Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015.
Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway has excavated a body from the grounds of Norwich Castle, once a prison. The body may be that of Victorian murderess Jemima Green. Called Mother Hook for her claw-like hand, Jemima was hanged for the murder of five children. DCI Harry Nelson has no time for long-ago killers. Investigating the case of three infants found dead, one after the other, in their King's Lynn home, he's convinced that their mother is responsible. 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.
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.
'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'
'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
'A compassionate novel that raises questions about parental love and guilt
Publication date: 31/07/2014
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 06/02/2014
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
|Publication date:||31st July 2014|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,|
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. ...More About Elly Griffiths