A DYING FALL
The present tense is used in this Britain-set story starring an archaeologist and single mother. While the mystery is interesting and strong, the personal flow of Ruth’s life is equally important. Complicating things is that her daughter’s undeclared father is the detective working the cases on which she assists. The ending is spectacular and wildly exciting.
Ruth Galloway is shocked to hear that a former schoolmate has burned to death in a house fire. Then she receives a letter sent just before he died, telling her that he has made an exciting archaeological discovery but he is frightened. She is invited to Lancashire to examine his discovery, taking her daughter and Druid friend Cathbad along. She doesn’t know that the father of her child is on a visit to the same area. When they both discover a right-wing group called the White Hand is active in the area, all are in danger. (HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT, Mar., 400 pp., $26.00)