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The Night Hawks

(Ruth Galloway #13)

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Ruth is called to investigate a hoard of Iron Age treasure found by local metal detectorists, but the search takes a sinister turn when the detectorists begin to fall fatally ill—could it be an ancient curse?
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: June 29th 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Paromjit
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elly Griffiths's archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway series set in Norfolk is always a delight and this new addition gives us the opportunity to catch up with our much loved characters once again. Ruth has returned to her beloved cottage in Norfolk, having relinquished her prestigious post as a Cambridge lecturer, broken up with Frank, and with Phil Trent's retirement is now head of department at the University of North Norfolk. The eponymous Night Hawks are metal detectorists who go out hunting at n ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: It's not until there's a shout of 'Tide!' that they realise the waters are almost upon them. Then there's another cry, coming from Troy, a young hawk stationed at the mouth of one of the estuaries winding back inland. His comrades splash over to him, taking care to keep their machines above water.

'There's something . . .' says Troy. 'I almost fell over it.' He's very young, still a teenager, and his voice wavers and breaks.

Alan, an older detectorist, reaches out in the dark to touch h
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Carolyn
In this thirteenth book of the series, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway has returned to the Norfolk fens that she loves so much. With her refusal of marriage to American historian Frank Barker, she has left Cambridge and taken over as Head of Archaeology from her old boss Phil Trent who has retired. She and her daughter Kate, now ten, are alone again living back in her little cottage on the coast. It's not long however before Kates father, DCI Harry Nelson calls her in to examine some bones ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OMG! This is well written another book ( actually 13th freaking one) of this fast pacing, intriguing series and foolish me haven’t read the previous 12 books! Yes! What a shame!
But interesting fact is the author did a spectacular job by introducing us the characters and summarized their back stories so adroitly! You can catch everything in few pages and you also get connected with the characters, becoming friendly around them because writing style is so realistic, smartly described, genuine, p
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Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
Ruth Galloway is now back in Norfolk and heads up the archaeology department following Phil’s retirement from the job. She has appointed Daniel Brown to lecture in her former role but Ruth finds him a bit confronting and irritating. He seems to want to insert himself into everything. He also a member of the local night hawks a group of ‘detectorists’ that like to go out at night with their metal detectors looking for buried treasure and artefacts. One night, while investigating a beach, they fin ...more
Sarah
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's always cause for celebration when a new Elly Griffiths novel comes out! The Night Hawks is the lucky thirteenth instalment in Griffiths' archaeologically-themed Dr. Ruth Galloway series, and is just as gripping as her legion of fans have come to expect.
A group of "Night Hawks", amateur but registered metal detectorists, come across the body of a young man, while searching for coins in the dunes of the Blakeney National Nature Reserve.
Dr. Ruth Galloway has returned from Cambridge to head up
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Marianne
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Night Hawks is the thirteenth book in the Ruth Galloway series by award-winning British author, Elly Griffiths. Now Head of Department at the University of North Norfolk, Dr Ruth Galloway is dismayed to find herself spouting the phrases about funding she abhorred when they came from her former boss. Her new hire, archaeologist David Brown, arrogant, smug and irritating, is the target of several.

How he manages to ride along to Blakeney Point when DCI Harry Nelson request-demands her input at
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Roman Clodia
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While Griffiths' plotting may not be the best in class, her story-line is never more than a skeleton (haha!) on which to hang her real strengths: her eccentric bunch of characters, the complications of their entangled lives, and the marvellous, witty writing which has just the right amount of snark to be funny while remaining good-natured.

In this one there is an unusually high body count and some intriguing plot points that never get fully explored: (view spoiler)
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Vanessa Menezes
The Night Hawks, a group of metal detectorists, are searching for buried treasure when they find a body on the beach in North Norfolk.

The dead man might be an asylum seeker but he turns out to be a local boy, Jem Taylor, recently released from prison. Nelson at first thinks that Taylor's death is accidental drowning, but a second death suggests murder.

Dr Ruth Galloway is called to investigate a hoard of Bronze Age weapons found by local metal detectorists. But the search takes a sinister turn w
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Veronique
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, r2021
4.25*

It was with pure delight that I dived into this latest instalment in the Dr Ruth Galloway series. Do I even have to say that Griffiths delivers?

Ruth is back in her beloved cottage, having left her prestigious position at Cambridge, and once more working at the University of North Norfolk, but this time as the Head of the Archeology Department. Dealing with the demands of the new job is not plain sailing, especially when dealing with the new lecturer, David Brown, a particularly irritating p
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Gary
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 13th book in the Ruth Galloway series by author Elly Griffiths and was is an excellent addition.All the usual characters are here and they do get better with every read. Interesting plot and plenty going on to make this another entertaining read.

The Night Hawks are a group of metal detectorists and they are searching for buried treasure in North Norfolk. While searching the nearby beaches they find a dead body who the police initially think may be an asylum seeker. DCI Nelson is lead
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Lou
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Night Hawks is the thirteenth instalment in the Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries series and is an excellent and captivating addition to Griffiths' oeuvre. There’s nothing forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway hates more than amateur archaeologists, but when a group of them stumble upon Bronze Age artifacts alongside a dead body in North Norfolk, she finds herself thrust into their midst—and into the crosshairs of a string of murders circling ever closer. Ruth is back as head of archaeology at the U ...more
Susie Gunning
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed catching up with Ruth and Nelson again. Good murder mystery with lots of myths woven into the story. Can’t wait for the next one already.
Lizzie Hayes
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Searching for buried treasure in North Norfolk a group of metal Detectorists known as The Night Hawks discover a body. Called to the site, at first DCI Nelson thinks that the dead man may be an illegal immigrant as there have been reports of migrant boats coming this way. However, the metal detectorists are excited by a find close by, and Nelson calls Ruth Galloway.

