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 ...


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TitleA Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway, #5)
ISBN9780547798165
Author
Release DateMar 5th, 2013
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, European Literature, British Literature
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Reviews A Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway, #5)

  • Brenda
    2016-02-25
    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...
  • Jacqui
    2013-02-23
    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
    2016-10-09
    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
    2012-08-10
    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...
  • Steven
    2015-06-26
    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. :)
  • Kathy
    2013-08-24
    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
    2017-03-12
    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...
  • Sam Arnold
    2014-02-17
    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
    2016-05-01
    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
    2013-02-06
    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...
  • Millie
    2014-11-29
    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.
  • Bettie☯
    2013-03-08
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  • Susan Johnson
    2014-04-25
    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
    2013-05-12
    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 ...
  • Sue
    2013-02-08
    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.....
  • Lynn
    2013-01-28
    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...
  • Larraine
    2013-03-25
    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
    2014-02-24
    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...
  • Cathy Cole
    2013-02-23
    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
    2013-01-17
    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...
  • Johanna
    2013-05-24
    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...
  • Nancy Ellis
    2017-01-27
    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 ✨
    2018-01-25
    Not so good as the others.
  • Kevintipple
    2017-02-19
    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...
  • Raven
    2013-01-21
    I’m a firm fan of Elly Griffiths’ series featuring the wonderful character of Ruth Galloway and always compare approaching a new book by her as being akin to pulling on those old faithful slippers, grabbing a mug of hot chocolate and stuffing yourself with delicious cake. Although, I admit to being a fan of the more gritty and less mainstream crime noir, there is something I find very appealing about this series. You always know that you will...
  • Jill
    2016-02-11
    Note: Spoilers for previous books in this seriesThe fifth book in the Ruth Galloway Mystery Series begins two years after the series began. In the first three books, we met Ruth Galloway, now 42, who is a self-described overweight forensic archeologist at the (fictional) University of North Norfolk, and Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson of the Norfolk Police. The two teamed up to solve several crimes since Ruth is an expert on bones, and now...
  • LJ
    2013-05-11
    First Sentence: At first he isn’t even scared.Forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway is shocked to learn that a friend has died in a house fire. Thing take on an eerie quality when she receives a letter from him, written days before he died. He talks about an historic archeological discovery but also that he’s afraid. With her daughter Katy and Druid friend Cathbad, Kate heads north to Lancashire. What she doesn’t plan on is that DCI Nelson, f...
  • Lili
    2012-09-28
    You only have to read the first chapter to be hooked, it is a captivating book. A foray once again into the world of forensic archaeologist Ruth and her somewhat unusual, mystic friend, Cathbad; a foray into a thrilling plot that intrigues, fascinates and alarms.Ruth receives sad news, Dan an old friend from her time in university has died in tragic circumstances. She is shocked when, a few days later, a letter arrives from him explaining how he ...
  • Martina
    2012-12-07
    Fabulous series! Can't wait to read this. Publishing date is March 2013.That was yesterday... Today I sat down in my chair late afternoon, saw the book, picked it up and suddenly I had read a fourth of it and could have just kept on going. Elly Griffiths is amazing. I think I stopped reading because the tension was already so great that I may not have been breathing regularly.... It's as if everyone we know and a lot of people we don't know are o...
  • Michelle
    2015-04-02
    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...