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The Outcast Dead A Ruth Galloway Investigation

by Elly Griffiths

Thriller and Suspense Crime and Mystery

The Outcast Dead A Ruth Galloway Investigation Synopsis

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway has excavated a body from the grounds of Norwich Castle, a forbidding edifice that was once a prison. She believes the body may be that of infamous Victorian murderess Jemima Green. Called Mother Hook for her claw-like hand, Jemima was hanged in 1867 for the murder of five children in her care. DCI Harry Nelson has no time for long-dead killers. Immersed in the case of three infants found dead, one after the other, in their King's Lynn home, he's convinced that a family member is responsible, though others on his team think differently. Then a child goes missing. Could the abduction be linked to the long-dead Mother Hook? Ruth is pulled into the case, and back towards Nelson.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780857388933
Publication date: 31st July 2014
Author: Elly Griffiths
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Format: Paperback
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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The Good Book Guide Review

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Kelly has excavated a body from the grounds of Norwich Castle, once a prison, and concludes that the body may be that of the Victorian murderess Jemima Green, better known as Mother Claw because of her claw-like hands. Then a child goes missing, and Ruth wonders if the abduction might be linked to the long deceased killer. Griffiths is a Wilkie Collins aficionado, and channels that master’s grasp of exactly how much to reveal to the reader – and when – for the perfect ratio of anticipation, shock and surprise.

Elly Griffiths Press Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in the Ruth Galloway series, The Crossing Places. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Emily Wright - 'Elly Griffiths combines detection, archaeology and mythology to create an atmospheric thriller lightened by a touch of dry humour.'
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'very refreshing and enjoyable read. Indeed this is a clever novel with the mix of superstition and myth weaved into a modern crime novel. A must buy must read.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'The trouble with absorbing and fast-paced books is that you tend to read them at the same rapid pace – and then they are over.  That's my ONLY criticism of The Crossing Places - its brilliant.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'Great book, with an ending I was not expecting.'
    Jan Kirkcaldy - 'Though not surprised by the end result, it was a book I could not put down and as a result read it in one go. I thoroughly recommend it.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'Loved it! I will now go back and read the other books in this series as I really did enjoy it. If you liked Kathy Reichs or Patricia Cornwell then perhaps check this series out.'
  • Ray Orgill - 'This is really atmospheric writing at its best...Great stuff, great adventure, in fact a great read.'
  • Sarah Musk - 'An exciting book set in Norfolk with a clever, resourceful leading character. Dr Ruth Galloway is utterly believable as a sleuthing archaeologist in a child disappearance case.'
  • Jillian McFrederick - ', the dynamics of complicated relationships, the mystery of the discovered bones combined with the history of the land. Together they form a blend of ancient times and rituals with the present which  I enjoyed immensely.'
  • Julie Bertschin - 'Great page turner, gripping from start to finish.'
  • Julie Bickerdyke - 'The story is cleverly told and slowly released with relationships explored and exploited to great effect.'

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Further praise for Elly Griffiths...

'Told with a deepening sense of unease, seasoned with a touch of the occult, it is no surprise that BBC television are developing it as a series'
Daily Mail.

'If forensics, history, detectives, romance and some psychologically impaired individuals are your bag, this novel delivers them all ... The twist at the end will have you in a spin
The Sun.

'A compassionate novel that raises questions about parental love and guilt
Sunday Times.


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ISBN: 9780857388933
Publication date: 31/07/2014
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780857388902
Publication date: 06/02/2014
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About Elly Griffiths

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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