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review 2018-05-03 07:53
The Dark Angel (Ruth Galloway Mysteries) - Elly Griffiths

Ruth Galloway,a forensic archaeologist,goes to Italy at the request of a Italian colleague (and a former one-night stand). Bones have been found at an excavation that raise a lot of(historical)questions. While Ruth stays in a medieval village in the Lazio region,she is confronted with the strange behaviour of certain characters and of course,murder.
This is the 10th book in this series and as with all series,the quality is somewhat variable. The mystery of the Dark Angel feels like a frame story to the story of Ruth's relationship with the father of her daughter,a married D.I.,who's wife is pregnant but perhaps not by him(on/off,on/off, I want you,no,I don't....)Perhaps closure of this particularly relationship might be a good thing for both the characters and for the storyline.

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review 2018-04-18 10:35
The Crossing Places - Elly Griffiths

Bones that appear to belong to a child have been found on the salt marshes of Norfolk. DCI Harry Nelson calls in archeologist Ruth Galloway to see if his fears that the bones are that of a local girl who vanished ten years ago are confirmed. Whilst these bones are found to be dating from the Iron Age, Nelson is determined not to give up looking for the missing child. He seeks Ruth’s help in deciphering taunting letters sent to him. Then a second child goes missing and Ruth is drawn further into the case, and closer to danger.

 

The characters help make the story. Nelson and Ruth both clash yet complement each other, he being taciturn to her more gentle yet professional nature. This book very much sets the tone for the series, establishing characters so that the reader will want to read more about them in future novels.

 

I had figured out who the murderer was from quite early in the novel but this didn’t spoil my enjoyment. It was interesting to see how the clues were laid out and either missed or picked up on by the characters. The blend of archeology and detection was just right, it never felt like Elly Griffiths was trying to information dump on the reader. The history of the location blended well with the modern-day mystery.

 

The only issue I had with the novel was the repeated references to Ruth’s weight. I understand that the author has to paint the picture of a character so that the reader can easily visualise them in their mind’s eye. However it almost got to the point where Ruth was defined by her size and not her intelligence, skill or knowledge.

 

The Crossing Places has the air of a Sunday night serial drama about it, and I mean that in a positive way. There was something comfortingly familiar about the novel and the characters, where a fictional world was created that welcomes a regular return.

 

The good thing about being late to an established series is that there are lots more books to catch up on. I have the feeling I’ll be busy for a little while.

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review 2018-03-17 16:04
The Chalk Pit
The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway Mysteries) - Elly Griffiths

I meant to get this review written last week, right after I finished this marvelous book, but, well, I was traumatized by Nelson and Ruth. How can you keep doing this to me? Auuuggh!

 



I loved the plot, anything having to do with tunnels and hidden entrances sucks me right in, and this fiction-is-stranger-than-fiction plot was a real roller coaster; I never would've guessed the ending in a million years! The plight of "rough sleepers" was highlighted with compassion and humanity and watching the investigation unfold into edge-of-your-seat action kept me turning pages late into the night. At the heart of these books, beyond the suspenseful plots, is a knot of close-knit lovable characters who have evolved and grown throughout the series, creating a real connection (at least for me. Why, Nelson and Ruth? WHY?) Nelson's new boss, Jo, is a great character and watching her become part of the team felt...rewarding? Satisfying? Both, I guess but I can't wait to see more of her!

The next book in the series is due out in the US in May and I'm already chomping at the bit to be tortured agonized reeled in by Nelson & Ruth in yet another mystery.

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text 2018-02-21 13:32
Reading progress update: I've read 56%.
The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway Mysteries) - Elly Griffiths

I read over half of this book last night and very reluctantly put it down to go to bed.  Just sucked me right in!

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text 2018-01-23 01:19
Ruth Galloway Series
The Crossing Places - Elly Griffiths

        Although I did not read in order (think I started with the 3rd book by chance) this series caught my attention from the first. I am not sure exactly what it is about the characters, but I found them to be real and relate able- in all their faults and differences. I have always loved both mysteries and historical fiction- which these books combine elements of both of those- a present mystery to solve while also learning things about the past....  

      I love the authors descriptions of the place settings, and the character's thoughts, feelings and how they relate with one another- not always predictable and not in a way that always makes sense (similar to real life people).  

     I went back to read this one, and intend to read the rest of the ones I missed in order. On the 2nd one now, and if I were not still taking online college courses, I would have probably finished the book already and moved on to the next one. 

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