The Chalk Pit

Narrated by: Jane McDowell
Series: Ruth Galloway, Book 9
Length: 10 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (560 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the ninth Ruth Galloway mystery, Ruth and Nelson investigate a string of murders and disappearances deep within the abandoned tunnels hidden far beneath the streets of Norwich.

Norwich is riddled with old chalk-mining tunnels, but no one's sure exactly how many. When Ruth is called in to investigate a set of human remains found in one of them, she notices the bones are almost translucent - a sign they were boiled soon after death. Once more she finds herself at the helm of a murder investigation.

Meanwhile, DCI Nelson is hunting for a missing homeless woman, Barbara, who he hears has gone "underground". Could she have disappeared into the labyrinth? And if so, is she connected to the body Ruth found?

As Ruth, Nelson, and the rest of their team investigate the tunnels, they hear rumors of secret societies, cannibalism, and ritual killings. When a dead body is found with a map that appears to be of The Underground, they realize their quest to find the killer has only just begun - and that there may be more bodies underfoot.

©2017 Elly Griffiths (P)2017 Quercus Editions Limited

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Suspend disbelief

Not her best in my opinion. The characters seem to be rushed around with little feel for motivation, especially the murderer. Not much archeological or anthropological material.

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Soap opera, too little detection

A glut of characters all of whom seem to have high drama in their personal lives. Occasionally a missing person mystery will come up but nobody seems to be anxious to do any detection just discuss it! Tried to hold on but could not keep track of the players!

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Read These Stories in Series Order

I'm a fan of the Ruth Galloway Series. I listened to this one out of order, but it was still enjoyable. I am familiar with all the characters, but it wouldn't have been very interesting STARTING with this book, as the beginning is mostly about the relationships of the main characters. Later, the action or mystery begins. I found the idea of "homeless" or as the British call them "Rough Sleepers" living under the city most interesting.

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They get better and better!

This series just got better and better! Awesome characters and awesome mysteries! I actually want to visit Norwich (all the way from California lol!).

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very good mystery series.

I enjoy these mysteries the stories revolve around historical locations in the UK. the main characters a forensic archaeologist and a DCI investigate murders . also romantic twist thrown in.

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Excellent Read/Performance

Loved this book on several levels- the continued character development as well as the story line. Great set up for the next Dr. Ruth Galloway novel.
Jane McDowell is the perfect narrator.

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wonderful book

I love this series can't wait for the next book have re read the series two times

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More of a soap opera than a mystery. Lousy plot.

This is my first read in the Ruth Galloway series. Although this is #9, I don't think that I suffered enormously not having read the earlier books, since the author fills in the backstory in the course of the course of the telling. I understand why some readers are attracted to this series and become attached to the characters, but I don't care for romance novels at all and, in a mystery having romance, for me, the mystery comes first. It is clearly secondary here, and, in fact, the crime plays a minor role for much of this book. The villains and their motivation for a series of murders and disappearances, when finally revealed, is preposterous. The plot also involves little archaeology.

It isn't that the author is not a good writer; on the whole, her prose is good. The narrator also does a reasonable job. Nevertheless, I won't be reading any others in this series. Just not my type.

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It just ended. And I'm in tears. The good kind.

The series stays as strong as it has been. Looking forward to the next book!

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Love the Ruth Downie Series!

What made the experience of listening to The Chalk Pit the most enjoyable?

I have been following the series since the beginning and I what I have found most enjoyable is learning what is happening in the lives of the characters. Elly Griffith's has a magical way of developing her characters. I want to know what is going to happen next, and just when I think everything is going to go like I want things to go, I get another surprise. Well done EG!

What other book might you compare The Chalk Pit to and why?

I would compare this book and the others in the Ruth Galloway series to the books in the Louise Penny Inspector Gamache series. Both of these authors get their readers invested in the lives of their characters. Both authors produce amazing books that touch on historical events and both authors are quite amazing.

What about Jane McDowell’s performance did you like?

Jane McDowell really makes the story come to life. She has been the narrator from the beginning, so listening is like settling in with old friends and glimpsing the next stages of their lives.

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

Seriously, Michelle?

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next one...

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