots, have something to do with the novels’ well-deserved popularity. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good series that keeps getting better. Not only is there a good murder mystery but the author has a subtle sense of humor that should be savored. The characters are easy to relate to & very enjoyable to know.
nenris More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story as always. I read all her books. She knows how to tell a story.
Twink More than 1 year ago
I was hooked on this series by Elly Griffiths from the very first book. A Dying Fall is the fifth (and latest) entry in her Ruth Galloway Mystery series. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and settle in for a great read with characters I truly enjoy. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist at the University in North Norfolk, England. An expert in bones, she is often called in to assist police, museums and on other digs. Ruth receives a letter from Dan - an old friend from her university days. They haven't really kept in touch, but the letter piques her curiosity. Dan is also an archaeologist, attached to a university in Lancashire. His letter says he has discovered the bones of 'The Raven King.' Ruth tries to contact him, without result. Until that university calls asking if Ruth could come up and look at some bones for them - their archaeologist Dan Golding has been killed in a tragic accident. Or was it? Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson, on vacation with his wife becomes involved as well. Why do I love this series so much? The characters. Griffiths has created a wonderful protagonist in Ruth. I just really like her. She's decidedly unique and different. She is a single mother at forty plus, overweight, messy, introverted, but highly intelligent and curious. Griffiths has not endowed her with super sleuth abilities, rather she comes off as an actual person - unabashedly and happily herself. Her only worry is raising her daughter Kate. Kate's father is the married Harry Nelson. The evolution of his and Ruth's relationship has kept me quite enthralled from the beginning. With Harry's acknowledgment of Kate as his daughter, things have become even more entangled. The supporting cast of characters is just as intriguing. Cathbad, the self proclaimed Druid takes a leading role in A Dying Fall. I enjoy his enigmatic ways and his pagan beliefs. His personal storyline is just as complicated as Ruth's - involving a sergeant from Nelson's staff. I have to say, he rivals Ruth for my favourite character. Little Kate's personality is being drawn as well - it's enjoyable to see her growing and talking. And this wonderful cast of characters carries along a clever, inventive plot involving Arthurian legends, neo-Nazi's and more I had my suspicions as to the culprit, but Griffiths surprised me at the end this time. I always learn something in Griffiths' books - the historical facts and mythical legends woven into the narrative often send me searching the Internet to read more. Griffiths has done it again - hooked me with a great read that I finished too quickly and left me waiting for the next in this engaging series. Definitely recommended.
MarAnnabelle More than 1 year ago
Great book - this is my favorite in series so far.   I like the fact of more interaction between Ruth and Nelson as parents and Cathbad's presence in the book was great.   I won't go in to detail as to not spoil book for others, but if you enjoyed the rest of series, you will love this book and if you have not read any of Elly's books - give them a try, terrific writer Book took place out of the Norfolk area which was a nice change  I recommend this and entire series and hope the series continues on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Divine. This is quickly becoming my favorite series. Ruth may be full figured but she still comes across as sexy and romantic. And she has met her match with the ever-cranky Nelson. LOVE this series!
MarnieG More than 1 year ago
very enjoyable reading and  can't wait for another
Debbie Byrd 4 months ago
Elly G is a good writer...but predictable...and, seriously, how much can happen to one anthropology professor in rural Britian?! Suspect she is hoping for a telly series....but this would likely be the reaction of viewers, too. (btw, based on her weight in stones...mentioned in every bloody one of these books, Ruth is NOT fat and Elly should bear a bit of shame for suggesting so.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one of the better episodes in the Ruth Galloway series, but just "okay".
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I like these mysteries because I always learn something new and unexpected. The books are well-researched and thought provoking.
Kathlingram More than 1 year ago
Only one more to read in the series, "The Outcast Dead ", which had a excerpt. I am still hoping for Book #10 which is on NetGalley now. I have also read two of the Magic Men series. Elly Griffiths is pure gold for me as a writer. I plan to reread in order after awhile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book in this excellent series. Elly Griffiths is one of my favorite new authors. Highly recommended.
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snowshoe27 More than 1 year ago
This book was a little difficult to follow. I finally got the characters sorted in my mind and enjoyed the book. This is a very English book and takes some concentration to get into the story.
RubyLT More than 1 year ago
Set in England and is a Bones like novel
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