THE DARK ANGEL by Elly Griffiths
The past few months have been pretty rough for Ruth since learning about Michelle’s pregnancy. So she jumps at the chance to get away when a former colleague with whom she had a brief fling, asks for her help in identifying some Roman remains found in Castello degli Angeli in Italy. She, Shona and the kids take up temporary residence in this picture-postcard town while back home, Nelson is oblivious to the fact that Ruth and Kate have left the country. After all, Ruth hadn’t consulted with Nelson about her decision. But then, why should she have to? Nelson, meanwhile, is pre-occupied with a recently released prisoner and his own domestic situation.
Nothing runs smoothly for Ruth. First there’s an earthquake, and then a murder, which brings back horrible memories for many of the residents of the town. When Nelson hears of the earthquake, and learning that Ruth and Kate are there, he’s automatically on a plane to Castello degli Angeli, with Cathbad at his side. His decision might very well be a case of “act in haste, repent at leisure”.
This novel chugs along like a well-oiled machine. There are moments of levity, tension, surprise and tenderness. All contribute to an enjoyable and satisfying read.