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Published by Quercus, 7
February 2019. ISBN: 978-1-78648-729-2 (HB)
When DCI Harry Nelson receives an
anonymous letter telling him to go to the stone circle. It brings back memories
of his first meeting with Dr Ruth Galloway and the child’s bones found on the
Saltmarsh.* The note has the same resonance as those written 10 years ago – but
the writer of those letters Eric Anderssen is dead.
ten years on appears settled, she still lives in the same cottage, one of three
on the edge of the Saltmarsh. Despite its inconvenience for a single parent,
with a child, Ruth loves it, and her large ginger cat Flint. She has met Frank, a teacher at Cambridge,
also a single man with two grown-up children. Her meetings with Nelson are now just a
regular every other Saturday when he calls to collect 7- year-old Kate. She
likens them to two TV presenters handing over to the weather forecast. ‘How are
you?’ ‘Fine. Getting sick of this weather.’
Nelson contacts Ruth about the letter she tells him that a team have found a second
circle and that she is planning to visit the dig. Nelson says he will drop by.
reaching the dig Ruth astounded to discover that Erik’s son Leif Anderssen is in
charge of it. They have already had some finds dating back to the Bronze Age.
While Nelson is showing Ruth the letter, they are alerted by one of the Archaeologists
that they have uncovered some bones which Ruth is quickly sure are relatively
recent, between ten and thirty years, and they are of a child.
and his team work back the name of a twelve-year-old girl Margaret Lacy surfaces.
She went missing in 1981 attending a street party on the day of Charles and Diana’s
wedding. With a case thirty years old, the investigation team have to find and
interview anyone who worked on the case and any suspects the investigation officers
turned up. As with all the books in this
highly acclaimed series there are surprises after surprises as Nelson and his
team seek to find the killer of Margaret Lacey, and the more they learn the
more they are drawn back to the past.
the 11th in the series and Ruth
Galloway still works at the University of North Norfolk, but her boss Phil is
now married to her friend Shona.DS
Judy Johnson is married to Ruth’s Druid friend Cathbad, the latter being one of
the most fascinating characters in the series. I started off being wary of him
in the early books, but now I just love him, although as wife Judy says he can
be frustratingly enigmatic, and DCI Nelson’s
wife Michelle is pregnant and due to give birth soon. But the situation between Ruth and Nelson
remains unresolved. Ruth is relatively happy with her life and things with
Frank are progressing, although the sight of them together unsettles Nelson
considerably. Will this relationship of Ruth’s force any decisions for either of
I have read
and enjoyed every book in this series, but this is the best yet. It is as always good to catch up with all the fascinating
characters that have developed over the series. And as ever an intriguing
mystery with many surprises along the way. Cleverly and intricately plotted I couldn’t
put it down and highly recommend it.
Reviewer: Lizzie Sirett
*The Crossing Places
Elly Griffiths is the author of a series of crime novels set in
England’s Norfolk county and featuring forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway.
The first in the series, Crossing Places, earned a good deal of praise
both in Griffiths’ native country, England, and in the U.S. Since then Elly has
written eleven further novels featuring forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway. The most recent is The Dark Angel. Recently she has
written a second series set in the 1950’s featuring magician Max Mephisto and
DI Stevens. There are four books in the
new series. Click on the title to read a review of Elly’s latest Max Mephisto
Book. The Vanishing Box .