I read to escape and to learn. I like science fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers and adventure stories.
I was immediately drawn in by the no nonsense writing style. The female protagonist is an archaeology professor at a small university who specializes in bones. Her male counterpart is a gruff police detective who finds himself surprisingly intrigued by her after requesting assistance in identifying a skeleton found buried in the local marshes. As I read, I kept thinking the story must be set at least 20 or 30 years earlier because even with occasional references to cell phones, texting, and Google searches, the characters definitely had old-fashioned sensibilities.
This mystery moves along at a nice pace and there is a strong sense of place featuring the salt marshes on the west coast (Norfolk) of England. I love it when a book makes me want to visit a place I’m unfamiliar with and the author’s description of the natural landscape in all its raw, isolated glory is quite appealing. This is the first in a series of books featuring Ruth Galloway's character and I definitely plan to continue reading.