The Woman in Blue

The Woman in Blue

A Ruth Galloway Mystery

Book - 2016
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"In the next Ruth Galloway mystery, a vision of the Virgin Mary foreshadows a string of cold-blooded murders, revealing a dark current of religious fanaticism in an old medieval town. 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"--
Publisher: Boston ;, New York :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780544417854
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Griffith Elly 05/2016
Characteristics: 358 pages ;,22 cm.


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Karen - Karen reported on a couple of instances of synchronicity - the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection. She read this book and Silent Mercy by Linda Fairchild and found they dealt with similar themes. Coincidence?

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Sep 04, 2018

An OK read for readers already familiar with the characters from Griffiths' Ruth Galloway series. In this novel Ruth is not digging in an archaeological trench and she is not involved in any suspenseful life and death situation. Although this book does have some murders that need to be solved, they seem to be unrelated to Griffiths' over emphasis of ritual in the Catholic church and the debate about women priests. Her series seems to be more about developing the characters as actual people with private lives beyond their jobs.

Jul 16, 2018

As usual, excellent.

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.

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.

coroboreefarm 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.

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