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The Dark Angel
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The Dark Angel
Ruth Galloway Series, Book 10

In this highly atmospheric mystery, Ruth Galloway—"a captivating amateur sleuth" (Louise Penny)—and DCI Nelson investigate a murder in a medieval Italian town where dark secrets are buried as deep as bones.

It's not every day that you're summoned to the Italian countryside on business, so when archaeologist Angelo Morelli asks for Ruth Galloway's help identifying bones found in the tiny hilltop town of Fontana Liri, she jumps at the chance to go, bringing her daughter along with her for a working vacation. Upon arriving, she begins to hear murmurs of Fontana Liri's strong resistance movement during World War II and senses the townspeople are dancing around a deeply buried secret. But how could that be connected to the ancient remains she's been studying?

Ruth is just beginning to get her footing in the dig when she's thrown off-guard by the appearance of DCI Nelson. And when Ruth's findings lead them to a modern-day murder, their holidays are both turned upside down, and they race to find out what darkness is lurking in this seemingly picturesque town.

In this highly atmospheric mystery, Ruth Galloway—"a captivating amateur sleuth" (Louise Penny)—and DCI Nelson investigate a murder in a medieval Italian town where dark secrets are buried as deep as bones.

It's not every day that you're summoned to the Italian countryside on business, so when archaeologist Angelo Morelli asks for Ruth Galloway's help identifying bones found in the tiny hilltop town of Fontana Liri, she jumps at the chance to go, bringing her daughter along with her for a working vacation. Upon arriving, she begins to hear murmurs of Fontana Liri's strong resistance movement during World War II and senses the townspeople are dancing around a deeply buried secret. But how could that be connected to the ancient remains she's been studying?

Ruth is just beginning to get her footing in the dig when she's thrown off-guard by the appearance of DCI Nelson. And when Ruth's findings lead them to a modern-day murder, their holidays are both turned upside down, and they race to find out what darkness is lurking in this seemingly picturesque town.

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  • ELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Magic Men mystery series. She is the recipient of the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the CWA Dagger in the Library Award.

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  • Library Journal

    December 1, 2017

    Helping archaeologist Angelo Morelli identify bones found in the Italian mountain village of Fontana Liri takes forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway far from her Norfolk cottage, and her task is complicated by secrets involving resistance during World War II. A change of pace for the CWA Dagger in the Library winner.

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 19, 2018
    Mary Higgins Clark Award–winner Griffths’s uneven 10th Ruth Galloway mystery (after 2017’s The Chalk Pit) takes forensic archeologist Ruth and her daughter, Kate, to Castello degli Angeli, a little Italian town, to help colleague Angelo Morelli, who hosts an archeology-based TV show, analyze a Roman-era skeleton. When Ruth finds a hostile message at her lodging, and Angelo tells her he’s received death threats, they assume someone wants to stop their work. The subsequent murder of the kindly local priest in his church raises the stakes. Meanwhile, alarmed by news of an earthquake in the region, Det. Chief Insp. Harry Nelson, Ruth’s sometime lover and Kate’s father, flies to Italy, leaving his pregnant wife, Michelle, home in Norfolk, England. Subplots involving Michelle’s affair with another police officer, uncertainty about her baby’s father’s identity, and a newly released criminal determined to seek vengeance converge in a dramatic but contrived finale. Rich details about the Italian countryside, gastronomy, and history make up only in part for the underdeveloped mystery plot. Agent: Rebecca Carter, Janklow & Nesbit (U.K.).

  • Kirkus

    March 15, 2018
    An Italian vacation involves a bone expert in yet another murder.British archaeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway's specialty has led her to assist the police and involved her in a love affair with DCI Nelson (The Chalk Pit, 2017, etc.). The product of that affair is Kate, whom Nelson enjoys spending time with even though he's still married to Michelle, who knows about his daughter. At the wedding of one of Nelson's officers, Ruth runs into Tim Heathfield, a former member of Nelson's team whose clandestine affair with Michelle caused him to leave Norfolk. Michelle, who's pregnant, has denied having sex with Tim, but it's likely to become obvious very soon which man fathered her child, since the Nelsons are white and Tim is black. Stressed over her complicated relationship with Nelson, Ruth jumps at the chance when archaeologist Angelo Morelli invites her to come to Italy to look at some bones for a TV series he's doing, offering her the use of his grandfather's apartment in a hilltop town an hour from Rome. She takes Kate without telling Nelson, who's busy dealing with a man just released from prison who's threatened him. In Italy Ruth learns that the locals differ sharply about whether Angelo's grandfather Pompeo was a hero of the Resistance in World War II. When an earthquake strikes nearby, Nelson rushes with Cathbad, a friend who speaks Italian, to join her. They arrive soon after Ruth finds the murdered body of town priest Don Tomaso. The earthquake has uncovered some bones buried in the churchyard that are most likely those of a friend of Pompeo's who vanished during the war. Ruth is targeted by someone who does not want her looking into old deaths or new; Nelson's family may not be safe from an ex-convict whose claim to have found God in prison does not impress the English police.The latest in Griffiths' impressive series, which cleverly weaves several mysteries into the continuing story of the leading couple and their circle of friends, is certain to delight devoted fans and newcomers alike.

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