THE GHOST FIELDS by Elly Griffiths
Land developers are excavating a “ghost field” – what they call the abandoned WWII airstrips – when they come across a body in one of the left behind planes. Thinking, of course, that it was a fighter pilot they call in Ruth Galloway, forensic anthropologist and, our main character. Ruth quickly determines that it could not be the pilot as this was a more recently deceased person, so who was seated in the cockpit? DNA tests reveal that it is the body of a local aristocrat but that only adds to the mystery as he had disappeared during the war and was not seen or heard from again.
Ruth and DCI Nelson have their own history (he is the father of her daughter … long story) so, as usual, things are tense between them. While they are busy trying to solve the airplane mystery Nelson’s wife has a little adventure of her own. Does this mean that the detective and Ruth may finally end up together? Yet to be seen.
This is the seventh entry in this series and, for me, was unfortunately the weakest to date. Despite some interesting history, the side story involving Nelson’s wife and Ms. Griffiths always vivid description of the bleak Norfolk landscape this book did not hold my attention in the same way as its predecessors. Fans of the series will still enjoy it and I am glad I read it, but this is not one to rave about.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR (from her Amazon Author page)
Elly Griffiths was born in London in 1963. Her first crime novel The Crossing Places is set on the Norfolk coast where she spent holidays as a child and where her aunt still lives. Her interest in archaeology comes from her husband, Andrew, who gave up his city job to retrain as an archaeologist. She lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England, with her husband and two children.