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By Elly Griffiths | Comments: ( 767 ) | Date: ( Nov 21, 2019 )

When she s not digging up bones or other ancient objects, quirky, tart tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives happily alone in a remote area called Saltmarsh near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants not quite earth, not quite sea When a child s bones are found on a desolate beach nearby, Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson calls Ga When she s not digging up bones or other ancient objects, quirky, tart tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives happily alone in a remote area called Saltmarsh near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants not quite earth, not quite sea When a child s bones are found on a desolate 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 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 and in serious dangerE CROSSING PLACES marks the beginning of a captivating new crime series featuring an irresistible heroine.


  • Title: The Crossing Places
  • Author: Elly Griffiths
  • ISBN: 9780547229898
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Elly Griffiths

Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway novels take for their inspiration Elly s husband, who gave up a city job to train as an archaeologist, and her aunt who lives on the Norfolk coast and who filled her niece s head with the myths and legends of that area Elly has two children and lives near Brighton Though not her first novel, The Crossing Places is her first crime novel.



Comments The Crossing Places

  • Brenda

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I really enjoyed getting to know Ruth and Nelson. I think I needed something without gore, cussing, psychological darkness. Not that this was light reading by any means. The salt water marsh setting was a major character, and the archeological artifacts and mythic stories added a sense of doom. I've already ordered the next two books in the series!


  • Richard Derus

    25. Pearl Ruled: THE CROSSING PLACES by ELLY GRIFFITHSRating: 1.875* of five (p126)The Book Description: When she’s not digging up bones or other ancient objects, quirky, tart-tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives happily alone in a remote area called Saltmarsh near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants - not quite earth, not quite sea.When a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach nearby, Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson calls Galloway for help. Nelson thin [...]


  • Carol Clouds ꧁꧂

    This was a very solid start to the series.Griffiths gives Ruth both a complete world and persona, without too much info dumping.I became absolutely absorbed in her story & wanted to find out what happened to the two missing girls.Some of the writing really captures the feelings of those involved; "What I'm afraid of," says Delilah suddenly in a high, strained voice, "is that one day someone asks me how many children I have and I say four, not five. Because than I'll know that it's over, that [...]


  • Kim

    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 potential for an absorbing crime fiction series and the narrative contains some interesting discussion about matters archeological. In addition, the location - the salt marshes of Norfolk in the east of En [...]


  • The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)

    Despite being a lover of crime fiction I hadn’t heard of this book or author before I was invited to go to the Harrogate Crime Fiction Awards last month. Elly’s book The Crossing Places had been shortlisted along with people like Ian Rankin and Mark Billingham and it was what she said on stage about her book having many layers that piqued my interest. What an acolade to have your book nominated and then shortlisted for such a high profile event as this, and I love that there was two debut au [...]


  • Stephanie

    The One Sentence Summary: A forensic archaeologist called in to examine a body found preserved in a salt marsh is drawn into the police investigation for two missing girls abducted ten years apart, and perhaps, into the killer’s crosshairs herself.The Meat and Potatoes: Ruth Galloway, a short, stout forensic archaeologist living in a cottage on the barren saltmarsh where she was involved in a dig ten years prior, is called to examine a body found only steps from her home. Though the body is fr [...]


  • Ivonne Rovira

    Once an author had a thought: If I set a section of this novel in present tense, it will make a contrast with the rest of the novel and the main narrator. It will breathe some immediacy into that segment and, along with italics, will really distinguish one section from another, one narrator from another. As with most innovation, lesser lights immediately fell upon it. If a section is good, wouldn’t the entire novel be even better? And won’t the present tense bestow a sense of immediacy and a [...]


  • LJ

    First Sentence: They wait for the tide and set out at first light.Archaeologist Ruth Galloway is a single, overweight woman who lives with her two cats on the edge of the Saltmarsh. DCI Harry Nelson asks for her help when human bones are found on a nearby beach. Nelson is haunted by the case of Lucy Downey, a young girl who disappeared ten years ago. A second child now disappears. Nelson believes the two cases are linked.It is always a treat to start a book by an author I’d not previously read [...]


