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The Crossing Places Audiobook

The Crossing Places

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When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She lives happily alone in a remote place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea and, for company; she has her cats Flint and Sparky, and Radio 4. When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them.

The bones turn out to be two thousand years old, and DCI Harry Nelson, who called on Ruth for help, is disappointed. He'd hoped they would be the bones of a child called Lucy who's been missing for ten years; he's been getting letters about her ever since. Then a second girl goes missing and Nelson receives more letters.

Soon it becomes clear that Ruth is in grave danger from a killer who knows that her expert knowledge is being used to help the police with their enquiries.

©2009 Elly Griffiths; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Julie 05-27-16
    Julie 05-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow and Boring"

    Sorry. Just didnt find it very interesting. I did finish it, but not overly a page turner to me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Matthews 05-26-16
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    "So so"

    Did not like reader...voice to breathy. Story was OK but too much detail that makes whole thing somewhat boring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara San Jose, CA, United States 05-20-16
    Barbara San Jose, CA, United States 05-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Saw the end coming, but liked the performance etc"

    I thought the perforce was good. I saw the end about half way through. A solid 3.5

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-27-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-27-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Just OK. Nothing special here."

    A British archeologist digging in the the marshes of Norfolk (northeast coast of England) finds a very old skeleton of a human girl and then finds the body of a recently killed young girl. his is a rather classic English murder mystery that I thought barely worth listening to.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sherri Lupton Hollister Pamlico News 05-19-16
    Sherri Lupton Hollister Pamlico News 05-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A New Author!"

    The Crossing Places is full of twists and turns. The combination of archeology, mythology and detective work unwind this suspense and intertwine friends and foes until the truth is revealed!
    I will definitely read more by Elly Griffiths! I recommend this book to anyone who loves a modern British mystery with a little history, mythology and maybe even a touch of magic.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    espanolish 05-17-16
    espanolish 05-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting?... Yes. Creepy or Believable?...No."

    Three things make this story interesting: (1) Main character Ruth Galloway’s occupation (college lecturer and archeologist); (2) Ruth’s social standing (possibly overweight, definitely intelligent, somewhat anti-social near-spinster with cats and poor self-image); and the backdrop (boggy North Sea salt marsh). The third-person story has great potential but, IMHO, it doesn’t have enough sustaining power because it tries too hard to be creepy without trying hard enough to be believable. Suspending belief is a requirement to enjoy fiction, I know, but if the stretch is too much (e.g. too many coincidences; too many convenient interconnections; main characters missing obvious clues; etc.), then the story gets... well it gets "bogged" down.

    I agree with another reviewer’s (Gail N.) assessment that narrator Jane McDowell's attempt at a male Norwegian accent is probably the lease desirable part of the equation. Otherwise I thought she did a pretty good job.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    carina 10-17-17
    carina 10-17-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Bone Archeologist "

    A woman archeologist content with living on the the lonely Salt Marshes with her two cats discovers the bones of a young girl, most likely deposited there during the Iron Age. However, there are two present day missing girl children in the area. Helen joins the search with police, examining clues sent to the Inspector in letters. Who wrote them, who sent them? Helen uses her archeological knowledge and experience of digs in the Salt Marsh to solve a murder.
    Other stories in the Salt Marsh location are books by Steve Burrows: A Cast of Falcons, A Pitying of Doves. Also mysteries with great descriptions of this wild and dangerous place.

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    Anne 08-19-17
    Anne 08-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Intricate physiological and emotionally charged characters."

    I enjoy a book that gives insight and information of a world outside my own understanding.

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    FinnsNana Sherman, TX USA 06-03-17
    FinnsNana Sherman, TX USA 06-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good first effort with interesting story line"

    Ruth is a complex character and the narrative is faithful to the science and culture. Looking forward to next in the series.

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    missjmrw7296 05-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Story Line."

    I really liked this book. It did keep me guessing. Unfortunately, the quality of the audio was horrible. Statically, repititious, skipped words and phrases. I will be returning the audible version. Luckily I had the Kindle version too.

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  • K. Gibson
    Portsmouth, Hampshire United Kingdom
    1/13/11
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    "enjoyable crime hokum."

