Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths

Ruth is leading an archeological dig near a farm.  They've found a Bronze Age body and are thrilled with it.  The man running the digger over the hill to level out the ground is not very happy when he finds a piece of metal in his way, but he plans to move it.  When he finds the pilot still sitting in the cockpit through he's not as calm about it.  Ruth is happy to find her dead body; he screams when he finds his...

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy at your local bookstore now.

Ms. Griffith always write stories that are well thought out and complicated.  The characters love lives are hodge podge and often overlap from work to home.  I was surprised with how this story ended and want to read the next one in this series already.  I can't wait to see where it's going from here.

It turns out almost everyone involved in this story is a Blackstock.  The dead pilot (who has a bullet hole in his skull) is one.  The people living in the big house are all Blackstocks.  Even one of the cops turns out to be related.  There were three brothers in this current generation.  The pilot was one of them.  The other walked away in grief when his dog died and everyone presumed he'd drowned.  The mother drowned herself one day.  Their family history is filled with sorrow and it's going to get worse.

They research family history, talk to the remaining relatives and the end result is they are pretty sure who the killer is but they have no way to prove it.  The ending to the story is very dramatic and scary.  I was getting real worried about Ruth and Nelson.  I bet you will, too.  Read it and then tell me what you thought of the ending.  I liked it.

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