I received this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Local druid, Cathbad, believes he has seen a vision when he spies a vision in blue in the graveyard next to the cottage he is looking after. As this is Walsingham, a place with connections to Mary, the mother of Jesus, he is not too perturbed. Things take a twist, however, when the body of a model is found nearby wearing a blue dressing gown – definitely not an apparition.

When Dr. Ruth Galloway receives an email from an old university friend asking to meet, her initial response is to ignore it. Hilary Smithson is persistent, however, and when she reveals that she has been the target of anonymous letters, Ruth’s interest is piqued. When another woman is found dead, Ruth and DCI Nelson begin to wonder if the murders and the letters are somehow linked…

‘The Woman in Blue’ is the eighth novel in the series featuring Ruth Galloway. One of the problems in not reading from the start of a series is that, often, the characters’ backstories can be confusing. Thankfully, this is not the case in this book – Elly Griffiths gives enough of what has happened in the past to help you understand the characters’ motives and actions.

The book contains enough red herrings to keep you guessing throughout but does not fall into the trap of making the conclusion either too predictable or implausible. It is easy to imagine this being turned into a TV drama.

Five stars out of five!

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