Believe it or not, I don't subscribe to a lot of author newsletters, so it's pure serendipity when I stumble across mention of the next book by one of my favorite writers. When I happened upon this week's exciting find, I was looking for mosquito coils in order to set up a smoke screen so the little buggers can't find me when I'm outside minding my own business. Oh... just as a matter of trivia, I've seen that mosquitoes prefer the taste of untanned skin. (I'm fairly certain you can deduce how I've learned that.) But I'm paying altogether too much attention to these little beasts. This is a book blog, not a skeeter blog, so let's move right along to the book that made me do a happy dance when I stumbled across it!
|UK edition available February 23, 2017!|
Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich's web of underground tunnels. When Dr Ruth Galloway discovers they were recently buried, DCI Nelson has a murder enquiry on his hands. The boiling might have been just a medieval curiosity - now it suggests a much more sinister purpose.
Meanwhile, DS Judy Johnson is investigating the disappearance of a local rough sleeper. The only trace of her is the rumour that she's gone 'underground'. This might be a figure of speech, but with the discovery of the bones and the rumours both Ruth and the police have heard that the network of old chalk-mining tunnels under Norwich is home to a vast community of rough sleepers, the clues point in only one direction. Local academic Martin Kellerman knows all about the tunnels and their history - but can his assertions of cannibalism and ritual killing possibly be true?
As the weather gets hotter, tensions rise. A local woman goes missing and the police are under attack. Ruth and Nelson must unravel the dark secrets of The Underground and discover just what gruesome secrets lurk at its heart - before it claims another victim.
As I said in the caption beneath the graphic of the book cover, this is the UK edition, which will be available on February 23, 2017. If you're more patient than I am, the US edition (with a completely different cover) will be released on May 30, 2017.
I know that there are a lot of fellow Ruth Galloway fans who read this blog, so be honest. How many of you are going to pre-order the UK edition? Inquiring minds would love to know!