The Dark Angel

The Dark Angel

Book - 2018
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"In this highly atmospheric mystery, Ruth Galloway--described by Louise Penny as "a captivating amateur sleuth"--and DI Nelson have their summer vacations horribly disrupted by a murder in a medieval Italian town where dark secrets are buried as deep as bones"--
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780544750326
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY GRI
Characteristics: 345 pages ;,22 cm.


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multcolib_karene Aug 05, 2018

As usual, the main character, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway, is the most interesting part of the book for me. That being said, the story also totally sucked me in. A nice, easy read in the cozy mystery department.

Jul 21, 2018

Another well-done story, but only if you have read all the previous books in this series. I can't imagine starting with this one.

Jun 19, 2018

A solid addition to this series of atmospheric mysteries. As much as I loved Ruth and Kate going on holiday, it seemed a bit disjointed to have the two storylines going on between Norfolk and Italy. Griffiths does a pretty good job of keeping the timelines together. She ends the narrative with a hook that definitely keeps Ruth's life from settling down and with Michelle still mid-pregnancy there is much to look forward to in #11.

May 30, 2018

This was more of a romance novel with the mysteries hanging off of it, caused by the bad decisions of those who are supposed to be solving crimes. I think the Italian solution was more of an afterthought by Ruth and cleaned up by the local constabulary, about whom I would have liked to know more; but he too seemed to be an afterthought in order to have someone in charge. The Kings Lynn situation was a mess of coincidences caused by Nelson's and his wife's bad decisions, which seem to hang over the whole story. At the end we are left with a lot of people with guilt and some hints that maybe will appear in the next book, but no real resolutions. At several points I just wanted to tell the characters, "Don't do that!" or the bad guys were so lame, I just wanted to throw up my hands that anyone couldn't spot what they were doing a mile away. Maybe the theme here is human beings are not perfect, but they muddle through--sometimes with a lot of damage to themselves and others.

Apr 25, 2018

I'm a big fan of the series but this is not one of favourites. There are story lines set in Italy & King's Lynn that are intriguing but both end up on the back burner as the entangled love lives of Ruth, Nelson, Michelle & Tim take centre stage.

One of those is resolved by the end but I think it's time for the author to clear up Ruth & Nelson's relationship. It's been going on since the book #1 & I'm beginning to tire of the will they-won't they routine. The best instalments of the series are those that feature the archeological/mystery elements & hopefully that will become the focus again in the next one.

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