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The Crossing Places (2009)

by Elly Griffiths

Other authors: Raymond Turvey

Series: Ruth Galloway (1)

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I learned a lot about archeology and it was interesting how Ruth and her profession tied into the mystery. I must say that towards the end I had already guessed who the abductor was, but the book kept my interest throughout every chapter. ( )
  Dnaej | Mar 14, 2014 |
I learned a lot about archeology and it was interesting how Ruth and her profession tied into the mystery. I must say that towards the end I had already guessed who the abductor was, but the book kept my interest throughout every chapter. ( )
  Dnaej | Mar 14, 2014 |
I found this a bit uneven--well written and atmospheric for the most part, especially evocative of the landscape, but also manipulative, especially with the interspersed segments from the lost girl's point of view but also with the turn away from crime novel towards thriller/suspense at the end. I didn't buy at all the whole "now she knew what it was to be a mother" stuff, though I guess that was meant to set us up for Ruth's pregnancy. At times the author just seemed to be trying to hard, but I can imagine a writer who does this well at the first one in a series may relax into her characters more in the next ones.
  rmaitzen | Feb 7, 2014 |
Dr. Ruth Galloway is an archaeologist who is asked by Det. Chief Harry Nelson, to look at some bones that were discovered by a saltmarsh. He has worked on the disappearance of a young girl ten years ago and hopes that these bones might be hers, so her family can have some closure.

The bones turn out to be very old so that doesn't help Harry but Ruth enjoyed working with him and they become friends.

The setting is a saltmarsh close to Ruth's home. She lives quietly with her two cats and two neighbors, one of whom is the bird warden, the other home is owned by weekenders.

Harry has been tormented at not being able to solve this case. He has also been getting taunting letters about not finding the girl or the girl's killer. Since the letters have literary and archaeological references, he asks Ruth to look at them. Then, another little girl is abducted and Ruth agrees to help again.

Ruth is well portrayed and we observe her compassion for the families of the lost children. Harry is also a well described character. There is also a good blend of action and drama.

I enjoyed reading about the archaeological digs in the saltmarsh and learning more about Ruth and Harry. Ruth is described as being overweight and in the concluding segments of the novel, her weight is important to the story's suspense. ( )
  mikedraper | Feb 2, 2014 |
Quick read. I didn't appreciate her writing style. She wrote in present tense. (Nelson looks to the right and voila!!) And the book didn't feel "believable". This story felt way too contrived.... people from her past showing up, connections between lost girl #1 and lost girl #2, etc.) ( )
  bpreed | Jan 8, 2014 |
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A highly atmospheric mystery set in the desolate salt marshes of England’s Norfolk coast.
 

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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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Product Description 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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