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A Dying Fall

(Ruth Galloway #5)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  10,209 ratings  ·  784 reviews
Ruth’s old friend Dan Golding dies in a house fire. But before he died Dan wrote to Ruth telling her that he had made a ground-breaking archaeological discovery. Could this find be linked to his death and who are the sinister neo-Nazi group who were threatening Dan? Ruth makes the trip to Blackpool to investigate, wary of encroaching on DCI Harry Nelson’s home ground. Soon ...more
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published December 20th 2012)
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Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth book in the Ruth Galloway series, and it was an enjoyable read. The usual characters make an appearance, although Clough and Judy had minor roles. With the setting changing to the north in Blackpool, where Nelson was raised, there are several new characters in this book. The storyline is based on the finding of King Arthur's skeleton, and Ruth's expertise is needed. Cathbad plays a major role, and I'm guessing there are some changes afoot for the next book.
Feb 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
This may be the last of Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway series I read. It has nothing to do with Griffiths' writing skills--she's wonderful. Her dialogue is crisp, her settings vibrant and enticing, her plot engaging. I even love most of the characters--who couldn't be enchanted by the Druid Cathbad with a heart of gold and the easy-going attitude toward life we would all love to emulate. I can easily understand why it's a Mary Higgins Clark award-winner.

The problem is Ruth Galloway--the main char
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm becoming very fond of Ruth Galloway. In book 5 of the series she has to go to the Blackpool area to have a look at some bones. The tension builds up slowly but keeps you interested.
Rachel Hall
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dying Fall is the fifth fantastic novel in the much loved Dr Ruth Galloway series and sees Ruth and the gang on tour, straying into the birthplace of DCI Harry Nelson and the delights of Blackpool Pleasure Beach! Once again Elly Griffiths has managed to combine a dose of the continuing soap opera on the Saltmarsh with a stimulating mystery, finding new areas for Ruth to explore which prove both fascinating and eye-opening. Dying Fall sees Kate now eighteen-months-old and Ruth combining motherhoo ...more
I just finished this fifth book in the Ruth Galloway series, and I find myself in that place of grief for readers who have read all there is published so far in a favorite series. It has, however, been a glorious week of reading, as I have devoured this series from its beginning. I read one a day, and I am not normally a fast reader. I simply couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. It is the stuff of which readers dream and the well-deserved winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award.

Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As always, I love the writing of Elly Griffiths and impatiently wait for the next book every time. She grabs from the first sentence with this one and doesn't let go! The story was really good but I wasn't as taken with the actual "mystery." It's really not that difficult to figure it out even though it's supposed to be a real surprise, I think. What I love the most are the characters and she gave me a real scare toward the end of the book. Naughty, naughty! (I'm shaking my finger at her.) If yo ...more
Jo Chambers
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-crime
It's always a pleasure to read the next installment of the Ruth Galloway crime series. Ruth and Co. are like old friends now! In this fifth book, Ruth travels up to Blackpool to investigate the death of an old college friend, Dan, who has died in a house fire. It soon becomes apparent that the fire was no accident and seems to be linked with Dan's recent discovery of the possible bones of the legendary King Arthur. Add some shady Neo Nazis into the mix and our friends are soon in a spot of bothe ...more
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths
Published 2013, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Stars: ★★★★☆
Review also posted at: Slapdash & Sundry

This was probably my favorite one since the first one. Plenty of suspects, a different locale that set our team on edge, actual danger for some of the characters, and...

I thought I had the killer(s?) figured out, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was wrong.

Highly entertaining one, this. :)
Diane S ☔
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a series that for me just keeps getting better and better. Love the character of Ruth, her insecurity and all her flaws and absolutely adore little Kate and her "Piss". Not what you are thinking but you need to read the book to find out exactly what "piss" means. Adore her friends, they are all so quirky and entertaining. This book is a mystery that pertains to the legend of King Arthur, or the Raven King and his supposed bones. A major archaeological find, a murder and a major twist at ...more
Sam H
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Elly Griffiths and this book does not disappoint at all. All the familiar characters are back such as Ruth, Cathbad and Nelson. This book also characteristically introduces new characters in an easy fashion. The story follows the main characters as they investigate the murder of a childhood friend of Ruth's.

