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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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In the second book in the series, Griffiths overcomes my fear about Ruth Galloway's body-hatred turning me away by making her a fully realized person. I enjoy her hopeful, cranky, smart take on the world. I love how she is determined to have the life she wants. The mystery is engaging enough although noticeably implausible unlike the [[Louise Penny]] series where the mystery is implausible, but you don't actually notice. The setting is great although not as fully realized as the setting in the [[Peter Robinson]] Alan Banks series. But, as with most series mysteries, the key is in having great characters where we care about them and their relationships to the other great characters. Griffiths is building something here that I certainly intend to continue reading. If you like Penny and/or Robinson or other non-cozy series try this. Try KC Constantine first, but as soon as your done with that, give this a go. ( )
  nancyewhite | Jun 6, 2014 |
The Janus Stone is the second Ruth Galloway mystery by Elly Griffiths, set in atmospheric and history-rich Norfolk County in England. Ruth, a forensic archeologist, is called to a building site after the bones of a child are found during the demolition of an old building to make way for luxury condos. The site was once a medieval churchyard, possibly a Roman villa before that and in its most recent incarnation, a home for orphan children, which closed in the 1980s. When Ruth finds that the bones are relatively recent, from the 1970s, DCI Harry Nelson becomes involved in the case; they soon discover that the house had been owned by a prominent family, the current generation of which owns the construction company responsible for creating the condo project; which is to say, a family with secrets who have more reason than anyone to deter any investigation into the past. As Ruth learns more, she finds herself the target of bizarre pranks - pranks that might be designed to scare her, or perhaps to kill her.... This second novel in Griffiths' series confirms that it's a series worth reading. Aside from the relationship between Ruth and Nelson, we get a lot of history, a story about a Christian orphanage that does not include abuse (for a welcome change) and a smattering of information about Roman religious practices and mythology. All good fun for this reader; recommended! ( )
1 vote thefirstalicat | May 2, 2014 |
loved this mystery! ( )
  leefielding | Sep 29, 2013 |
#2 in the Ruth Galloway mystery series centering around a middle aged female archaeology professor living in the north of England. Excellent series. Read them in order or they won't make sense! ( )
  Readers_Respite | Sep 22, 2013 |
The Janus Stone is the second in the Ruth Galloway series by author Elly Griffiths. Ruth and the University are on a dig in Norwich at a suspected Medieval churchyard prior to some building works taking place on the site. While excavating a body of a six year old girl turns up. As usual DCI Nelson is called in. The site used to be a former Catholic children's school where two children went missing during the 1970's. DCI Nelson begins to investigate uncovering child deaths and Ruth's life put in danger.

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  thecrimescene | Aug 17, 2013 |
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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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