The Chalk Pit

by Elly Griffiths

Part of the The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries Series

Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

The Chalk Pit Synopsis

WINNER OF THE 2016 CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY. Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich's web of underground tunnels. When Dr Ruth Galloway discovers they were recently buried, DCI Nelson has a murder enquiry on his hands. The boiling might have been just a medieval curiosity - now it suggests a much more sinister purpose. Meanwhile, DS Judy Johnson is investigating the disappearance of a local rough sleeper. The only trace of her is the rumour that she's gone 'underground'. This might be a figure of speech, but with the discovery of the bones and the rumours both Ruth and the police have heard that the network of old chalk-mining tunnels under Norwich is home to a vast community of rough sleepers, the clues point in only one direction. Local academic Martin Kellerman knows all about the tunnels and their history - but can his assertions of cannibalism and ritual killing possibly be true? As the weather gets hotter, tensions rise. A local woman goes missing and the police are under attack. Ruth and Nelson must unravel the dark secrets of The Underground and discover just what gruesome secrets lurk at its heart - before it claims another victim.

The Chalk Pit Press Reviews

'I refuse to apologise for being in love with Dr Ruth Galloway and DCI Harry Nelson . . one of my favourite current crime series ...a pleasure from start to finish' Val McDermid

'The Chalk Pit is the most intriguing case written by the prolific Elly Griffiths to date. A five-star thriller' Daily Express

'Griffiths has become a dab hand at plotting and cranking up the tension. The murders, and the muddled humanity of the characters, keep us turning the pages' Independent

'Crime that doesn't sacrifice good writing and clever characterisation for the sake of the plot' Red Magazine

'Elly Griffiths writes ever-more ingenious detective stories with a powerful sense of place and a varied cast of sympathetic and unusual characters. Her heroine is a winner' The Times

'Griffiths weaves superstition and myth into her crime novels, skilfully treading a line between credulity and modern methods of detection' Sunday Times

'Ruth Galloway is one of the most engaging characters in modern crime fiction' -- Kate Mosse

'A well-written, eerie thriller' Sun

'Excellent writing, excellent plotting, some utterly riveting detail and always a banging good story' Liz Loves Books

'Griffiths is a top drawer crime novelist, and Ruth Galloway is the most believable and likeable protagonist in modern crime fiction' Crimesquad

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ISBN: 9781784296629
Publication date: 13/07/2017
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Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781784296629
Publication date: 13th July 2017
Author: Elly Griffiths
Publisher:
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

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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