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A Room Full of Bones: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 4 (English Edition) Format Kindle
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Description du produit
Revue de presse
'I became utterly absorbed as the story unfolded ... Another wonderful entry in this justifiable highly acclaimed series' Promoting Crime Fiction. (Promoting Crime Fiction)
'The characters are constantly engaging - particularly the vulnerable Ruth - the writing is perceptive, as well as wryly humorous ... this is recommended' Spectator. (Spectator)
'excellent' Wendy Cope. (Wendy Cope)
'A fast-paced, insightful and murky story of ordinary lives, buried secrets, and desperate crimes' Good Book Guide. (Good Book Guide)
'Like its predecessors, this is a wonderfully rich mixture of ancient and contemporary, superstition and rationality, with a cast of druids, dreamers and assorted tree-huggers as well as some thoroughly modern villains: a welcome addition to a great series' Guardian. (Guardian)
'The book's strengths are, as ever, Griffiths' ability to conjure up thoroughly believable people and to ensure that the myths and legends which steep the story never spill over into woo-woo' Reviewing the Evidence. (Reviewing the Evidence)
the perfect instalment to a gripping series that is seriously becoming 'a must-read'' Crimesquad. (Crimesquad.com)
an engrossing read' WI Life magazine. (WI Life magazine)
''a sinister, life-threatening mystery that grips to its end' Woman & Home. (Woman & Home)
''another wonderful entry in this justifiable highly acclaimed series' Euro Crime. (Euro Crime) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition paperback.
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- ASIN : B006PI6EBK
- Éditeur : Quercus (22 décembre 2011)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 3147 KB
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 353 pages
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The book starts with the delivery of a medieval coffin that apparently had been buried in the wrong place. There is a curse attached to the coffin, and it looks like the curse might be at work as the museum curator is lying dead by the side of the coffin. Ruth has been asked to the opening of the coffin as the expert.
A private family owns the museum, and it’s not long before the owner himself is found dead, in strange circumstances, those circumstances being that he was well just before he died, just like the curator. Nelson, the police officer who attended the opening becomes ill with a strange virus that baffles doctors. This means that Nelson isn’t in a lot of the book, which is a shame as I like his character.
This book includes an archbishop who is not what he seems to be, privately owned stables which are at the centre of an ongoing mystery and also the repatriation of bones to Australia. Lots to get your teeth into. A great absorbing read.
A lack of side plots means that we are mostly focused on Ruth and the on/off thing with Nelson. I think this has run its course and I'm a bit fed up with it. Although I like Ruth, I think she is a character capable of being taken through a more searching study and she should be given some more challenging companions and storylines - like in the first book of the series. The one thing that rescues the series is the historical forensic element which is fascinating. The style of the writing is not as smooth as it should be - the use of the present tense is clumsy and jerky to the reader. If that's the intention then it is an unnecessary gimmick. The book is definitely not highbrow, but I can see that many would enjoy it.
Another very engaging book in the Dr Ruth Galloway series, and again one which is as much about the characters as it is the plot. On this occasion the mystery revolves around a family-run racing stables, and its connection to the discovery of a body at a local museum. Although I found it took a few chapters to get fully into the storyline, it’s beautifully paced, and each chapter read seemed to contain more action and revelations than the one before.
This story picks-up with Ruth still privately questioning her skills as a mother, and being slightly taken-aback when the house next door is sold and she meets her new neighbour. With Nelson keeping his distance, Ruth finds herself torn between being relieved, yet also missing their connection. Not surprising then that when the opportunity arises to renew her acquaintance with Max, she embraces it fully!
There are a couple of departures from the format of the first books in the series too: Although it builds to another gripping climax, for once Ruth isn’t the centre of attention, in fact her role in this book is almost entirely reliant on her social connections with other characters rather than any professional involvement. Also, there’s a surreal, dreamlike quality to part of the story as it touches on Aboriginal culture and beliefs. I have to say I quite missed Ruth not being in the thick of things, but really enjoyed the mystical element. All-in-all, another very good read in this excellent series.