  • Ellen

    The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths.Ruth Galloway is not your usual conforming female. She's approaching 40 years old without having married or having any children. She is a forensic archaeologist employed as a professor at the local university outside of the London area. The local she chooses to call home is in quite a desolate place that some might consider gloomy. All in all Ruth Galloway is an independent woman who thinks for herself. Ruth has a few friends (or so she thinks) that are also [...]


  • Steven

    While there was a certain amount of predictability in this novel, the ride was fun and the journey wasn't hard work, so all in all, I can say I enjoyed it immensely. :)


  • Kathy

    The only reason that I'm not kicking myself for having not started to read this series before now is that I am experiencing the thrill of a newly discovered favorite series. Nothing is sweeter in reading than that first kiss of what you know is going to be a special reading adventure. Elly Griffiths has been on my reading radar for ages, and thanks to her appearance at the upcoming Bouchercon Mystery Convention, I am finally beginning the Ruth Galloway series. Ruth Galloway is an archaeologist l [...]


  • Fictionophile

    This is the first in a series by Elly Griffiths which features Ruth Galloway,a forensic archaelogist who lives alone with her two cats in an isolated cottage on Norfolk's Saltmarsh coast.Ruth is ascerbic, solitary and strangely loveable. She works as the Head of Forensic Archaeology at the University of North Norfolk.Thirty-something and a bit overweight, she does not have much of a social life, nor does she want one. However, she is drawn to DCI Harry Nelson, the police inspector who was instru [...]


  • Stephanie

    Dr. Ruth Galloway is approached by the police for her assistance when a grave is uncovered out in the salt marsh near her home. Dr. Galloway is an archaeologist whose specialty is identifying old bones. She identifies the bones as being from the Iron Age and therefore not the body of Lucy Downey, a girl who went missing nearly ten years ago. She is asked by Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson, to review a packet of letters that had been sent to him over a period of ten years that contain a lo [...]


  • Erin Hart

    Against the eerie backdrop of the Saltmarsh—a dangerous, desolate stretch of coastline that’s not quite earth, not quite sea—forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway stirs up fears and passions among the living even as she unearths ancient remains.Although she’ll admit to being a walking cliché—she’s an overweight, unmarried, cat-loving academic—Ruth Galloway actually defies such slender classification. She’s an uncommon heroine whose acute insight, wry humor, and depth of feeling m [...]


  • SusannaW

    There is no way this is 5 star work, as indicated by the previous posters on this page. I was totally mislead by this.A University lecturer in archeology finds herself drawn into a murder case when some bones are discovered on the Norfolk coast. Another child goes missing, and the heroine becomes in danger herself as she starts receiving threatening messages.Not a bad plot line, but it is, to cut to the chase, one of the most simplistic 'crime' novels I have read. While the hermeneutic intrigue [...]


  • Andrea

    I've been wanting to make a start on this series for a couple of years, so I was glad to have the opportunity to slot this #1 instalment into one of my reading challenges.A reasonably fast-paced mystery/crime/thriller, the things I liked most about this book were the two main characters - Dr Ruth Galloway and DCI Hary Nelson - and the desolate Norfolk location. What I didn't like so much was the extremely flimsy pretext upon which Ruth, an archaeologist, was drawn into the investigation of the c [...]


  • Barbara

    When a child's bones are discovered in the saltmarsh at Norfolk, along the coast of England, Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson asks Dr. Ruth Galloway - an archaeologist at a local university - to help excavate the remains. Ruth discovers that the skeleton, which was interred with two Iron Age torques (metal necklaces), is 2,000 years old. Ruth is thrilled with the find but Nelson is disappointed. He thought the bones might belong to Lucy Downey, a five-year-old child who disappeared a decad [...]


  • Banner

    I admit that I entered into the reading of this book with certain false assumptions. An archaeologist that solves murders, conjured up images of Lara Croft and Harrison Ford. It's ok that I was wrong about that, those genres are often overrated anyway. But the pace of the book and the plot did not match the sense of adventure I was hoping for. The story was somewhat predictable and the supporting characters seemed two dimensional. I was happy to finish and was interested enough to want to keep r [...]


