The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

12th January 2022.

I’ve always enjoyed Elly Griffiths’ books and the first novel in the Dr Ruth Galloway series is no exception. The characterisation is excellent, with sharply drawn characters and relationships that engage from the first page. The Norfolk setting and the salt marshes are evocatively described, providing a brooding background that adds to the tension.

The story is simple enough. A girl is missing in similar circumstances to another child who disappeared ten years before. Mysterious notes have been sent to DCI Nelson regarding the first girl and again when the second one disappears. When bones are found, Dr Ruth Galloway, a forensic archaeologist, is called in. The investigation brings back memories of previous digs on the marshes and past tensions.

It’s all beautifully complex and woven, leading to a dramatic climax and resolution with a neat twist.

This is definitely a series I will continue to read and enjoy.


A child’s bones are discovered on the windswept Norfolk marshes. Believing them to be ancient, the police call in Dr Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist. But this is no prehistoric grave. A cold missing person case has now become a murder investigation.

Dr Ruth Galloway is called in when a child’s bones are discovered near the site of a prehistoric henge on the north Norfolk salt marshes. Are they the remains of a local girl who disappeared ten years earlier – or are the bones much older?

DCI Harry Nelson refuses to give up the hunt for the missing girl. Since she vanished, someone has been sending him bizarre anonymous notes about ritual sacrifice, quoting Shakespeare and the Bible. He knows that Ruth’s expertise and experience could help him finally to put this case to rest.

But when a second child goes missing, Ruth finds herself in danger from a killer who knows she’s getting ever closer to the truth…

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

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