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The Janus Stone (original 2009; edition 2010)

by Elly Griffiths

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Title:The Janus Stone
Authors:Elly Griffiths
Info:Quercus (2010), Paperback, 327 pages
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The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths (2009)

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As before, it was relatively easy to work out whodunnit, but I think this just adds to the gentle enjoyment ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
Book Description “In Elly Griffiths’s second novel starring Ruth Galloway, the forensic anthropologist, now expecting a child, undertakes a battle of wits with a deadly nemesis . . . Her inner strength as she battles social stigma and the hormonal fluctuations of pregnancy wonderfully complement the starkly wild Norfolk coast of England where Griffiths’s novels are set.”—USA Today It’s only been a few months since forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway found herself entangled in a missing-child case, barely escaping with her life. But when constructions workers demolishing a large old mansion to make way for a new development uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway—minus its skull—Ruth is once again called upon to investigate. Is it a Roman-era ritual sacrifice, or is the killer closer at hand? When carbon dating proves that the child’s bones predate the home and relate to a time when the house was privately owned, Ruth is drawn more deeply into the case. But as spring turns into summer, it becomes clear that someone is trying very hard to put her off the trail by frightening her, and her unborn child, half to death. “Delightfully twisted . . . Griffiths is a talented writer and, like its predecessor The Crossing Places, The Janus Stone exhibits her skill at character development and her ability to create a chilling and entirely believable story”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

My Review I enjoyed this 2nd book in Ruth Galloway Series. Elly Griffiths has crafted an engaging mystery that keeps the reader in suspense to the very end. It is an entertaining blend of romance, mythology, mystery, and psychological suspense which keeps the pages turning. There is a delightful humor to her writing that particularly appeals to me. The only disappointment was a somewhat rambling plot with too much going on. Of most interest to me is the relationship between Ruth and Harry Nelson which has a complicated start. All in all, the series is enjoyable and I look forward to the installment. ( )
  EadieB | Jun 1, 2016 |
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It’s been only a few months since archaeologist Ruth Galloway found herself entangled in a missing persons case, barely escaping with her life. But when construction workers demolishing a large old house in Norwich uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway—minus its skull—Ruth is once again called upon to investigate. Is it a Roman-era ritual sacrifice, or is the killer closer at hand? Ruth and Detective Harry Nelson would like to find out—and fast.

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There is plenty of action and forensic detail for thriller fans and yet mild enough for more cozy mystery people. The plot has many layers... it is quite intricate and it twists and turns upon itself making this novel a ton of fun to read. This is not a thriller sort of mystery where the main characters are constantly on the run being chased by bad guys. The pace is much slower and it is more about the characters, especially the complicated relationship between Ruth and Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson. The reader hears from the killer throughout the book...via a diary...but the killer is certainly not obvious. Figuring it out will keep you on your toes. The ending was a bit incomplete but overall I had no complaints about the book. 4 stars ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
I read this in two days because I could not put it down. I am finding this series very engaging, primarily because of the main character, Dr. Ruth Galloway, an overweight, 40ish archaeologist and forensic bone specialist. ( )
  Electablue | Apr 20, 2016 |
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4 ★

forensic archaeologist...elements of Roman mythology...British mystery...Norwich...
"Omnia Mutantu Nihil Interit: everything changes, nothing perishes." ( )
  pennsylady | Feb 11, 2016 |
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Forensics expert Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich, uncover the skeleton of a child — minus the skull — beneath a doorway. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder?

The house was once a children's home. DCI Harry Nelson meets the Catholic priest who used to run it. He tells him that two children did go missing forty years before a boy and a girl. They were never found.

When carbon dating proves that the child's bones predate the children's home, Ruth is drawn more deeply into the case. But as spring turns to summer it becomes clear that someone is trying very hard to put her off the scent by frightening her half to death...
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Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway -- minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out -- and fast. It turns out the house was once a children's home. Nelson traces the Catholic priest who used to run the home. Father Hennessey tells him that two children did go missing from the home forty years before -- a boy and a girl. They were never found. When carbon dating proves that the child's bones predate the home and relate to a time when the house was privately owned, Ruth is drawn ever more deeply into the case. But as spring turns into summer it becomes clear that someone is trying very hard to put her off the scent by frightening her half to death...… (more)

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