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A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths

A Room Full of Bones

by Elly Griffiths

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Series: Ruth Galloway (4)

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It is Halloween, and a museum is preparing for an unusual event: the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the museum's curator lying dead beside the coffin. It is only a matter of time before she and DI Nelson cross paths once more. Then the wealthy owner of the museum is discovered dead and threatening letters appear. Ruth and Nelson must discover how Aboriginal skulls, drug smuggling and the mystery of the “dreaming” hold the answers. A lot of suspense and more occult than usual. ( )
  pennykaplan | Dec 17, 2018 |
A private museum hosts a grand opening of a recently-discovered 14th century AD archbishop's coffin. Unfortunately, when Ruth Galloway arrives early, she finds the curator's dying body next to the coffin.

I was afraid these were becoming formulaic, but this one was quite different from the earlier stories. But Ruth seems curiously ignorant here of many aspects of her profession. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Dec 16, 2018 |
I quite liked the earlier books but they get more dull as one moves through the series. I wish the main character had at least one good relationship. Even her friendships stink and she doesn't seem able to see she is the culprit- so judgmental. I liked her in the first book when she was intelligent and capable before she became such a depressive drudge. ( )
  Omegawega | Mar 31, 2018 |
Best of the series so far! I'd give 4.5 stars if I could! Love the little bits of history and archeology that are sprinkled in. ( )
  catzkc | Mar 23, 2018 |
Elder sibling to cozy mysteries (just can't get into those) this series about an anthropologist (who works w/police upon occasion) has done a fine job of creating characters who are interesting. I care about what happens about them, so will continue reading.
Good research on historic happenings.
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  kmajort | Feb 9, 2018 |
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The English writer Elly Griffiths loves contradiction. In A Room Full of Bones, she gives us a possibly homicidal animal rights’ activist married to a trainer of racehorses. Then there’s the recently wedded police detective, female, who is having an affair with a man who turns out to be a suspect in a murder case. And, also typically for Griffiths, we get the dashing druid whose day job is as a dreary man of science at its most humble level.

This list, tantalizing in its promises, doesn’t include Griffiths’s two central characters, both of whom, adorable as they are, represent scads of contradiction. DCI Harry Nelson is the ace sleuth in all of North Norfolk, somewhat abrupt by nature and super organized (Harry loves lists). Ruth Galloway, rather overweight and inclined to the solitary life, heads up the forensic archeology department at the University of North Norfolk.

In the previous three books in the series, Harry and Ruth were frequently thrown together in the interests of solving murders. On the one momentous occasion they slept together, the intimacy led to Ruth’s pregnancy and later to the birth of Kate. A baby daughter suited the single Ruth just fine. Harry, on the other hand, had to answer to the beautiful Michelle, to whom he has been happily married for 20 years.

In the new book, the triangle of cause and effect involving Harry, Ruth and Michelle is played for all it’s worth, which is plenty in terms of melodrama. The current state of the complicated relationships pumps up the emotional level over that of the earlier books, giving a new density to the series, a sense that events are no longer taking place exclusively on the surface.

Meanwhile, Harry and Ruth must deal with an inexplicable upswing in local drug trafficking, two unfathomable deaths, some funny business at a horse racing stable, numerous interventions by the druid fellow, and countless episodes of mysterious contradiction. Just typical reading time in the company of Elly Griffiths’s friendly, funny and involving series.
added by VivienneR | editThe Toronto Star, Jack Batten (Mar 24, 2012)

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Griffiths, Ellyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Franci-Ekeler, Elssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Handels, TanjaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kennedy, MarthaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lönnroth, AnnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McDowell, JaneNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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two dead - one coffin
ruth adapting to motherhood
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When a local museum curator is found dead, Ruth Galloway and DCI Harry Nelson must discover the link between the museum, Aborigine skulls and drug smuggling to solve this mystery.

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