- The Dark Angel (The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries #10).
- Elly Griffiths.
- 384 pages.
- Crime / Thriller / Mystery / Fiction.
- My Rating: It’s OK Book Review.
Dr Ruth Galloway is flattered when she receives a letter from Italian archaeologist Dr Angelo Morelli, asking for her help. He’s discovered a group of bones in a tiny hilltop village near Rome but doesn’t know what to make of them. It’s years since Ruth has had a holiday, and even a working holiday to Italy is very welcome!
So Ruth travels to Castello degli Angeli, accompanied by her daughter Kate and friend Shona. In the town she finds a baffling Roman mystery and a dark secret involving the war years and the Resistance. To her amazement she also soon finds Harry Nelson, with Cathbad in tow. But there is no time to overcome their mutual shock – the ancient bones spark a modern murder, and Ruth must discover what secrets there are in Castello degli Angeli that someone would kill to protect.
To go with the mystery that takes Dr Ruth Galloway to Italy which is mentioned in the blurb there’s also a storyline that takes place in Norfolk that focuses on a criminal that has recently been released from prison and swore revenge on DCI Harry Nelson when he was first apprehended by him years ago.
The Italian setting where The Dark Angel predominantly takes place, the village, the surrounding locations and scenery are all well depicted by Griffiths and the mystery itself that revolves around the sins of the past is interesting.
The story that takes place in Norfolk was OK, it was obvious that the criminal hadn’t changed his wicked ways and I was just waiting for him to reveal his true colours. I have to say that I wasn’t expecting the ending of the Norfolk storyline to go down how it did and for readers of the series who are familiar with the characters involved I can see that it will have an impact on them.
I’d have preferred there to have been more focus on the investigation and mystery part of the story rather than the personal dilemmas and relationships between the characters as I felt that the mystery and investigations often took a backseat to the personal drama and emotions that were going on.
The Dark Angel, however, is book ten in a series that I haven’t read any of the previous entrants in. As such, the fault is my own that I didn’t know about the prior relationships between certain characters, their history and the emphasis on them. Due to this, I can’t begrudge the author for focusing on the characters, the on-going developments between them and their tumultuous relationships more than the mystery and investigative side of the story. I gained the impression that the characters themselves form an integral part of the series and that they are the real stars and the main focus of the series and not the crimes that need solving.
I liked Griffiths writing, it flows well and she manages to write her characters so that they all have individual personalities and I can see why they appeal to many people.
Personally, I like my thrillers to be a lot darker and sinister in tone than The Dark Angel and I found it to be a bit to light and fluffy for my own tastes. For those who enjoy the genre and the focus on characters and their relationships with a dash of mystery but aren’t keen on the gratuitous gore, dark humour, violence and swearing that often accompanies many of the modern thrillers (those that I have read anyway) I feel that The Dark Angel and The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries series would make an ideal read.
The issues are my own but even with them I read the book in two days and that shows that I found The Dark Angel to be an enjoyable, interesting and easy read and one in which the pages kept on effortlessly turning.
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