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Elly Griffiths - Author


Elly Griffiths was born in London. She read English at King's College, London, and worked in publishing for many years. Her bestselling series of Ruth Galloway novels, featuring a forensic archaeologist, are set in Norfolk, while her new series of Magic Men novels are based in 1950s Brighton. She lives near Brighton with her husband, an archaeologist, and their two children.

In 2016 Elly Griffiths was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. Unlike most other literary prizes, the Dagger in the Library is awarded not for an individual book but for an author’s entire body of work.

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Below is a Q & A with this author.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could take one crime novel, one DVD boxset and one character from a crime novel, who/what would you take?
This is the sort of question I spend a lot of time debating when I should be working! My desert island book is usually The Mating Season by PG Wodehouse as I think that would cheer me up (unlike Ruth I don’t like solitude). But crime novel? It would have to be The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. DVD boxset would be The Office (US version) and the character would be Charles Paris from Simon Brett’s novels as at least we’d have a laugh – and a drink.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would be on the menu?
I’d invite Clive Stafford-Smith, Marcus Brigstocke, Bruce Springsteen, Germaine Greer and Jilly Cooper. We’d eat Italian food ideally cooked by my late Nonna (it is a dream after all).

What is your favourite line from a film/TV series/book?
It’s a few lines but Flora Poste’s telegram in Cold Comfort Farm. ‘Worst fears realised darling. Seth and Reuben too. Send gumboots.’

If you could write a book with any other crime or thriller writer, who would you choose and why?
I’d have great fun with Lesley Thomson, David Harrison (Tom Bale), Jim Kelly or Alison Bruce. Alison, Jim and I have talked about our fictional detectives meeting as our books are all set in the Cambridge/King’s Lynn area. They’d probably all hate each other too which would make for a fun read.

Who is your favourite onscreen detective?
I really like Jackson Brodie (Jason Isaacs) but my favourite is probably still David Suchet as Poirot.

If your book was being made into a film or a TV series, who would you want to play the lead character?
Ruth Jones or Eva Myles. She’d have to become Welsh but it would be worth it.

What crime novel do you wish you had written?
The Woman in White.

What’s the scariest place you’ve visited for inspiration?

The prison chapel in Lincoln Castle.

You are master of cluedo and have any name, weapon and room at your disposal, whodunit and what happened?
It would have to be the Reverend Green as I do like a theological thriller. Reverend Green (who’s a woman) in the library with the bible.

If you like Elly Griffiths you might also like to read books by Ann Cleeves, Ruth Rendell and Kate Ellis.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Elly Griffiths

The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths
The Chalk Pit
Elly Griffiths
Something evil is waiting in the dark tunnels under Norwich - forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway had better watch her step...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017
The Blood Card Stephens and Mephisto Mystery 3 by Elly Griffiths
The Blood Card Stephens and Mephisto Mystery 3
Elly Griffiths
1950’s London, Brighton and the USA sparkle to evocative life in this arresting crime mystery. This is the third in the ‘Stephens and Mephisto Mystery’ series, although my first and I felt immediately at home with the characters. I now...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016
The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
Reader Reviewed The Crossing Places
Elly Griffiths
This is the author’s first venture in to crime writing, and this will be the first in a new series which looks set to be gripping and engaging stuff. Ruth Galloway makes a great lead figure as the forensic archaeologist...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2016
The Ghost Fields The 7th Dr Ruth Galloway Mystery by Elly Griffiths
Reader Reviewed The Ghost Fields The 7th Dr Ruth Galloway Mystery
Elly Griffiths
November 2015 eBook of the Month. Those new to this author would do well to start with her first forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway book The Crossing Places for else...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/11/2015
The Outcast Dead A Ruth Galloway Investigation by Elly Griffiths
The Outcast Dead A Ruth Galloway Investigation
Elly Griffiths
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. The next in the Norfolk-based Ruth Galloway, DCI Nelson cases. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist and here believes she has found the grave of a notorious Victorian...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/1970
The Outcast Dead A Ruth Galloway Investigation by Elly Griffiths
The Outcast Dead A Ruth Galloway Investigation
Elly Griffiths
The next in the Norfolk-based Ruth Galloway, DCI Nelson cases. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist and here believes she has found the grave of a notorious Victorian murdered along with the last child she ‘killed’. DCI Nelson is involved with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
The House at Sea's End : A Ruth Galloway Investigation by Elly Griffiths
Reader Reviewed The House at Sea's End : A Ruth Galloway Investigation
Elly Griffiths
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Female Crime Sleuth. RUTH GALLOWAY - Ruth is a forensic archaeologist and has so far appeared in three gripping investigations. Combining motherhood and a career, her crime-fighting abilities are second to none with the sometimes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/06/2011
The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
Reader Reviewed The Crossing Places
Elly Griffiths
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. August 2009 Book of the Month. This is the author’s first venture in to crime writing, and this will...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2009
The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
Reader Reviewed The Crossing Places
Elly Griffiths
This is the author’s first venture in to crime writing, and this is will be the first in a new series which looks set to be gripping and engaging stuff. Ruth Galloway makes a great lead figure as the forensic...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/02/2009

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