Ruth Galloway receives a phone call that bears shocking news. A friend of hers from college, Dan Golding, has been killed in a fire at his Lancashire home. Her shock turns to alarm when she gets a letter from Dan. He has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever but he needs Ruth's advice. Even more alarming, he sounds vulnerable and frightened. DCI Harry Nelson is also rediscovering his past. Up north for a holiday, he meets his former colleague Sandy MacLeod, now at Blackpool CID. Sandy tells him there are strange circumstances surrounding Dan Golding's death. Many of those who worked with Dan seem to be afraid.
Many have secrets to hide. Ruth is drawn deep into the mystery, and where she goes, so does her toddler daughter, Kate. This time, it's not just Ruth's life at risk.
©2013 Elly Griffiths (P)2013 Quercus Publishing Plc
Action, suspense, great characters and a well-written story. I am getting used to the narrator/voices in my head disconnect (you know, when what you're hearing isn't how you thought the characters should sound ); Ms Corbett is absolutely capable-her men sound like men, her accents are amazing, and I like her voice.
If you're up for a decent forensic series without a lot of gore and isn't going to leave you unable to sleep at night, allow me to suggest this entire series. And I do suggest you start at the beginning to get the full flavor of how things are put together and who these people are.
And I'm delighted to say that while this series is beginning to flag a bit, it is still a solid 4 stars.
Always looking for twists in a story that surprise me!!!!
Ruth remains one of my favorite mystery characters. She is very real with believable strengths and weakness. Like all of us she is always second guessing herself. DCI Nelson and the Druid Cathbarth, other characters in these tales, are well developed with their own strengths and weakness. Ms. Griffiths' books, well plotted and riveting until the last paragraph, leave the reader wanting more.
Have re-discovered "quality time." Evenings listening to good books have replaced mindless tv watching. What a difference!
The Ruth Galloway series is well-written and interesting, with good continuing character development throughout. Ruth is an archeologist who tends to always become involved in forensic activities, so has developed a strong relationship with some of the local police, as well as her friends from the university where she teaches.
In this book, Ruth receives a letter from a friend from an earlier time in her life, just after he has been killed in a fire, hinting at a stupendous archeological discovery. Ruth feels she must travel to Pendle University where he taught to investigate. So she sets out with her young daughter. Her friend Cathbad the druid is there, and so, conveniently, is Nelson, the policeman who is also father to her child.
As she looks into the discovery, dark and strange events begin to occur. Someone does not want her there, and will go to great lengths to get her to leave.This is a very good series. But it is always frustrating that Ruth manages to put herself into otherwise avoidable danger. In this book, it is her daughter who is at risk.
If the reader simply accepts that an intelligent woman with a young child seems to take chances that always lead to danger, this, like all the others, is a good book. It has good interaction among the characters beyond the mystery itself. I had read all the previous books, and this was the first with a narrator I have listened to. I was unimpressed with Clare Corbett's interpretation of male voices, but when she was simply reading the story itself, she was quite good.
Go back to Jane McDowell as your narrator. Clare Corbett is irritating right from the beginning but when she starts to do the "voices" of the various characters she becomes unbearable. She is not able to keep the voices consistent with the associated characters and her idea of the local accents is just insulting. I could not finish listening to this book and will read it instead.
Change your narrator and a book should be read not performed!!!
Didn't read print version.
BRING BACK Jane McDowell! Clare Corbett is a terrible match for these characters! I'm going to finish the book, bit I'm dreading hearing the male characters talk. I can't comment on their accents, but she sounds as if she's doing parodies of male voices.
I must remember that Elly Griffiths likes to write in the present tense and I dont like listening to stories written in the present tense. Whilst the story was interesting enough I found that the tense grated on me and I spent more time listening for that than I did for the plotlines. Shame, the premise is good, the locations mean something to me but I wont be getting any more.
I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)
This 5th volume is my favorite of the series. I appreciated the different setting: Blackpool sees Ruth consulting on recent find by her old college chum (now dead in a mysterious fire.) Druid friend Cathbarth and Kate are in tow.
DCI Nelson and wife are vacationing in Blackpool, visiting his mother. Naturally, the 3 become entangled in solving the mystery behind archaeologist Goldingls fiery death.
I like the introduction to Nelson' family (his mum is a hoot and bonds quickly with Cathbarth) as well as his old "stomping" ground and colleagues. I look forward to seeing more of Sgt Tim (hoping he will follow Nelson back south, as he is an intriguing character.)
The mystery holds together fairly well and Kate isn't too much an intrusive part of the story (I typically prefer the surly loners). I actually find myself looking forward to seeing how Griffiths handles Kate's aging.
Some of the transitions between scenes are a bit choppy, but I suspect this is due to the format (probably wouldn't be as harsh in text.)
Narrator handles the different accents and characters with aplomb.
Highly recommend to any mystery lover.
I wont critique this book....I leave that to others who are more erudite than I. But do snuggle down with an Elly Griffiths mystery and prepare to be awake all night, wanting to listen all the way to the end. The Crossing Places is the first book of the Ruth Galloway series... listen to them in order.
I do want to recommend "cruising" around the Audible website. Elly Griffiths was a happy discovery for me, along with Kate Atkinson, Louise Penny and Deborah Crombie, authors I hadn't previously read but who are now numbered among my favorite contemporary mystery writers.
