A Dying Fall

A Dying Fall

Book - 2013
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After an old university friend and fellow archaeologist's murdered, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway travels to Lancashire to examine the bones he found, which reveal a shocking fact about King Arthur, and discovers a campus living in fear of a sinister right-wing group called the White Hand.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780547798165
Characteristics: 392 p. ; 22 cm.


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Apr 05, 2019

This story might be better read without too much of a time lag between readings. I found I had to re-think the connections between the second row characters who are at the center of this novel and their motives for being responsible for the events described in it. Even the author feels she must explain everyone's role again and again throughout the novel and rehashes their roles one last time in the last pages, just in case the reader has forgotten the links. The 3 deaths that occur in the novel are spread out so that one actually forgets about them until the author reviews them. The best part of the book is towards the end when Ruth's 2 year old child, Kate, goes missing and foul play is suspected. The archaeological connection circles around the legend of King Arthur, but its connection to the racist "White Hand" cult was far-fetched for me. The author also writes about the university's connection to these deaths in unflattering terms. Griffith's fans will enjoy this book for the description of Ruth's continuing relationship with her friends. These details consume much of the novel.

Jun 30, 2015

A very enjoyable read. Didn't want to put it down. Great series.

Mar 13, 2015

As a mystery lover, I have been enjoying this series very much.

Oct 16, 2014

This is poorly written in the wrong tense. I mentally edited the pages as I read them. I fail to understand how books such as these are ever published.

samdog123 Jul 31, 2014

I enjoy each and every one of the books in this entertaining mystery series featuring forensic archeologist, Ruth Galloway. Now a Mother of a 2 year old, Ruth balances a holiday/work trip to Blackpool where she tries to authenticate a grave that may or may not be that of King Arthur. But what does the secret society of the White Hand have to do with it all?????

Oct 04, 2013

Any flicker of mystery has been smothered by the gooey treacle of domesticity. Babies and todlers have put the kybosh on any intrigue proferred by the current case involving Ruth Galloway. In fact, this is more a fantasy, what with a cute, cuddly, utterly docile pit bull terrier being the perfect play companion for a two-year old child. Boring, rehashed, politically correct characterizations impeling the reader to reach the conclusion as mercifully quickly as possible.

Sep 09, 2013

Absorbing, but the author's credibility has been strained a bit too far this time around.

Jun 25, 2013

This is the fifth in the Ruth Galloway series. She becomes involved in a mystery through her job a forensic anthropologist. She is a regular person, over weight and a single mother. Full of interesting characters. I am not only entertained but learn something as well.

JCLJanineM May 08, 2013

For those invested in the Ruth Galloway series characters, it's worth the read. But the plot gets downright silly at times and you have to seriously suspend your disbelief for this one.

Apr 15, 2013

Not the strongest of the series but it does end with some changes for a few of the regular characters.

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