Forensic anthropologist Ruth Galloway, returns in the 7th book in this series set in northern England. When a developer’s backhoe operator uncovers a downed World War II fighter plane with a body in it, DCI Harry Nelson calls her in to help. Initially assuming the body in the cockpit is the pilot, a bullet hole in the corpse’s forehead quickly changes that conclusion. As the corpse is identified, more, not fewer questions surface about the how and why and where of this body’s demise and where it was buried before being moved to the plane.
Griffiths excels at bringing in eccentrically realistic characters that fit Ruth’s world beautifully. Ruth herself is humanly quirky enough to be frustratingly appealing. Her relationship with Nelson and evolution as a sometimes conflicted single mother give her character added dimension. The touches of history are worked into the story seamlessly and add another layer of depth to Griffith’s writing. The Ghost Fields, named after the designation given false airfields meant to mislead German aircraft during the war, is a well-told mystery and interesting story.