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A Room Full of Bones: A Ruth Galloway Investigation, Book 4 | [Elly Griffiths]

A Room Full of Bones: A Ruth Galloway Investigation, Book 4

It is Halloween night, and the local museum in King's Lynn 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, as he is called in to investigate. Soon the museum's wealthy owner lies dead in his stables, too. These two deaths could be from natural causes - but Nelson isn't convinced.
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Publisher's Summary

It is Halloween night, and the local museum in King's Lynn 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, as he is called in to investigate. Soon the museum's wealthy owner lies dead in his stables, too. These two deaths could be from natural causes - but Nelson isn't convinced.

©2012 Elly Griffiths (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Micky Butler 10-04-13
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    "Disappointing!"
    Would you try another book from Elly Griffiths and/or Jane McDowell?

    No. I have not read Ms Griffiths previous books, nor could I finish this one. It is rare that I will put a book down before completion, but there was nothing - not the characters, nor story, nor narration, that held my interest. I selected this book because the prior reviews were positive and the Audible Summary was intriguing and similar to other favorite series of the mystery genre by Louise Penny and Jacqueline Winspear. Those series feature principled and cerebral protagonists tackling misdeeds and wicked acts in rural and picturesque settings populated with sympathetic and quirky characters. This novel disappointed on all counts.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have already started Secret Daughter by Silpi Samaya Gowda. This is a totally different, but favorite genre - the complex, sweeping historical fiction set in distant and mysterious locales. I am hoping it lives up to other favorites including Kite Runner, Cutting for Stone and Shantaram.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jane McDowell’s performances?

    No, I do have and follow favorite narrators: Orlaugh Cassidy, Anna Fields, Ralph Kosham, Joe Montegna, Scott Brick, Dick Hill and others.


    What character would you cut from A Room Full of Bones?

    Sadly, I connected with none of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Davis Hammond, LA United States 10-03-13
    Janet Davis Hammond, LA United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2001

    glass lady

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    "Tired of the character"

    I am giving up on this series. I had high hopes with the first book, but for me, Ruth Galloway has become too much of a silly, weak, insecure character. One wonders how she managed to complete a terminal degree. I would have stopped after book 3 but had already bought #4. We spend entirely too much time in Ruth's head and she has really ridiculous imaginings and flights of fancy. Ridiculous moments of idiotic panic over nothing. A little is fine, but there is too much, almost like filler for filler's sake.
    The reader (McDowell) does a fair job with general narration and most of the female voices. But in dialogue and if she has to use emphasis for any of the characters or be forceful/gruff for a male character, it just does not work. They sound hollow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 07-24-13
    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not really investigated by Ruth"

    I started the series with this book. And I will give it a go with book one, but I was disappointed. It's called a Ruth Galloway investigation, but she barely investigates anything, and doesn't know what is going on outside her egocentric world most of the time. it's generally accepted that the title character in a mystery book is going to be in the middle of all the action, or fully immersed in finding out what happened, but you're not going to get that with this book. I am hoping that this is an abberation in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Monnah SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 02-22-13
    Monnah SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Elly Griffiths' story lines r very interesting."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Room Full of Bones to be better than the print version?

    I like both her print and listening versions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Room Full of Bones?

    Her description of the salt marshes always fascinate me.


    What aspect of Jane McDowell’s performance would you have changed?

    I would not change anything.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Archeology and Australia come together in an intriguing mystery. Rituals as old as bones reach out from the grave.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Canada 08-27-12
    Tracy Canada 08-27-12 Member Since 2012

    A long time reader and listener - I just can't get enough of Audible! (Especially mysteries and Buddhist texts and history and ...etc!

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    "A Good British Mystery"
    Would you listen to A Room Full of Bones again? Why?

    Yeah, sure, it was a good listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the archaeological bent, and the characterization of Ruth and her circle of friends.


    What aspect of Jane McDowell’s performance would you have changed?

    Well, I would have liked a less 'uptight' sounding narration.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Farmer 07-09-12
    C. Farmer 07-09-12
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    "Another great story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Room Full of Bones to be better than the print version?

    audio brings the story to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interaction of the characters and a good story


    What does Jane McDowell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Make you feel like you are in the story and these are people you know.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Lawrence State College, PA USA 06-29-12
    Frank Lawrence State College, PA USA 06-29-12 Member Since 2014

    Cougar

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    "Outstanding book, great mystery"

    I was very impressed by the narrator. Ms. McDowell made this book great with her reading of a room full of bones. One of the best books I have had the pleasure of listening to this year. I look forward to other books in this series and I hope to find others that Ms. McDowell narrates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    WANDA 01-15-13
    WANDA 01-15-13
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    "Secular, politically correct, pagan, pedantic"

    Mystery was okay but played a minor role to the social, political & religious commentary which dominated the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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