The Crossing Places Paperback – Sep 28 2010
|New from||Used from|
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.
Language:Chinese.Paperback. Pub Date: September. 2010 Pages: 303 Publisher: Mariner Books When SHE's Not digging up bones or other ancient Objects Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She Lives happily alone in a remote. Wild place called saltmarsh Overlooking the North Sea under Norfolk's vast skies. For company she has her cats Flint and Sparky. and Radio 4. When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier. Ruth is asked to date them. The bones turn out to be two thousand years old. and DCI Harry Nelson. who called on Ruth for help. is disappointed. He'd hoped they would be the bones of a child called Lucy who's been missing for ten years. He's been getting letters about her ever since - bizarre notes with references to ritual and sacrifice and quoting the Bible and Shakespeare. Then a second gir...
Inside This Book(Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
But that is the beginning of a beautiful friendship, as Ruth becomes more and more involved with Nelson and the investigation. Especially when another young girl is abducted. Tension increases as Ruth finds herself in dangerous positions and is threatened by the apparent murderer.
The descriptions of the coast and marshland are terrifyingly vivid, especially during storms. Ruth is made exceedingly human as she contemplates her obesity and lack of a love life. Both her life and the environment are bleak, but hardly without hope. The seeds of future installments are laid in this book, and leave us with something to look forward to. Recommended.
Forensic Archaeology Professor Ruth Galloway loves the marsh and it's isolation. She participated in a dig on the marsh ten years ago that uncovered an ancient henge. She has chosen to make her home on the lonesome wetland.
When DCI Harry Nelson is called in to investigate what looks to be child's bones discovered in the marsh, he asks Ruth for help, given her expertise. When the bones are proven to be over 200o years old, Harry is disappointed. He was hoping they were the remains of a child named Lucy, who disappeared over ten years ago. No trace of her was ever found and the case has haunted Harry ever since. But when another child is taken, it seem the marsh may hold even more secrets.
Griffith's language and descriptions capture perfectly the barren beauty of the marsh. (It made me want to visit this area) Ruth herself is an wonderful character. She isn't a cookie cutter mystery heroine. She is highly intelligent, but unsure of herself in social situations. She worries about her weight, but at the same time doesn't give a damn. She lives by herself with her cats. Ruth interests Harry -
"Like all forceful people (he calls it forceful rather than bullying), he prefers people who stand up to him, but in his job that doesn't happen ofter. People either despise him or kowtow to him. Ruth had done neither. She had looked him in the face, coolly, as an equal. He thinks he's never met anyone, any woman quite as sure of themselves as Ruth Galloway. "
The interpersonal relationship between Ruth and Harry provides an intriguing subplot.Read more ›
Given her connection to the area, it is not surprising that Ruth can't stop wondering and then searching for the truth. She's not a perfect woman, she's made mistakes, is admittedly a bit over weight and fears becoming one of those lonely women who collect a houseful of cats. For me, it makes her a compelling character who I want to know more about. I could hardly put this book down. I felt comfortable with Ruth and her life. I could easily sit down and have tea with her, and then a glass of wine later in the day. Likewise, Harry Nelson is an easy to like character. He knows his limitations and is willing to call in a specialist when needed and then readily accepts her expertise.
The coastal setting of the story is very foreign to me as I live more than a thousand miles inland, but author Elly Griffiths made it come alive. I could imagine the fogs and the heavy mist, and practically smell the salt in the air. She created two very realistic characters in Ruth and Harry that I want to learn more about. Fortunately, their stories continue in the series, and book six, The Outcast Dead is due out March 11, 2014.
Most recent customer reviews
A mystery with compelling moments of shadow and action. Now that I am used to the present tense, this book is an enjoyable read. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jane Tims
Elly Griffith's stages her exhilarating first novel on the windswept Norfolk salt marches, a low sweeping bank of sand, gravel, mud and dunes and mudflats with a lonely,... Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2010 by Walter Hypes
First Sentence: They wait for the tide and set out at first light.
Archaeologist Ruth Galloway is a single, overweight woman who lives with her two cats on the edge of... Read more