The Woman in Blue

The Woman in Blue

Book - 2016
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"Known as England's Nazareth, the medieval town of Little Walsingham is famous for religious apparitions. So when Ruth Galloway's druid friend Cathbad sees a woman in a white dress and a dark blue cloak standing alone in the local cemetery one night, he takes her as a vision of the Virgin Mary. But then a woman wrapped in blue cloth is found dead the next day, and Ruth's old friend Hilary, an Anglican priest, receives a series of hateful, threatening letters. Could these crimes be connected? When one of Hilary's fellow female priests is murdered just before Little Walsingham's annual Good Friday Passion Play, Ruth, Cathbad, and DCI Harry Nelson must team up to find the killer before he strikes again"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780544417854
Characteristics: 358 pages :,map.


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Jul 31, 2017

This is the first of this series I found hard to put down (although they do get better with each new story). There just was so much more I wanted to know and so many changes. The tension and suspense never let up, so plan plenty of time to read especially after the fifth chapter.

Jun 15, 2017

This remains one of my favorite series. Walsingham is a properly gothic setting for a Ruth Galloway mystery, and Griffiths makes the most of it. A fair number of characters introduced in earlier titles of the series are part of the action here, so I definitely recommend beginning with #1: The Crossing Places.

May 02, 2017

I enjoy the ease of Elly Griffiths's mysteries coupled with her intense mythic and historical research. The Woman in Blue weaves the myth of the nursing Virgin Mary into contemporary religious issues such as the acceptance of female bishops in the church. In the medieval town of Little Walsingham, blonde women are being murdered, and it's up to Nelson and Ruth to sort it. Meanwhile, as Kate ages, their convoluted relationship becomes even more complex. Will it take the turn we readers long to see? Or will Nelson continue to wear his macho blinders?

As usual, the text is peppered with lovely literary quotes and allusions. Even the killers are educated in this world.

Oct 10, 2016

This is one of my favorite series. I love Ruth. She seems so funny and true to life. This particular installment's mystery was just a bit far-fetched but ok none the less.

samdog123 Sep 23, 2016

Always a pleasure to read, this Ruth Galloway mystery doesn't disappoint. Characters are so familiar and I love Ruth and Nelson and their daughter Kate. Will Nelson ever make another move towards Ruth? The author leaves this one up in the air and I can't wait to find out!

Sep 14, 2016

This has quickly become one of my favorite series. There are quirky characters whose eccentricities abound. And always a fascinating setting.

Jun 26, 2016

Another great Ruth Gallway mystery.

Jun 21, 2016

Elly Griffiths never fails to satisfy with her series of mystery novels featuring forensic archaeologist/amateur detective Ruth Galloway. Her latest offering, The Woman in Blue, departs slightly from her previous books in that the mystery involves a rather more modern theme than usual. The novel is set in Walshingham, Norfolk, once the site of a medieval monastery, and a destination for pilgrims honouring the Virgin Mary, and now prominent as a place where beautiful blonde women are brutally murdered. While the book is interesting for its discussion of religious conflict, both modern and historical, it is even more intriguing for its back story, the development in the lives and loves of the characters that have become so familiar to readers of the previous seven novels in the series. The Ruth Galloway novels are always a treat, and this is no exception.

CMLReads_Robin Jun 21, 2016

I love the Ruth Galloway series and this is another fine addition. If you haven't read these yet, give them a try. For Anglophiles and fans of good mysteries.

Jun 15, 2016

The eighth book in the Ruth Galloway series, touches only lightly on archaeology. We are treated to religious pilgrimages, very human women priests, and a large number of suspects. The solution is a person hiding in plain sight. Along the way we learn a lot of history and get to know many of the characters better, as well as a new one. A good change of pace and a possible change of direction for the series.

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