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A Room Full of Bones: A Ruth Galloway Investigation (Ruth Galloway series Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Elly Griffiths
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Night falls on Halloween eve, the museum in King's Lynn is preparing for an unusual event - the opening of a coffin excavated from the site of a medieval church. But when archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the museum's curator lying dead beside it.

Ruth and Detective Inspector Nelson are forced to cross paths once again when he's called in to investigate the murder, and their past tensions are reignited. And as Ruth becomes further embroiled in the case, she must decide where her loyalties lie - a choice that her very survival depends on.


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'The characters are constantly engaging - particularly the vulnerable Ruth - the writing is perceptive, as well as wryly humorous ... this is recommended' Spectator.

'Griffiths' excellent series is well-informed and original, and its setting in one of the bleaker corners of East Anglia is vividly evoked' Literary Review.

'Griffith's novels occupy a world where modern science and new age mysticism coexist but her characters' flights of fancy are leavened by common sense and humanity' Sunday Times.

'Like its predecessors, this is a wonderfully rich mixture of ancient and contemporary, superstition and rationality, with a cast of druids, dreamers and assorted tree-huggers as well as some thoroughly modern villains: a welcome addition to a great series' Guardian.

'Arriving to supervise the opening of a coffin, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway finds the museum curator dead. With DI Nelson, she is drawn into a sinister, life-threatening mystery that grips to its end' Woman & Home.

'a pleasing read ... exciting and with a more satisfying crime and detection element this time round as the plot is more clever and more robust' Eurocrime.

'I became utterly absorbed as the story unfolded ... Another wonderful entry in this justifiable highly acclaimed series' Promoting Crime Fiction.

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'The characters are constantly engaging - particularly the vulnerable Ruth - the writing is perceptive, as well as wryly humorous ... this is recommended' Spectator. 'Griffiths' excellent series is well-informed and original, and its setting in one of the bleaker corners of East Anglia is vividly evoked' Literary Review. 'Griffith's novels occupy a world where modern science and new age mysticism coexist but her characters' flights of fancy are leavened by common sense and humanity' Sunday Times. 'Like its predecessors, this is a wonderfully rich mixture of ancient and contemporary, superstition and rationality, with a cast of druids, dreamers and assorted tree-huggers as well as some thoroughly modern villains: a welcome addition to a great series' Guardian. 'Arriving to supervise the opening of a coffin, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway finds the museum curator dead. With DI Nelson, she is drawn into a sinister, life-threatening mystery that grips to its end' Woman & Home. 'a pleasing read ... exciting and with a more satisfying crime and detection element this time round as the plot is more clever and more robust' Eurocrime. 'I became utterly absorbed as the story unfolded ... Another wonderful entry in this justifiable highly acclaimed series' Promoting Crime Fiction.

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More About the Author

Elly Griffiths was born in London. The inpsiration for her books about forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway came from her husband who gave up a city job to train as an archaeologist. Elly lives near Brighton but often spends holidays on the wild Norfolk coast. She has two children and a cat.


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Room Full of Bones 22 Feb. 2012
By HilaryS
Format:Hardcover
I have read all the previous Ruth Galloway books, which are brilliant. Elly Griffiths then produced A Room Full of Bones, and this is even better! The same characters are still present,the story line is very gripping and parts of the story are darker than her previous books. Elly Griffiths is very good at making links between all four books and whilst this is different from her other three, the 'essense' is still the same. Don't be put off by some of the negative reviews, have a read, you will be suprised by the story line. This is not just a story book but a book that informs as well.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classy Norfolk-based thriller from Elly! 30 Dec. 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This came as a nice 'after Christmas' pressie due to its earlier than expected delivery (thanks Amazon - and Quericus!). If you've read the first three Ruth Galloway books (The Crossing Places: A Case for Ruth Galloway, The Janus Stone: A Case for Investigator Ruth Galloway, Forensic Archaeologist and The House at Sea's End: A Ruth Galloway Investigation), you won't need any prompting from me to get this one. If you haven't, then Ruth is a forensic archaeologist who specialises in bones. She works at the University of North Norfolk, and gets involved (very involved...) with Harry Nelson, of the Norfolk Police, and a wide range of other interesting, well-rounded, and very well written characters. When Room Full of Bones begins, there's been fall out from the events at the very end of Sea's End (which I won't reveal!), and it's nearly time for Kate's (Ruth's daughter) first birthday. A new neighbour, and a stunning archaeological discovery, lead Ruth and her friends into another paranormal-tinged police procedural, with a bigger part than usual for Cathbad (druid, and occasional science technician), and a move away from the Saltmarsh to other areas of Norfolk, and the horse racing world. It's easy to read, cleverly plotted, and full of quality touches. All the characters, even the cat and dog, are realistic and believable, and it's definitely recommended! It's important, though, to read the books in publication order - while the plots themselves don't follow on, you'll miss the character development if you read them randomly. If you're a fan of Phil Rickman's Merrily Watkins series, the TV series Bones (although Ruth and Harry are a long way from Temperance and Booth!), and Kathy Reich's books, you'll love this.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable 19 Feb. 2012
Format:Hardcover
Unbelievable, disappointing - never thought I would write this about a Ruth Galloway/Harry Nelson story especially after the brilliant trio that preceded it. The success of those stories involved the lively interaction both professional - and otherwise - of those two principal characters. Once they are sidelined, the story loses its grip. Nelson is halucinating on his deathbed, Ruth is more involved with her daughter and with Max, leaving others to carry the plot forward. And they end up getting mired down - literally - at the Racing Stables, stoned in an attempt to resusicate Nelson etc., etc. Too many threads, too many distractions, too much implausibility. And is Nelson really such a pussy-cat to make those promises to the perfect Michelle?
Please Elly Griffiths, go back to the original framework of the earlier books - more archaeological investigation for Ruth, more criminal investigation for Nelson, both working together - with difficulty of course - to a believable conclusion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit too much like a Jilly Cooper novel 7 May 2012
By Wendy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have absolutely loved the previous three novels in this series. The mix of archeology and forensics, together with the will they/won't they love affair between Ruth and Harry, the regular characters - such as Cathbad and of course, little Kate is a brilliant, fresh read.

Sadly, I have to admit to being a bit disappointed in this book. It rather resembled a Jilly Cooper novel to me (although less raunchy) - all the race horses and jockeys etc, with no archeology and very little detective work for Harry. In saying that, the book was fine as a one off read, especially for those new to the author, but I do hope that Elly will go back to her usual format and bring back the archeology because that is what we enjoy her work for.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths 6 Jan. 2012
By Maria
Format:Hardcover
As with all the other Elly Griffiths books this is unputdownable! The plot is fascinating and keeps you guessing throughout and I particularly like the way Elly is developing the relationship, or non-relationship, between Ruth and Nelson. She understands her characters so well that as each new situation arises their reactions are totally believable.
Each book can stand on its own merits but it is particularly satisfying following the development of the characters through each title.
As ever the setting in Norfolk is so evocative that it almost becomes a character in its own right and the details about racing stables and how they operate as well as all the information about medieval bishops and Mother Julian of Norwich is woven together in a masterly fashion. Elly manages to take us through a lot of information and a rich cast of characters without ever becoming confusing, which can be a problem in thrillers. However I feel these books are much more than thrillers and I would be interested in the unfolding story of each character even without the mystery!
Thank you Elly, and more please!
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