The House at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths
(Ruth Galloway Mysteries)

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"[A] page turning mystery . . . it provides a wholly satisfying whodunit as well as a good reason to look up the other two [books in the series] . . . Griffiths's Galloway is a likable and alluring character.”—Associated Press

Just back from maternity leave, forensic archeologist Ruth is finding it hard to juggle motherhood and work when she is called in to investigate human bones that have surfaced on a remote Norfolk beach. The presence of DCI Harry Nelson, the married father of her daughter, does not help. The bones, six men with their arms bound, turn out date back to World War II, a desperate time on this stretch of coastland.

Home Guard veteran Archie Whitcliffe reveals the existence of a secret the old soldiers have vowed to protect with their lives. But then Archie is killed and a German journalist arrives, asking questions about Operation Lucifer, a plan to stop a German invasion, and a possible British war crime. What was Operation Lucifer? And who is prepared to kill to keep its secret?


 

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 10, 2012 by Mariner Books. 370 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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As the elderly witnesses start to die suspicious deaths, Ruth and Nelson struggle to come to terms with their relationship while delving into a cold case that’s become hot enough to burn a group of suspects desperate to hide the past.

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Courter fits slightly too neatly into the mould of typical skid-row American hero, and it is ageing cop Rafael Sevilla, himself the father of a disappeared daughter, who is the true star of this show, risking his life to solve the crimes against a tide of corruption in which the police are often ...

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In the latest entry into the Ruth Galloway mystery series, The House at Sea’s End by Elly Griffiths, Ruth has recently returned to work and been pulled into solving the mystery behind several murder victims found buried on the beach.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good writers like Griffiths generally get away with it, but there are times – particularly with flashbacks – when it becomes intrusive and the writing somewhat inelegant.

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Tulsa World

(That's Dr. Galloway, mind you.) Flawed yet sharply drawn characters like Ruth Galloway offer so much more than the stoic, seamless, practically peerless protagonists who command the pages of too many mysteries and thrillers.

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