The Crossing Places

The Crossing Places

A Ruth Galloway Mystery

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: Boston [Mass.] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780547229898
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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jun 26, 2017

A good mystery overall, but a very slow and in some ways dreary start. The end becomes a thriller for a while, a real page turner, with lots of wrong clues to put you off the path.

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