The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
(Ruth Galloway Mysteries)

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It’s been only a few months since archaeologist Ruth Galloway found herself entangled in a missing persons case, barely escaping with her life. But when construction workers demolishing a large old house in Norwich uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway—minus its skull—Ruth is once again called upon to investigate. Is it a Roman-era ritual sacrifice, or is the killer closer at hand?

Ruth and Detective Harry Nelson would like to find out—and fast. When they realize the house was once a children’s home, they track down the Catholic priest who served as its operator. Father Hennessey reports that two children did go missing from the home forty years before—a boy and a girl. They were never found. When carbon dating proves that the child’s bones predate the home and relate to a time when the house was privately owned, Ruth is drawn ever more deeply into the case. But as spring turns into summer it becomes clear that someone is trying very hard to put her off the trail by frightening her, and her unborn child, half to death.

The Janus Stone is a riveting follow-up to Griffiths’s acclaimed The Crossing Places.


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 21, 2011 by Mariner Books. 337 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Assuming that the murdered child is the missing girl, Nelson is amazed when forensic evidence shows that the two must be different, and even more astonished when he realizes the Spens family used to live in the house.

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Reviewing the Evidence

The promise shown by Elly Griffiths in her first book, THE CROSSING PLACES, is well fulfilled by this second novel featuring Ruth Galloway, the forensic archaeologist from Norfolk University in England.

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Reviewing the Evidence

In her second outing, author Elly Griffiths reunites our heroine with the testy DCI Harry Nelson and provides us with another hefty – and highly atmospheric – dollop of archaeology.

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Ruth Galloway, British forensic archaeologist, is called to examine the bones of a child found beneath a mansion that was once an orphanage.

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Mystery Tribune

Even though the book is part of a series, the author provides enough backstory to keep the readers on track.

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The Gleaner

In this follow-up to Griffiths' debut, The Crossing Places, Dr Galloway, head of forensic archaeology at the University of North Norfolk, is called to consult when an archaeology team uncovers the bones of a small child, minus the skull, buried underneath the main doorway of a derelict Victorian ...

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