Published: February 2020 by Quercus
Category: Crime, Murder, Mystery, Police Procedural, Book Review
Everything has changed for Dr Ruth Galloway.
She has a new job, home and partner, and is no longer North Norfolk police’s resident forensic archaeologist. That is, until convicted murderer Ivor March offers to make DCI Nelson a deal. Nelson was always sure that March killed more women than he was charged with. Now March confirms this, and offers to show Nelson where the other bodies are buried – but only if Ruth will do the digging.
Ruth and Kate are now living in Cambridge with Dr Frank Barker and, although Ruth enjoys her job teaching at St Jude’s college, she still misses Norfolk and her cottage on the edge of the Saltmarsh.
Living with a partner is not an easy adjustment for her when it’s been just her and Kate for so long. Spending the past week at Grey Walls Artist’s Retreat run by Crissy Martin, in order to finish her latest book, has been a respite of sorts and Ruth is feeling quite satisfied with her accomplishment.
DCI Harry Nelson has just received the welcome news that Ivor Marsh has been found guilty of the murder of the two women found buried in his girlfriend’s back garden. Unfortunately he can’t connect Marsh to two other missing women, although he’s convinced they also met their fate at Marsh’s hands. That is, until Marsh tells Nelson he will divulge the location of the bodies but only if Ruth does the excavation.
After her initial shock at being the focus of a serial killer, Ruth agrees. She wants to be part of the team and working with Nelson again is an added incentive. Above all, she wants to find the bodies for the families of the victims. Frank is less than pleased that Nelson is involving Ruth and that she has so readily agreed.
‘Your job is to be a university lecturer.’
‘My job is to be a forensic archaeologist. This is why I’ve made a name for myself. Why I’ve written books. It’s because I’ve been involved with cases like this.’