My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Dark Angel is a first Ruth Galloway book that came across my reading list. I was afraid that I might miss something from previous novels, however, an author gave a short introduction to each character in the book, which was extremely helpful.
The story begins with an archaeologist Angelo Morelli who contacts and invites his old friend/fling and colleague Ruth Galloway to Italy and requests her help with ancient remains that he stumbled upon. Ruth takes this opportunity as a long needed getaway and in a short time together with her best friend and their two kids the gals are waving goodbye to England.
Once in Italy, Ruth is eager to work with her old colleague again. However, during her stay in picturesque little town, strange things begin to happen. A rude warning is written on the wall of the grand house they are staying in, strange shootings in the middle of the night, a skull of dead animal on their doorsteps and last but not least a murder of a local priest.
Ruth’s vacation turns up to be quite entertaining one. Instead of taking sunbaths and enjoying her time on an exquisite Italian beach, she does a little “digging” on her own and uncovers a dark secret that took place during WWII.
I did enjoy the story. The last 50 pages of the book were full of excitement. I am definitely a new fan of Ruth Galloway and will look into her earlier novels. I didn’t care much about DCI Nelson and his family’s storyline, that was too much telenovela drama for me.
Thank you GoodReads Giveaway, an amazing Elly Griffiths, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publisher for sending me a copy of this amazing book.