If you haven't discovered Elly Griffiths Dr. Ruth Galloway mystery books you are in for a treat. The House at Sea's End is part of this series written by Elly Griffiths and I recommend it with great enthusiasm. Published in 2011 it is now available in mass market. The setting is the northern coast of England in 2005. Dr. Ruth Galloway is summoned by the local police Chief Inspector Harry Nelson to examine 6 bodies recently uncovered in a seaside cave by a spring storm. They prove to be around 20-45 years old, are German, bound with rope and were shot execution style some 40 years ago.
Ruth's personal life proves to be part of this series and it is as entertaining as usual. Part of the pleasure in reading Griffiths' books comes from the quirky and unpredictable secondary characters in her stories. They manage to entertain as well as educate. In this book there is Tatjana, a beautiful and troubled woman Ruth met in 1996 in Bosnia while a volunteer on a team from Southampton University brought in by the War Crimes Tribunal to identify the dead in unmarked graves. There is Cathbad, who calls himself a Druid and teaches with Ruth at the local university. Ruth's fondness for Cathbad is tempered by his ability to irritate and annoy her.
Dipping into ancient British history and modern day police procedure, this book is a fun read with plenty of action, violence, and plot twists, all told with wit and humor to please most mystery readers.