MYSTERY

The Stone Circle

Houghton Harcourt. (Ruth Galloway, Bk. 11). May 2019. 368p. ISBN 9781328974648. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781328974655. M
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Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in to consult when modern bones are found on a dig site. DCI Harry Nelson takes the case and the remains are identified as belonging to 12-year-old Margaret Lacey, who went missing in 1981. The lead suspect at the time was an odd local man named John Mostyn, but after Margaret's body is recovered, Mostyn is shot once through the heart and his body left in an office park. Meanwhile, Nelson's wife, Michelle, has had their baby, and made a friend, Star, at a mother-and-baby group. When Star's baby disappears from her home without a trace, Nelson and his team get involved in that case as well. In the meantime, Nelson receives letters that sound very much like those he got during the first case Ruth worked with him—but the man who wrote those letters is dead.
VERDICT Fans of the series will be delighted to catch up with Ruth and Nelson as the mysteries wind their way to satisfying solutions. [See Prepub Alert, 11/5/18.]

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