The Ghost Fields by Elly GriffithsThe Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths

The Ghost Fields

byElly Griffiths

Paperback | October 20, 2015

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Ruth is a terrific character: unglamorous, smart, down-to-earth and completely believable." - San Jose Mercury News

"Readers will look forward to learning more about [Ruth Galloway]." - USA Today

It's a blazing hot summer in Norfolk when a construction crew unearths a downed American fighter plane from World War II with a body inside. Forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway determines that the skeleton couldn't possibly be the pilot, and DNA tests identify the man as Fred Blackstock, a local aristocrat long presumed dead - news that seems to frighten his descendants. Events are further complicated by a TV company that wants to make a film about Norfolk's deserted air force bases, theso-called ghost fields, which the Blackstocks have converted into a pig farm. As production begins, Ruth notices a mysterious man loitering at Fred Blackstock's memorial service. Then human bones are found on the family's pig farm and the weather quickly turns. Can the team outrace a looming flood to find the killer?

"Ruth Galloway is a captivating amateur sleuth - an inspired creation. I identified with her insecurities and struggles, and cheered her on." - Louise Penny

"An uncommon, down-to-earth heroine whose acute insight, wry humor, and depth of feeling make her a thoroughly engaging companion." - Erin Hart "
ELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Magic Men mystery series. She is the recipient of the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her work has been praised as gripping" (Louise Penny), "captivating," ( Wall Street Journal ) and "must-reads for fans of crime fiction" (Associated Press). Sh...
Title:The Ghost FieldsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.96 inPublished:October 20, 2015Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544577868

ISBN - 13:9780544577862

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read for series' fans but not the strongest entry Land developers are excavating a “ghost field” – what they call the abandoned WWII airstrips – when they come across a body in one of the left behind planes. Thinking, of course, that it was a fighter pilot they call in Ruth Galloway, forensic anthropologist and, our main character. Ruth quickly determines that it could not be the pilot as this was a more recently deceased person, so who was seated in the cockpit? DNA tests reveal that it is the body of a local aristocrat but that only adds to the mystery as he had disappeared during the war and was not seen or heard from again. Ruth and DCI Nelson have their own history (he is the father of her daughter … long story) so. as usual, things are tense between them. While they are busy trying to solve the airplane mystery Nelson’s wife has a little adventure of her own. Does this mean that the detective and Ruth may finally end up together? Yet to be seen. This is the seventh entry in this series and, for me, was the weakest to date. Despite some interesting history, the side story involving Nelson’s wife and Ms. Griffiths always vivid description of the bleak Norfolk landscape this book did not hold my attention in the same way as its predecessors. Fans of the series will still enjoy and I am glad I read it, but this is not one to rave about. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I adore this series My power went out this past Sunday - which was the perfect opportunity to sit by a window most of the day devouring the latest in Elly Griffith's wonderful Ruth Galloway series - The Ghost Fields. I've been eagerly awaiting this seventh entry. Forensic anthropologist Ruth is on a dig in Norfolk, when she is called on by the local police to consult on a rather unusual call. A World War II plane has been uncovered by a developer clearing a field. Why call Ruth? Well, the pilot is still inside. And when Ruth determines that the body isn't that of the original pilot, but rather the son of a wealthy local family reported as killed in action, it becomes a murder case. Murder? Uh huh - there's a bullet hole in the skull and evidence the body has been placed in the plane. Great premise as always from Griffiths. Her mysteries are well thought out and plotted with lots of possibilities as to the end result. I was quite sure of whodunit this time, but was proven wrong in the last few chapters. But what draws me to this series are the characters. I adore the character of Ruth. I think it's because she isn't a 'cookie-cutter' protagonist. She's become a single mother later in life, she's hard on herself, generous with her friends, is highly intelligent, but shuns the spotlight. She's not beautiful in a conventional sense, but has that something that draws people to her. Griffiths has not endowed her with super sleuth abilities, rather she comes off as an actual person - unabashedly and happily herself. The evolution of Ruth's relationship with Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson has been a constant from the first book. Indeed, this thread is just (if not more) as engaging as the mystery in each book. There are many supporting players that I've come to enjoy (and dislike) as well. Griffiths has also fleshed them out with rich, full personal lives. Ruth's boss Phil's pronouncements are always good for a chuckle. Judy and Clough, who work with Harry, are part of Ruth's life as well. This is what I enjoy so much - Griffiths doesn't let her characters be - their lives are evolving as they would in real life. There were a few unexpected developments this time out with one of the Detectives. But my personal favourite is the enigmatic Cathbad, self proclaimed Druid. I've learned something from every book in this series as well. Griffiths' cases use history as a basis. The Ghost Fields are abandoned air fields in Norfolk. The reasons and results from Ruth's archaeological investigations are always informative and interesting. Setting is also a character in Griffiths' books. The Norfolk area, while seemingly bleak, is beautiful in Ruth's eyes. I think I would enjoy living in her little cottage in the Saltmarsh, 'where the sea and the sky meet.' I highly recommend this character driven mystery series. You could certainly read this book as a stand alone, but do yourself a favour and start with The Crossing Places, the first book.
Date published: 2015-06-03

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR ELLY GRIFFITHS AND THE RUTH GALLOWAY SERIES Winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award Winner of the CWA Dagger in the Library Award Galloway is an everywoman, smart, successful and a little bit unsure of herself. Readers will look forward to learning more about her." - USA Today "Elly Griffiths draws us all the way back to prehistoric times? Highly atmospheric." - The New York Times Book Review "Forensic archeologist and academic Ruth Galloway is a captivating amateur sleuth-an inspired creation. I identified with her insecurities and struggles, and cheered her on. " - Louise Penny, author of the bestselling Armand Gamache series "These books are must-reads." - Deborah Crombie, author of the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series "[Ruth Galloway's] an uncommon, down-to-earth heroine whose acute insight, wry humor, and depth of feeling make her a thoroughly engaging companion." - Erin Hart, Agatha and Anthony Award nominated author of Haunted Ground and Lake of Sorrows "Ruth Galloway is a remarkable, delightful character? A must-read for fans of crime and mystery fiction." - Associated Press "Rich in atmosphere and history and blessed by [Griffith's] continuing development of brilliant, feisty, independent Ruth? A Room Full of Bones, like its predecessors, works its magic on the reader's imagination." - Richmond Times-Dispatch "Lovers of well-written and intelligent traditional mysteries will welcome [Griffith's] fourth book? A Room Full of Bones is a clever blend of history and mystery with more than enough forensic details to attract the more attentive reader." - Denver Post "