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The Lantern Men

(Ruth Galloway #12)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  6,950 ratings  ·  891 reviews
Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway changed her life—until a convicted killer tells her that four of his victims were never found, drawing her back to the place she left behind.
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published June 16th 2020 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published February 6th 2020)
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Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much has changed in the latest edition of Elly Griffith's forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway series. For a start she is living with the American Frank and her young daughter, Kate in Cambridge, teaching at St Jude's College. She has just completed her latest book at the peaceful writers and artists retreat, Grey Walls, run by Crissy Martin. To her surprise, unusually she finds herself connecting with Crissy, a rare event indeed. In Norfolk, DCI Harry Nelson is not happy that Ruth has moved ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: 'The lantern men. It's an old legend round these parts. Mysterious figures carrying lanterns that haunt the fens and the marshes. If you follow their lights, you're doomed. They can knock you down and leave you for dead.'

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway changed her life—until a convicted killer tells her that four of his victims were never found, drawing her back to the place she left behind.

MY THOUGHTS: I love this series and always eagerly await the publication of
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars, rounded up
It was a bit of a shock to me to start The Lantern Men and realize it’s two years later and Ruth no longer lives on the Fens. No, she’s ensconced as a professor at Cambridge and is living with Frank. Time has moved on in the two years since The Stone Circle. Dave and Judy are DIs. Judy was actually lead on the case that put Ivor March behind bars for killing two women. Of course, it’s believed he killed two other women but those bodies were never found. He agrees to say wher
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some books do really read themselves.
You can read one of 368 pages and it reads like it was barely 150 pages in total. Others remain unfinished or drag on indeterminately as 320 pages feel like 700 plus pages with no end in sight.
Elly Griffiths is a natural storyteller. Her words flow off the page like the breaths you take. The Lantern Men is the 12th novel in the Ruth Galloway series. Where others may in a formulaic fashion just perpetuate their characters, Elly imbues them with life and vitali
Diane S ☔
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Change is hard and Ruth and Kate have undetaken a big change. No longer in her beloved cottage by the salt marsh, no longer in Norfolk, and no longer living close to Nelson. Life though has a way its own and soon Ruth will once again be drawn into working a case with Nelson. Of course, this brings her right back and of course our favorite characters right with her.

I so enjoy this series. Simmering tensions and emotional ties, a case that is always interesting. A terrific mix between the persona
DCI Harry Nelson and DI Judy Johnson are pleased that Ivor March has been found guilty of the murder of two young women. While Nelson believes he has killed at least two more women, March is still claiming his innocence of all the murders. However, he tells Nelson he will tell him where to find the other two bodies if Ruth Galloway can be involved in the forensic exhumation of the bodies.

Ruth has moved on since the earlier cases she worked with Nelson. She has left her job at the University of
This series is so readable! These books are unputdownable page turners that keep you immersed in the story. I find these books very addictive and perfect escapism and especially ideal for reading when you struggle to get interested in a book.

The reason I enjoy this series the most is the characters. Having got to know them so well over these 12 books it's great fun to be with them again. I'm attached to all the characters now, I really like Kate, Ruth and Nelson, all of the characters really. Th
Just a quickie review & I'm going to be fairly brutal. I think continued enjoyment of this series may depend on whether you're in it for the romance or the mysteries. I had high hopes the overall story arc was moving on but unfortunately the romantic triangle plot line is alive & well here. I'm really tired of Ruth & Nelson constantly mooning over each other. There's a good mystery here with the usual intriguing archeological angle but their persistent pining intrudes on the plot development & p ...more
Lisa Vegan
Comfort reading.

Kate might be a future Goodreads member. “It’s my reading journal,’ says Kate. ‘We don’t have to do it but I want to keep up to date.”

Another addictive page turner.

As usual, the humor was great. I liked this mystery a lot. I love the characters, especially the recurring characters. I would have liked even more of Kate and of Ruth and of some of the recurring characters. There was a lot of time spent with the new characters. They were also interesting, and I got enough of a “fix”
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I enjoyed it, it wasn't her best book in the series. It took a long time before it really got going. ...more
Susan Johnson
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I have to admit my secret addiction to the Ruth Galloway series. For some reason this won't be out for months in the U.S. (so unfair) so I ordered it from Book Depository (free shipping) as my Corona gift to myself. If I have to be holed up I should be reading something good.

Griffiths is not afraid to take her characters on big steps. Heaven knows that Harry Nelson's (Detective Chief Inspector) wife, Michelle, could have been a stereotype and yet her journey has been quite surprising.
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That was awesome! Two years have passed and Ruth has moved to Cambridge with Frank, and Kate and Flint of course. She hasn’t forgotten Nelson but has managed to park her feelings somewhat and have a contented life. All that is about to change however.

While Nelson is pleased when Ivor March is found guilty of murdering two women, he would still love to convict him for two other deaths he is sure that March committed. The two women were found buried in the garden of March’s girlfriend’s house. The
Tiny beams of light in the distance seeming to come closer and closer in the Saltmarsh. Is what you see reality? Or is it the Lantern Men paying a visit from Norfolk legends.....mysterious figures prowling the marshes at night. Either way, the creep is setting in.

