The Crossing PlacesThe Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries Series
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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 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 who finds her expertise called upon to help solve crimes. Entertaining and full of suspense with the back drop of the wild Norfolk coast giving an extra chill to the bones.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. 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.'
- Cyllene Griffiths - 'Altogether this is an amusing book, a light read...This is however, the first in a long series and as I have not read the others, perhaps they improve on a fairly promising start?'
The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She lives happily alone in a remote, wild place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea under Norfolk's vast skies. For company she has her cats Flint and Sparky, and Radio 4.
When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them. The bones turn out to be two thousand years old, and DCI Harry Nelson, who called on Ruth for help, is disappointed.He'd hoped they would be the bones of a child called Lucy who's been missing for ten years. He's been getting letters about her ever since - bizarre notes with references to ritual and sacrifice and quoting the Bible and Shakespeare.
Then a second girl goes missing and Nelson receives another letter similar to the ones about Lucy. Soon it becomes clear that Ruth is in grave danger from a killer who knows that her expert knowledge is being used to help the police with their enquiries.
ReviewsGriffiths weaves superstition and myth into her crime novels, skilfully treading a line between credulity and modern methods of detection Sunday Times A great series Guardian Griffiths
excellent series is well informed and original Literary Review Archaeology and crime often walk hand in hand in crime fiction, and seem a natural fit as they have in common both bones and quests for the truth. I
've never before, however, read a crime novel in which the two blend as successfully as in The Crossing Places ... Elly Griffiths'
characterization is as good as her writing, and I can
't wait for the next in the series Shotsmag'
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Publication date6th August 2009
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PublisherQuercus Publishing Plc
CategoriesCrime & mystery
Publisher ProfileQuercus Publishing Plc is an imprint of Quercus
Starting out in a small office in Dorset Street, London, the company quickly expanded, producing best sellers with each of its first two titles, Universe and Speeches that Changed the World.
As well as winning awards for their books Quercus also won Small Publisher of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards and the PLUS New Company fo the Year in the Fast Growth Business Awards.
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