The Ghost Fields

The Ghost Fields

A Ruth Galloway Mystery

eBook - 2015
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"Norfolk is suffering from record summer heat when a construction crew unearths a macabre discovery--a downed World War II plane with the pilot still inside. Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway quickly realizes that the skeleton couldn't possibly be the pilot, and DNA tests identify the man as Fred Blackstock, a local aristocrat who had been reported dead at sea. When the remaining members of the Blackstock family learn about the discovery, they seem strangely frightened by the news. Events are further complicated by a TV company that wants to make a film about Norfolk's deserted air force bases, the so-called Ghost Fields, which have been partially converted into a pig farm run by one of the younger Blackstocks. As production begins, Ruth notices a mysterious man lurking on the outskirts of Fred Blackstock's memorial service. Then human bones are found on the family's pig farm. Can the team outrace a looming flood to find a killer?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780544330160
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Sep 13, 2019

I love this series - almost done reading them all. A little archaeology and crime mystery and character storyline drama all rolled into one.

Jun 25, 2018

Excellent. A melodrama, yes, but among old friends. Series continues to shine.

Jul 15, 2017

These books get better and better. The narrator is becoming attached to the characters, everyone is growing and changing, and the interpersonal interactions are becoming much less "British Upper-Class Icy" and more human with each book. Please start at the beginning of the series.

Oct 24, 2016

2/3 banal romance, 1/3 mystery. Plot slow and repetitive.

bibliotechnocrat Mar 29, 2016

This is my first encounter with the series, read on the recommendation of a friend and colleague. Not normally a reader of mysteries, I enjoyed this one thoroughly. Ruth's convoluted personal life is the perfect background (or is it foreground) for the mystery, and I loved the comic aspects of the resolution. A lovely murder mystery full of unlikely but believable characters. Enjoy.

Feb 16, 2016

I picked up the 2nd book in the Ruth Galloway series on a lark while at the beach. I've now devoured them all. They are much better read in order. (I went back and read the first one after the second and then continued in sequence.) I think they are excellent. I like them MUCH better than Louise Penny (not a fan at all — hated "The Long Way Home" mainly for its unrealistic discussion of art and artists). Elly Griffiths really knows what she's talking about with respect to archeology (her husband is an archeologist and her adviser on the technical details). Although I had read all the Ruth Galloway novels up to "The Ghost Fields" I wasn't sure how it would be — seemed a bit of a departure from her usual subject matter for the series, but I thought it held together well. It's not fine literature, but fairly tight writing, with accurate details, and an easy read. I love that the character of Ruth seems like a real person.

Dec 28, 2015

Just love her writing style and use of concise language. Wonderful research of her subject as usual. Enjoy how her stories move forward naturally through thoughts and actions of the characters. This one had a lot of last minute old-fashioned conversation tying up loose ends but other than that an outstanding read. So pleased that although she has created another detective series ( also excellent but very different style for the era it covers) she is still writing the Ruth Galloway series. Looking forward to Woman in Blue.

Nov 13, 2015

During WWII Norfolk was dotted with airbases which are now "ghost fields". Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson find themselves investigating a family whose ancient estate is literally sinking into the sea ... yet more "ghost fields". Griffith's creepy atmosphere and quirky characters will keep the reader turning pages. As always with this series, an excellent mix of history and contemporary mystery.

samdog123 Nov 09, 2015

Ruth Galloway has become one of my favourite mystery characters! A fortyish single Mother, she is also a tenured Forensic anthropologist at a British university. Ruth constantly gets involved in local police matters--this plot involves the discovery of a dead WWII pilot who was thought drowned in a sea crash. Instead, he's found sitting in the unearthed cockpit of a WWII plane. Although a tad disjointed, I still enjoy all the characters and this one moves quickly to a satisfying end. Just hope this is not the end of the series!

Oct 12, 2015

Griffiths' writing reminded me of Louise Penny's with its reems of details about the ordinary life of her characters given through dialogue and repetitive info about the plot as characters inform each other and the reader of what is happening. The useful family tree of the Blackstock's helps to remind readers of how the characters are related and to distinguish several generations of Blackstocks who have named their only son, "George". Best not to leave too much time between reading intervals as the association of the names can be easily forgotten. The plotting finally picks up towards the end when the mystery of the dead brothers and attempted murders are all explained. In the meantime, Griffiths entertains readers with the personal intertwisted lives of her main characters. Her first book in this Ruth Galloway mystery series, "Crossing Places", won her the Mary Higgins Clark Award. "Ghost Fields" is the 7th title in this series, but it was the first book in this series that I have read. This novel can be read as a stand alone as I found it easy to pick up on the background of the characters without reading the previous novels. This novel deals with old bones found in a crashed and half buried WWII plane in a Norfolk farm field.

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