Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway - minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out - and fast.
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In the second novel, you learn more about the characters and their relationships. Since I find this bunch intriguing, that's all to the good. I regret the improbable number of near death experiences the protagonist endures, but I find both the story and the characters so unusual and likeable, that I can overlook that trumpery issue with barely a blink.
Elly Griffiths should be making it to the New York Times best selling list with this series. The characters are engaging, plot twists terrific, and relationship dynamics compelling.
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I've listened to all of this series but not in order. Now I await each new episode.
It's easy listening, there's always a mystery, Ruth Galloway is a very independent woman, and there are complicated interactions in a rural setting.
The narration is well done.
the plot and locale kept my interest. Loved Ruth's character as she came across as real though somewhat flawed. Her relationships are complicated but she always manages to stay true to herself. She continually struggles with the values and ideologies of Catholicism, and "born again Christian" as these enter her relationships with family and friends. I feel like I'm learning something about science but never bored with detail.
So many memorable moements, learning about the sex of her baby, sharing it with Nelson, and the final boat scenes. Though I worried about the blows to her head...not just for her sake but for the unborn baby.
Mostly Jane's voice was appropriate for the characters, except I felt Nelson was harsher than necessary. Sometimes made it uncomfortable to listen seemingly "overdone" as I didn't feel his character really was as coarse as Jane made him out to be.
I could have listened to this at one sitting as the story line was compelling. But I also looked forward to taking a break and think about the plot and especially Ruth Galloway who seemed so genuine. She would make a good and trusting friend mainly because she lacked pretention.
I love Elly Griffiths' writing and intend to read all the books she puts out. So happy to have found her. I love the mixing of religion, archaeology, friendship and suspense.
Well written, story is excellent, characters realistic. Hoping for many more in the series
Although it was obvious from very early on in the book who the "culprit" was in this book, it was extremely interesting to see how the author brought it to the attention of the characters in the book. She developed it exceptionally well, fitting the responses and thoughts of her characters around it. It is very well written and a joy to read or listen to! I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery.
I found the narration to be exquisite, just like the first book in this series. Unfortunately, this book revolves more around the danger to the main character, Ruth, and not any active crime. I found the struggles between the heroes and villains to be a bit contrived since the point of real conflict was several decades old. Will still get the third book, and the first one is a real gem!
Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.
I didn't like the story as much as Crossing Places, but it was still a decent story and I am enjoying how the author is fleshing out the characters. The relationships ring very true and I found myself really liking Ruth and Harry.
The narrator is just awful. The loud speaking as if in the back ground is beyond annoying and she has absolutely no variation in the characters voices or personalities with exception of the parents who end up sounding like children. Her timing is so off I wonder how in the world she got this job. I read the first book in the series and loved it. I was over joyed to see this in audible. I have never disliked a narrator as much as I do this one. I can't stress enough what a waste of my credit this was. I do listen to audible all the time and this is the first audible book I simply can not finish. I purchased this because other reviews said how good it was. I don't know how it is even remotely possible for anyone to say that unless they love listening to young children with high pitched voices on a play ground.
If nothing else I hope this review will save someone else money or a credit.
Not in audible. Read the book instead.
This is the second book in the series and unfortunately the only one I've heard so I feel like I wasn't able to get the full benefit of the book and therefore unable to give a complete review. There were many references to the first book and continuing character relationships that took up most of the story which was started in the first one so I felt like I sort of jumped in the middle of a story and missed the beginning. This one centered around Ruth, who's an archeologist, and what was happening to her. There was some action and a mystery that needed solving and some surprises, but was mainly character oriented.
"A real page turner!"
A great story that has likeable characters and enough twists and turns to keep me listening. Now have the full set of this author and all are good!
"Awful use of 'historic present'"
This is the only Audible title I have bought but been unable to listen to. The story is told in the 'historic present' - which means 'Ruth gets up and walks across the room; she opens the door and then something else happens...'. Perhaps this would be less noticeable if I were reading it on the page, but hearing it was just unbearably irritating. I think it is made worse by the story (at least the part I listened to) being rather banal - the usual use of the historic present is to build tension in specific contexts, telling the story as if it were happening in 'real time' whereas to have it used for everything including tea with her parents just grates and makes the whole thing seem ridiculous.
"A comfortable rather than an exceptional read"
The characters were a little flat and the prose just adequate.
Not particularly. I have heard other narrators who would do better.
"great story ....bad narration"
Another great story from Elly Griffiths.
anyone who knows their North east accents from their North west accents and doesn't consider murder a husky, breathless...help me...female experience.
we've got the accents right!
It really was disconcerting having Harry Nelson speaking with a Hull accent....but referring to his life in Blackpool! please do your research on local accents. I am also a little worried about the future books, the reviews 'slater' the narrator. I feel SO sorry for the author who has researched the novel only for it to be ruined by poor narration.
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