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  • Folklore and forensics

    serial-murder, England, folklore, family-dynamics, friendship, forensics**** A great deal of personal background material regarding the complexity of Ruth's life outside of her work in the beginning did not make it any easier to drop into book 12 of this series. That said, the mystery and events were exceptionally well done as well as the characters. Escalating suspense and a plethora of red herrings add to the twisty plot. I appreciated the insight into the lore of the fens and other learning opportunities. It was a very good book. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via NetGalley.

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  • Clever whodunit

    The latest in the Ruth Galloway series and as good as ever. Can't wait for the next!!

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  • The lantern men

    Excellent. Well written. Dialogue crisp. Characters development wonderful. Have followed this series and enjoy how each character is evolving. Great book to take your mind off of pandemic, if even for a short while.

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  • The Lantern Men

    Another triumph of suspense from Elly Griffiths. I loved the interaction of the fenland, the cast of characters and the compelling story of the Lantern men, leading strangers through the fens. It’s always a compelling read when you add local legend. The identity of the Artist was staring us in the face from the outset... but I didn’t catch on until the end.

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  • Great addition to the series

    The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths is the 12th in the Ruth Galloway mystery series. Series Background: (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books) Ruth is a Forensic Archaeologist who lives in a rather remote cottage on the edge of the Saltmarsh near Norfolk England. She teaches at the university, and has a daughter by DCI Harry Nelson, an already married police officer. Their relationship is complicated. Ruth seems to help solve most of the crimes in the area, as they usually involve the discovery of bones. As well, there is often some aspect of religion in these books. Although Ruth believes in very little, Harry is a lapsed Catholic, their friend Cathbad is a Druid, and all of their families are quite religious. My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Ivor Marsh has been convicted of the murder of two young women, but Nelson is sure he is responsible for more. March agrees to tell them where the other bodies are buried, but only if Ruth will do the digging. Ruth, however, has moved out of the area, and in with Frank. She is now teaching at Cambridge, and is no longer Nelson's resident forensic archaeologist. Nelson is not particularly happy that Ruth has moved and taken his daughter away, but he is probably more upset that she is now with Frank. There is some tension in the air. But when asked to speak to the murderer and dig up any bodies that he leads them to, Ruth agrees. Ruth is not overly impressed by Ivor Marsh, although apparently most women find him irresistible. He seems to find himself that way as well. She learns that she was recently on a writing retreat at the home of Ivor's ex-wife. It seems odd that Crissy had not mentioned that Ivor was on trial at the time. It also seems odd that everyone they meet thinks Ivor is innocent. Ruth begins to wonder herself. My Opinions: This series has me captivated. I'm not sure if it is because of the plots, the folklore or the characters, but each book hooks me in. You must read these books in order, because the characters are complex, and their relationships change, just as in life. I love the characters in this series, and admit to being somewhat disappointed when I found out that Ruth has moved in with Frank, and away from the area. Thankfully, she was able to assist with the case, and although others have moved on as well, the whole gang was front and center. As usual, the plot in this one kept me intrigued, and with a large assortment of suspects, I did not guess the culprit, or the motives. I like the fact that there is usually folklore involved in the books, and this was no different, with the legend of The Lanternmen. That was really interesting. There was a great appendix at the back with a blurb on each of the main characters, and although it is a little out-dated, it was just as entertaining as the book! It was a fast read, with a good pace, and as always a pleasure to read.

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