The Crossing Places

The Crossing Places

A Ruth Galloway Mystery

Book - 2010
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The start of an exciting new crime series featuring quirky, tart-tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway as she investigates a child's bones found on a nearby beach, thought to be the remains of a little girl who went missing ten years before.

When she’s not digging up bones or other ancient objects, quirky, tart-tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives happily alone in a remote area called Saltmarsh near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants - not quite earth, not quite sea.

When a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach nearby, Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson calls Galloway for help. Nelson thinks he has found the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing ten years ago. Since her disappearance he has been receiving bizarre letters about her, letters with references to ritual and sacrifice.
 
The bones actually turn out to be two thousand years old, but Ruth is soon drawn into the Lucy Downey case and into the mind of the letter writer, who seems to have both archaeological knowledge and eerie psychic powers. Then another child goes missing and the hunt is on to find her. As the letter writer moves closer and the windswept Norfolk landscape exerts its power, Ruth finds herself in completely new territory – and in serious danger.
 
THE CROSSING PLACES marks the beginning of a captivating new crime series featuring an irresistible heroine. 



Baker & Taylor
Assisting with the investigation of bones found near England's Saltmarsh region, archaeologist Ruth Galloway discovers that the remains are bizarrely linked to a case involving a disturbed anonymous letter-writer and a missing child.

Baker
& Taylor

When a child's bones are found near an ancient henge in the wild saltmarshes of Norfolk's north coast, Ruth Galloway, a university lecturer in forensic archaeology, is asked to date them by DCI Harry Nelson who thinks they may be the bones of a child called Lucy who has been missing for ten years.
Summoned by Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson to help the investigation of bones found near England's Saltmarsh region, archaeologist Ruth Galloway discovers that the remains are bizarrely linked to a case involving a disturbed anonymous letter-writer and a missing child.

Publisher: Boston [Mass.] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780547229898
0547229895
9780547386065
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY GRIFF...E
Characteristics: 303 pages : map ; 22 cm
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2009 by Quercus"--Title page verso
Includes excerpt from: The Janus stone

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Dukkie
Apr 22, 2019

Well written. Rather melancholy mood throughout, not my preference, 3 1/2 stars.

ArapahoeKati Jan 29, 2019

You'll be sucked in by Ruth Galloway, an archaeologist turned reluctant crime-solver. Perfect if you like atmospheric settings, smart characters, history and books set in Great Britain. First in the series.

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Amy_CM
Jan 24, 2019

A little slow starting out, but not bad. There was a BIG unexpected twist at the end that made me want to read the second book in the series.

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gloryb
Aug 16, 2018

Elly Griffiths seems to have a good series on her hands. This mystery novel is set in Norfolk along the coast where her detective lives. Griffiths has just a limited number of characters in the story and one of them most likely is the child abductor and murderer. It becomes evident about 3/4 the way through who that might be, but, of course, not to the main characters - the archaeologist and the police detective. A good read combining police work with Iron Age myths and bones all the while the sounds of the sea and the danger of sink holes in mudflats lurk around the story. Probably a good beach read. I look forward to taking out the next book in this series.

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vkreads
Jun 29, 2018

Crossing Places is the FIRST in the series by Griffiths;
there are a total of 12 books in the series thru yr 2020

excellent series; I like the settings, the descriptions, the characters in the plots.

11th title in series is title Stone Circle coming out in 2019, then another new title in yr 2020

Fast reading: fascinating settings, in mostly countrysides of the United Kingdom;
Refreshing characters who are very human, not pressed out of some kind of mold.
Strong writing; Ruth Galloway is an archaeological academic expert of bones of the dead, found, dug up, buried, unearthed.

JCLCherylMY May 05, 2018

First book in the Ruth Galloway Mystery series. Highly recommend.

SnoIsleLib_MarieB May 02, 2018

Ruth Galloway, a single archaeologist living on a lonely salt marsh, becomes involved in an police investigation in this compelling first in a series featuring great plots and well-developed characters.

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Ypollon
Mar 02, 2018

Love all of her books, just waiting for the newest one to arrive.

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dlh1
Feb 14, 2018

Finally, an author that takes the time to complete the story! I enjoyed the pace of the book, and the feeling that I couldn't put it down near the end. I am so tired of books that leave you hanging at the end, expecting that there should be a sequel, but in many cases there isn't one. This book does have a sequel, but you don't have to read it to have some of the loose ends tied up at the end of THIS story. I found the characters to be very believable, as they all had flaws.

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Jenkskitten
Dec 21, 2017

Just enough archaeological detail to keep you interested. Enjoyed the author's design of the relationships of the characters. Story line moves easily and is easy to believe it could happen. Being a Christian however, the main character, Ruth, is a little disappointing in her statements about Christians. But I could see that as a non-believer, she would act and feel the way she does in the story.

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