The Crossing Places

The Crossing Places

Book - 2009
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DCI Harry Nelson is haunted by the unsolved disappearance of a little girl who vanished a decade ago. When bones are found near an ancient henge in Norfolk, he asks Ruth Galloway to date them. When Ruth proves that the bones are 2000 years old, that appears to end the matter. But it's just the beginning.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2009.
ISBN: 9780771035869
Characteristics: 303 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jan 16, 2021

Very enjoyable. Moody atmosphere and introduces Ruth, an archaeologist who has decided her solitary life is all there is until she is drawn into a murder investigation. I can see her becoming more and more self confident as she goes forward. I've already order #2 in the series.

Apr 19, 2020

First in series recommended in Times

While I enjoyed the mystery and look forward to reading more of the series, I find the character portrayal of Ruth to be problematic. Is age 40 really when you become a frumpy, solitary, spinster cat lady if you are unmarried, have a successful career, and enjoy living alone? I'm not sure that harping on a woman's weight, clothing choices (40 is too old for jeans?), and marital status stands the test of time in 2019.

Apr 22, 2019

Well written. Rather melancholy mood throughout, not my preference, 3 1/2 stars.

ArapahoeKati Jan 29, 2019

You'll be sucked in by Ruth Galloway, an archaeologist turned reluctant crime-solver. Perfect if you like atmospheric settings, smart characters, history and books set in Great Britain. First in the series.

Jan 24, 2019

A little slow starting out, but not bad. There was a BIG unexpected twist at the end that made me want to read the second book in the series.

Aug 16, 2018

Elly Griffiths seems to have a good series on her hands. This mystery novel is set in Norfolk along the coast where her detective lives. Griffiths has just a limited number of characters in the story and one of them most likely is the child abductor and murderer. It becomes evident about 3/4 the way through who that might be, but, of course, not to the main characters - the archaeologist and the police detective. A good read combining police work with Iron Age myths and bones all the while the sounds of the sea and the danger of sink holes in mudflats lurk around the story. Probably a good beach read. I look forward to taking out the next book in this series.

Jun 29, 2018

Crossing Places is the FIRST in the series by Griffiths;
there are a total of 12 books in the series thru yr 2020

excellent series; I like the settings, the descriptions, the characters in the plots.

11th title in series is title Stone Circle coming out in 2019, then another new title in yr 2020

Fast reading: fascinating settings, in mostly countrysides of the United Kingdom;
Refreshing characters who are very human, not pressed out of some kind of mold.
Strong writing; Ruth Galloway is an archaeological academic expert of bones of the dead, found, dug up, buried, unearthed.

JCLCherylMY May 05, 2018

First book in the Ruth Galloway Mystery series. Highly recommend.

SnoIsleLib_MarieB May 02, 2018

Ruth Galloway, a single archaeologist living on a lonely salt marsh, becomes involved in an police investigation in this compelling first in a series featuring great plots and well-developed characters.

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