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The House at Sea's End : A Ruth Galloway Investigation by Elly Griffiths
  

The House at Sea's End : A Ruth Galloway Investigation

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Maxim Jakubowski's view...

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 assistance of her edgy friendship with DCI Nelson. The Norfolk background of the books is finely sketched and adds to the book's classical crime mood. Traditional crime and personalities with a modern edge.

The Lovereading view...

Strongly plotted, fast-paced crime fiction with a quirky, engaging heroine in forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway. Dr Galloway finds herself in a race against time to unravel the past but she's hindered by someone who wants the truth of the past to stay buried, and appears to be going to any lengths to keep it that way...even murder.

If you like Elly Griffiths you might also like to read books by Lynda La Plante, Kate Ellis and Peter Robinson.

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Reader 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.'
  • 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?'

Synopsis

The House at Sea's End : A Ruth Galloway Investigation by Elly Griffiths

A team of archaeologists, investigating coastal erosion on the north Norfolk coast, unearth six bodies buried at the foot of a cliff. How long have they been there? What could have happened to them? Tests reveal that the bodies have lain, preserved in the sand, for sixty years. The mystery of their deaths stretches back to the Second World War, a time when Great Britain was threatened by invasion.

About the Author

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.

Author photo © Sara Reeve

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

23rd June 2011

Author

Elly Griffiths

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Publisher

Quercus Publishing Plc

Format

Paperback

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense


ISBN

9781849163651

Publisher Profile

Quercus Publishing Plc is an imprint of Quercus

logo Quercus publisher
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.

Publisher's Website

www.quercusbooks.co.uk

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