Review 1858: The Night Hawks

D. I. Harry Nelson calls forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway to a site on the coast where a body was discovered nearby by some metal detectorists. The same detectorists, a club called the Night Hawks, have also found a trove containing a skeleton.

Ruth, as the new department head, has hired her replacement, David Brown, who is already irritating her. She finds him coming along to excavate the skeleton despite herself.

Although the young man found along the coast turns out not to have drowned, and in fact, is a local ex-con, the cause of his death is not immediately apparent. Shortly thereafter, two of the Night Hawks report hearing shots at a remote farm. A young policeman is the first onto the scene, where he discovers what appears to be the murder/suicide of a scientist and his wife, Douglas and Linda Noakes. A few days later, the young policeman is dead from an apparent virus, the same as, it turns out, killed the young man found by the sea.

This novel mixes in local folklore with an intriguing mystery. Further, it seems to be moving along Ruth’s relationship with Nelson, the married father of her child, even though they don’t actually spend much time together in this one. I’m still finding this series enjoyable.

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4 thoughts on “Review 1858: The Night Hawks

  1. Naomi May 19, 2022 / 11:51 am

    I’ve never read anything by Griffiths, but she seems to be popular at the library.

  2. piningforthewest May 19, 2022 / 5:21 pm

    I’ve enjoyed this series too, I like the unusual characters, setting and although I originally wasn’t happy with the Ruth /Nelson relationship I’m pleased that it seems there might be a happy ending for all concerned.

    • whatmeread May 19, 2022 / 5:49 pm

      They keep hinting at that, but of course he had decided to leave his wife when she got pregnant, so who knows? I am wondering about this new guy.

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