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The Stone Circle: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 11 Hardcover – 7 Feb 2019
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Delightful . . . combines professional expertise with a wry sense of humour (Sunday Times)
Griffiths supplies proof that thrillers can increase the pulse rate while tackling more serious issues (Guardian)
Ruth Galloway is one of the most engaging characters in modern crime fiction (Kate Mosse)
Griffiths has become a dab hand at plotting and cranking up the tension. The murders, and the muddled humanity of the characters, keep us turning the pages (Independent)
Elly Griffiths writes ever-more ingenious detective stories with a powerful sense of place and a varied cast of sympathetic and unusual characters. Her heroine is a winner (The Times)
Griffiths weaves superstition and myth into her crime novels, skilfully treading a line between credulity and modern methods of detection (Sunday Times)
Crime that doesn't sacrifice good writing and clever characterisation for the sake of the plot (Red magazine)
Griffiths has mastered the art of combining bizarre plots with contemporary relationship issues beautifully (Sussex Life)
Excellent writing, excellent plotting, some utterly riveting detail and always a banging good story (Liz Loves Books)
Dr Ruth Galloway faces a battle with the past in more ways than one in her 11th gripping investigationSee all Product description
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Elly Griffiths was born in London. She worked in publishing before becoming a full-time writer. Her bestselling series of Dr Ruth Galloway novels, featuring a forensic archaeologist, are set in Norfolk. The series has won the CWA Dagger in the Library, and has been shortlisted three times for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Her Stephens and Mephisto series is based in 1950s Brighton. She lives near Brighton with her husband, an archaeologist, and their two children.
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I really like Ruth Galloway, plus the other characters. The book is full of hints of Norse Mythology, old stone circles, pagan rituals plus a baby abduction and of course murder mixed with a few red herrings. In parts really gripping and in others very sad. A good mystery set in Norfolk not too far from where I live. The down side for me is the continuing saga of Ruth and Nelson. I am totally fed up with the situation between them He is married, his wife has just had a new baby, he has finally told his grown up daughters that he fathered Ruth's daughter and almost lost one of them over this and still he comes sniffing around Ruth who has no backbone to tell him to get lost. Please please can we put an end to this one way or the other, it is getting boring.
This latest story is full of the characters that are dear to all of us who live the books and then. The characters are all well rounded and utterly believable. The characters descriptions , at the end of the book, are a joy.
I love the humour that comes through and how likeable most of the characters are - not Phil, obviously. I would love to have people like them in my life - again, not Phil though. I'd especially like a 'Cathbad', with his mixture of mysticism, wisdom and practicality. As with all such series of books, the characters feel like old friends. Previous exceptions sort of apply. We need the contrasts too.
Elly weaves together the strands of the story with great expertise and leads you along the different paths of discovery with a light touch. I live the historical and archaeological bits and spend time looking them up as I go along for the journey. Thanks for the mention of chia seeds as well. They're on order and coincidentally - not Nelson's type of coincidence - I told my daughter about them and discovered she purchased some last week. I'm hoping they might help my sister and give her a much needed, simple way to improve her health.
Like all the series there are mysterious happenings, red herrings and lots of clues that aren't too obvious. As in real life, clues don't always leap out at you but are put together gradually and come together as others are investigated and eliminated.
It's all fascinating and there's always a twist, or three.
Thank you Elly. I'm now going to reread the story preceding this book and will, no doubt, read this again and again. I'd reread 'The Stranger Diaries, immediately before reading this and the local references in that, as well as the others located in Sussex, add another layer of enjoyment as I know many of them well. I grew up near Brighton and still live near it. My son even did a little work at the abandoned Cement Factory and immediately recognized the houses nearby. One of my niece's thought that clouds were made by the factory. We passed it often, on the way way to Granger, or Arundel, in times gone by and occasionally when visiting family now.
In summary, I enjoyed this book and found it as fascinating and delightful, as the others. There was tension, drama, fun and laughter; all in abundance and we'll brought together. I do hope there's more to come.
Also, I wish I could attend one of Elly's creative writing courses. Perhaps if I win the lottery.......