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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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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 |
Deze tweede thriller van Ruth Calloway heb ik ook weer met veel plezier herlezen. Ik ben nu begonnen in het derde boek, Springvloed (met het risico natuurlijk dat ik straks geen Ruth Galloway meer kan zien , maar dat risico neem ik graag.) Ook al had ik Offersteen een tijd terug al een keer gelezen vond ik het toch een goed boek. Ik vind vooral Ruth zelf een heel leuke vrouw met een dito karakter. Ze bevalt me wel. Vandaar dat ik toch nog even met haar verder ga. ( )
  Gea1967 | 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.

I am really not sure about this book.Read the full review here ( )
  thecrimescene | Aug 17, 2013 |
Elly Griffiths' second Ruth Galloway novel is a bit of a letdown when compared to the first one. This time the 'mystery' concerns an archeological site, a children's home from the 1950s, and a strange family. Characters from the first book - Shona, Nelson the policeman, and the eccentric Cathbad - are back, only this time, the plot, such as it is, seems slowed down by too many references Ruth's last case. And really, that's the main problem - the plot is too thin to hold the weight of a full novel. The motivations for the perpetrator acting as they did were pretty implausible, and I couldn't work out why they would be so interested in Ruth and her unborn child. Because quite frankly, by the time I'd reached the halfway point, I as the reader, had become completely uninterested.

This is a shame, because I really enjoyed The Crossing Places, and was expecting another engaging read. Let's hope book 3 is better.
© Koplowitz 2011 ( )
  Ant.Harrison | Apr 28, 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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