The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
(Ruth Galloway Mysteries)

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A captivating crime series by British mystery writer Elly Griffiths, featuring an irresistibly quirky heroine in Ruth Galloway

 

When she’s not digging up bones or other ancient objects, tart-tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives happily alone in a remote area called Saltmarsh near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants—not quite earth, not quite sea. When a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach nearby, Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson calls Galloway for help. Nelson thinks he has found the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing ten years ago. Since her disappearance he has been receiving bizarre letters about her, letters with references to ritual and sacrifice. The bones actually turn out to be two thousand years old, but Ruth is soon drawn into the Lucy Downey case and into the mind of the letter writer, who seems to have both archaeological knowledge and eerie psychic powers, luring Ruth into completely new territory—and serious danger.

 

About Elly Griffiths

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Elly Griffith's Ruth Galloway novels - The Crossing Places, The Janus Stone, The House at Sea's End, A Room Full of Bones, A Dying Fall, and The Outcast Dead - have been praised as "gripping" (Louise Penny), "highly atmospheric," (New York Times Book Review), and "must-reads for fans of crime fiction" (Associated Press). She is the winner of the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark Award.
 
Published January 5, 2010 by Mariner Books. 306 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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The Saltmarsh, a mystical place, provides the stunning backdrop for a new mystery series.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Galloway successfully deciphers the connections between the historic past and clues in the letters from Downey case which lead the police to discover the body of this latest victim.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Ruth Galloway is an archeologist and somewhat surprised to find her department head showing up at her office accompanied by Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson.

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Reviewing the Evidence

The police need Ruth for her knowledge, and she's not the kind of character to keep information back from them (something that usually results in me heaving books at walls!) Ruth's the kind of character you could imagine knowing in real life.

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If Ruth Galloway can verify that the bones are of the missing child, he might just have the first solid piece of evidence to advance the case.

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Sounds like your power outage was a good substitute.

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This debut novel in a new series pairs an archeologist and a detective inspector on the bleak coast of North Norfolk, where life has gone on since before the Bronze and Iron Ages.

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The author also does a great job at providing several viable suspects making it difficult to guess the ending, which I appreciated because I read many mystery/thriller novels that make it easy to make those type of predictions.

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