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The Crossing Places

A Ruth Galloway Mystery
Griffiths, Elly (Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, quirky, tart-tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives happily alone in anbsp;remote area called Saltmarshnbsp;near Norfolk, land that was sacred to itsnbsp;Iron Agenbsp;inhabitants - not quite earth, not quite sea. When a child's bones are found on a desolatenbsp;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. nbsp; 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 #150; and in serious danger. nbsp; THE CROSSING PLACES marks the beginning of a captivating new crime series featuring an irresistible heroine.nbsp;
Authors: Griffiths, Elly
Title: The crossing places
a Ruth Galloway mystery
Publisher: Boston [Mass.] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 303 p. :,map ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Elly Griffiths
Notes: Includes excerpt from: The Janus stone
"First published in Great Britain in 2009 by Quercus"--T.p. verso
ISBN: 0547229895
9780547229898
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY GRIFFITHS 2010
Subject Headings: Women archaeologists Fiction Galloway, Ruth (Fictitious character) Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Women archaeologists
Galloway, Ruth (Fictitious character)
LCCN: 2009007006
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Atmospheric mystery with elements of archaeology, mythology, and a quirky, captivating protagonist.


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Jul 15, 2012
  • 4ntrvlr rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed this unconventional (overweight, older) heroine who through her expertise in bones gets drawn into a murder case. Good evocation of the north Norfolk coast. Will read more of these.

May 21, 2012
  • ladyshallot rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm not usually one for mystery, but this one was really quite good. Great read for a rainy day with a cup of hot tea.

Mar 07, 2010
  • ready2read rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A female archeologist is asked, by the police, to help identify some bones found in a saltmarsh. She soon finds herself involved in a mystery. Great book.

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