The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths

The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths is the 13th book in her Dr Ruth Galloway series. I realised not long after beginning to read this book that I had missed out on number 12 – The Lantern Men – so I’ll have to go backwards and read it as it seems that quite a lot happened in that one. Ruth is now Head of Archaeology at North Norfolk University.

Anyway, The Night Hawks are a group of metal detectorists and while doing their thing on a Norfolk beach they discover what they think might be a Bronze Age weapon hoard, but as they’re digging one of them realises that something has been washed up as the tide comes in. It’s a body, so obviously the police are called in – in the shape of Nelson. Yet again Nelson and Ruth are thrown together as she examines the detectorist’s find and he tries to discover the identity of the body.

I think this is one of the weaker books in this series, I found it to be quite predictable and I was surprised when it’s mentioned that Ruth’s daughter is now eleven years old as she seems a lot younger. Yet again there’s jeapordy for Nelson. I suspect that the author is running out of steam with this series, but I still quite enjoyed it.

The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths

The Dark Angel cover

The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths was published in 2018. I’m really pleased that I’ve caught up with this Dr Ruth Galloway mystery series. This one is mainly set in Italy as Ruth has been asked to help out an Italian archaeologist whom she happened to have a brief fling with years ago. Her relationship with Harry Nelson, father of her six year old daughter is becoming more complicated and annoyingly he’s becoming more and more possessive, despite the fact that he’s obviously enjoying a normal relationship with his wife.

Reports of an earthquake in the local area mean that Nelson – who hates taking any time off for holidays – flies to Italy immediately to check up on Ruth and Kate and when a local priest is murdered Nelson becomes involved in the investigation.

I enjoyed this one a lot, I suspect that is because Nelson’s wife Michelle appears to be more than just a victim now, to me anyway.