';Ruth is a terrific character: unglamorous, smart, down-to-earth and completely believable.' San Jose Mercury News ';Readers will look forward to learning more about [Ruth Galloway].' USA Today It's a blazing hot summer in Norfolk when a construction crew unearths a downed American fighter plane from World War II with a body inside. Forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway determines that the skeleton couldn't possibly be the pilot, and DNA tests identify the man as Fred Blackstock, a local aristocrat long presumed dead news that seems to frighten his descendants. Events are further complicated by a TV company that wants to make a film about Norfolk's deserted air force bases, the so-called ghost fields, which the Blackstocks have converted into a pig farm. As production begins, Ruth notices a mysterious man loitering at Fred Blackstock's memorial service. Then human bones are found on the family's pig farm and the weather quickly turns. Can the team outrace a looming flood to find the killer? ';Ruth Galloway is a captivating amateur sleuth an inspired creation. I identified with her insecurities and struggles, and cheered her on.' Louise Penny ';An uncommon, down-to-earth heroine whose acute insight, wry humor, and depth of feeling make her a thoroughly engaging companion.' Erin Hart
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