A Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway, #5) by Elly Griffiths

A Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway, #5)

Ruth’s old friend Dan Golding dies in a house fire. But before he died Dan wrote to Ruth telling her that he had made a ground-breaking archaeological discovery. Could this find be linked to his death and who are the sinister neo-Nazi group who were threatening Dan? Ruth makes the trip to Blackpool to investigate, wary of encroaching on DCI Harry Nelson’s home ground. Soon Ruth is embroiled in a mystery that involves the Pendle Witches, King ...

Details A Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway, #5)

TitleA Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway, #5)
Release DateMar 5th, 2013
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews A Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway, #5)

  • Brenda
    This is the fifth book in the Ruth Galloway series, and it was an enjoyable read. The usual characters make an appearance, although Clough and Judy had minor roles. With the setting changing to the north in Blackpool, where Nelson was raised, there are several new characters in this book. The storyline is based on the finding of King Arthur's skeleton, and Ruth's expertise is needed. Cathbad plays a major role, and I'm guessing there are some cha...
  • Ingrid
    I'm becoming very fond of Ruth Galloway. In book 5 of the series she has to go to the Blackpool area to have a look at some bones. The tension builds up slowly but keeps you interested.
  • Jacqui
    This may be the last of Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway series I read. It has nothing to do with Griffiths' writing skills--she's wonderful. Her dialogue is crisp, her settings vibrant and enticing, her plot engaging. I even love most of the characters--who couldn't be enchanted by the Druid Cathbad with a heart of gold and the easy-going attitude toward life we would all love to emulate. I can easily understand why it's a Mary Higgins Clark award-...
  • Rachel Hall
    Dying Fall is the fifth fantastic novel in the much loved Dr Ruth Galloway series and sees Ruth and the gang on tour, straying into the birthplace of DCI Harry Nelson and the delights of Blackpool Pleasure Beach! Once again Elly Griffiths has managed to combine a dose of the continuing soap opera on the Saltmarsh with a stimulating mystery, finding new areas for Ruth to explore which prove both fascinating and eye-opening. Dying Fall sees Kate no...
  • Lela
    As always, I love the writing of Elly Griffiths and impatiently wait for the next book every time. She grabs from the first sentence with this one and doesn't let go! The story was really good but I wasn't as taken with the actual "mystery." It's really not that difficult to figure it out even though it's supposed to be a real surprise, I think. What I love the most are the characters and she gave me a real scare toward the end of the book. Naugh...
  • Kathy
    I just finished this fifth book in the Ruth Galloway series, and I find myself in that place of grief for readers who have read all there is published so far in a favorite series. It has, however, been a glorious week of reading, as I have devoured this series from its beginning. I read one a day, and I am not normally a fast reader. I simply couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. It is the stuff of which readers dream and the well-d...
  • Jo Chambers
    It's always a pleasure to read the next installment of the Ruth Galloway crime series. Ruth and Co. are like old friends now! In this fifth book, Ruth travels up to Blackpool to investigate the death of an old college friend, Dan, who has died in a house fire. It soon becomes apparent that the fire was no accident and seems to be linked with Dan's recent discovery of the possible bones of the legendary King Arthur. Add some shady Neo Nazis into t...
  • Steven
    A Dying Fall by Elly GriffithsPublished 2013, Houghton Mifflin HarcourtStars: ★★★★☆Review also posted at: Slapdash & SundryThis was probably my favorite one since the first one. Plenty of suspects, a different locale that set our team on edge, actual danger for some of the characters, and...I thought I had the killer(s?) figured out, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was wrong.Highly entertaining one, this. :)
  • Diane S ☔
    This is a series that for me just keeps getting better and better. Love the character of Ruth, her insecurity and all her flaws and absolutely adore little Kate and her "Piss". Not what you are thinking but you need to read the book to find out exactly what "piss" means. Adore her friends, they are all so quirky and entertaining. This book is a mystery that pertains to the legend of King Arthur, or the Raven King and his supposed bones. A major a...
  • Sam H Arnold
    I am a huge fan of Elly Griffiths and this book does not disappoint at all. All the familiar characters are back such as Ruth, Cathbad and Nelson. This book also characteristically introduces new characters in an easy fashion. The story follows the main characters as they investigate the murder of a childhood friend of Ruth's. I love the mystery and intrigue that this author serves up with a little splatter of history. I have to say the history i...
  • Ellen
    A Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths.This author clearly does not run out of original ideas or the creativity in expressing them. My thanks to Elly Griffiths for choosing to become an author and most importantly for creating The very realistic character of Ruth Galloway.Ruth learns of the tragic death of her old university chum Dan Golding. apparently Dan was killed while trying to escape from a house fire. Neighbors just arriving home immediately call...
  • Cynthia
    Who was Arthur?I find Elly Griffiths’s books very enjoyable. They’re set in interesting parts of England. They always incorporate tidbits from archeology and history. And the main character Ruth Galloway and her buddies lead interesting lives and they’re likeable. Reading her books is a bit like keeping up with well loved friends.This is the third of her books I’ve read though it’s the fifth in the series so I’ve missed a few chapters...
  • Sue
    This series continues to hold my attention and interest. The plots are varied; the characters develop and grow. In this episode, Ruth is called away from her home in Norfolk further north to the Blackpool area to study bones that may date to the time of King Arthur. There is mystery, murder,and all the regular characters are back, though their roles are slightly changed. Daughter Kate is now a toddler and Cathbad is acting as a Druid babysitter.....
