The Woman in Blue (Ruth Galloway, #8) by Elly Griffiths

The Woman in Blue (Ruth Galloway, #8)

In the next Ruth Galloway mystery, a vision of the Virgin Mary foreshadows a string of cold-blooded murders, revealing a dark current of religious fanaticism in an old medieval town. Known as England’s Nazareth, the medieval town of Little Walsingham is famous for religious apparitions. So when Ruth Galloway’s druid friend Cathbad sees a woman in a white dress and a dark blue cloak standing alone in the local cemetery one night, he takes her ...

Details The Woman in Blue (Ruth Galloway, #8)

TitleThe Woman in Blue (Ruth Galloway, #8)
Release DateMay 3rd, 2016
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
Number of pages358 pages
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews The Woman in Blue (Ruth Galloway, #8)

  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 This outing takes the reader to the medieval town of Walshingham, once the site of a monastery and a site known for its veneration of the Virgin Mary. The site and its lady slipper cathedral is a big draw for pilgrims, priests, nuns and every years hosts an reenactment of the stations of the cross and the crucifixion of Jesus. Ruth is brought into the story when a friend from college and one time archeologist, now an Anglican priest receives ...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    This is the second book in the Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths I have read and loved.Reading Elly Griffiths is like sitting down for a wine and chat with your best friend. She has a direct no nonsense style to her writing, but still manages to inject loads of atmosphere and detail.Don't let the fact that this is a series put you off. I have not read the full series (but plan to) and both books I have read work well as a stand alone. There ...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    A woman is found dead in a ditch in Walsingham. It seems that she is a model and she has been treated for addiction in a close by hospital. Nelson is investigation the case and soon his path will cross with Ruth again who is in Walsingham meeting an old friend that she studied with and then changed her career and become a priest. She has gotten threats and wants Ruth's help since she works closely with the police. Then, another woman gets killed ...
  • Brenda
    This book is the latest in the Ruth Galloway series. The usual cast of characters are here, although some stayed way in the background. Archaeology takes a backseat to religion in this book. It's not preachy, just historical, and women priests play a part. Two young women are killed, and two others are attacked. There's no shortage of possible suspects because Walsingham is filled with people attending the Good Friday Passion Play. There are chan...
  • Richard
    This is a book that ticks so many boxes and despite having to introduce a number of controversial elements the author has produced a novel of depth which should not cause any lasting offence. In choosing to set the majority of the story around Walsingham you instantly have an interesting location, steeped in history but also a place of faith and pilgramage to its religious shrines in honour of the Virgin Mary.Add to this mix, women priests seekin...
  • Emma
    Elly Griffiths has come up with an interesting concept and the book was beautifully written but, for reasons I can't explain, I just didn't connect to the book at all. I really feel like apologising. Sorry Elly!Thank you to Elly Griffiths, Quercus Books, and Netgalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.
  • Susan Johnson
    4.5 stars This is my favorite mystery series right now. The protagonist is Ruth Galloway, a professor of archaeology, in Norfolk England. She gets involved in police investigations when bones are found and need to be dated. Are they from the 1300's or 2016? This is not a problem in CA, so I find it completely fascinating. She has a young daughter, Kate, and a good friend, Cathbad, who is a druid. This is particularly interesting addition to the s...
  • Pat
    This is book #8 in the Ruth Galloway series and life in and near Norfolk continues. In the beginning of this novel, Cathbad is house-sitting and cat-sitting at a friend'a cottage in Walsingham. Cathbad is chasing after the cat as it manages to slip out an open window, when Cathbad notices a beautiful young woman in blue in the graveyard next to the cottage. Who is she and what is she doing out late at night or is this one of Cathbad's visions and...
  • Jessica
    The matter of fact and to the point writing style of Elly Griffiths is uniquely hers; I haven't encountered another author that can tell a story in the manner Griffiths can. I hate to call Ruth Galloway reliable, but well, to me she is. Ruth consistently shows loyalty to her friends, a dislike for crowds, self deprecates far too often, underestimates her intelligence, and will surprise us when she does something a bit out of the at...
