Wednesday, June 12, 2019

On My Radar: Elly Griffiths' The Lantern Men




I know many of the readers of Kittling: Books are Elly Griffiths and Dr. Ruth Galloway fans, just like me. I don't know if you've all heard (I know one of you has), but the next book in the series has already been announced, and you can find it on Amazon UK. I've been known to indulge in UK editions of some of my favorite series when I don't want to wait for their US debut, and I know I'm not the only one. For the rest of you who have better impulse control, at least you are going to be alerted to the next book in this wonderful series.

WARNING: Those of you who have not read The Stone Circle might not want to read the synopsis for this new book because it does contain a spoiler or two.

Let's take a look at The Lantern Men!


Available in the UK 6 February 2020!
Synopsis:

"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 Amyas 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 travelers to their deaths.

Is Amyas 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?"



I wonder how many of you who have not read The Stone Circle went ahead and read the synopsis to The Lantern Men? If you did, don't expect me to cast any stones-- I would have, too! For those of us who are caught up with the series, the synopsis answered some of our questions, and-- I don't know about the rest of you, but-- it certainly whets my appetite for the new book.

I can't wait to get my hands on it! How about you?



13 comments:

  1. Omigod! It says outright that she moved from Norfolk, got that new job and has a new partner. Wow. Those were cliffhangers at the end of The Stone Circle. That has taken away some of the suspense, but knowing Elly Griffiths, she could add some surprises in this book. Can't wait to read it.

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  2. This is really exciting news, Cathy! I like it that Griffiths moves her characters along in life, just as real people do. And the plot sounds fascinating.

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    1. It does-- just one of the many reasons why I love this series!

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  3. Wow! I've read the previous book too and so knew there would likely be changes in Ruth's future. Now, I cannot wait for this book!!! Thanks for sharing about it.

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    1. US release will probably be in May 2020.

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  5. Just checked; book will be out in February 2020. 8 months (sigh).

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    1. Just exactly what it says in the caption under the book cover. That's the UK release. If they follow what they've done the past few years, the US edition will be released in May 2020.

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  6. Yes, but one can order it from the Book Depository in February. That's what I'm aiming to do. And often my library will get an advance copy earlier than the U.S. release date.

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    1. I find myself ordering Griffiths' books from the UK, too. I don't like waiting!

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  7. Yes, Elly Griffiths, Sara Paretsky and Donna Leon are my must-have-immediately books.

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