The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ruth is contacted by Hilary Simpson, an old friend from her university days. Hilary, now a vicar, has received threatening letters from writer angry with the existence of female priests. Hilary is attending a religious conference in the small town of Walsingham, home of Catholic and Anglican shrines. Ruth suggests that Hilary share the letters with the police, especially because the writer makes reference to Walsingham and because a young woman has just been murdered there. When one of the other female priests attending the conference is murdered, the letters take on even greater significance.
In this book, the focus is not on Ruth, and although information she discovers is important to solving the crime, she is relatively uninvolved in the investigation, at least compared to other installments in the series. Harry Nelson is the character focus, and he discovers not only the murderer, but some unsettling truths about himself and his relationships with both Ruth and his wife Michelle. As always, I was fully engrossed in the book from the get-go.
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