The Dark Angel

Houghton Harcourt. (Ruth Galloway, Bk. 10). May 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780544750326. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780544750531. THRILLER
OrangeReviewStarForensic anthropologist Ruth Galloway gets a call from an Italian colleague asking for help identifying a skeleton. Craving some sun, she packs up her daughter Kate and friend Shona and heads for a romantic hill town still haunted by ghosts of World War II. Meanwhile, DCI Nelson, Ruth's sometime lover and father of her daughter, has his hands full at home with his pregnant wife and a murderer who has been paroled. But he rushes to Italy (and Ruth) when a small earthquake hits the village. Everyone is fine, but as soon as Nelson arrives, a murder occurs, and the locals enlist his help with the investigation. Griffiths deftly balances the plotlines at home and abroad to deliver another hugely satisfying and entertaining Galloway mystery full of atmosphere and loose ends.
VERDICT This tenth addition to the series (after The Chalk Pit) is one of the best! The story lines are confidently interwoven, the Italian scenery is vividly drawn, and Ruth and Nelson's relationship becomes yet more complicated, leaving readers eager for the next installment. [See Prepub Alert, 11/13/17.]
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