A new Ruth Galloway novel is always a cause for celebration in Toppings, and once more we are thrilled to welcome Elly to celebrate with us. DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to ‘go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there’. He is shaken because, although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of The Crossing Places, and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead. Or is he?
Meanwhile Ruth is working on a dig in the Saltmarsh – another henge, known by the archaeologists as the ‘stone circle’ . Then bones are found on the site, and identified as those of Margaret Lacey, a twelve-year-old girl who disappeared thirty years ago. As the Margaret Lacey case progresses, more and more aspects of it begin to hark back to that first case of The Crossing Places, and to Scarlett Henderson, the girl Nelson couldn’t save. The past is reaching out for Ruth and Nelson, and its grip is deadly.
We are all looking forward to this eleventh Galloway instalment, and to finding the answer not just to this mystery, but to the ongoing story of Ruth and DCI Nelson!