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Publisher's Summary

It is Halloween night, and the local museum in King's Lynn is preparing for an unusual event - the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the museum's curator lying dead beside the coffin. It is only a matter of time before she and DI Nelson cross paths once more, as he is called in to investigate. Soon the museum's wealthy owner lies dead in his stables, too. These two deaths could be from natural causes - but Nelson isn't convinced.

©2012 Elly Griffiths (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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A Good British Mystery

Would you listen to A Room Full of Bones again? Why?

Yeah, sure, it was a good listen.

What did you like best about this story?

I really liked the archaeological bent, and the characterization of Ruth and her circle of friends.

What aspect of Jane McDowell’s performance would you have changed?

Well, I would have liked a less 'uptight' sounding narration.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding book, great mystery

I was very impressed by the narrator. Ms. McDowell made this book great with her reading of a room full of bones. One of the best books I have had the pleasure of listening to this year. I look forward to other books in this series and I hope to find others that Ms. McDowell narrates.

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Secular, politically correct, pagan, pedantic

Mystery was okay but played a minor role to the social, political & religious commentary which dominated the book.

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  • Oliver
  • 05-20-16

Love the series but this was a bit far fetched

I have listened to these white close together and I think that is a mistake. This one is still good but a bit too surreal for me.

Love the series but time for a decent break before I listen to another one

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  • 07-20-15

I love this series.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I love the combination of strong woman protagonist and interweaving of whodunnit, the supernatural and the ancient elemental landscape of the Norfolk coast.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Good narration but as often happens the female narrator thinks she can only portray men by assuming a deep voice and that makes the male characters a little clumsy and two dimensional. She is excellent when it comes to the main character and the narrative flows beautifully.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Ancient secrets, modern murder in the place where the sky meets the sea.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to all the books in this series and there is not a weak one amongst them. I rarely find a detective series that is top quality but I could listen to these end to end.

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  • Serena Hale
  • 06-06-15

Amazing write

What made the experience of listening to A Room Full of Bones the most enjoyable?

Her attention to details is so good

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cathbad

Have you listened to any of Jane McDowell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He narration is excellent, they change readers on the later books which, although she is good in her own way, I found a bit confusing at first as the characters voices changed completely.

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

I would have given the chance.

Any additional comments?

I have read all of this series still to read the last one but started it last night. I love the way the characters mature and change throughout the book and listening to Kate grow up is amazing.

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  • Ms Colligan
  • 06-06-15

This narrator is great, dont bother with the next.

Would you listen to A Room Full of Bones again? Why?

Yes, all of these books up to this point and including have been great, why why why did they change the narrator ???????The rest of the series is narrated by Claire Corbett and she is not up to it.Sorry Claire.What a shame.So bad i returned the next one.

What about Jane McDowell’s performance did you like?

most things

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  • Claire
  • 03-22-15

Very enjoyable stories

What did you like most about A Room Full of Bones?

The case is less important, the stories are about the characters, that's what make the books good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ruth is the main Character and she's my favourite all the way.

What does Jane McDowell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I enjoy her Kate voice

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

No, its not moving, fairly light and easy really

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  • Roderic
  • 05-01-14

One of the most interesting books in the series

Where does A Room Full of Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ranks in the upper middle, but it is the best of the Ruth Galloway series I have read so far, as it uses mythology and dream in a neater more interesting way that the others.