THE HOUSE AT SEA'S END
Griffiths very skillfully balances the mystery with the ongoing personal life of English forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway. The mystery here is filled with logical suspects, twists and turns and a completely surprising ending. Secondary characters are well used and have unique backgrounds and characteristics, but are never stereotypes. Readers will never put this down.
Ruth is just back from maternity leave, still in awe of her baby, but glad to be back to work. As for many first mothers, balancing the demands on her time is difficult. Everything is made more complicated by the fact she isn’t married to the married father of her child and yet works with him. On the coast off Norfolk beach, human bones are found, dating back to WWII. A home guard was there at the time to protect the coast from German invasion and when the bones are found to be from Germany, tension mounts. The families and relatives of the group still live in the village with fierce loyalties. (HMH, Jan., 304 pp., $25.00)