I love the mystery and intrigue that this author serves up with a little splatter of history. I have to say the history is not so evident in this novel and for me personal
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths.

This author clearly does not run out of original ideas or the creativity in expressing them. My thanks to Elly Griffiths for choosing to become an author and most importantly for creating The very realistic character of Ruth Galloway.

Ruth learns of the tragic death of her old university chum Dan Golding. apparently Dan was killed while trying to escape from a house fire. Neighbors just arriving home immediately called the fire brigade but it was too late. Dan could
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Who was Arthur?

I find Elly Griffiths’s books very enjoyable. They’re set in interesting parts of England. They always incorporate tidbits from archeology and history. And the main character Ruth Galloway and her buddies lead interesting lives and they’re likeable. Reading her books is a bit like keeping up with well loved friends.

This is the third of her books I’ve read though it’s the fifth in the series so I’ve missed a few chapters in Ruth’s life but I did not feel lost. Griffiths alludes to
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This series continues to hold my attention and interest. The plots are varied; the characters develop and grow. In this episode, Ruth is called away from her home in Norfolk further north to the Blackpool area to study bones that may date to the time of King Arthur. There is mystery, murder,and all the regular characters are back, though their roles are slightly changed. Daughter Kate is now a toddler and Cathbad is acting as a Druid babysitter...a wonderful image.

There are so many things to lik
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is my least favorite of the series so far. I found the plot to be pretty thin with too many characters and very little depth. I also find that I like Ruth less and less with each book. Her lack of self-esteem and feelings of inferiority are becoming annoying; she doesn't even correct Nelson when he calls their daughter Katie instead of Kate. She needs to return to her role as Nelson's crime solving partner and drop the pathetic mother role.
Tanja Berg
Another perfectly decent installment in the series. As usual the relationship between the familiar cast is what’s most interesting. The murder mystery involves an old school friend of Ruth’s, who thought he might have found the remains of King Arthur.
Sheila Beaumont
I loved this book, the fifth in the Ruth Galloway series and, in my opinion, the best yet. I'm eagerly looking forward to reading more about these delightful characters. This one goes on my favorites shelf.
Susan Johnson
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great book in the series about Ruth Galloway, a forensics archeologist in Norfolk England. This chubby, fiercely independent bone expert is called in to look at some, possibly fame producing, bones that her friend from her university days has uncovered. Her friend was murdered and they needed an expert to investigate if these bones were King Arthur's. Even if they're not, there is a treasure trove of historical artifacts to be explored.

Ruth travels north on this expedition accompanied
Mike Gabor
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: british-mystery
This is the fifth book in the Ruth Galloway series. Ruth is shocked to find out that her old schoolmate, Dan Golding, was killed in a house fir. She's shocked even more when a letter arrives from him shortly after his death requesting her help in identifing some old bones that he had found and believes belong to King Arthur. In the letter he also states that there may be some people who are trying to keep him from publzing his find. Ruth travels to Lancashire to examine the bones and gets caught ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable mystery. I still love the key characters and believe in them utterly. Kept me guessing but a pretty firm hunch allowed me to be suitable smug. Possibly a little heavy on the signalling of the big climax. Possibly too many references to the old cases - redundant for those who have read them and probably annoying close to a hard sell for those who haven't. Overall, though, another instalment in a great series. Must be bought for tv soon, surely.
Robin Stevens
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great mystery story, with characters I really care about - Cathbad is particularly awesome in this book. (14+)

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately. Thank you!*
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oh, I DO love it when a new Elly Griffiths novel is published! Ruth Galloway is an interesting and complex character: forensic anthropologist, something of a nerd, overweight and loves sex. What's not to love?