Ruth has now left her job at a Cambridge college and returned to the Fens and the University of North Norfolk, and the door of the
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Gary
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 13th book in the Ruth Galloway series by author Elly Griffiths and was is an excellent addition.All the usual characters are here and they do get better with every read. Interesting plot and plenty going on to make this another entertaining read.

The Night Hawks are a group of metal detectorists and they are searching for buried treasure in North Norfolk. While searching the nearby beaches they find a dead body who the police initially think may be an asylum seeker. DCI Nelson is lead
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4cats
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Night Hawks is the 13th in the Ruth Galloway series and. as always there are all of the regular characters appearing to back her up. Part of the joy of the Ruth Galloway is to engage with Ruth and the team of regulars who populate the novel. The Night Hawks are a group of metal detectorists who discover a body on a beach, Nelson calls her in as the body is next to a Bronze Age hoarde. Without saying too much the plot develops and Ruth finds herself involved in a far more dangerous situation.

Thes
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Kate
I adore this series and I adore Ruth Galloway. I also love the setting on the Norfolk coast. There is such a wonderful atmosphere, despite the murders and nasty goings on. Everything is fabulously mysterious. The Night Hawks is every bit as good as the others in the series. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
Graham
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked the way the personal lives played out in the story - I have always wanted to read the next one to find out what happens in the Nelson/Ruth saga. And the Night Hawk story was a good read - better than some in the series. And the ending was unexpected. One of the better ones in the series - highly recommended. Thank you for the Advanced Copy
Martina
Ruth Galloway #13 from Elly Griffiths!!! Griffiths says the pub date will be February 2 or 4 or 6, 2021. I love the Ruth books.... Iron Age treasure trove and all the usual suspects!
Kitty McIntosh
‘The Night Hawks’ by Elly Griffiths is the 13th story in a mystery series set in Norfolk, featuring forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway. It’s the first I’ve read and I loved it so much, I’m going to go back to the start and read them all. I had no problem jumping in at this point though, as the author made so much of the backstory clear, with little pieces of information here and there.

Ruth is Head of Archaeology at the University and dealing with her new responsibilities and her life as a
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4cats
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Night Hawks is the 13th in the Ruth Galloway series and. as always there are all of the regular characters appearing to back her up. Part of the joy of the Ruth Galloway is to engage with Ruth and the team of regulars who populate the novel. The Night Hawks are a group of metal detectorists who discover a body on a beach, Nelson calls her in as the body is next to a Bronze Age hoarde. Without saying too much the plot develops and Ruth finds herself involved in a far more dangerous situation.

Thes
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Vikki
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, crime, kindle
Thanks to NetGalley & Quercus for an advance copy of this book to review.

I've been a fan of Elly Griffith's Dr Ruth Galloway series for a few years and this book didn't disappoint. This is the 13th book in the series. It was nice to be back in the familiar Norfolk setting.

The Night Hawks (a group of metal detectorists) discover a body, then one member alerts the police to what appears to be a murder suicide. But all isn't quite what it seems at first glance. I enjoyed trying to work out the link
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Chris
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have read, and I believe written reviews, on all of the novels in the Ruth Galoway series and I always start my review by cautioning the reader that these mysteries, which I suppose could be read as stand-alone novels, really work best when the entire series is read in order. There is just too much looking backward and reading them out of order would create a multitude of spoilers. Ad
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David Gilchrist
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Quercus for an early review copy of this book. My review of “The Night Hawks” by. Elly Griffiths…5*+

For me the best Ruth Galloway book to date. Full of Mystery , hooked me from the prologue. The story is intertwined with local folklore, Black Shuck , mermaids and Norfolk sea serpents too. With a full cast of character, with Nelson to the fore and in the thick of it, Ruth . Michelle and of course Cathbad plays his part. We have Judy and Clough too..Some new characters make an appearance
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Anne - Books of My Heart
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coyer, 7arcs, 2021
Review June 29
Elaine Tomasso
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Quercus Books for an advance copy of The Night Hawks, the thirteenth novel to feature forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway, set in Norfolk.

A group of metal dectorists, known as the Night Hawks, discover a body on a local beach. DCI Harry Nelson initially thinks he may be an illegal immigrant but soon discovers he is a local man. There is no obvious cause of death but a second similar death makes him think murder, although he doesn’t have much time to mull i
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Jessica Gilmore
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t always such a fan of Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway books. They’re written in present tense, which I often find irritating to read, and I didn’t warm to Ruth herself at first. However, the combination of tense, twisty thriller with sometimes soap opera-ish (and I mean that in the very best way) development of regular characters and their lives kept me coming back for more. Also and just as importantly, I adore the setting. Over the last few years we’ve started to holiday on the North Norf ...more
Belinda Witzenhausen
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Night Hawks Book Review

I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths from NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to read and give an honest review.

:,,, brilliantly written, atmospheric with dynamic and multifaceted cast of characters…

Being a huge fan of Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway series, I was thrilled to get the opportunity to read and review the thirteenth book “The Night Hawks” and for me although not the best in the series it was a wonderful read.

We pick up
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Heather
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Strong Stars!!!!

The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths is a very worthy addition to the Ruth Galloway Mystery series. Everything we love to see in this series is here. There's that moody setting of England's northern tidal flats. The towns of Blakeney, Sheringham and King's Lynn are all aswirl in foggy weather, migratory birds and myths of mermaids, sea serpents and giant demon dogs. Our favorite characters are here, as well. Dr. Ruth Galloway, a forensic archaeologist who now heads the department
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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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