The Last Remains provides an interesting mystery while resolving the rather complicated relationship between the two main characters.


The Description

Ruth Galloway: Book 15
Publication Date: April 25, 2023

The discovery of a missing woman’s bones force Ruth and Nelson to finally confront their feelings for each other as they desperately work to exonerate one of their own in this not-to-be-missed Ruth Galloway mystery from USA Today bestselling author Elly Griffiths.

When builders discover a human skeleton during a renovation of a café, they call in archeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway, who is preoccupied with the threatened closure of her department and by her ever-complicated relationship with DCI Nelson. The bones turn out to be modern—the remains of Emily Pickering, a young archaeology student who went missing in 2002. Suspicion soon falls on Emily’s Cambridge tutor and also on another archeology enthusiast who was part of the group gathered the weekend before she disappeared—Ruth’s friend Cathbad.

As they investigate, Nelson and his team uncover a tangled web of relationships within the archeology group and look for a link between them and the café where Emily’s bones were found. Then, just when the team seem to be making progress, Cathbad disappears. The trail leads Ruth a to the Neolithic flint mines in Grimes Graves. The race is on, first to find Cathbad and then to exonerate him, but will Ruth and Nelson uncover the truth in time to save their friend?

The Review

Archaeologist Ruth Galloway is still reeling from the Covid-19 lockdown that resulted in the discovery of a new family member, an investigation into a string of murder/suicides, and a seemingly new chapter in her love life.

However, in the 15th installment of the mystery series bearing her name, Galloway faces even bigger challenges. Author Elly Griffiths delivers an exceptional storyline with The Last Remains.

This time, Ruth’s attention is focused on skeletal remains found sealed within a wall. The investigation reveals a possible link between the bones and Cathbad, one of her closest friends. She and DCI Nelson must put aside their unresolved personal relationship in order to determine who killed the woman.

Rich with detail, the storyline carefully moves through the investigation as Ruth and Nelson revisit the past. Their timeline is accelerated when Cathbad disappears.

It’s not until the investigation is wrapped up satisfactorily that Ruth can finally address issues that have been put off, including the status of her relationship with Nelson.

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About The AuthorELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Brighton mystery series, as well as the standalone novels The Stranger Diaries, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and The Postscript Murders. She is the recipient of the CWA Dagger in the Library Award and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She lives in Brighton, England.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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The Last Remains provides an interesting mystery while resolving the rather complicated relationship between the two main characters.5-STAR REVIEW: THE LAST REMAINS by Elly Griffiths