January 11, 2019
A Room Full of Bones
A Room Full of Bones (Ruth Galloway #4) by Elly Griffiths
2012 Audible Studios
Read by Jane McDowell
Finished on November 7, 2018
Rating: 3/5 (Good)
Combine a splash of Alan Bradley with a pinch of Kathy Reichs and you have a gripping new Ruth Galloway Mystery -- a good-hearted mystery series with a dark edge.
Set in Norfolk, England, A Room Full of Bones embroils, once again, our brainy heroine in a crime tinged by occult forces. On Halloween night, the Smith Museum in King's Lynn is preparing for an unusual event -- the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when forensic archaelogist Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the curator, Neil Topham, dead beside the coffin. Topham's death seems to be related to other uncanny incidents, including the arcane and suspect methods of a group called the Elginists, which aims to repatriate the museum's extensive collection of Aborigine skulls; the untimely demise of the museum's owner, Lord Smith; and the sudden illness of DCI Harry Nelson, who Ruth's friend Cathbad believes is lost in The Dreaming -- a hallucinogenic state central to some Indigenous Australian beliefs. Tensions build as Nelson's life hangs in the balance. Something must be done to set matters right and lift Nelson out of the clutches of death, but will Ruth be able to muster herself out of a state of guilt and foreboding in order to do what she does best?
This was another good installment in the Ruth Galloway series, but not one of my favorites. I'm not in love with this series, but the books are entertaining to listen to while out on a walk or driving into town while running errands. The character development is what continues to hold my interest. Now that I've read this and A Dying Fall (#5), it might be time to switch over to the print editions and see if my enthusiasm for the series improves. I really like Ruth, Nelson and the supporting cast of characters, but frankly, the mysteries are a bit ho-hum.