The Ghost Fields

The Ghost Fields

A Ruth Galloway Mystery

eBook - 2015
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"Norfolk is suffering from record summer heat when a construction crew unearths a macabre discovery--a downed World War II plane with the pilot still inside. Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway quickly realizes that the skeleton couldn't possibly be the pilot, and DNA tests identify the man as Fred Blackstock, a local aristocrat who had been reported dead at sea. When the remaining members of the Blackstock family learn about the discovery, they seem strangely frightened by the news. Events are further complicated by a TV company that wants to make a film about Norfolk's deserted air force bases, the so-called Ghost Fields, which have been partially converted into a pig farm run by one of the younger Blackstocks. As production begins, Ruth notices a mysterious man lurking on the outskirts of Fred Blackstock's memorial service. Then human bones are found on the family's pig farm. Can the team outrace a looming flood to find a killer?"-- Provided by publisher.
"The macabre discovery of a downed WWII plane with the pilot's skeleton still inside leads Ruth and DCI Nelson to uncover a wealthy family's secrets in the seventh Ruth Galloway mystery" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
ISBN: 9780544330160
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0544330145
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Characteristics: 1 online resource (pages)

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LauraSteinert
Jul 15, 2017

These books get better and better. The narrator is becoming attached to the characters, everyone is growing and changing, and the interpersonal interactions are becoming much less "British Upper-Class Icy" and more human with each book. Please start at the beginning of the series.

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nwbarcus
Oct 24, 2016

2/3 banal romance, 1/3 mystery. Plot slow and repetitive.

bibliotechnocrat Mar 29, 2016

This is my first encounter with the series, read on the recommendation of a friend and colleague. Not normally a reader of mysteries, I enjoyed this one thoroughly. Ruth's convoluted personal life is the perfect background (or is it foreground) for the mystery, and I loved the comic aspects of the resolution. A lovely murder mystery full of unlikely but believable characters. Enjoy.

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panchodog
Feb 16, 2016

I picked up the 2nd book in the Ruth Galloway series on a lark while at the beach. I've now devoured them all. They are much better read in order. (I went back and read the first one after the second and then continued in sequence.) I think they are excellent. I like them MUCH better than Louise Penny (not a fan at all — hated "The Long Way Home" mainly for its unrealistic discussion of art and artists). Elly Griffiths really knows what she's talking about with respect to archeology (her husband is an archeologist and her adviser on the technical details). Although I had read all the Ruth Galloway novels up to "The Ghost Fields" I wasn't sure how it would be — seemed a bit of a departure from her usual subject matter for the series, but I thought it held together well. It's not fine literature, but fairly tight writing, with accurate details, and an easy read. I love that the character of Ruth seems like a real person.

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herbel
Dec 28, 2015

Just love her writing style and use of concise language. Wonderful research of her subject as usual. Enjoy how her stories move forward naturally through thoughts and actions of the characters. This one had a lot of last minute old-fashioned conversation tying up loose ends but other than that an outstanding read. So pleased that although she has created another detective series ( also excellent but very different style for the era it covers) she is still writing the Ruth Galloway series. Looking forward to Woman in Blue.

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ApollosRaven
Nov 13, 2015

During WWII Norfolk was dotted with airbases which are now "ghost fields". Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson find themselves investigating a family whose ancient estate is literally sinking into the sea ... yet more "ghost fields". Griffith's creepy atmosphere and quirky characters will keep the reader turning pages. As always with this series, an excellent mix of history and contemporary mystery.

samdog123 Nov 09, 2015

Ruth Galloway has become one of my favourite mystery characters! A fortyish single Mother, she is also a tenured Forensic anthropologist at a British university. Ruth constantly gets involved in local police matters--this plot involves the discovery of a dead WWII pilot who was thought drowned in a sea crash. Instead, he's found sitting in the unearthed cockpit of a WWII plane. Although a tad disjointed, I still enjoy all the characters and this one moves quickly to a satisfying end. Just hope this is not the end of the series!

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gloryb
Oct 12, 2015

Griffiths' writing reminded me of Louise Penny's with its reems of details about the ordinary life of her characters given through dialogue and repetitive info about the plot as characters inform each other and the reader of what is happening. The useful family tree of the Blackstock's helps to remind readers of how the characters are related and to distinguish several generations of Blackstocks who have named their only son, "George". Best not to leave too much time between reading intervals as the association of the names can be easily forgotten. The plotting finally picks up towards the end when the mystery of the dead brothers and attempted murders are all explained. In the meantime, Griffiths entertains readers with the personal intertwisted lives of her main characters. Her first book in this Ruth Galloway mystery series, "Crossing Places", won her the Mary Higgins Clark Award. "Ghost Fields" is the 7th title in this series, but it was the first book in this series that I have read. This novel can be read as a stand alone as I found it easy to pick up on the background of the characters without reading the previous novels. I don't think I'll read another of her novels soon. The lives of these characters dance in Griffiths' head, but I am more interested in plot than character development. The use of the present verb tense by the narrator was also off-putting.

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coroboreefarm
Aug 05, 2015

This is my favorite mystery series; yes, even more of a favorite than Louise Penny's Three Pines novels. I love the main character, Ruth Galloway.

Galloway is a plumpish, fortyish, forensic archaeology professor at an university in Norfolk, England. She is called on to assist the local police force with cases where bones and bodies are found and the police have no idea how old they are. Ruth is fiercely independent and lives out in the middle of nowhere on the Norfolk Broads, by the sea, raising her six year old daughter as a single mum. Her developing and realistic relationship with the married Detective Chief Inspector Nelson, father of the aforementioned child, serves as a back story in this novel and the six preceding ones.

In this installment, unseasonable, wild, summer weather, World War II flying fields and pilots, eccentric aristocrats, television reality producers and druids all contribute to the development of the story.

I think this is one of the most delightful mystery series currently being published. I recommend it to all mystery buffs. Although The Ghost Fields could be read as a stand alone, The Crossing Places is the first book in the Ruth Galloway series, and I suggest that readers start with it to fully appreciate the nuances of the ongoing story.

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lpreston214
Jun 23, 2015

As in some of the other installments, there is not too much actual forensic anthropology in this book. Though I got tired of Kathy Reichs' lectures in her books, just a little more science might be cool. Nevertheless this is one of my favorite mystery series because of the characters. Lots going on with our heroes in this book. Judy and Cathbad have a new family member, Clough makes a conquest and Ruth has a shot at a long-term relationship with a great guy. Will she ever stop carrying a torch for Nelson?

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