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The House at Sea's End | [Elly Griffiths]

The House at Sea's End

A team of archaeologists, investigating coastal erosion on the north Norfolk coast, unearth six bodies buried at the foot of a cliff. How long have they been there? What could have happened to them? Forensics expert Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson are drawn together again to unravel the past. Tests reveal that the bodies have lain, preserved in the sand, for sixty years. The mystery of their deaths stretches back to the Second World War, a time when Great Britain was threatened by invasion.
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Publisher's Summary

A team of archaeologists, investigating coastal erosion on the north Norfolk coast, unearth six bodies buried at the foot of a cliff. How long have they been there? What could have happened to them? Forensics expert Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson are drawn together again to unravel the past. Tests reveal that the bodies have lain, preserved in the sand, for sixty years. The mystery of their deaths stretches back to the Second World War, a time when Great Britain was threatened by invasion. But someone wants the truth of the past to stay buried, and will go to any lengths to keep it that way... even murder.

©2011 Elly Griffiths (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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    Susan United States 02-20-12
    Susan United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "British style of modern mystery story"
    Would you listen to The House at Sea's End again? Why?

    I would happily listen to another story by the same author.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It had enough twists and turns to keep me interested


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator did a good job with the array of accents and otherwise did not outshine the story - which is the point.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This was a comfort book. Nice every day tale of small British towns and the mud found underneath the surface.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. Wooster Columbus OH USA 03-18-13
    D. Wooster Columbus OH USA 03-18-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Good match of reader and story"
    What did you love best about The House at Sea's End?

    I had read other novels in this series, so already had my own idea of the characters. The narrator matched well to my ideas, and I enjoyed listening to this one.


    What about Jane McDowell’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's pace is good, and I particularly liked the voices she gave to Nelson and to Ruth, the two main characters. She does accents well. Nelson's flat, Norfolk accent was consistent and interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this series of books and this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 07-03-11
    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 07-03-11 Member Since 2004

    I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.

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    "4 Star Narration, Story Not Up to Par"

    Jane McDowell who did the excellent narration of the two prior books in this series again does a great job with this third in the series. No complaints about the production.

    Ruth's determination to raise her daughter without assistance from the father however is daft. Ruth discovers the problems with dealing with the practicality of child rearing as a single mother while the father clearly wishes to be involved both personally and financially with his daughter. Due to the determination that the relationship must be kept secret things get more and more confused.

    Meanwhile in addition to the usual cast of characters, a friend of Ruth's from a prior stint in Bosnia shows up. A woman whose son, husband and parents were killed in the conflict there. Then there are people whose parents and grandparents were involved with WWII and a secret that it seems someone is willing to go to extremes to protect.

    Ruth really doesn't have any serious problems with being a single mother as her friends rally around to provide assistance and support. Meanwhile bodies pile up but Ruth doesn't have that much detecting to do. I'm not sure where the author is going with this series, but I am not looking forward to forensic anthropology with a toddler. Unfortunately, at the end of the book I felt that things in the personal story arc were unresolved and I'm not sure I'm really interested in the resolution. Let's have some more archaeology please..

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 09-26-12
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2010

    Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.

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    "Don't know if I care what happens next"

    The character development that made me want to continue the series was a real turn off in this book. I don't believe we all have to fatally flawed to be interesting. Every character doesn't have to be a caricature.

    Harry and Ruth are turning into a regular little soap opera. I don't know if I'll read the last installment. Lord knows I'm not a writer so take my criticisms as what they are, an average reader with little tase for melodrama.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janet H. Maddox Atlanta, GA 06-13-14
    Janet H. Maddox Atlanta, GA 06-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable"

    Griffiths flawed characters are interesting and ring true. The stories are engaging - enough mystery to satisfy - but the best part is the story of the ongoing characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Duxbury, MA, United States 03-24-14
    Susan Duxbury, MA, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Worth Reading"
    Any additional comments?

    Nothing in this book, the writing, the reading etc could compel me to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Langdon Virginia 09-01-13
    Caroline Langdon Virginia 09-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I love this series!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The House at Sea's End to be better than the print version?

