My Friday Post: The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths

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Every Friday Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader where you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The book I’m featuring this week is The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths, one of the books I wrote about in my New Additions post on Tuesday.

The dark angel


‘This grave has lain undisturbed for over two thousand years.’ Professor Angelo Morelli speaks directly to the camera. ‘This countryside has been the scene of invasion and battle from the Neolithic times until the Second World War, when the German troops fought Italian partisans in the Liri Valley. In all that time, this body has lain under the earth. Now we are going to exhume it.’

Also every Friday there is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice.

30879-friday2b56These are the rules:

  1. Grab a book, any book.
  2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader. If you have to improvise, that is okay.
  3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  4. Post it.
  5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda’s most recent Friday 56 post.

Page 56:

It’s still warm, but at least the murderous heat has gone out of the sun. She’s able to appreciate the beauty of the evening, the glimpses of the valley through archways and across rooftops, the scent of lemon trees and wild garlic, so deliciously un-English.


Dr Ruth Galloway is flattered when she receives a letter from Italian archaeologist Dr Angelo Morelli, asking for her help. He’s discovered a group of bones in a tiny hilltop village near Rome but doesn’t know what to make of them. It’s years since Ruth has had a holiday, and even a working holiday to Italy is very welcome!

So Ruth travels to Castello degli Angeli, accompanied by her daughter Kate and friend Shona. In the town she finds a baffling Roman mystery and a dark secret involving the war years and the Resistance. To her amazement she also soon finds Harry Nelson, with Cathbad in tow. But there is no time to overcome their mutual shock – the ancient bones spark a modern murder, and Ruth must discover what secrets there are in Castello degli Angeli that someone would kill to protect.


This is the 10th Dr Ruth Galloway Mystery and the first one to be set in Italy. I like the mix of archaeology, mystery and crime fiction in Elly Griffiths’s books and also the continuing story of Ruth and the other regular characters. Cathbad is one of my favourite characters and I’m hoping that he will have a bigger role in this book than he did in the last one, The Chalk Pit.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


10 thoughts on “My Friday Post: The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths

  1. The Dark Angel seems interesting. Also, the prologue sounds like a monologue at the beginning of a horror movie, right before everything goes wrong.


  2. You need to read this to keep continuity with the over-arching story but, as I’ve said to you before, where the crime element is concerned I think this is the weakest of the series.


  3. A few people think this is one of the weaker instalments so you may do as well. I didn’t but that’s just me, I love the whole series so am somewhat biased…


  4. I have enjoyed this series, but decided to put it on hold after reading The Dark Angel – definitely a weak instalment. Which may have been the wrong decision since everyone seems to love the next one in the series, The Stone Circle.


  5. This book definitely takes Ruth and company out of their usual haunts. However, like Cath, I am very biased and love reading about them wherever they land.


  6. I like Elly Griffith’s work quite a lot, Margaret, so I’m already inclined to read this one. And that’s a very interesting setting, too. This one definitely appeals to me, and I really do look forward to learning what you think about it.


  7. I have to admit I have never read any of this series, but the comments here are familiar to where I’ve read elsewhere. I cannot believe it’s the 10th Dr Ruth Galloway Mystery!! I guess I can’t read everything lol


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