Apr 12, 2019

Book Review: The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway, #1)
The Crossing Places
The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths, August 2009, Quercus Books
Genre: mystery set in Norfolk, UK
A child's bones are discovered near the site of a pre-historic henge on the north Norfolk coast, and the police ask local forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway to date them

Ruth is a lecturer at the local university, recognized as as expert in her field. She lives alone in a small cottage at the edge of a saltmarsh near the sea. Attracted to the local deputy chief inspector of police, Ruth is torn regarding her affections, as DCI Harry Nelson is married with two grown daughters. The two work together to solve the crimes and become romantically involved for one fateful night, in spite of his married status.

The personal and professional life of the unusual character, Ruth Galloway, pulls the reader in, and I found myself reading the second, third, and fourth books in the series, just to keep up with her life, personal and otherwise. There are several books to go in the series yet!

Thanks to Quercus for a review copy of this book. 
The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway, #2)
The Janus Stone

The House at Sea's End (Ruth Galloway, #3)
The House at Sea's End
A Room Full of Bones (Ruth Galloway, #4)
A Room Full of Bones

Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway, #5)
Dying Fall
These are all the books in the series I've read so far, 1-5. They are all available at my library, in ebook form, hurray!  I am now starting No. 6, The Outcast Dead.

Have you read any in this series? 


  1. THis author and series are new to me. I'm glad that you're enjoying the books, Harvee!

  2. I'm putting this on my TBR list. I too like that little bit of personal coming in to the story!

  3. I'm very excited about launching into the first book of the Ruth Galloway mysteries. I came to them via my very recent read of Elli Griffiths' 2019 standalone novel, The Stranger Diaries, which is the first 5-star thriller/mystery I've read since January 2018. (A recent post on my blog reviews it.) I didn't know she wrote the Ruth Galloway mysteries until after I finished this new very gothicky book. Highly recommend it!

  4. Just got it from the library, Judith!


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