Six skeletons are discovered buried on a remote beach at the beginning of <b><u><i>The House at Sea's End</i></u></b>, the third novel in Elly Griffiths' series about forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway and Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson. The skeletons seem to be about 70 years old, suggesting that they might have been buried during World War II, at a site where during that conflict there were constant rumours about a pending German invasion. Could the bodies be connected to the war? And if so, who might be still alive to explain them? As several elderly men who might have the answers die, ostensibly of old age, it is up to Ruth and Nelson to ferret out the truth before it is buried forever.... I'm not particularly fond of stories related to the Second World War - war-time tales just don't interest me - but the historical context for this story is important, and Griffiths handles the material well. More time is spent on the relationships of the principal characters, and we get a fuller understanding of one of Ruth's earlier jobs which had been hinted at in the previous books: her work as an archeologist in Bosnia after the civil war in the 1990s, uncovering mass graves along with an international team. I found myself more interested in that story than in the mystery of the skeletons, but overall I enjoyed both. Not quite as much fun as the previous novel in the series, but still well worth reading; recommended.