Archaeology - and atmosphere!
Initially, it was idea of calling in an archaeologist to examine some bones in the reinvestigation of a cold case that attracted me to this book. Archaeology and, it turned out, mythology and literature are important aspects of the narrative and the case, making this a refreshingly different type of detective novel. The plot itself, which is revealed from a number of viewpoints, is well constructed, with plenty of surprises and the end is particularly gripping. However there are two things that will really stick in my mind. The first is the atmospheric description of the bleak mudflats. I could really imagine myself there in the rain and darkness! The second is the convincing character of Ruth, whom, at first I feared might be a little insipid and slightly irritating, but to whom I soon warmed. I am intrigued to see how she develops both as a person and as an investigator, so I have bought the whole series!