Elly Griffiths' Crossing Places
I've been hearing about the Ruth Galloway series for ages, and it did seem like something that would appeal to me--a 40-ish cat-owning forensic archaeologist helping a detective solve crimes after he finds some bones in the marshes. And it was . . . ok. I did really like all the history/archaeology stuff, and Ruth is pretty entertaining. It weirdly changes from present to past tense seemingly at random, which is jarring. There is also a completely unnecessary cat murder, and violence toward animals always makes me knock things down /at least/ a grade. And the end is somewhere between ridiculous/confusing/predictable, especially since there aren't a ton of viable suspects. That said, I would read another book in this series and see how that one turns out. B.