Wednesday 9 September 2020

The Crossing places by Elly Griffiths

Hardcover, 304 pages

Published January 5th 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published February 5th 2009)

Series: Ruth Galloway #1



I do not read many mysteries, or thrillers (not counting historical), so when I was recommended this one I just did not know. But then I picked it up, and then I binged it.

Ruth is 40, an archaeologist. Lives with 2 cats. And likes her life just as it is. Then a cop shows up asking for her help with the remains found in an henge. Two girls are missing.

And Ruth was perfect, I liked how she helped solve the murder, I'd love this as a tvshow btw. She doesn't always make the best decisions, but that makes her human.

Good mystery too. I had my suspects, and I was pretty good this time around.

Final thoughts: Yes, I would totally recommend it


Forensic archaeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway is in her late thirties and lives happily alone with her two cats in a bleak, remote area near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants—not quite earth, not quite sea. But her routine days of digging up bones and other ancient objects are harshly upended when a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach. Detective Chief Inspector Nelson calls Galloway for help, believing they are the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing a decade ago and whose abductor continues to taunt him with bizarre letters containing references to ritual sacrifice, Shakespeare, and the Bible. Then a second girl goes missing and Nelson receives a new letter—exactly like the ones about Lucy. Is it the same killer or a copycat murderer, linked in some way to the site near Ruth’s remote home?


  1. Sounds promising, but like you, I don't really do thrillers or "real life" mysteries much anymore. I don't know why. So glad you took a chance and liked it!

  2. Oh cool. I don't read many thrillers either but I want to give them a try.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  3. This sounds fab and i LOVE mysteries and thrillers

  4. I really like the sound of this one. I have yet to read this author but it sounds like a good book.

  5. Sounds good, I usually find when I do get into a thriller or suspense they are gripping reads.

  6. Jen
    I am on book 5 now, I am hooked

    Maybe I am getting old, lol

    Reading F
    Read them!

    She is really good

    They made me want more

  7. I don't read many mysteries or thrillers but this sounds good. I've heard good things about her books and I've meant to try her books one day.

  8. Elysium
    I do recommend them! :D

  9. Yep, I need this series. How/who did she end up pregnant by? Sounds like not much of a future with the guy from your last review.

  10. Rachel
    The cop she worked with, they had a moment when they wallowed on misery

  11. Hmm, I don't really do mysteries either, but now I want to give this one a try. I just binged on a few rom-com romances so this will be perfect!

  12. I would want to be her friend!



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