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Norwich is riddled with old chalk-mining tunnels, but no one's sure exactly how many. When Ruth is called in to investigate a set of human remains found in one of them, she notices the bones are almost translucent - a sign they were boiled soon after death. Once more she finds herself at the helm of a murder investigation.
Meanwhile, DCI Nelson is hunting for a missing homeless woman, Barbara, who he hears has gone "underground". Could she have disappeared into the labyrinth? And if so, is she connected to the body Ruth found?
As Ruth, Nelson, and the rest of their team investigate the tunnels, they hear rumors of secret societies, cannibalism, and ritual killings. When a dead body is found with a map that appears to be of The Underground, they realize their quest to find the killer has only just begun - and that there may be more bodies underfoot.
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By Cathy J Hunter on 06-01-17
Soap opera, too little detection
A glut of characters all of whom seem to have high drama in their personal lives. Occasionally a missing person mystery will come up but nobody seems to be anxious to do any detection just discuss it! Tried to hold on but could not keep track of the players!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By KateM on 07-11-17
Light on detection
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Increasingly this series tends to focus on rather banal family dramas among its central characters. As with the other books in the series, spending time with its characters was quite pleasant, but this storyline was particularly notable for how comparatively little detection actually went on. Mysteries were presented, but solving them seemed to be fairly haphazard, and the main protagonist had more of an accidental (and incidental) relationship to the crimes than in previous books. Sufficiently enjoyable for fans of the series, but this would not be a good one to start with for those new to it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful