The woman in blue

a Ruth Galloway mystery

358 pages

English language

Published March 31, 2016

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3 stars (1 review)

"In the next Ruth Galloway mystery, a vision of the Virgin Mary foreshadows a string of cold-blooded murders, revealing a dark current of religious fanaticism in an old medieval town. Known as England's Nazareth, the medieval town of Little Walsingham is famous for religious apparitions. So when Ruth Galloway's druid friend Cathbad sees a woman in a white dress and a dark blue cloak standing alone in the local cemetery one night, he takes her as a vision of the Virgin Mary. But then a woman wrapped in blue cloth is found dead the next day, and Ruth's old friend Hilary, an Anglican priest, receives a series of hateful, threatening letters. Could these crimes be connected? When one of Hilary's fellow female priests is murdered just before Little Walsingham's annual Good Friday Passion Play, Ruth, Cathbad, and DCI Harry Nelson must team up to find the killer before he strikes …

2 editions

too much Mary cult, not enough archaeology

3 stars

Somehow I jumped from #7 to #9 so I went back to #8 because I'm a completist that way, plus the increasingly convoluted and soapy aspects of Ruth's life mean that I needed to catch up on those details. I always like the ones that feature Cathbad, and this had some but not enough. Also not enough archaeology. But, still. I fully expect I will read all of this series until there are no more.


  • Fiction
  • Women forensic anthropologists