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The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths
Series: Ruth Galloway #13
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on June 29, 2021
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Ruth is back as head of archaeology at the University of North Norfolk when a group of local metal detectorists—the so-called Night Hawks—uncovers Bronze Age artifacts on the beach, alongside a recently deceased body, just washed ashore. Not long after, the same detectorists uncover a murder-suicide—a scientist and his wife found at their farmhouse, long thought to be haunted by the Black Shuck, a humongous black dog, a harbinger of death. The further DCI Nelson probes into both cases, the more intertwined they become, and the closer they circle to David Brown, the new lecturer Ruth has recently hired, who seems always to turn up wherever Ruth goes.
I’ve enjoyed the mysteries and the development of many characters in this Ruth Galloway series. I like the main character Ruth. She’s smart and interesting; she’s done really well with Kate even though she has little support from family, friends or Nelson. I would read the series in order to understand many different characters. Cathbad has turned out to be a real friend. Interestingly, she and Cathbad have taken similar approaches when they fell in love.
Nelson is a reasonably good man. He works very hard. But I am not very happy with him. He wants everything his way. I was fascinated by the opinions of Nelson’s mother, Maureen. They were unexpected,
I’m pleased to see Ruth is now the head of the department at UNN. She deserves to progress in her career. In earlier books, Ruth was always feeling like she was too heavy and it was great not to hear those inner put-downs this time. She still has men interested in her, and has had two marriage proposals since Kate was born. I appreciate Ruth making her own decisions for herself and Kate. I can’t help feeling it won’t be long before Kate asks one or both of her parents some tough questions.
The case this time was sad as they all are. It was also dangerous for Ruth which happens too often. Her new lecturer, David, was as annoying to me as to Ruth. He stuck his nose into everything. I’m not sure I will like him but it would be nice if his daughter and Kate are friendly.
I enjoy the setting, the archeological aspects, the murder cases, and the development of the characters. It was interesting to see Ruth and Michelle become closer. I wonder how things will continue to progress.
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