- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (29 July 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849162298
- ISBN-13: 978-1849162296
- Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Janus Stone: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 2 Paperback – 29 Jul 2010
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'The setting is enticingly atmospheric. I closed the book wanting to know more... as well as feeling the satisfaction that a really intelligent murder story can give' Independent. (Independent)
Readers met Dr Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, in Elly Griffiths' acclaimed debut The Crossing Places. Here is the second novel in this bestselling series.See all Product description
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Much as I enjoyed The Crossing Places, there were plot elements that I found faintly ludicrous, and I must say the same applies (perhaps to a slightly lesser extent) here. The story follows much the same formula as its predecessor - bones are discovered, Ruth helps Harry in his investigation along with a supporting cast of recurring characters, Ruth ends up in jeopardy as a result - but it's all good fun. There's dark creepiness aplenty and a few shocks, but don't come to these books looking for gritty realism. There's a touch of pantomime about the character eventually revealed as the villain, and it all gets a little bit Hammer Horror in places.
Ruth and Harry's relationship - now platonic - remains convincing, and Harry manages to remain largely likeable despite being a man who has cheated on his wife. His slim, attractive hairdresser, that Griffiths could lazily have depicted as a airheaded cow, is in fact intelligent, kind and interested in the arts, a wise choice on the author's part as it stirs up all sorts of conflicting emotions for not just Harry and Ruth (who, while fond of each other, are in many ways profoundly unsuited to one another) but also the reader.Read more ›
The plot is well structured with the odd twist & turn to keep the interest flowing.
The description of The Salt Flats ranging from awe inspiring beauty to windswept desolation, this is the second outing for me & Ruth Galloway I'm looking forward to the third.
It's quite a difficult feat to pull off, stitching together pagan Celtic and Roman cultural practices and inserting them into a narrative based in the present. I think this book just about manages to weave together all the disparate elements into a coherent and believable story.
At times the flow of the book was a bit too fragmented, leaping abruptly from character to character. The prose was sometimes awkward and the characters were a little two dimensional. Too much was made of events occurring in the prior novel which was irritating and unnecessary. In the same vein, the author left the door open for future novels with some issues left unresolved at the conclusion of the book.
All in all a worthwhile book but think about reading the first book in the series to get the most out of this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this one I had missed it and did not read after the first book however that did not spoil my enjoyment and thought the plot to be grippingPublished 3 days ago by sustomp
Have found Ruth Galloway endearing and the story line keeps one guessing.
Definitely strong recommendation for this author and her books.