    I don't understand the reasoning behind the several negative reviews of this book - I'm typically swayed in my purchase choices by user reviews but having enjoyed the other installments of this series so much, decided to ignore them and go for it anyway....I'm so glad I did! I enjoyed this book just as much as the others! It's a great listen!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol L. Riegel Louisville, KY United States 11-24-12
    Carol L. Riegel Louisville, KY United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2000

    Love mysteries

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    Where does The House at Sea's End rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Have no idea since I have listened to 1,076 since Audible first came on line but nearer the top than bottom. All of the other auther's books average ratings were 4 not 1 or 2 and there were more than 2 ratings. This was a very good book. There must be an mistake somewhere.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ACT1 Australia 03-12-12
    ACT1 Australia 03-12-12 Member Since 2004
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    "I hate the present tense"

    Whilst I enjoyed the concept and the plot I was almost at the stage of throwing the ipod out of the window because I now realize I do not like books written in the present tense. For that reason this book really grated on me - the tense intruded at times when it shouldnt have done. The narrator did well with various characters though.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • DrLMK
    United Kingdom
    12/18/11
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    "Gripping"

    This was my introduction to Ruth Galloway: I didn't realise this was the 3rd book in the series (1. Crossing Places 2. Janus Stone). However, that didn't matter because the story and characterization are complete: you don't need to have read the first two books to enjoy this one.
    I liked the narrative pace, which allowed the complex psychology of the different characters time to unfold. I was also kept guessing about the identity of the murderer. I particularly liked the descriptions of the bleak Norfolk landscape.
    Jane McDowell reads well, although her Norfolk accent lapses into a kind of generic Archers-countryfolk accent at times.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Susan Hills
    HOCKLEY, United Kingdom
    1/6/12
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    "Norfolk Gem!"

    Loved this book as it reminded me of the Norfolk coast and it seemed to have a lot of the locale where we lived in the book. Very good story and well read. I became immersed so deeply it was difficult to take breaks as I just wanted to continue on and on.

    If you love a good murder mystery and are in or have lived/holidayed in Norfolk I'm sure you will love this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Roderic
    Victoria Park, Australia
    5/1/14
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    "A Decent Addition to the Series"
    What made the experience of listening to The House at Sea's End the most enjoyable?

    A continuing relationship with the characters developed in the earlier books.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect of the book was to realise that it connected with and built on other books, stories and movies about the same events.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Sydney, Australia
    1/1/13
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    "disappointment in a good series"

    I enjoyed Elly Griffiths' other books, the Janus Stone and the Crossing Places, but this was disappointing.



    There is unnecessary repetitive background from book one used as a shortcut to establishing characters, and a crowded, poorly structured plot.



    Don't start with this one, but don't miss the others either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jayne
    chard, United Kingdom
    4/16/12
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    "just ok"

    this was an ok read. didnt really like, or identify with the main characters, which makes a difference, i think. story concept was a good twist and turn but not a perennial favourite for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annushka
    lee-on-the-solent, United Kingdom
    3/25/12
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    "Good listen"

    I've listened to all this author's other stories in this series and they're a fair example of the modern crime cosy, though this one is inferior to the previous two. The male policeman plays second fiddle to the flawed but likeable female detective archaeologist. The solutions to the crimes are 'dug up' from the less distant past in this third instalment, which sees Ruth become a working mother, trying and failing to 'have it all'. Probably more directed at a female audience. Narrated beautifully. Three stars as the plot is a little far fetched and the pace could be faster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maureen
    Kirby Muxloe, United Kingdom
    3/22/12
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    "Same old ......"

    I was disappointed by this book, having enjoyed previous titles in this series. I just got a bit fed up hearing that Ruth Galloway was overweight, unattractive and obviously had no self esteem. It seemed unnecessary, and detracted from the story.

    I was also a LITTLE startled to discover that 'The Hounds of the Baskervilles' was WRITTEN by Sherlock Holmes!!! no doubt a slip of the pen, but someone should have picked that up. . and it was mentioned more than once.

    The story wasn't particularly interesting or exciting, I felt it was a bit of a waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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