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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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    C. A. Gelsinger 09-03-14

    Nolly

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    "You gotta understand, I love this series"

    Ruth Galloway is such a sympathetic character, not perfect, not beautiful, but intelligent and resourceful, determined and straightforward. She struggles to balance her life as a single mom with her job as a forensic anthropologist. This story continues her inquiries into the history of her North Norfolk home,along with a contemporary mystery that parallels the historical investigation. As with any book that is driven by character more than action, I am very pleased to have visited with Ruth for a spell. If you like Deborah Crombie, or Louise Penny, you'll be happy with this series by Elly Griffiths.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 02-23-15
    Linda 02-23-15

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    "The best Ruth Galloway book yet!"
    What aspect of Clare Corbett’s performance would you have changed?

    Corbett's male voices were colorless and one-dimensional, and I cringed any time I knew Kate was about to speak (not all children shriek that loudly). Also, who told her that Americans sounded like she voiced Frank and Dani?

    Otherwise, a solid performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Elly Griffiths' writing has improved vastly from her early books to this one. I've been bingeing on Ruth Galloway, reading them in order over the last couple of weeks, and I can tell that the author has become a much better writer. This is the first one I've listened to though.

    I highly recommend reading the books in order, as the characters have definitely developed over the six, and soon to be seven, books. You will enjoy them more if you read them in order, although The Outcast Dead is the best of the bunch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sidhecat 09-08-14
    sidhecat 09-08-14
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    "Another great Ruth Galloway mystery"

    I have enjoyed all of the books in this series. This audible version was no exception. The narrator was excellent and the story kept me completely absorbed and as usual a little disappointed that I must wait for the next great book from Elly Griffiths.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Crowder 07-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "My First Audio Book-I LOVE IT!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Outcast Dead to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version of this book but I have read the other 5 books in this Ruth Galloway Series by Elly Griffiths. I have loved every one of her books and this audio version has not let me down. I was a little skeptical as this was my first audio book but it is great! I am not the least bit disappointed. I look forward to more audio books in the future!


    What other book might you compare The Outcast Dead to and why?

    Compared to the other 5 books in this series, book #6 is the same high quality as in the past. Elly Griffiths has not let us down as the series continues! I look forward to her next book and hope it comes out very soon!


    What does Clare Corbett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love her accent! Since I am not from the country where the story takes place her accent adds to the authenticity of the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I would title it just as the author has....I would love to see this entire series in film!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for offering Elly Griffiths books here, it was a pleasant surprise to find it available here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet H. Maddox 07-09-14
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    "With each book, the series just gets better!"

    I love this series. The characters are real people - just more interesting than any I know. The stories have a ring of truth. Fascinating stories, but the continuing story of these people I really like is the best part of all. Start at the beginning of the series and enjoy them all. Can't wait for another!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 05-04-14
    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2012

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

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    "Exhumation of a hanged Victorian Child Murderess"

    A Victorian Baby Farmer convicted and hanged for the death of a young boy left in her care by his mother is the historic story that Ruth Galloway, forensic physical anthropologist, is dealing with in this, the sixth book in this series. Meanwhile DCI Harry Nelson is investigating the suspicious death of a baby whose parents are both suspects in the child's death.

    Children are a big theme in this book in the series, as they have been in past books in this series. Not only is the skeleton of the hook-handed baby farmer Jemima Green, aka Mother Hook, the basis of a local bogy, she is also set to be the subject of an episode of a sensationalistic television show about women who kill.

    Anyway this is a better than average story read well by Clare Corbett. She is not idiosyncratic in her style and thankfully does a good job with the accent of a historian from the US who adds some variety to the cast. Many of the characters from previous books make an appearance and the overall story arc does advance a bit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 07-08-15
    Sharon 07-08-15
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    "My God, what a yawn!"

    Having chosen this one based on the other reviews, I am 3 hours in and wondering what book they all read. This is one of my worst choices yet, plot, narration, characterization, all of it. Example 1: The heroine has apparently had an affair with a policeman which resulted in a now nearly 3-year-old daughter. Wife is aware of the whole thing, and ACCOMPANIES HIM when the cop visits mother and daughter on little outings, like to a pony farm. Oh, yes, and Wife adores the little girl (her two daughters with the cop are pretty much grown). Extremely civilized, I admit, but also extremely unrealistic, and without any explanation whatever of how this utopic situation was achieved. Example 2: Main suspect has fled before the police got there, made his way to the heroine's very secluded cottage and has appeared in her kitchen holding her daughter. Heroine is of course practically paralyzed and then the tot starts shouting "Dada!" into heroine's cell phone. Without a pause, the narrator starts reading the next paragraph and after a baffling line or two, the hapless listener realizes that the cop is in the room with all of them in the cottage. The author has just skipped all the boring stuff about how the cop, hearing the daughter's voice and the sound of a man's rumble in the background, instantly deduces the situation and throws himself in his car to race to the rescue. This is explained in a few brief words after he's arrested Main Suspect.

    I just started laughing and snapped off the book. The first example leads me to believe that Elly Griffiths is really a man. The second one gives me the impression that he's lazy. In either case, that's it for this one. Back it goes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Colebrook, NH, United States 06-15-15
    Linda Colebrook, NH, United States 06-15-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Not as good as her others"

    Women readers should not try to talk like a man! It just sounds forced and terrible. Also, Ruth's child's voice screams out of the earphones in a blare.

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  • Saffy
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    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

    5 of 5 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
  • Adrian
    Halvergate, United Kingdom
    6/24/14
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    "Charming and sofisticated thriller !"

    Well, I have listened to all the books in the series and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. This 6th book was no diferent and the thriller as well as the continued drama of the characters developed and thrived. I love the lead character Ruth and think that these books could easily be turned in to a tv series, it would beat the socks off some of the current ones ! A really submersive listening experience and a great story line that keeps giving.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flint
    4/3/15
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    "A very good book but poor narrator."

    I really enjoyed the story and the narrator reads well, but she is so bad at the male voices that it made it difficult to listen to. This should not put anyone off buying the book because it s a good story, but I would have preferred to have better narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • berskins
    3/19/15
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    "Great story"

    Love Ruth and Cathbad etc. this is a book about not taking history at face value, and accepting appearance has always affected people's perceptions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
    3/8/15
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    "Enjoyable story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it could offend. Good story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hard to say, it was all good. I have enjoyed all the Ruth Galloway books


    What about Clare Corbett’s performance did you like?

    I don't like her voice for Cathbad, who is supposed to be Irish, Also don't like Blackpool accent either.


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

    Yes because its enjoyable not because its exciting


    Any additional comments?

    Roll on the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gill
    2/25/15
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    "Another very enjoyable Ruth Galloway book"

    Another great story. The voice narration was much improved on the last book (Dying Fall) and was easier to listen to.
    Felt slightly different from the rest of the series as this book feels very firmly set in the here and now with less focus on the history/archaeology. But usual great characters - really enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Learning is fun!
    Dorset, England
    2/18/15
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    "getting better,"

    I enjoyed this story more than the last one I read from the same series. This was largely because of the unusual story line and also because the author didn't spend half the time venting her own frustrations with religion. I still don't like the writing style of the author; writing in the first person simply doesn't work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    2/1/15
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    "Excellent story telling narrative & characters"

    This series is so so good and draws the reader in from the start.The narrative is excellent and the characters are multi layered and blend together well. The development of the story was good and the end brought everything together. I would highly recommend and cant wait for the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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