‘The Night Hawks’ by Elly Griffiths is the 13th story in a mystery series set in Norfolk, featuring forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway. It’s the first I’ve read and I loved it so much, I’m going to go back to the start and read them all. I had no problem jumping in at this point though, as the author made so much of the backstory clear, with little pieces of information here and there.
Ruth is Head of Archaeology at the University and dealing with her new responsibilities and her life as a single parent is hard enough, but again she finds herself called upon to help out Nelson and the local police force. When a body is washed up on the beach, suspicion that Bronze Age artefacts may be found there too means her expertise is required. The discovery of two bodies in a remote farm, and a local legend of the Black Shuck complicates her work further. As the clues mount, and suspects multiply, can Ruth and Nelson solve the case before more tragedy ensues.
‘The Night Hawks’ is an excellent mystery, full of surprises and intrigue. I loved the Norfolk setting and the local myths and legends becoming a part of the story. The archaeological details made it all the more fascinating and kept me hooked. Ruth Galloway is a fascinating character, with insecurities and repressed passions. Her relationship with Nelson is, on the surface, professional and their personal interaction seems limited to discussions about their daughter, Kate. But we all know they want more. The ensemble cast works so well and this series could make a fantastic TV series. I look forward to many more stories.
I was given this ARC to review.