Oh, good grief, I almost forgot Peter May...The Black House and The Lewis Man were just outstanding and I'm so disappointed that Audible doesn't have the US publishing rights for the third book, The Chessmen. Nevertheless, whether you listen or read, this is such a good trilogy... a cut above his other books, which are lighter in tone.
The narrator attempted to do several accents. If I were from Yorkshire, I would have been offended. Just because someone has an accent is no reason to make them sound stupid. The regular narration was so soft, I had to turn the volume way up. Even then, I could hardly hear it. But the "accents" were so loud and horrible that the dialogue seemed as if it were being yelled. Even the poor two year old screamed every single word of her dialogue. All in all, a ridiculous circus that really detracted from the book.
Bring back Jane McDowell or find another native English speaker who doesn't find it necessary to create cartoon voices for a classic English mystery. I enjoy Ruth Galloway and her band of quirky characters as long as the narrator is not trying too hard.
"Hugely enjoyable series"
As I currently have a visual impairment the audio edition is a lifesaver for me!
The continuing story of Ruth Galloway and friends. If you have never read any of this series I would suggest starting at the beginning.
Yes I have listened to many of her performances and she is definitely one of my favourite narrators. This is one of her best performances, she really makes you feel a part of the story and the characters lives.
It is not an unputdownable gripping story but it does draw you in over the course of the book.
I love the Ruth Galloway series and would highly recommend it. This is not the best in the series as the story gets a little silly in places but I still loved it!
I have enjoyed all of Elly Griffiths books about Dr Ruth Galloway.
What a pity the publisher changed the reader for this unabridged book.
The general narration was fine but I thought this reader was very poor on the mens' voices..
A good story spoiled for me by this.
If there are any more planned, please revert to the original reader.
This is Elly Griffiths at her best, unfortunately at is ruined by one thing; the narrator's characterisation of Cathbad's voice.
The story is classic Ruth Galloway and it cannot be faulted, the usual suspects are all there, with the twist that the main plot is set on the Lancashire coast. Most of the voice characterisations, which is very important when listening to a book, are fine. The voice of Cathbad, however, is dreadful. The Druid grew up in rural Ireland and has spent his adult life, as far as we have been informed thus far, in Manchester and rural Norfolk; the narrator makes him sound as though he were a bad actor trying to portray the result of a Home Counties upbringing coupled with Eton and Oxbridge.
The book itself would be a definite "five stars", but I just cannot do the same for this audiobook as a whole.
"Back on Form"
Great to see the author back on form. In this book we discover more about our favourite characters from the previous books and also discover new characters added to the family. I have to say I loved Nelson's Mum and her interpretation of Cathbads name.
I bought this novel without reading any synopses as I like the author so much. So imagine my surprise settling down on my train trip to Blackpool from Scotland to discover the book set in and around the blackpool area, which brought the whole story alive for me as I knew where Ruth and Kate were located.
Superb read that had me laughing, crying and near the end so shocked I could hardly breath and shouting aloud "Oh NO!: If you read you may discover why lol.
I Highly recommend this book.
"Not for me"
I like a fast-paced thriller and, sadly, this is not one. I have listened as far as chapter 12 and not a lot has happened. An archeologist friend of our heroine has died (prologue) and she has gone to Blackpool to investigate the archaeology he was involved with. She has received a threatening text message. Apart from this, the story is full of descriptions of characters and places, which didn't hold much interest for me.
I appreciate that many others have enjoyed this book, so it is obviously something to do with my own preferences which has put me off.
This is a great book and I love the whole Ruth Galloway series but WHY did they change the narrator? Her voice as Ruth was fine but the mens voices were BAD and it was only because the story was so gripping that I kept listening.
"Don't Laugh when you hear the Male parts"
This is a good story and an interesting development in the series, that allows new characters and places to be introduced.
Although stand alone it is best if you read/listen to the earlier books first.
The downside is that if you listen to them you're used to the earlier narrator - the new one takes some getting used to!
Narration of the female parts is very good. Unfortunately the narration of the male parts isn't. The narrator struggles with making the male voices believable for me which was initially difficult but after a while you get used to it......until the next new male character arrives. Unfortunately these were male lancastrians - looking at the next question, did it make you laugh - yes the narration did, but for the wrong reasons.
Grit your teeth, at some of the narration and persevere - it's worth it.
"You might have to grit your teeth"
I would recommend this story, with the warning that you may have to grin & bear some of the 'voices'. Fortunately, the story was enough to keep me hooked.
A different narrator would have improved the book out of sight. The men's voices were awful - I almost pictured the narrator putting her chin down to her chest to try & deepen her voice - and I considered giving up the story two or three times. I decided to hang in there, though, because I was interested enough in the story.
"Solid but not riveting"
The plot is OK, but the way the threads are brought together at the end lacks a little in terms of coherence.
I liked the main characters but found the climax too contrived based on what had gone before.
A more realistic climax based on what one has previously learned about the characters. Realistic does not mean unsurprising but rather that it should be acceptable.
Try a different author.
"Would make great TV"
A great story with good characters and a more modern setting than many of this type - detective/crime/mystery. My only bugbear is that the female narrator uses silly voices to characterize the male characters which sound really odd to my ears. I actually found it harder to imagine the male characters because of this rather then easier and I nearly gaave up entirely. I wish female actors didn't feel the need to do this, if male actors spoke female lines in falsetto it would be ridiculous.
I would definitely listen to another Elly Griffiths story if it was narrated by a different actor.
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