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by Elly Griffiths

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Title:The Janus Stone: A Ruth Galloway Investigation: A Case for Investigator Ruth Galloway, Forensic Archaeologist
Authors:Elly Griffiths
Info:Quercus (2010), Paperback, 329 Pages
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Rating:****
Tags:Crime & Mystery Fiction, British Crime Fiction, Review

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The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths (2009)

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3.5 stars This is a fun detective series for light reading. The main character is a rather simple, down-to-earth archaeologist who lives in a remote area in Norfolk County England. In each volume she gets involved with the police detectives using her expertise to lend assistance to their investigations. There is an underlying plot line about her personal life and you get to know the various characters that surround her. This is just fun, no great writing or deep thought, but good fluff for beach or bedtime. ( )
  beebeereads | Dec 20, 2016 |
As The Janus Stone begins, Dr. Ruth Galloway, head of the forensic archelogy at the University of North Norfolk, is called to a dig site in the town of Norwich. A very large Victorian style house and accompanying grounds are being massively modified and rebuilt into seventy-five luxury apartments. Edward Spens, owner and builder, is moving fast on his project and won’t be happy that with any delay. That is too bad for him, as bones have been found which is why Dr. Galloway has been called to the site.

The bones, minus the skull, appear to be human and of a child. Since she can’t determine their age just by looking at the bones, it seems to best to contact the police. That means Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson and his team are soon onsite and working the case. Whether the bones come from the time of Romans ruling England or far more recently, is one of the many puzzles at work in The Janus Stone.

Following by just a few months after The Crossing Place both Nelson and Galloway are dealing with the events of the case. Those repercussions continue to play a role in their lives while they work the current case. Both characters continue to develop in this second book of the series, as do many of the secondary characters.

Even if one was unaware that there is a long running series, it would be clear from reading the books that author Elly Griffiths intended to continue building on the vast family of people and relationships that were established in The Crossing Places. While archeology and history have important roles in this book and series, they are secondary to the mystery itself as well as those relationships. Events have consequences and repercussions and those are present here in a major way for several characters as are the issues with the complicated new case. The result is another very good read in an intriguing series.

Like all really good series, this one must be read in order.

The Janus Stone: A Ruth Galloway Mystery
Elly Griffiths
http://www.ellygriffiths.co.uk/
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
http://www.hmhbooks.com
January 2011
ISBN# 978-0-547-23744-2
Hardback (also available in paperback, audio, and eBook formats)
352 Pages (includes 15 pages of the next book in the series)
$25.00

Material was obtained via the Plano Public Library System to read and review.

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  kevinrtipple | Dec 9, 2016 |
My second of Ruth Galloway series. A good easy read. Enjoyed it very much. ( )
  libraryclerk | Oct 31, 2016 |
After reading book 1 of this series, which I enjoyed, I wondered whether the series could develop. Having read this second book, which I again enjoyed, perhaps even a little more, I continue to wonder how it can develop. But I really want to find out. This book is very well plotted and the characters have developed, some in surprising directions. I have purchased book 3 and look forward to reading it. ( )
  johnwbeha | Oct 4, 2016 |
I preferred the first book in the Dr. Ruth Galloway series to this second book. It lacked a bit of oomph, but perhaps that was because our protagonist was in the early stages of pregnancy.

I still enjoyed the historical bits on Roman Britain. The plot itself was a bit dragged out and I didn't guess the perpetrator until well into the book.

The relationship development continues between our Forensic archeologist and Detective Nelson. It's appealing enough that I'll continue to the next book.

Overall this is a quick, easy read and good for relaxing after a long day. ( )
  Zumbanista | Jul 27, 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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