My continuation of this series, well, continues!
I am somewhat enjoying it. I wrote a review for book 2 here, and had a long Twitter rant about book 1. Let’s get into the mini reviews.
#3: The House at Sea’s End
I thought the plot of this one was the most fascinating yet. It involves a Second World War mystery, and how far people will go to cover up their crimes. I really enjoyed the secondary characters who had a big part in this novel, and the history behind it seemed really well researched and well done. It comes just after I watched most of Dad’s Army, so it was perfect timing for me.
Slight spoilers for book 2 here, but at the end Ruth has a baby, and I thought her struggles to cope with both motherhood and archaeology were well put together. She seems to have a lot of trouble keeping things straight, and as someone who is juggling a lot right now (admittedly not a baby, though!) I really enjoyed it.
Overall, I think this one was better than the last. I’m starting to get more familiar with the characters which I think really helped, as it meant that I understood a little more of what was happening. Also, I really like Second World War history.
#4 A Room Full of Bones
Probably my least favourite of the series so far, because the death just seemed to random. The actual resolution at the end was a bit ‘meh’ for me, and yet also the strangest one I think I’ve ever read in a novel??
SPOILER PARAGRAPH: Basically, Nelson falls into a coma. Cathbad, the Druid, takes a lot of drugs and somehow joins him in said coma. Whilst I’d believed that these books weren’t supernatural, the ending of this novel seems to have crossed over, and then the actual resolution of the murder didn’t quite fit in place as it had a very mundane reasoning behind it. Just… what?
Not only that, but Ruth and Nelson both acted really out of character in this novel. There were decisions made that I just didn’t agree with, and I don’t think really fit in with what we’ve learnt over the past 3 books. They were both really selfish, and I think if it continues we’re gonna fall out.
The mystery, like I said, ends badly, and to be honest there didn’t seem to be much sympathy or worry over the victim, which I was both sad and disappointed at. Just a flop for me, this one, although I did still eat it up, hence having 2 stars!
Have you read these novels? What did you think of them?