Feisty women detectives who can solve crimes, but have trouble handling their personal lives seems to be a good formula for mystery. Before I got hooked on Julia Spencer Fleming’s Clare Ferguson series, I had found Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway, the British forensic archeologist. The cliffhanger at the end of the second book included the results of a romance with the local handsome – and married – detective. Thanks to a friend who reminded me of the third book in this series – The House at Sea’s End is offering the next installment to the personal drama, and with more murders to be solved.
With the backdrop of the cold British cliffs of Norfolk, Ruth leads an investigation of six dead bodies, but this time she’s a single mother, juggling “babyminders” and her career. Griffiths fills in the backstory with references to her first two books, but the relationships are easy to decipher without reminders of past crimes solved. Solving the many murders is fun with World War II espionage and a secret message Ruth cracks by deciphering a dead man’s code – but the romance is better.
Not a long wait to find out what happens next with Ruth Galloway and Harry Nelson – Griffiths has another mystery in the series to be published soon – The House of Bones – more progress on the romance and more murders to be solved. If you like Clare’s mystery/romance escapades, you might enjoy Ruth too.
Read my reviews of Elly Griffiths’ first two books:
- All Caught Up with the Clare Ferguson Mysteries (nochargebookbunch.com)