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. Then a second girl goes missing and Nelson receives more letters.
Soon it becomes clear that Ruth is in grave danger from a killer who knows that her expert knowledge is being used to help the police with their enquiries.
©2009 Elly Griffiths; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Archaeology and crime detection, this book tries to comnine the best of both and does the job well enough to please this reader. The main characters are fun, I would have liked to have more archaeology spelled but obe can't have everything.
Archeology, excitement, mud
If you choose to read with an accent, you must master that accent! The Norwegians sounded like a mix between Russians and Indians. That ruined it quite a bit for me.
There is much emphasis on the main charachter's weight. It is stated that she is fat, has problems moving about and can't find ordinary clothes. But she's not even 80 kiloes. That's a bit hysterical, isn't it?
Like many other readers, I pegged the killer early on and even if Erik wasn't guilty of that crime, it was easy to assign him villain status because he was just such a jerk. Seriously, why did Ruth put up with his crap? Other than her having low self esteem for form's sake, that is. Can't we just once have a professional, successful woman who isn't chewed up with insecurity? I mean a little, sure, but this woman was forever second-guessing herself and running herself down. Between that and the info-dumps delivered as mini-lectures to a conveniently ignorant cop, I just couldn't warm to Ruth despite having a lot in common with her. This series has caught my attention now and again over the years (mostly because some editions have great covers) and now I've tried one, I won't be tempted again. Also, It must be like the rule that if a cat appears in the first act it must die by the third.
I wanted to like this book, but I just didn't think it was going to get any more exciting. I actually ended up returning it because I just couldn't make it through the book.
Well written, well researched procedural with interesting characters and an interesting archeological setting. Not particularly deep, but overall an entertaining read.
By chapter 6 you knew who the culprit is. And, the readers performance was terrible. Either change tones for each character consistently or don't do it at all. Also, was that supposed to be a Norweigen accent? Half the time it sounded Scottish.
see him as the bad guy, guilty party?? would be curious to read another to see if that carries.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked how all the characters were mostly normal with a little odd thrown in. It made them relatable and believable. It was so refreshing to have a lead female character who wasn't "a supermodel who doesn't know how gorgeous she is!" I liked that she struggled with her appearance and got tired and overwhelmed. She is a little socially awkward which fitted into her chosen lifestyle - living alone in a remote area. I will definitely continue with this series.
This was entirely predictable, and underwhelming. The characters never developed, and the suspense never really felt organic. The performance was well done, but a great performance can only help mediocre source material so much.
I liked the writing but the story line was very predictable (and my husband teases me I don't see plots coming) the police work was sketchy which made it hard to believe at times. A nice easy read and entertaining but not amazing.
"Story good ....."
The story was good but I found the narrative very flat and slow. On numerous occasions I had to jump back a good 15 minutes or more because my mind had drifted off and I'd realised the story was at a part that i had no recollection of the the journey getting there. You know when you drive to a place so often that once you're there you think....wow I just don't recall any of that journey! Well that's what happened on many an occasion to me during this book. I really don't think it's the authors fault though.
I shall give the author another go though but with a different narrator. The narrator does have a nice voice but just not for story telling.
I did persevere to the end but it was a hard slog and I couldn't wait for it to finish.
"Good story, narrator not great"
Woeful accents started to grate on my nerves but I enjoyed the story and when speaking as "Ruth" the accent wasn't an issue.
I would recommend this to a friend, because it's a refreshing change from your standard 'detective inspector' or 'PI' angle.
I don't do spoilers...silly question!
She's not top league, but is a good steady female reader, without any annoying flaws or impediments. She's even a dab hand at dry wit!
Actually, there were some emotional moments...but, again, no spoilers!
I wish Audible would dispense with this silly question and answers process for writing reviews. Make it an option, so that if we want to write freely, we can.
"Excellent Story !"
It's well up towards the top and far superior to Patricia Cornwell.I was born,as were all of my forbears,in Norfolk,and I still live here.Some of our coast is like this,but a lot is far more pleasurable to visit.
I enjoyed all of it very much.
I don't know why other reviewers say she had a baby ! That does'nt happen in this book !!!
"promising first in series"
The setting and the characters I liked.
I disliked the repeated references to the main character being fat, single and a cat owner. Must have been in every chapter. Why?
Yes. Reviews suggest the books get better. I like the setting and the theme so will consider them promising. I hope later novels will have less obvious outcomes.
Accents. Disliked generic northern and the Norfolk accent sounded more like generic west country.
For its potential. The plot was predictable very early.
I could easily envision this as a made-for-TV Sunday evening thriller that everybody would sleep through. A bit by-the-numbers in plot and writing.
"Entertaining murder mystery"
I didn't think much of the narrator, especially when she attempted any accents! (Glad there were no Scots characters, given her comic delivery of Irish folk.) The story is interesting even though it wouldn't stand up to critical analysis, and it gives a new lease of life to the old unPC expression "Normal for Norfolk", even though the most eccentric characters are incomers. I did like the historical and archaeological elements which added depth, and the avoidance of excessive focus on sex or violence. I tend to listen to lighter books than those I read, and I don't want too much prurient voyeurism at bedtime!!
I was horrified to hear Ruth declare that at 39, she was too old for jeans...
"Kept me listening but a guessable end. "
Nicely read, good story. A bit of a "who done it" but I guessed the ending. The final chapter felt like a science conclusion where all points are discussed and an ending given.
"Archaeological high jinks in Norfolk"
A satisfyingly imperfect heroine makes this story satisfyingly close to perfect...it is very pleasant to read about normal people for a change! The tale twists and turns across the marshes and across the emotions of the characters, it kept me gripped to the end. Beautifully read by Jane McDowell, I would highly recommend The Crossing Places and, it being the first of a series, I look forward to enjoying further outings with Dr Galloway.
"Maybe it is just me"
I just might be jaded by who-done-its, I made a very early assumption and was correct. The story line was just to unbelievable to be entertaining.
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