An OK read for readers already familiar with the characters from Griffiths' Ruth Galloway series. In this novel Ruth is not digging in an archaeological trench and she is not involved in any suspenseful life and death situation. Although this book does have some murders that need to be solved, they seem to be unrelated to Griffiths' over emphasis of ritual in the Catholic church and the debate about women priests. Her series seems to be more about developing the characters as actual people with private lives beyond their jobs.
As usual, excellent.
This is the first of this series I found hard to put down (although they do get better with each new story). There just was so much more I wanted to know and so many changes. The tension and suspense never let up, so plan plenty of time to read especially after the fifth chapter.
This remains one of my favorite series. Walsingham is a properly gothic setting for a Ruth Galloway mystery, and Griffiths makes the most of it. A fair number of characters introduced in earlier titles of the series are part of the action here, so I definitely recommend beginning with #1: The Crossing Places.
I enjoy the ease of Elly Griffiths's mysteries coupled with her intense mythic and historical research. The Woman in Blue weaves the myth of the nursing Virgin Mary into contemporary religious issues such as the acceptance of female bishops in the church. In the medieval town of Little Walsingham, blonde women are being murdered, and it's up to Nelson and Ruth to sort it. Meanwhile, as Kate ages, their convoluted relationship becomes even more complex. Will it take the turn we readers long to see? Or will Nelson continue to wear his macho blinders?
As usual, the text is peppered with lovely literary quotes and allusions. Even the killers are educated in this world.
This is one of my favorite series. I love Ruth. She seems so funny and true to life. This particular installment's mystery was just a bit far-fetched but ok none the less.
Always a pleasure to read, this Ruth Galloway mystery doesn't disappoint. Characters are so familiar and I love Ruth and Nelson and their daughter Kate. Will Nelson ever make another move towards Ruth? The author leaves this one up in the air and I can't wait to find out!
This has quickly become one of my favorite series. There are quirky characters whose eccentricities abound. And always a fascinating setting.
Another great Ruth Gallway mystery.
Elly Griffiths never fails to satisfy with her series of mystery novels featuring forensic archaeologist/amateur detective Ruth Galloway. Her latest offering, The Woman in Blue, departs slightly from her previous books in that the mystery involves a rather more modern theme than usual. The novel is set in Walshingham, Norfolk, once the site of a medieval monastery, and a destination for pilgrims honouring the Virgin Mary, and now prominent as a place where beautiful blonde women are brutally murdered. While the book is interesting for its discussion of religious conflict, both modern and historical, it is even more intriguing for its back story, the development in the lives and loves of the characters that have become so familiar to readers of the previous seven novels in the series. The Ruth Galloway novels are always a treat, and this is no exception.
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