The Lantern Men

The Lantern Men

by Elly Griffiths

Book #12 in the Ruth Galloway series, published 2020

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Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway changed her life—until a convicted killer tells her that four of his victims were never found, drawing her back to the place she left behind. Everything has changed for Dr Ruth Galloway.

Ivor March has just been convicted of killing two women and DCI Nelson is convinced that he has killed another two women. When asked March says he will reveal their location if Ruth Galloway agrees to do the excavation. Ruth is wary but agrees and finds more than she bargained for.

She has a new job, home and partner, and is no longer North Norfolk police’s resident forensic archaeologist. That is, until convicted murderer Amyas March offers to make DCI Nelson a deal. Nelson was always sure that March killed more women than he was charged with. Now March confirms this, and offers to show Nelson where the other bodies are buried – but only if Ruth will do the digging.

Curious, but wary, Ruth agrees. March tells Ruth that he killed four more women and that their bodies are buried near a village bordering the fens, said to be haunted by the Lantern Men, mysterious figures holding lights that lure travellers to their deaths.

Is Amyas March himself a lantern man, luring Ruth back to Norfolk? What is his plan, and why is she so crucial to it? And are the killings really over?

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