    I personally enjoy history/religious/pagan based books I am a great fan of Phil Rickman's Merrily books. Being a science teacher I enjoyed the forensic bits. The forensic archeologist Ruth is a well rounded character who you quickly get to like. The story moves quickly along and although you guess whodonit about half way along it is enjoyable to see how it pans out and who becomes a suspect and the various twists and turns.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian
    Silsden, United Kingdom
    6/5/11
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    "Crime and archaeology - what's not to like?!"

    This is the first of Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway novels I've read, and I'm very, very impressed! As a fan of Phil Rickman, and other pagan/paranormal storytellers, I loved the unusual location of the events - which is beautifully evoked. The plot is complex, but makes sense, and Ruth is a fully rounded, 'real' character - as is DCI Nelson. Although you might guess what happened, and who did it about half way through (the sudden arrival of chapters told from a different point of view is a sort of clue!), it's well worth sticking with the journey. There are already two more Ruth books (The Janus Stone - available from Audible - and The House at Sea's End - hopefully soon available!), and I look forward to reading/listening to both of them - and the others which I'm sure will come in the future!

    The reading is well done - some good use of regional accents to deliniate the characters, and perfectly paced- recommended!

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    London, United Kingdom
    9/14/14
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    "Archeological based who dun it"

    I can't quite make up my mind whether I have read this book a while ago (perhaps from the library as it's certainly not on my bookshelves) - the story did just seem a tad familiar. That would certainly explain why I spotted the bad guy quite early on. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed this listen, it was exceptionally well read and I very much liked the Nelson and Ruth characters and relationship - something just a little bit different. Indeed I would agree with other reviewers that all of the characters were sound - as an aging hippy myself (albeit not an academically knowledgeable one) Eric and the guy with the purple cape were spot on. I believe this is the first in a series and I'm just going to look for the next one.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Lotus
    PERTH, United Kingdom
    2/17/14
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    What a great find this author has been, a totally fresh storyline
    Very well written and the story unfolds and draws you in - lost most of yesterday, listening to this book, and now firmly on to the second book in the series.
    Both Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson and forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway come across as being real people - almost the UK equivalent to Booth & Brennan, but without the gadgets and squints, and not wanting to spoil the storyline, an bot going to go into details.
    I would have no problem recommending this to those of us who like a crime novel

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Heli
    Oulu, Finland
    11/12/11
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    "Gripping"

    I found the main character very easy to identify with, and was immersed in the story right from the beginning. All the other characters were colourful and interesting as well, and the unraveling of the mystery was paced so that I didn't have a chance to get bored along the way. The skillful narration brought all the places, characters and events very vividly before my mind's eye, and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Crispin
    Tufnell Park, United Kingdom
    10/3/15
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    "easy listen"

    This is a well balanced book. Unlike the standard, hysterical central character battling relationship breakdown and drink issues which supposedly make them interesting whilst they also have to solve the case, Ruth is believable, realistic and likeable. She does still drink too much and have relationship issues but it is not overdone.
    The plot and atmosphere move along nicely. If you read a lot of crime fiction you may guess the murderer which is a shame but it is still far better than the vast majority of the books available in this genre. Just the right number of characters and plot twists to make it interesting without it becoming a headache to follow. Cant stand other books where the author makes whole village potential suspects to keep you guessing, that is just lazy. So in summary - recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kathycrewe
    5/25/15
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    "excellent"

    I was gripped right from the first chapter - and this lasted till the last chapter. I stayed awake well past midnight listening because I couldn't leave it alone I've now bought the 2nd book!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    4/3/17
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    "Interesting and gripping story"

    Elly Griffiths is a new author for me and on the strength of this novel will listen to more of her series featuring archeologist, Ruth Galloway. The characters are well-drawn, the East Anglian setting evocative and, though a detective novel, it is much more interesting as one learns a lot about archeology and the dating of bones.

    The narrator is very good

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    1/10/12
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    "I Dig This Book"

    This was a real punt: an author I had not heard of, and a review which put me off a little. It was certainly a worthwhile gamble in the end. Griffiths paints a vivid picture of the Norfolk coast and populates it with likeable andinteresting characters.

    I am looking forward to the next to books, both already on my wishlist. If you like your crime thrillers with well-written and well-researched settings then give this a whirl.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Rogayah
    Reading, United Kingdom
    6/23/12
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    "Gripped by the story"

    This is the first time I have come across this author and her forensic archeologist. It was a gripping story of people and the special landscape of the salt marsh near Kings Lynn. Brilliantly read too by Jane McDowell. I shall definitely look for more stories in this series.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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