Her child with DI Nelson is now two years old. Ruth has settled happily into motherhood while still loving her career as a forensic anthropologist. (At one point in the book Ruth muses about how it would be if she had just had a conventional marriage and given up her career. She has ZERO i
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
After the disappointment of A Room a Full of Bones, Elly Griffiths bounces back (in my humble opinion ) with this great book. I feel she slightly lost her way a little with the previous book but this is a brilliant read and I knew from the outset I would really enjoy it.

The descriptive views are also back, which I just love, and I could visualise the Pendle Hills and Pendragon's cottage. Blackpool isn't my favourite place on earth but I enjoyed looking at it through Ruth's eyes as she arrived th
3.5 stars. This atmospheric mystery series straddles the line just perfectly between the "cosy" and "macabre" genres.

I don't think anyone reads these books for their plot. There are never any real shockers in the race to unmask the villain. Rather, the real pleasure comes from the characters. I love Ruth Galloway. She's an intelligent version of Everywoman for modern times: smart, professional, stretched for time, fond of wine, almost never wearing the right clothes. She loves her daughter even
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Number 5 in the Ruth Galloway series and still loving it. I wouldn’t say this one is my favourite yet though, for a couple of reasons.

I’ve been listening to these on Audible as I drive to and from work, and A Dying Fall had a different narrator than the other books in the series. This one Clare Corbett, the others Jane McDowell. I must say I really missed McDowell’s work. Corbett’s voices for the men was very distracting, and not in a good way.

The story starts with the death of one of Ruth’s un
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Elly Griffithsin uusin dekkari Korppikuningas johdattaa arkeologi Ruth Gallowayn tyttärineen lomailemaan Blackpooliin, sillä eräs hänen opiskelukavereistaan lähetti hänelle kirjeen, jossa hän toivoi Ruthilta apua vanhojen luiden analysoimisessa. Ruth päätti käyttää lomansa opiskelukaverinsa apuna, vaikka opiskelukaveri itse ei ollut enää paikalla. Mutta eräs vanha tuttava lähti Ruthin avuksi hoitamaan Katea, kun Ruth teki tutkimustyötä. Blackpool on myös Katen isän Harry Nelsonin kotikaupunki. H ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this 5th book in Elly Griffiths "Ruth Galloway" series!
Cathy Cole
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
First Line: At first he isn't even scared.

Dr. Ruth Galloway's old university friend Dan Golding has died in a house fire. Still reeling from that news, Dan's death is put in an entirely different light when she receives a letter he wrote and posted to her just before he died. In the letter, Dan tells Ruth that he's made a great archaeological discovery, and that he's scared for his life.

When the department head at the university asks Ruth to come up to examine the bones Dan found, she packs up
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fifth in the Ruth Galloway series opens with eighteen-month-old Kate answering the phone in that special way familiar to many parents. After that brief moment of levity, the mood turns somber, as Caz has called. Ruth and Carol, who always went by “Caz” back in their university days and still does, haven’t spoken in years.

A friend of theirs and seemly invincible with a great future, Dan Golding, has died in a fire. He was working at Pendle University, which happens to be one of the new startup un
First Sentence: At first he isn’t even scared.

Forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway is shocked to learn that a friend has died in a house fire. Thing take on an eerie quality when she receives a letter from him, written days before he died. He talks about an historic archeological discovery but also that he’s afraid. With her daughter Katy and Druid friend Cathbad, Kate heads north to Lancashire. What she doesn’t plan on is that DCI Nelson, father to Katy, will also be there, his former hometown,
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Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway novels take for their inspiration Elly's husband, who gave up a city job to train as an archaeologist, and her aunt who lives on the Norfolk coast and who filled her niece's head with the myths and legends of that area. Elly has two children and lives near Brighton. Though not her first novel, The Crossing Places is her first crime novel.

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Ruth Galloway (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway, #1)
  • The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway, #2)
  • The House at Sea's End (Ruth Galloway, #3)
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