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A Room Full of Bones: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 4

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Perhaps because there were many disparate threads running through it to fully engage me but maybe because there wasn't an archaeological mystery at the heart of it. There are several strands to the plot - some of which are unnecessary and seem to have been thrown in simply to provide a few red herrings. In this novel the late autumn setting adds to the mysterious atmosphere and the richness of the story. Arriving to supervise the opening of a coffin, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway finds the museum curator dead.

Don't know what happened to the first review I wrote probably did something while playing with my phone!These two deaths could be from natural causes but DCI Harry Nelson isn't convinced, and it is only a matter of time before Ruth and Nelson cross paths once more. in " The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's membership magazine, and in our weekly " Publishing This Week" newsletter. If you are the publisher or author and feel that they do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, send us a message with the mainstream reviews that you would like to see added.

She has dug up the bones of a girl who died over two thousand years ago, an Iron Age girl whose perfectly preserved arm still wore its bracelet of dried grass. With Nelson keeping his distance, Ruth finds herself torn between being relieved, yet also missing their connection. She has an uncomfortable relationship with her parents, born again Christians who, while adoring their granddaughter Kate, are voluably certain that Ruth will go to hell for having a child out of wedlock. If you work with human remains you get past that phase really quickly; or you never go through it, I never did. In this book I was so worried about the mystical and magical re curses and such and was so glad that eventually a scientific explanation was provided as a possible probably probable explanation.It was a chance remark of my husband's that gave me the idea for the first in the series, The Crossing Places. The dialogues and thoughts of the characters are repetitive, the characters are boring and selfish, the relationships between them shallow and the situations most of the time ridiculous! Another case for DI Nelson and it is not long before the dead body of the museum's owner lies dead in his stables too.

Lab assistant at the university by day, druid and godparent by night, Cathbad's usual talent for embroiling himself in matters continues, from his friendship with Ruth's Aussie neighbour to his shadowy connections to the Elginists. Max, a fellow archaeologist who featured in book two, The Janus Stone, turns back up in Ruth’s life in A Room Full of Bones.Each mystery provides a complete plot line and an interesting archaeological angle, but it is very much the relationships that keep me engaged in this series. Griffith's novels occupy a world where modern science and new age mysticism coexist but her characters' flights of fancy are leavened by common sense and humanity' Sunday Times. Of course, disturbing the dead is an occupational hazard for archaeologists, but Ruth makes sure that no matter how long-dead the bones are, she always treats them with respect.

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