  • Moonlight Reader
    I binge read the final three books in the series (to date) over the weekend. I liked this one a lot - I really enjoyed the mystery. I think that Outcast Dead was my favorite of the three, and this one came in second place. The Ghost Fields was my least favorite.I really enjoyed the group of women priests that Griffiths brought into this mystery, and I hope that we will have a chance to see Hilary again, although I suspect she might be a one-off. ...
  • Sue
    This continues to be one of my favorite series and Ruth Galloway and her cohorts some of my favorite characters. Griffiths writes mysteries that combine interesting, varied and imperfect people, a setting that can be both beautiful and occasionally wild, and touches of the ancient and or medieval for archaeological interest. This has been another great entry in the series, with many personal and interpersonal developments alongside the developmen...
  • Kathy
    Sometimes, I think that the hardest reviews to write are for the books you most love. Trying to do justice to a favorite read, a favorite author, a favorite character and series is a tall order in a short space. So it is with the latest entry into the Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths. Of course, I haven't read anything by Elly Griffiths that I haven't loved, and Ruth Galloway is such a special character to me, one in which I'm so emotionall...
  • Lynn
    I wait eagerly each year for the new Ruth Galloway book to be published. It is my favorite series. The characters are in part what draws me in. The characters have grown and developed over the past books. I have grown to care for them and want to know what is going on currently in their lives.The books have a sense of place and can be atmospheric. The mystery is always good and I didn't have it solved until the author decided to divulge it. I don...
  • Chris
    I received an advance copy of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I have been following this fantastic series since the first installment. It has gotten to the point that I am almost as interested to see what is going on in the characters’ lives as I am in the current mystery. This particular installment focuses mainly on Nelson and Ruth, whose relationship is getting even more complicated. I must sa...
  • Kim H
    This latest title (the 8th) in the Ruth Galloway series can be read as a stand-alone, but it is much more meaningful if read in order. As a stand-alone I would rate it a 3 or 3.5. As one in a series I rated it a 4. A little background: Ruth, an archaeologist and professor at North Norfolk University, serves as an adviser to the local police when needed. DCI Harry Nelson, head of the Serious Crimes Unit, is the father of Ruth's daughter, Kate. Com...
  • Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)
    Another great labyrinthine Norfolk murder mystery.Book 8 in the Ruth Galloway series and this centres around Walsingham, site of a popular religious pilgrimage & shrine. A young woman is found dead in a ditch and as always archaeology and history play a significant part in the story.Having read previous books in the series this is like a comfortable pair of shoes as I’m already familiar with the great cast of characters and their complicated pe...
  • Barbara
    I thoroughly enjoy this series. Ruth Galloway is a university professor and archeologist. She is the single mother of 5 year old Kate, and it is not secret that Kate's father is a police inspector, Nelson. Ruth and Nelson, who is happily married, continue to dance around one another in this book as they have in several previous volumes. The site of the mystery is a medieval English town which is a well known site for Catholic and Church of E pilg...
  • Steven
    I very much enjoy Elly Griffith's Ruth Galloway series. Each new addition brings an interesting plot and the characters are portrayed so real - mistakes and feelings and all.This one had an interesting twist -- Ruth, as the main character of the series, had a very minor role in the plot. She was really more of an outside party linked very tenuously to the main mystery, and we got a lot more depth from Nelson, which was a refreshing change of pace...
  • Lynn
    I love spending time with Ruth, Kate, Cathbad and Nelson, but it seems like people have to die before we get together. Not much in the way of archaeology this time, instead it was an interesting look at pilgrimages, shrines and women bishops.
  • Monnie
    I read an advance copy of this book in early March 2016, but the publisher is asked that reviews be held until the book is published on May 3.While this is the eighth book in a series, it stands alone fairly well; that said, I do believe I'd have enjoyed it more had I read at least a couple of the previous entries. Somehow, everything seemed a bit disjointed (made more noticeable, I think, because settings often shift back and forth in the middle...
