The Night Hawks (Ruth Galloway #13)

The Night Hawks (Ruth Galloway #13) by Elly Griffiths
Rating: 5 Stars

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I was lucky enough to get this on Netgalley (Thank you, Quercus!) and just finished it last night. This was a superbly written, edge of your seat suspenseful thriller, and the one thing I find most difficult about this series is closing the book when it’s done, knowing I’ll have to wait until next year to get the next book!

In The Night Hawks, Ruth and daughter Kate have returned to Norfolk from Cambridge. Now the head of the archaeology program after Phil retired, Ruth is settling in to her new position when Nelson calls her in to help on a new case; metal detectorists, looking for buried treasure, find a man’s body washed up on the beach. Soon after, a scientist and his wife are found dead in their home, a probable murder-suicide. As the case unfolds, secrets, lies and murder are slowly uncovered, throwing everyone involved into danger.

13 books into this series and it shows no sign of slowing down. As with all the other books, I expected sinister folklore, druids, auras, Nelson’s bad temper, a dizzyingly twisty plot and an explosive ending – and that’s exactly what I got! The legend of the Black Shuck (I think a version of it can be found on every continent, if not every country) made for a creepy element to the site of the murder-suicide and upped the eerie factor for sure. I also loved Cathbad and his unwavering dedication to the myths and legends and how he honors them (actually, I’m a huge Cathbad fan, so that probably goes without saying.)

As for the plot, the young man’s body washed up on the beach and the murder-suicide, that’s where the dizzyingly twisty comes in. Thinking back over the book and “watching” the whole story being pieced together scrap by scrap – wow! Lots of surprises, leading to many suspects and in the end, the whole mess wasn’t anything near what I sleuthed out. It all led up to an explosive, exciting ending and if you’ve been reading this series from the start like I have – get ready for a cliffhanger.

UK Publish Date: February 4th 2021 by Quercus
US Publish date: June 29th 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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