The Ghost Fields (Ruth Galloway Series #7)

The Ghost Fields (Ruth Galloway Series #7)

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by Elly Griffiths
     
 

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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

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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, the so-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

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/30/2015
The unearthing in Norfolk of a WWII-era U.S. plane, with its pilot in his seat and a bullet hole in his temple, propels British author Griffiths's well-crafted seventh mystery featuring forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway (after 2014's The Outcast Dead). The pilot is identified as Frederick J. Blackstock, a scion of a prominent Norfolk family, who served in the American air force, though Fred was supposedly lost at sea in a different plane and presumed dead. The decision of an American TV company to do a program about Norfolk's abandoned airfields brings Frank Barker, an academic Ruth was attracted to while working together on an earlier case, back into her life. The arrival of the film company and Fred's American daughter, Nell Blackstock Goodheart, sets the stage for a series of deaths and personal revelations that culminates in Ruth's being trapped in massive Blackstock Hall during a terrible storm. Griffiths nicely blends history and romance with gothic elements. (May)
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"The unearthing in Norfolk of a WWII-era U.S. plane, with its pilot in his seat and a bullet hole in his temple, propels British author Griffiths's well-crafted seventh mystery featuring forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway (after 2014's The Outcast Dead). The pilot is identified as Frederick J. Blackstock, a scion of a prominent Norfolk family, who served in the American air force, though Fred was supposedly lost at sea in a different plane and presumed dead. The decision of an American TV company to do a program about Norfolk's abandoned airfields brings Frank Barker, an academic Ruth was attracted to while working together on an earlier case, back into her life. The arrival of the film company and Fred's American daughter, Nell Blackstock Goodheart, sets the stage for a series of deaths and personal revelations that culminates in Ruth's being trapped in massive Blackstock Hall during a terrible storm. Griffiths nicely blends history and romance with gothic elements."—Publishers Weekly
Library Journal
05/01/2015
When a body is found in a downed World War II plane that was accidently uncovered by a construction crew, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway and DCI Harry Nelson are called in to investigate. The corpse is unusually well preserved, and there is a bullet in the pilot's forehead. In Griffith's seventh Galloway mystery (after The Outcast Dead), the historical focus this time is on the "ghost fields," abandoned airfields once used by the U.S. military during the war. The surrounding land has been in the hands of the Blackstock family for generations and DNA tests link the corpse to the family. No one is talking to the investigators, but attacks on family members and another murder raise the stakes. Even the encroaching sea and Norfolk's dramatic weather add to the suspense as Ruth gets dangerously close to a killer. VERDICT Series fans and readers interested in World War II history will enjoy the detailed research; Ruth and Harry are engagingly human protagonists, and Griffiths neatly wraps up her intriguing mystery to satisfy the pickiest of crime fiction buffs. [See Prepub Alert, 11/1/14.]—Cheryl Bryan, Orleans, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780544577862
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/06/2015
Series:
Ruth Galloway Series , #7
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
139,077
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

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 her work has been praised as “gripping” (Louise Penny), "captivating," (Wall Street Journal) and “must-reads for fans of crime fiction” (Associated Press).
 

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The Ghost Fields 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Ruth and Nelson and Kate. I took one star off due to Frank. The author made this character an American but he speaks British. That goof is not good as it keeps the story unbelievable. In the last book Frank appeared, Ms Griffiths had him using the word "child minder" which is strictly a British term. I had hoped she would have learned her lesson but she has not. Again he appears, from Seattle via London apparently...lisping out a phony British-English. I can only hope she ceases using American characters unless she hires a capable Editor to fix her mistakes. ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended
doxielady More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read by this author. I was intrigued by the story line and I wasn't disappointed. Even though I hadn't read her previous books she explained enough of the back history. The author did use English terms, such as car park for parking lot , which threw me off a little. Don't let that stop you. Fascinating history of American air bases in England during WWII.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great series. Very enjoyable stories and lots of quirky characters.
MaraBlaise More than 1 year ago
A buried WWII plane is found with its pilot still in the cockpit. But Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway soon discover that the man in the plane has been placed there. Who was he and why was he placed in the plane? The Ghosts Fields are the seventh book in the Ruth Galloway series and I have read them all so I was quite happy when I was approved from this book over on NetGalley. Actually I wasn't supposed to read this book now, but I let it get ahead in the cue since I really wanted to read a crime novel and also wanted to read a book with familiar characters. This book picks up two years after the last book and Ruth daughter Kate now five years old and is starting school. Nelson, Kate's father Nelsonh I still married to Michelle, but he is as usual quite possessive of both Ruth and Kate. Which in my opinion he has no right to be since he chose to stay with Michelle. This case will bring them together again as they try to find out how the man came to be in the plane and why after Ruth discover that the man has been dead for years, but have been buried somewhere else. Also, when a heiress is attacked it seems that there is someone out there still out for blood... It felt nice to return to Ruth Galloway world and I was pleased that she has stopped (well not completely) obsessing about her weight. Her "relationship" with Nelson isn't the easiest. Having a child with a married cop isn't easy especially since she hasn't really moved on even though she tries. I like cold cases and this case with links to a prominent family turned out to be quite interesting and there is a part in this book what made me think of a special scene from the book /movie/TV-series Hannibal though less gruesome... All and all a good read and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series when it comes out!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms Griffiths does write the best mysteries! Convoluted (but all comes clear in the end), no gore (I don't enjoy entrails and slit throats), and no explicit sex. If I wanted fifty shades or Hannibal, I'd read them. Ms Griffiths is the real deal.
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wendywhiner More than 1 year ago
one of the very best!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Treaded water until the flood Then it sank