This is the 8th book in the Ruth Galloway series. Ruth is an archaeologist, who has assisted the police in their inquiries on multiple occasions. She is contacted by an old friend who has since become a Reverend and has received some disturbing letters. When women are murdered there appears to be a connection. Ruth immerses herself in the information about the old dig sites and the artifacts recovered there while Nelson investigates the people involved in the case and the links between them.
There is a well-developed sense of foreboding about the village and the threats to the women. As always the sense of place is extremely well done and adds to the mood of the book. The regularly recurring characters are all here, including Cathbad, Nelson, Shona, and Michelle. The themes explored include religion, opposition to change, love, and motherhood. Well written, engaging installment in a great series.