  • Victoria
    This novel started out pretty interesting after Cathbad witnessed a woman dressed in a white gown and blue cloak late at night. He immediately assumes it's a vision of the Virgin Mary. However, the following morning reveals it to be a much more spine-chilling sight after the woman is found dead in a cemetery. I really liked the idea behind this book, but I could not, for the life of me, get into it. I found Ruth, one of the main characters, to be...
  • Ellen
    The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths.This is the 8th in the Ruth Galloway series and my 8th. This entry starts out with a bang. Cathbad (my favorite character) is cat sitting for Justin who is temporarily away on a retreat. Justin asked given orders that his cat can never be let out at night but Cathbad finds that is just what the cat has done. In his attempt to entice the cat back into the cottage he observes a woman dressed in blue standing alon...
  • Gary
    Let me start with the positives. A well written novel, that has some strong characters and a decent plot. However I am sad to say that the rest of it left me feeling more than a little disappointed, in fact it is not the first Elly Griffiths book where I have found the description did not live up to the anticipation.A young woman is found dead near Walsingham in Norfolk. She is wearing a white nightdress, a blue dressing gown and slippers and is ...
  • Andrew
    4.5 StarsThis was yet another excellent read in the Ruth Galloway series, and it was great to be back with some of my favourite characters. Elly Griffiths kept her cards close to her chest in this one and it was difficult to work out who the murderer was but s/he was definitely on my list of suspects. Some quite important events happened in the lives of the central characters in this one, and I loved how the author took forward one of the storyli...
  • Lili
    Read all the previous books in this series immediately they were issued and somehow missed this one. It felt like welcoming the return of an old friend Ruth Galloway. Once again an enjoyable read, I always want more than the author gives and was again left with the feeling of suspense. Not at the murder mystery but with the turmoil of the relationships. I do hope Elly Griffiths writes one final sequel of a much longer length that finally puts it ...
  • Leah
    Time to say goodbye...Cat-sitting for a friend in Walsingham, one night Cathbad sees a woman in a blue robe standing in the graveyard behind the house. Being a druid with mystical tendencies, Cathbad thinks he's had some kind of vision – until the next day the body of a young woman in night clothes and a blue dressing gown is found in a ditch. Harry Nelson and his team quickly discover she was a patient at a nearby rehab clinic and so their inv...
  • Cleo Bannister
    This is one of those series I read because I love the characters which is just as well because there is an awful lot going on for Ruth, Nelson, Tim, Clough and Cathbad in this, their eighth outing. Fortunately, there is a pretty good mystery too.A young woman from a private hospital, one of those that is for recovery of addiction, is found murdered in Walsingham, she was wearing just her nightgown and her blue dressing gown, in fact Cathbad had s...
  • LJ
    First Sentence: Cathbad and the cat look at each other. Cathbad is cat sitting for a friend in Walsingham, an old English village with strong connections to both English Catholic and Anglican history and traditions. It is also the home of a rehabilitation center called “Sanctuary,” and For those of us who love unusual characters, one can do no better than Cathbad. Add what may, or not, be a ghost, and one is off to a very good start.This is a...
  • Clare
    I listened to this in audio book form.A welcome return from Ruth, DCI Nelson and Cathbad. Cathbad is housesitting for his friend Justin in Little Walsingham. One night he lets Justin cat out for the night and he sees an apparition dressed in blue in the cemetery. Cathbad follows the apparition and she disappears into the night. The body is found the next morning in a blue dressing gown.It turns out the apparition was a model who was a patient at ...
  • Rebecca Bradley
    I’ve finally caught up with the full series of Ruth Galloway novels after starting from the beginning only last year I think it was (or not long before that) with the most recent offering from Elly Griffiths, with Woman in Blue.I love the Ruth Galloway novels. I love that Ruth is down-to-earth and not superhuman. My favourite character though has to be Cathbad. The usually cloaked, druid.These novels are filled with wonderful, character driven ...