The Crossing Places
When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She lives happily alone in a remote, wild place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea under Norfolk's vast skies. For company she has her cats Flint and Sparky, and Radio 4.... show more
When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She lives happily alone in a remote, wild place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea under Norfolk's vast skies. For company she has her cats Flint and Sparky, and Radio 4. When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them. The bones turn out to be two thousand years old, and DCI Harry Nelson, who called on Ruth for help, is disappointed. He'd hoped they would be the bones of a child called Lucy who's been missing for ten years. He's been getting letters about her ever since - bizarre notes with references to ritual and sacrifice and quoting the Bible and Shakespeare. Then a second girl goes missing and Nelson receives another letter similar to the ones about Lucy. Soon it becomes clear that Ruth is in grave danger from a killer who knows that her expert knowledge is being used to help the police with their enquiries.
Publish date: January 5th 2010
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Series: Ruth Galloway (#1)
I picked up "The Crossing Places" in an audible book sale offering first-in-a-series books. I half expected it to be Temperance Brennan / Kay Scarpetta with an English accent. It turned out to be something much more orginal and engaging than that:a thriller seasoned with a strong sense of place, rev...
I used to read a lot of crime books. I went through a phase where that was pretty much all I read, in order of course (because how else would you?), and then I got bored with them and stopped. In truth, I turned back to my first love, which was SFF. Occasionally, I think 'oh, I really ought to try a...
I enjoyed this. Got a good sense of the place. Nicely thought out plot. The characters were nicely human; even the 2 main characters had believable faults and it showed how messy relationships can be in real life.
This should have been a perfect fit for me, Archaeologist, female, gets caught up in a murder mystery when a body found is actually not new but historical. I got the actual murderer earlier and found it quite obvious.It's not a bad read but it didn't quite satisfy.
I thought I'd like this novel much more than I did. It's not terrible. Indeed, it has some good features. However, I found it disappointing and predictable overall. First the good points. The central protagonist, Ruth Galloway, is an academic forensic archeologist. Her occupation has plenty of poten...