The end of an era awaits in The Last Remains. Elly Griffiths is bringing her wonderful Norfolk archaeology series to an end, hopefully just for a while. I can't review this book without thinking of sadness that my annual reconciliation with Ruth and Nelson will be no more. Over the years, there are so many remarkable characters that came from the mind of the author.
So what was the book like. It was brilliant, a true valedictorian tour of all her past books, which make an appearance. Ruth at the horns of a dilemma, when her archaeology department is threatened with closure. Nelson unsure whether he'll be forced to retire and Cathbad behaving more unusual than ever. Is he dying? So many emotions in this book. The discovery of a skeleton walled up in a coffee shop seems insignificant.
It was a book I had been anticipating for a year now, yet dreading in equal measures. After the endings of Game of Thrones and Line of Duty being botched, I feared the worst. Long-running series don't have satisfying ending, do they? Would Cathbad die, would Ruth and Nelson get together? Is there room for a sequel? Without giving too much away, Elly Griffiths has pulled off the impossible and wrote a fantastic emotion laden ending which hopefully will satisfy everyone.
So it's goodbye to Ruth and Nelson, to Cathbad, the modern day Catweazle, to Norfolk and archaeology crime fiction. Hopefully a new Harbinder and Brighton mystery soon. So much to look forward to. Yet I'll still yearn for another Ruth Galloway novel. Maybe a set of short stories about Cathbad? I'd buy it.
A 5 star golden classic to end one of the best crime novel series ever. Now, where's that TV deal?