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The Dark Angel

A Ruth Galloway Mystery

by Elly Griffiths

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The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
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  • Published in USA  May 2018
    352 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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In this highly atmospheric mystery, Ruth Galloway - "a captivating amateur sleuth" (Louise Penny) - and DCI Nelson investigate a murder in a medieval Italian town where dark secrets are buried as deep as bones.

It's not every day that you're summoned to the Italian countryside on business, so when archaeologist Angelo Morelli asks for Ruth Galloway's help identifying bones found in the tiny hilltop town of Fontana Liri, she jumps at the chance to go, bringing her daughter along with her for a working vacation. Upon arriving, she begins to hear murmurs of Fontana Liri's strong resistance movement during World War II and senses the townspeople are dancing around a deeply buried secret. But how could that be connected to the ancient remains she's been studying?

Ruth is just beginning to get her footing in the dig when she's thrown off-guard by the appearance of DCI Nelson. And when Ruth's findings lead them to a modern-day murder, their holidays are both turned upside down, and they race to find out what darkness is lurking in this seemingly picturesque town.

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"Starred Review. There is a charming old-home-week feel to this Italian adventure. The humor is well placed, as are the insightful forays into Italy's history and people, but the gripping ending leaves no doubt that this is, above all, a mystery." - Booklist

"Starred Review. This tenth addition to the series (after The Chalk Pit) is one of the best! The story lines are confidently interwoven, the Italian scenery is vividly drawn, and Ruth and Nelson's relationship becomes yet more complicated, leaving readers eager for the next installment." - Library Journal

"Rich details about the Italian countryside, gastronomy, and history make up only in part for the underdeveloped mystery plot." - Publishers Weekly

"The latest in Griffiths' impressive series, which cleverly weaves several mysteries into the continuing story of the leading couple and their circle of friends, is certain to delight devoted fans and newcomers alike." - Kirkus

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Elly Griffiths Author Biography

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 the CWA Dagger in the Library 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). She lives in Brighton, England.

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