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The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
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The Crossing Places (2009)

by Elly Griffiths

Other authors: Raymond Turvey

Series: Ruth Galloway (1)

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Nice characters but the book moves slowly; not languidly and pleasant like a summer evening, but slow like standing in line too long. The plot is consistent and the mystery is okay. I really liked the Chief Inspector better than I did the main character. ( )
  RecklessReader | Jan 24, 2016 |
This was a great read - fast paced, a good plot, lots of red herrings and a nice blend of historical fact and crime scene. Ruth Galloway is also a wonderful protagonist despite her flaws. She is nearly 40, single, awkward, a size 16 and lives with her two cats in a remote house on the edge of the marshlands. This is the first in a series and I am looking to the next book when it is released. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
This was a great read - fast paced, a good plot, lots of red herrings and a nice blend of historical fact and crime scene. Ruth Galloway is also a wonderful protagonist despite her flaws. She is nearly 40, single, awkward, a size 16 and lives with her two cats in a remote house on the edge of the marshlands. This is the first in a series and I am looking to the next book when it is released. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
This was a great read - fast paced, a good plot, lots of red herrings and a nice blend of historical fact and crime scene. Ruth Galloway is also a wonderful protagonist despite her flaws. She is nearly 40, single, awkward, a size 16 and lives with her two cats in a remote house on the edge of the marshlands. This is the first in a series and I am looking to the next book when it is released. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
This was a re-read which I hardly ever do. But the 2nd time around was as good as the first. In fact, I look forward to re-reading the series again. All the characters are well-developed and interesting plots throughout the whole series. Highly recommend reading the series in order as the books build one upon the other.
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  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
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A highly atmospheric mystery set in the desolate salt marshes of England’s Norfolk coast.
 

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What the sand gets, the sand keeps forever.

Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone
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For Marge
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They wait for the tide and set out at first light.
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Ruth Galloway: Frågorna är viktigare än svaren
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When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, quirky, tart-tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives happily alone with her cats in a remote area of England called the Saltmarsh, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants — not quite earth, not quite sea. When a child's bones are found on a desolate beach nearby, Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson calls Galloway for help. Nelson thinks he has found the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing ten years ago. Since her disappearance, he has been receiving bizarre letters about her, letters with references to ritual and sacrifice, some even including quotes from the Bible and Shakespeare.

The bones turn out to be two thousand years old, but Ruth is soon drawn into the Lucy Downey case and into the mind of the letter writer, who seems to have both archaeological knowledge and eerie psychic powers. Then another child goes missing, and the hunt is on to find her. As the letter writer moves closer and the windswept Norfolk landscape exerts its power, Ruth finds herself in completely new territory — and in serious danger.
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When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, quirky, tart-tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives happily alone in a remote area called Saltmarsh near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants--not quite earth, not quite sea.

When a child's bones are found on a desolate beach nearby, Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson calls Galloway for help. Nelson thinks he has found the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing ten years ago. Since her disappearance he has been receiving bizarre letters about her, letters with references to ritual and sacrifice. The bones actually turn out to be two thousand years old, but Ruth is soon drawn into the Lucy Downey case and into the mind of the letter writer, who seems to have both archaeological knowledge and eerie psychic powers. Then another child goes missing and the hunt is on to find her. As the letter writer moves closer and the windswept Norfolk landscape exerts its power, Ruth finds herself in completely new territory--and in serious danger.

The Crossing Places marks the beginning of a captivating new crime series featuring an irresistible heroine.


Amazon Exclusive Essay: "A Bridge to the Afterlife" by Elly Griffiths, Author of The Crossing Places

The Crossing Places is set on desolate marshland in Norfolk. It is thought that prehistoric people saw marshland as sacred. Because it is neither land nor sea but a mixture of both, they saw it as a kind of bridge to the afterlife--neither land nor sea, neither life nor death. This is why they often buried treasure, or even bodies, at the edge of marshland. There have been several discoveries of so-called bog bodies, prehistoric bodies preserved in peaty marshland soil. The most famous of these is probably Tollund Man, discovered in Denmark in 1950. Tollund Man, who dates from the Iron Age, was hanged before being thrown into a peat bog. Was he a sacrifice to the gods, an offering in return for safe passage across the treacherous ground? No one really knows.

Norfolk is on the east coast of England. Less than ten thousand years ago, this land would have been part of the European landmass, now Scandinavia. It's no wonder, then, that Norse belief was strong in the area. My story is fictional but there have been many real-life archaeological discoveries on the Norfolk coast. At Holme-next-the-Sea, a wooden henge was discovered, believed to date from the Bronze Age. At the center of the henge circle was a tree, planted upside down. Was this Yggdrasil, the world tree of Norse legend? The tree on which Odin was sacrificed for the good of mankind? Again, no one knows. As Ruth, the forensic archaeologist in my book, says, "the questions are more important than the answers."

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When a child's bones are found near an ancient henge in the wild saltmarshes of Norfolk's north coast, Ruth Galloway, a university lecturer in forensic archaeology, is asked to date them by DCI Harry Nelson who thinks they may be the bones of a child called Lucy who has been missing for ten years.… (more)

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