Friday, 22 March 2013

Once Upon a Time VII - postcript

After yesterday's Once Upon a Time post, the perfect addition has just arrived from the local library! Bookshelf readers will know that I adore Elly Griffiths' series of mysteries about archaeologist Ruth Galloway, and Dying Fall is the latest. I requested it before it was published and it's only had three previous readers so I bet it's been round the library staff already! This series is the sort to be very eagerly anticipated, not least for their terrifically atmospheric settings.


The Ruth Galloway books always have an element of the unexplained about them - Ruth's friend Cathbad is a druid - and this time she's off to answer a plea from a friend in one of the spookiest places in England, Pendle, home of a frightening series of witch trials in the seventeenth century. I'm sure they will be a theme for this book, alongside modern elements.

This is probably going to scare the living daylights out of me. I can't wait.


13 comments:

  1. Ha! Just picked this up from the library today too!

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    1. I read it over the weekend - terrific!

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  2. Oooh, lucky you! Must try to get hold of this soon. Such a brilliant series.

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    1. It's one of the best, I think - Ruth is such a real person.

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  3. I'd forgotten this was now out! I really liked her earlier Ruth Galloway books, so I'm keen to read this one too. A great choice for Once Upon a Time.

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    1. I read it so fast it will be on its way back to the library.

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  4. I've just finished reading this & enjoyed it very much. There are some genuinely spooky moments too so it's perfect for your challenge.

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    1. It is great fun, and a nail-biting finish!

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  5. LUCKY!!! Oh I see it's out here yet, maybe my library will already have it. I love this series so much. Even better if it has some spooky moments too. This is perfect for this challenge, isn't it???

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    1. I shall try to write about it one evening this week - definitely worth seeing if the library has it, Susan.

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  6. I just checked - it does, and there are already 45 holds on it. I've put one in anyway, but it may be a little while before I get it.

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  7. I read one and liked that atmosphere, but didn't like her, and quit the book.

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  8. I loved the first Elly Griffiths novels about Ruth and Cathbad and Nelson, but wasn't keen on the one about the racing stable for some reason, so I've left that unfinished. Maybe I shall return to it as I'd like to read this one and I know it's important to finish books in a series because of the back story. Coincidence that this book is set in Pendle as I have The Pendle Witches on my bookshelf (by Harrison Ainsworth) which was a Christmas present to me when I was about eight years old, and I only keep it for sentimental reasons, so maybe I should dip into that, too!
    Margaret P

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