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Sunday, August 16, 2020

The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths

The series was new to me and I am definitely looking forward to reading more about this particular forensic archaeologist (what a good combination).

The setting was the marshes of Norfolk and it was very evocative of the bleakness, the quietude and the stillness and loneliness that was the marshes. It did not detract from its attractiveness though. It was the ideal setting for a series of kidnapped, missing women and a suspect already in prison. More kidnappings happen and the detectives think there is either a copy cat killing going on or Ivor March is still controlling someone behind the prison walls to dally with the detectives.

Full of suspense and clues going all over the place, the detectives in charge of this case have a lot of personal relationships which may tend to cloud their judgment as well. At the middle of the story, I thought maybe this would affect the case as well as there were histories and tensions which could, but it straightened out anyway.

I found the personal relationships and connections added to the richness of the story, apart from the police procedural work and the history itself of the area. Very well told and full of promise this book was an excellent read.

Sent by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via Netgalley for an unbiased review.


  1. I love this series! I think if you go back to the beginning and plow through the books you won't be disappointed!

  2. A lot of people love this series!

  3. I love the sound of this and especially the marshes setting. Sounds very good!