The Last Remains

Mariner: Houghton Harcourt. (Ruth Galloway, Bk. 15). Apr. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9780358726487. $30. M
A skeleton is found behind a wall during a renovation and Detective Harry Nelson is called in, along with famed archaeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway. The skeleton is determined to be Emily Pickering, a young archaeology student who went missing following a field trip nearly 20 years ago. Also on that field trip was Ruth’s good friend Cathbad, who becomes a suspect just as he goes missing himself. Meanwhile, Ruth’s archaeology department is set to be closed down by the university, and Nelson has separated from his wife, finally giving space for Nelson and Ruth to consider their feelings for each other and for the future. Many familiar faces make appearances in this 15th satisfying installment of the series (following The Locked Room). Each person plays a necessary role in solving the case as tension rises and dangers increase.
VERDICT As Griffiths teases on her Twitter feed, this is the last Ruth Galloway book “for now.” The novel has a nostalgic feel, and readers will feel satisfied with how things are wrapped up.
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