Elly Griffiths brings us in touch with familiar characters in this latest edition in the series. Dr. Ruth Galloway, senior lecturer and forensic archaeologist, has set in motion many changes in her life. She's now teaching at St. Jude C
In the twelfth book in the excellent Ruth Galloway series, Ruth is now living in Cambridge as part of "Team Rank" (Ruth and Frank). She shares a home with her partner, Frank, and her daughter Kate, now nine. She teaches at the university but misses her small house by the Norfolk sea. When a convicted murder, Ivor March, offers to tell DCI Nelson the location of more bodies, but only if Ruth does the excavation, she finds herself drawn back to Norfolk. He weaves the tale of the Lantern Man, who l ...more
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm annoyed as heck that I didn't review this book!
I rated it at 4 stars. That's all I can say. Yes, I want to read more. I have the early books in my t.b.r lists.
The Lantern Men is the twelfth volume in Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway series. This is the first book in the series I've read, and I managed just fine. It does, however, have a complex set of characters who have long histories with one another, so I want to go back now and read the rest of the series starting with the first volume: The Crossing Places. Griffiths does the most skillful embedding of background information of any mystery writer I've read. Usually, those sentences filling in backgro ...more
When your favorite series is as thrilling in book twelve as it was when it began, you know you have struck reading gold. The Lantern Men, #12 in the Ruth Galloway series, by Elly Griffiths is a book that both continues the great storytelling immersed in the mysterious, mythic salt marsh setting of Norfolk with its characters we’ve come to love and is a pivotal point of what the future holds. In other words, the murder mystery has its roots deliciously deep into the mythical connection of the Lan ...more
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ruth is an forensic archeologist, and she is asked to be present when an alleged serial killer identifies the location of some murder victims. In earlier books in the series, Ruth taught at a Norfolk university, and now she is at Cambridge. Did Ivor murder at least four women? Why does Cathbad think Ivor is not a serial killer? And what happened to a young hitchhiker from Eastern Europe who disappeared 10 years ago? Nelson aims to find out, but Ruth becomes involved in the case, and may be trus ...more
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent as always, one of the best. But almost dropped a star for the few unnecessary political references. I hope Ruth goes back to Norfolk, she doesn't seem happy in Cambridge or happy with Frank. Like Nelson, I find him irritating and I don't know why! ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-goal, mysteries
Thank you Elly Griffiths for another great Dr Ruth Galloway series— and for skipping ahead a few years. I think the time jump really served to reset some of the personal stuff taking away from the mysteries.

Speaking of mysteries— this was packed with old crimes layered with new crimes! Serial killer or killers? A few surprises and the great scenes where Ruth inevitably manages to run across the real villain before anyone else realizes it.

Already looking forward to the next installment— a few q
Julie  Durnell
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england-uk, mystery
An interesting mystery but I thought it focused more on Ruth's life and a lot less on the forensic archeology that I find so intriguing in this series. ...more
Ruth Galloway, #12. She is one of my all time favorite characters for many reasons. Suffice to say that this was a barn burner from the beginning and the ending had me with breathing difficulties! Also have to say that Ruth Galloway, #13, cannot come fast enough to suit me!!!

The title comes from an old tale about lighted lanterns seen by people lost in the salt marsh who follow these lights thinking they are being led to safety but eventually they end up in a death trap of water or quicksand.

Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The problem with reading a Ruth Galloway story is that you will finish it, and then you will wait and wait for the next one.

This one doesn’t disappoint—a suspenseful mystery, spooky-beautiful atmospheric salt marsh setting, the compelling, quiet-till-it’s-not forward march of the personal stories of Ruth, Nelson, and company.
Rachel Hall
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All change for forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway and the gang in a terrific twelfth instalment!

Two years on from the events of The Stone Circle and life has moved on not only for forensic archaeologist, Dr Ruth Galloway, but for all of the recurring cast in Elly Griffiths’ latest instalment of a series that mixes archaeology, murder and characters readers have come to care about. In an instalment where the mystery element is tightly plotted and a combination of local myth and contemporary
Erin Clemence
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication date: July 14, 2020

After years of pleading his innocence, convicted murderer Ivor March is finally willing to reveal where his victims are buried. The only stipulation? Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, has to be the one to dig them up herself. Ruth is now a college professor, raising her young daughter with her new partner and has lo
I absolutely adore this series and everyone in it and The Lantern Men may even be my favourite of them all, which is saying something. It is staggeringly good and I wanted to do nothing but read it. It's a great story, hugely atmospheric, with (as normal) such a strong and powerful sense of place. The characters are so strong and so loved that the novel also feels comforting. I can't find a single fault. Review to follow on publication day on For Winter Nights. ...more
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This continues to be one of my “must-read” and “will-re-read” series. An excellent continuation of the series.
Thanks so much to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoy the mysteries that Elly Griffiths writes. I've only read one of her Magic Men series, but I plan on eventually rereading that first one and catching up on the series. She's also had a standalone in the past year or two that was quite good. But I absolutely adore the misadventures of one Dr. Ruth Galloway and friends.

This one jumps ahead a little in time after the l
I love this series but I must admit I felt at the start of this, the twelfth book, as if Griffiths had added in some unnecessary drama. I was a little frustrated, considering what a great place the series had seemed to finish on after The Chalk Pit (#11) until… A little way in, I became as absorbed in the book and its characters as ever. Griffiths and Ruth and Nelson basically just hypnotised me until I bended to their will and I fell in love with them all over again.

The book starts with Ruth ha
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"She had the strangest desire to follow the marsh light.... even though the path might lead to her death."

- 3.5 stars- What a confusing timeline! Did I skip a book? Apparently two years have past since the last one. And Ruth has moved to Cambridge. (What's the point? -- have to read to find out!) Alot of repetition throughout with the photos so I felt this wasn't as good as her previous. What I love is how the author uses the Lantern Man tale and ties it to a serial killer.
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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 13 books)
  • The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway, #1)
  • The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway, #2)
  • The House at Sea's End (Ruth Galloway, #3)
  • A Room Full of Bones (Ruth Galloway, #4)
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