I have loved this series since I read the first book (THE CROSSING PLACES) and I believe the series has improved with each book. Ruth Galloway is a university lecturer and a forensic archeologist. She is almost forty, a wee bit overweight, and she lives at the edge of a salt marsh in Norfolk U.K.–a lonely existence that she believes suits her just fine. She is called in by the police to investigate when the bones of a child are uncovered. The police are sure that they will belong to a young girl who went missing almost ten years earlier. But no; Ruth determines that the bones belong to a child from the iron age, 2000 years earlier.
I love historical mysteries but this is a contemporary mystery that still gives me some historical enlightenment. And the characters are great. DCI Harry Nelson is more complex than he seems at first and there is also a Pagan priest and Ruth’s Nordic mentor.The characters develop with each installment. This novel is the perfect cross between a thriller and a who-done-it.
The other books presently available are THE JANUS STONE—-(2009) and THE HOUSE AT SEA’S END (2010)
This is a mystery series that I highly recommend!