... the love triangle doesn’t override the excellent plot ... Griffiths is now comfortable but not lazy in the evolvement of this series where often characters can fall by the wayside or be given unbelievable plot lines to try and lure sales. Married to an archaeologist herself it would seem Griffiths uses both the intricacies of the work and the links with legends and history to bring plots alive and with many twists and turns ... Knowing Norfolk as I do, Griffiths describes the landscape accurately, beautifully and with obvious affection ... A book to keep you on your toes and want more. An excellent writer who never takes her readers for granted.
... atmospheric and intense ... Like the seaweed that lays in messy heaps on the rocky Norfolk beach, the interplay among Griffiths’ appealingly varied characters becomes ever more tangled as the story progresses, making for an intriguing mix of secrets, loyalties and ulterior motives. The Night Hawks will delight longtime fans and new readers alike with its spooky-beautiful setting, layered mysteries and authentically complex relationships.
... one of the best in the series ... an engaging novel with just enough bits of legend, archaeological wonders and a touch of the supernatural to keep the interest level quite high right through to the denouement. Elly Griffiths is always a top-notch plotter and keeps the proceedings just dark enough that you know you are not reading a mere tea cozy mystery. It’s great spending time with Ruth and the other characters who make up this splendid series…which just may include a large, black devil dog of sorts.
Griffiths once again presents a well-plotted mystery, nicely blending historical elements with a contemporary take on the classic whodunit. There’s enough background about the web of characters, so newcomers to the series can catch up ... A strong addition to the series; recommended for readers who enjoy a mystery investigated by relatable characters.
This thirteenth time out for these characters brings a dramatic ending that leaves Ruth and Nelson’s relationship even more complicated. Not to be missed by fans of two UK television series, Detectorists and Time Team, the latter of which is nothing short of a British institution.
... tightly plotted, well-paced ... The complex relationship between Ruth and the married Nelson, who’s the father of Ruth’s 10-year-old daughter, is handled intelligently, with no unnecessary melodrama, and serves as an intricate part of the finale. Police procedural fans will be more than satisfied.