  • Millie
    This is my least favorite of the series so far. I found the plot to be pretty thin with too many characters and very little depth. I also find that I like Ruth less and less with each book. Her lack of self-esteem and feelings of inferiority are becoming annoying; she doesn't even correct Nelson when he calls their daughter Katie instead of Kate. She needs to return to her role as Nelson's crime solving partner and drop the pathetic mother role.
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  • Tanja Berg
    Another perfectly decent installment in the series. As usual the relationship between the familiar cast is what’s most interesting. The murder mystery involves an old school friend of Ruth’s, who thought he might have found the remains of King Arthur.
  • Susan Johnson
    Another great book in the series about Ruth Galloway, a forensics archeologist in Norfolk England. This chubby, fiercely independent bone expert is called in to look at some, possibly fame producing, bones that her friend from her university days has uncovered. Her friend was murdered and they needed an expert to investigate if these bones were King Arthur's. Even if they're not, there is a treasure trove of historical artifacts to be explored. R...
  • Mike Gabor
    This is the fifth book in the Ruth Galloway series. Ruth is shocked to find out that her old schoolmate, Dan Golding, was killed in a house fir. She's shocked even more when a letter arrives from him shortly after his death requesting her help in identifing some old bones that he had found and believes belong to King Arthur. In the letter he also states that there may be some people who are trying to keep him from publzing his find. Ruth travels ...
  • Lynn
    Another enjoyable mystery. I still love the key characters and believe in them utterly. Kept me guessing but a pretty firm hunch allowed me to be suitable smug. Possibly a little heavy on the signalling of the big climax. Possibly too many references to the old cases - redundant for those who have read them and probably annoying close to a hard sell for those who haven't. Overall, though, another instalment in a great series. Must be bought for t...
  • Robin Stevens
    Another great mystery story, with characters I really care about - Cathbad is particularly awesome in this book. (14+)*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately. Thank you!*
  • Larraine
    Oh, I DO love it when a new Elly Griffiths novel is published! Ruth Galloway is an interesting and complex character: forensic anthropologist, something of a nerd, overweight and loves sex. What's not to love? Her child with DI Nelson is now two years old. Ruth has settled happily into motherhood while still loving her career as a forensic anthropologist. (At one point in the book Ruth muses about how it would be if she had just had a conventiona...
  • Gail
    After the disappointment of A Room a Full of Bones, Elly Griffiths bounces back (in my humble opinion ) with this great book. I feel she slightly lost her way a little with the previous book but this is a brilliant read and I knew from the outset I would really enjoy it.The descriptive views are also back, which I just love, and I could visualise the Pendle Hills and Pendragon's cottage. Blackpool isn't my favourite place on earth but I enjoyed l...
  • Johanna
    3.5 stars. This atmospheric mystery series straddles the line just perfectly between the "cosy" and "macabre" genres. I don't think anyone reads these books for their plot. There are never any real shockers in the race to unmask the villain. Rather, the real pleasure comes from the characters. I love Ruth Galloway. She's an intelligent version of Everywoman for modern times: smart, professional, stretched for time, fond of wine, almost never wear...
  • Lee
    Number 5 in the Ruth Galloway series and still loving it. I wouldn’t say this one is my favourite yet though, for a couple of reasons.I’ve been listening to these on Audible as I drive to and from work, and A Dying Fall had a different narrator than the other books in the series. This one Clare Corbett, the others Jane McDowell. I must say I really missed McDowell’s work. Corbett’s voices for the men was very distracting, and not in a goo...
  • Cathy Cole
    First Line: At first he isn't even scared. Dr. Ruth Galloway's old university friend Dan Golding has died in a house fire. Still reeling from that news, Dan's death is put in an entirely different light when she receives a letter he wrote and posted to her just before he died. In the letter, Dan tells Ruth that he's made a great archaeological discovery, and that he's scared for his life. When the department head at the university asks Ruth to co...
  • Richard
    This series gets stronger; Elly's writing is up to date, easy and at times exhibiting wit and gentle humour that makes reading one of her books so much of a pleasure.Dying Fall relocates her main characters to in and around Lancashire rather than the usual sites of Norfolk.A clever plot brings a letter to Ruth for help from a university friend,Dan a recently deceased fellow archeologist who has made a monumental discovery that has left him scared...
  • Michelle
    I don't know why I keep torturing myself with these books. Ruth is the worst. I grow to hate her more with each book I read. Actually, no, I take that back. I don't hate Ruth, I just don't like her. It's Harry I hate.In this one, a huge contrivance of events takes Ruth and Harry back to his hometown (separately, of course) where ridiculous things happen. Along the way there is danger for Ruth, she feels terrible about herself and is jealous of he...
  • Nancy Ellis
    I love this series. The characters, story lines, settings, are all thoroughly enjoyable. I especially enjoy how she incorporates mystical, almost supernatural themes into each book. This one in particular has a major role for the legend of King Arthur when Ruth is called in to investigate the archaeological dig of her friend, who was horrifically murdered when someone burned his house to the ground. I also love the way she's developing the almost...
  • Arybo ✨
    Not so good as the others.
  • Kevintipple
    Fifth in the Ruth Galloway series opens with eighteen-month-old Kate answering the phone in that special way familiar to many parents. After that brief moment of levity, the mood turns somber, as Caz has called. Ruth and Carol, who always went by “Caz” back in their university days and still does, haven’t spoken in years.A friend of theirs and seemly invincible with a great future, Dan Golding, has died in a fire. He was working at Pendle U...