  • Laura

    I absolutely loved parts of this book but the second half can be summed up this way: *eye roll*I love the setting of the wild British salt marsh (even if it is fictional). And I really like the main character, Ruth, and the police detective. The writing is clumsy at times, but not to the point that the pages stop turning. Unbelievability is the problem. Ruth does something at about the halfway point that is totally out of character. The story gets very dramatic, everything but the kitchen sink i [...]


  • Susan

    This is the first novel featuring Doctor Ruth Galloway, a forensic archaeologist at the University of Norfolk. Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson has been searching for ten years for Lucy Downey, who went missing at the age of five – snatched from her bedroom. When human bones are found on the saltmarsh of the Norfolk coast, he asks Ruth to come and examine the body; hoping that he has found the body of the missing girl and that he will be able to bring her parents some peace of mind at la [...]


  • Taryn Pierson

    Is it just me, or is this book criminally under the radar? I’m not even sure where I heard about it or how it ended up on my list, but it’s certainly not one I’ve seen bandied about much. I didn’t even have any immediate plans to read it—I used an Audible credit on it out of desperation one night when the two other books I planned to read next in audio turned out not to be available in the format (#firstworldproblems).My sweet spot when it comes to mysteries and thrillers is somewhere [...]


  • Melissa

    Still on the hunt for my Caddie Maddox substitute. Ruth Galloway seems like a nice lady & all but my attention wandered too much while reading this. I feel like there's a touch of promise for this series, especially because the setting is exquisite, but since the killer reveal was quite obvious to me about 80 pages in, there's definitely some fine-tuning needed.


  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess

    5 Words: History, belief, captive, crime, mystery.I loved the narrator, but I thought the story was a bit jumpy, it didn't really flow well. I will most likely try the next book, just to see, because I do love books that blend history and crime.Full review to come.


  • Blair

    The Crossing Places was an incredibly quick and easy read. The first in a series of mystery/thriller novels based around the character of forensic archaelogist Dr Ruth Galloway, this book begins with the disappearance of a child on the gloomy Norfolk coast, a case which seems to mirror that of a still-missing girl from ten years before. When a body is dug up, police suspect it's the first girl, but it turns out to be an Iron Age sacrifice, preserved by the peat. This finding brings Ruth into the [...]


  • MightyA

    I enjoyed the suspense, enjoyed the twist and turn of the plot, the relationships of every characters, and the writing style. A lot. The narration by Jane McDowell is top of the line, and the tone (after a while) grows on me; it fits the landscape and characters portrayed. Will definitely continue the series by Elly Griffiths.


  • Manda

    3.5 stars :-)


  • PaulPerry

    In this decent procedural we are introduced to Ruth Galloway, am archaeology lecturer at a regional UK university, approaching 40, living with her two cats in a small cottage looking out across the bleak salt marshes of North Norfolk. When the police come to her to identify some bones - to determine whether they are historic or potentially those of a girl who went missing ten years earlier - she becomes part of the more a part of the investigation, and the murderer's attentions, than she'd plann [...]


  • Tweedledum

    I discovered Elly Griffith's Ruth Galloway series first through The Woman in Blue and wondered if knowing Ruth 's future would detract from the early stories. I need not have worried. Just as when you meet a new friend in life it's a real joy and privilege when they share something of their life journey with you, the same holds true in this series. Ruth Galloway proves to be a character with a real past, present and future. We see the journey she is on. Unlike Miss Marple, Father Brown, Holmes a [...]


  • Betty

    The saltmarshes off the coast of Norfolk yield a group of bones and Chief Inspector Harry Nelson asked Dr. Ruth Galloway, a bone specialist to scrutinize them. He wants to know if they could belong to Lucy, a young girl who disappeared 10 years ago. The bones are of a young girl who died during the iron ages over 2,000 years ago. Dr. Galloway asked her friends to help with a new dig to learn more about the time. The Inspector has been receiving letters taunting for not locating Lucy. The letter [...]


  • Ingrid

    Predictable and mediocre. I hope she will get better with each book.


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