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The Outcast Dead: Ruth Galloway, Book 6 | [Elly Griffiths]

The Outcast Dead: Ruth Galloway, Book 6

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway has excavated a body from the grounds of Norwich Castle, a forbidding edifice that was once a prison. She believes the body may be that of infamous Victorian murderess Jemima Green. Called Mother Hook for her claw-like hand, Jemima was hanged in 1867 for the murder of five children in her care. DCI Harry Nelson has no time for long-dead killers. Immersed in the case of three infants found dead, one after the other, in their King’s Lynn home, he’s convinced that a family member is responsible, though others on his team think differently.
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Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway has excavated a body from the grounds of Norwich Castle, a forbidding edifice that was once a prison. She believes the body may be that of infamous Victorian murderess Jemima Green. Called Mother Hook for her claw-like hand, Jemima was hanged in 1867 for the murder of five children in her care.

DCI Harry Nelson has no time for long-dead killers. Immersed in the case of three infants found dead, one after the other, in their King’s Lynn home, he’s convinced that a family member is responsible, though others on his team think differently. Then a child goes missing. Could the abduction be linked to the long-dead Mother Hook? Ruth is pulled into the case, and back towards Nelson.

©2014 Elly Griffiths (P)2014 Quercus Publishing plc

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  • Saffy
    UK
    2/24/14
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    "Excellent addition to the series"

    I have listened to all of Elly Grifiths Ruth Galloway books and this is definitely the best in the series. The plot is much tighter and the pace quicker than in some of the previous books and I was absolutely gripped. As usual the merging together of past and present is brilliantly done and the characterisation is excellent. I love the atmospheric Norfolk setting of the series particularly the descriptions of Ruth's home on the salt marshes. If you have not read any previous books in this series I would suggest starting at the beginning as the various relationships between the characters will make more sense. Clare Corbett reads this beautifully, although sometimes the male voices are not quite convincing! A highly recommended listen

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Colby
    Tucson, AZ, United States
    2/16/14
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    "Elly Griffiths Is Better than Ever"
    What made the experience of listening to The Outcast Dead the most enjoyable?

    The story is more complex than previous Ruth Galloway novels, and the elements all fit together beautifully. I've listened to the book twice in two weeks, and saw the hints and nuances that make this such a thought-provoking story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The characters are all evolving, changing with time and experience, though Nelson is as unpleasant as ever. It is a pleasure to see the younger police maturing, and Ruth seems more comfortable in herself than she has been previously.


    What about Clare Corbett’s performance did you like?

    Male and female characters are easily distinguished and identified by their tones and accents, and her children's voices are delightful.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The relationship between Cathbad and Judy has been a source of such unhappiness and difficulty for them, that when Judy spoke to her husband about their marriage and he responded so honestly and touchingly, I had tears in my eyes.


    Any additional comments?

    This author has published novels in different genres, all of which I have enjoyed. But this book, The Outcast Dead, is a huge leap forward in her writing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    Drumshanbo, Ireland
    4/15/14
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    "I love this series."
    Any additional comments?

    I would buy a book from this series every month, if one were available. There is a fine cast of interesting characters who reappear in all of the books. The main character, Ruth, has a slightly chaotic life. She is a middle-aged, single mother who has to deal with the pressures all professionals in her position face. She is such a convincing character that it is easy to forget that she doesn't live down the road from me! I miss her, her daughter, her cat, her beautiful house and the salt marshes when I've finished the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • iris
    Paris, France
    3/21/14
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    "An average read"

    There is so much back tracking to past stories that the novel is sluggish and difficult to become engrossed in. The narrator is excellent and it is thanks to this performance that I was able to listen to the whole book. The main character Ruth Galloway is fairly well drawn but the other characters are fairly forgettable. I expect if I had begun with book 1 I might be more indulgent and enthusiastic as her fans are. Unless you are a fan I would give this a miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judith
    Dursley, United Kingdom
    3/20/14
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    "Average story"

    Although I listened all the way through, I was never gripped or even held firmly! This was my first Elly Griffiths story downloaded after other reviews recommended it and said the stories do not have to be read in any order. I felt that there were lots of back stories I was unaware of, which although not essential to the plot just became annoying. Narration was ok not adding much to the piece. I won't be reading any others in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. K. A. Skipp
    Kent, UK
    3/5/14
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    "EXCELLENT BOOKS"
    What did you like most about The Outcast Dead?

    I have listened to all of Elly Griffiths books, and was eagerly awaiting for this one to appear, I was not disappointed


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interactions between characters and the narrators take on Kate


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I just love the atmospheric descriptions of Norfolk in the twilight


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Relief when the plot reached a satisfactory conclusion


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roderic
    Victoria Park, Australia
    3/2/14
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    "A conventional but enjoyable investigation."
    What made the experience of listening to The Outcast Dead the most enjoyable?

    The setting in Kings Lynn and Norwich was a pleasing departure from the normal venues.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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