The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

The Crossing Places

By Elly Griffiths

  • Release Date: 2009-08-06
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 48 Ratings
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WINNER OF THE 2016 CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY. A child's bones are discovered on the windswept Norfolk marshes. Believing them to be ancient, the police call in Dr Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist. But this is no prehistoric grave. It seems a cold missing person case has now become a murder investigation. A must-read for all crime fiction fans, particularly readers of Val McDermid and Ann Cleeves.

'I've never before read a crime novel in which [archaeology and detection] blend as successfully as in The Crossing Places' Shots magazine

Dr Ruth Galloway is called in when a child's bones are discovered near the site of a pre-historic henge on the north Norfolk salt marshes. Are they the remains of a local girl who disappeared ten years earlier - or are the bones much older?

DCI Harry Nelson refuses to give up the hunt for the missing girl. Since she vanished, someone has been sending him bizarre anonymous notes about ritual sacrifice, quoting Shakespeare and the Bible. He knows that Ruth's expertise and experience could help him finally to put this case to rest.

But when a second child goes missing, Ruth finds herself in danger from a killer who knows she's getting ever closer to the truth...


  • Loved it!

    By SuperSalSim
    Gripping plot, loveable characters, twists and turns, its all there
  • The Crossing Places

    By My Salted Caramel
    I enjoyed reading this book. It started a bit slow but was engaging through to the end. The end was a bit predictable (maybe because I read too much murder mysteries) except the last sentence of the book. That sentence intrigued me so much that I had to Google to find out what happened to that. :) It was not difficult since the series has 8 books now. I can understand how this book can be a crowd pleaser. We have Ruth here who is hardly the perfect female lead. She is set in your own ways that might not be everyone’s cup of tea. She is dealing with problems we mere ordinary people faces everyday. She tries her best and tries to live her life her own way, like what most of us dream to do. Elly Griffiths paints a great picture of the archaeologist and the salt marsh. I downloaded this book as a free book from iTunes and enjoyed a good winter afternoon reading it.
  • Riveting

    By ICF1026
    It's I-can't-put-it-down-til-your-finish kind of book. A great read. I like the subtle romantic play between Ruth and Harry. The author wove the brewing romance into this thriller without taking your eyes off the mystery plot. Truly riveting!
  • Great murder mystery

    By nbuck27
    I am not usually a fan of murder mysteries, I am squeamish and easily scared. I did, however, love this story. The elements of history and archeology, combined with the puzzle of "whodunnit" really kept me turning pages way after I should have turned the lights out. It has inspired me to try further mystery books in this genre, and by this talented author.
  • Wonderful!

    By North Star 32
    I just love this series of books!! I have read each one and am anxiously awaiting the next. You won't be disappointed!!