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The Lantern Men

(Book 12 in the Ruth Galloway Mysteries series)
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2021 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (shortlist)

A convicted murderer informs Dr Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson that more of his victims have been buried across Norfolk. Can Ruth and Nelson find the bodies, or are they being lured into a trap?

The Times

Everything has changed for Dr Ruth Galloway. She has a new job, home and partner, and is no longer North Norfolk police's resident forensic archaeologist. That is, until convicted murderer Ivor March offers to make DCI Nelson a deal. Nelson was always sure that March killed more women than he was charged with. Now March confirms this, and offers to show Nelson where the other bodies are buried - but only if Ruth will do the digging.

Curious, but wary, Ruth agrees. March tells Ruth that he killed four more women and that their bodies are buried near a village bordering the fens, said to be haunted by the Lantern Men, mysterious figures holding lights that lure travellers to their deaths.

Is Ivor March himself a lantern man, luring Ruth back to Norfolk? What is his plan, and why is she so crucial to it? And are the killings really over?


Praise for The Lantern Men

take your breath away' The Times

outstandingly good mystery' 5* Reader Review

Witty, insightful and brilliant storytelling' Daily Mirror

most lovable of current crime series' Sunday Express

all-time favourite mystery series' 5* Reader Review

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Elly Griffiths writes with a smart eye and great elegance." - Peter James

"My favourite current series." - Val McDermid

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