The Dark Angel: Ruth Galloway 10 (The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries) (Hardcover) by Elly Griffiths

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List Price: £16.99

Hardcover: 368 Pages.

Published: 08 February 2018 by Quercus

Edition: 1st Edition

ISBN: 1784296635

EAN: 9781784296636

Review by Debra Found

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Great Character Development - Not a Very Strong Plot

Dr Ruth Galloway is asked to go to Italy to look at some bones by an eminent Italian archaeologist, Angelo Morelli. It just so happens that Angelo is quite attractive and they had a quick fling in the past. So Ruth and her daughter Kate decide to have a working holiday acompanied by Ruth's friend Shona and her son Louis. Unsuprisingly a murder is involved with a dash of intrigue. Nelson is not happy being left at home.

I love Ruth Galloway as a character. She is the wrong side of 40 and not stunningly attractive. In fact she is a fairly ordinary middle aged woman who happens to be very intelligent and an eminent forensic archaeologist. She has ordinary struggles that other people have - running late to collect her daughter, insecurities about her parents opinion of her, her appearance etc. This is a woman I can relate to. She also fell in love with the wrong man, Nelson, who is married.

The old friends from the series are back as well - Cathbad, Judy, Nelson, Phil, Michelle but unfortunately a lack of Clough's politically incorrect opinions! I have got to know these people as their characters have developed over the series & they have become old friends. Though admittedly I have never been friends in reality with a robe wearing druid!

This is not the strongest of the books in the series. In fact the plot including a murder is actually fairly weak. The enjoyment in this book is the development of the characters and their relationships. It certainly wouldn't stand alone as a detective novel.

I really enjoyed this book as I have the others in the series. I am very keen to see how the characters develop in the next book - will Nelson ever leave Michelle for Ruth?

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley.

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