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  • Another good read from Ms Griffiths.

    Another good yarn in the series. If you enjoyed the earlier ones, you won’t be disappointed in this one. If you haven’t read any of the others but you like a good cosy that’s not twee or tweedy and you like to be kept guessing as to who the culprit is, Elly Griffiths is your writer. Her plots are sound and good, keeping you reading . The characters are varied and generally believable in their context, and there’s a bit of archaeology and local legends and getting children to school on time.

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  • A Wonderful Instalment

    This is my first foray into the depths of the Ruth Galloway series written by Elly Griffiths. Whilst I would say that, obviously, the books in the series would be better read in chronological order for continuity, and greater character understanding, I still found that jumping in at book twelve did not prevent me from enjoying the story immensely. This is a wonderfully woven crime mystery set in a stunning location in Norfolk, England. From the opening pages, the sense of menace never eases up and the story unfolds like an uncoiled spring. In this twelfth instalment featuring forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway and DCI Harry Nelson of the Norfolk Police, Ivor March, an artist and tutor, has just been convicted of killing two women. DCI Nelson is convinced that March has killed a further two women. Upon questioning, March says he will reveal their locations if Ruth is prepared to carry out the necessary excavations. Ruth is wary but agrees, finding that the location offers up more than she expected. The area, near a village bordering the fens, is said to be haunted by the Lantern Men, mysterious figures holding lights that lure travellers to their deaths. The book is a great example of a classic style murder mystery with an element of local legend and myth. The story keeps me guessing as to whom is responsible for the murders and their actual motives. Yet, for me, the main strengths in this police procedural are Elly Griffiths' wonderful bunch of characters, even though coincidences were required to bring them all together. The Lantern Men is a neatly plotted and elegantly told mystery and I have been inspired to read the other books in the series, beginning with The Crossing Paces. I am looking forward to seeing where Elly Griffiths takes Ruth next. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Quercus via NetGalley at my request, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Dr Ruth Galloway series

    This whole series is just wonderful, hanging out now for the next one!

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  • Excellent British crime fiction

    The Lantern Men is the twelfth book in the Ruth Galloway series by award-winning British author, Elly Griffiths. Forensic anthropologist, Dr Ruth Galloway has settled into a new teaching position in Cambridge, living there in a townhouse with her daughter Kate, her cat Flint (of course!) and Frank Barker. And while Kate’s father, DCI Harry Nelson isn’t too happy about her absence from north Norfolk, Ruth felt something had had to change. Nelson is relieved that Ivor March has been found guilty of the murder of the two women whose bodies were dug up from his girlfriend’s garden, but he is convinced that March is responsible for the earlier disappearance of two young women of similar appearance, and not willing to leave things as they stand. Yet despite the overwhelming trace and DNA evidence several of March’s women still protest his innocence: the man is apparently charismatic. Then March offers to reveal the location of the other two if, and only if, Ruth Galloway does the excavation. Ruth agrees to accompany Harry to the prison, where she meets March, finds him very creepy, but agrees to his terms. But both Ruth and Harry are aware, at each encounter, of the flicker of a flame between them, still not doused. Then Ruth’s former boss, who did the first excavation, is attacked and has his laptop stolen, a third body is found with the other two, and another woman is murdered on the marshes, in much the same manner as the first four. But Ivor March is in prison, so… As Harry Nelson and his competitive subordinates re-examine the circumstances of the four earlier disappearances, it’s those that attended the Grey Walls retreat that come under the greatest scrutiny, several of whom talk about the local legend of The Lantern Man. Once again, Griffiths gives the reader an enthralling tale that presents several possible killers whose motives can only be guessed at, and keep the pages turning until the thrilling climax and beyond. Again, excellent British crime fiction. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishers

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  • Brilliant as always

    Just cant put these books down and then Im sad when Ive finnished. North norfolk especially Blakeney is so beautiful ane Elly brings the whoe area to life. I feel all the characters have become friends.

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