30 March 2024

Dying Fall


By Elly Griffiths


Forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway receives a shocking phone call telling her that Dan Golding, an old university pal, has been killed in an arson attack on his home. He had been on the brink of revealing a massively important archaeological discovery that would have changed history forever. However, it would appear someone wanted him silenced. Ruth, alongside DCI Harry Nelson, feels compelled to investigate; putting her own life in danger.

Dying Fall is the fifth book in this wonderful series. Once again Ruth and Nelson cross paths in their professional and personal lives. The archaeology/crime combination works extremely well and this, together with fantastic characterisation, draws me back to these books. The story was suspenseful, fast-paced and had the perfect balance between Ruth's private life and her work in forensic archaeology. I'm really looking forward to book six, The Outcast Dead.


  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Publication: Year: 2012
  • Author: Elly Griffiths
  • Genre: Crime


Dr Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, spends a lot of time looking at death. But now death has found her, with the news that her long-time friend and ex-colleague Dan Golding has been killed in a house fire.

Ruth's grief soon turns to suspicion of arson when she receives a desperate letter from Dan, sent the day before he died. He had made a ground-breaking discovery that he was sure would change archaeology forever - and was petrified of the consequences.

Ruth feels compelled to travel north to investigate further, alongside DCI Harry Nelson who is also drawn into the case. But where Ruth goes, so does her young daughter, Kate. This time, the risks are even higher.

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