The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths
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.
I’ve finally caught up with the full series of Ruth Galloway novels after starting from the beginning only last year I think it was (or not long before that) with the most recent offering from Elly Griffiths, with Woman in Blue.
I love the Ruth Galloway novels. I love that Ruth is down-to-earth and not superhuman. My favourite character though has to be Cathbad. The usually cloaked, druid.
These novels are filled with wonderful, character driven stories rather than plot driven and that’s what keeps me turning the pages and picking up the books and The Woman in Blue is no different. The lives of the cast of characters are in turmoil as they investigate the deaths of similar looking women and hateful letters to a female priest.
As well as the characters lives, this novel features religious fanaticism which makes for some interesting reading as Griffiths really does her homework before writing, without it looking as though it’s been homework or sounding like an info dump. It flows through the narrative and draws you in and holds your interest.
All in all, another great Ruth Galloway novel. If you enjoy the series, you won’t be disappointed with this one. It is very character-led though, so it is a series I’d recommend reading from the beginning.
With thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my copy.
Now to continue with another series…