The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths

The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths

16th June 2022.

With a gentle, but atmospheric pace, the second Ruth Galloway novel picks up a few months after the first one finished. When a skeleton is uncovered during the demolition of an old house, her forensic skills are needed. With a missing skull and bones that are more recent in origin, this is one for DCI Nelson to investigate.

Ruth continues to remain involved as enquiries reveal the house was once a children’s home. The owners of the land and development are also drawn into the mystery, especially when the bones are carbon dated and turn out to be older than originally suspected.

As the enquiry shifts gear to investigate two missing children, someone seems intent on intimidating Ruth. From here, the story picks up pace to another classic chase climax that’s exciting and nerve jangling.

With sublime characterisation and complex relationships between key players, this is an intelligent murder mystery with plenty to savour and enjoy.


A gruesome discovery at an old children’s home lays bare terrible secrets from Norwich’s past in the second gripping mystery for Dr Ruth Galloway.

Dr Ruth Galloway’s forensic skills are called upon when builders, demolishing an old house in Norwich, uncover the bones of a child – minus the skull – beneath a doorway. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? Ruth links up with DCI Harry Nelson to investigate.

The house was once a children’s home. Nelson traces the Catholic priest who used to run the place. 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 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 desperate to put her off the scent by frightening her to death…

The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths

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