The Night Hawks – Elly Griffiths


This is the latest in Elly Griffiths’ series with forensic archaeologist, Dr. Ruth Galloway. Even though it is part of a series it can easily be read as a stand-alone.

Ruth has taken a new job as Head of Department as her previous boss, Phil has retired. She finds the transition difficult. Then, a body is washed up on Cley beach being found by The Night Hawks who are a group of metal detectorists who operate mainly at night. As well as this they unearth old bones so Ruth is called to investigate the origins of the bones and artifacts.

DCI Harry Nelson, father to Ruth’s daughter, Kate, arrives to investigate the body washed up by the tide. Nelson, married to Michele has a complicated relationship with Ruth.

Two more bodies turn up at Black Dog Farm (named after a Norfolk Legend). Initially these appear to be murder followed by suicide. As always with this author’s excellent storylines all is not as it seems.

Brilliantly written and cleverly plotted with numerous twists and turns throughout.

Many thanks to NetGalley, Quercus Books and Elly Griffiths for my ARC of The Night Hawks in return for my honest review.

Another storming read and highly recommended.

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