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The Stone Circle

The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries, Book 11
Narrated by: Jane McDowell
Series: Ruth Galloway, Book 11
Length: 10 hrs
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DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to 'go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there'. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle's baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of The Crossing Places, and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead. Or are they?

Meanwhile, Ruth is working on a dig in the Saltmarsh - another henge, known by the archaeologists as the stone circle - trying not to think about the baby. Then bones are found on the site and identified as those of Margaret Lacey, a 12-year-old girl who disappeared 30 years ago.

As the Margaret Lacey case progresses, more and more aspects of it begin to hark back to that first case of The Crossing Places, and to Scarlett Henderson, the girl Nelson couldn't save. The past is reaching out for Ruth and Nelson, and its grip is deadly.

©2019 Elly Griffiths (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

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  • M BeeH
  • 02-12-19

Fantastic as usual

I’m now so sad that I’ve finished this book and will have to wait for the next. It’s rare to find so many fully rounded characters to care about and plots that weave around them and into the past of the series too which makes it all that more satisfying for fans of these books. Thank you Elly Griffiths and thank you to the superb story telling too Jane McDowell!

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  • Electrogirl
  • 02-21-19

Ruth... My Favourite Heroine

Set in the beautiful eerie Salt Marsh in Norfolk, we catch up with the complicated life of Ruth, her policeman lover Nelson, his wife Michelle and their respective family and friends with whom, by book ten, we are now comfortably familiar.

An ancient burial along with a more modern crime keep the mystery moving along as we follow the investigation alongside the lives of the characters.

This is my favourite series ever and this latest Ruth book is fantastic. Ruth as a heroine is perfect; independent, thoughtful and flawed but by now very real to me.

Jane is a fabulous narrator too and makes the story so enjoyable to listen to.

Thank you Elly... please don’t stop 😊😊😊

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-19

Loved it

Loved it. Elly Griffiths delivers, as always. Classic Ruth Galloway - murder, mystery, archaeology....and Nelson!

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  • M
  • 03-02-19

NARRATION

This is not a critique of the narrator who is very good. I wear earphones to listen and therefore prefer a straightforward reading of the book, not a performance. When there is altered acoustics, for example the tinny narration of a telephone conversation, it can become irritating and inaudible. I have enjoyed the series so far and hope for another one, what is to become of Michelle, Nelson and Ruth?

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  • sheila
  • 02-22-19

Amazing Series

I have read /listened to all of-ofly Griffiths books with Ruth Galloway and Nelson and I have loved every one of them. I recommend you read in order
Please keep them coming to Elly

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  • Earthymama
  • 02-19-19

Welcome back to these great Characters

I really enjoyed this novel, both for the storyline about the missing children but also for the glimpse into Ruth’s life. I love how real it all feels, how we watch our protagonists face the moral choices that many people face in modern society

Jane McDowell is an excellent narrator, she gets all the voices just right
Do read the Ruth Galloway series in order, you will miss so much if you don’t
Next a screen adaptation by the people who created Inspector Banks in tv; they can be trusted!

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  • Anon
  • 02-15-19

Confusing at times

I found this story confusing at times. Too many characters and the narrator did not leave enough time between paragraphs so I was left wondering what was going on as it skipped to a different character who sounded much the same as previous one! Except when she tried to change accents and they all sounded Irish! Must be lots Irish people living in Norfolk!! She also kept making strange sounds as she read, like she had a cold or sore throat? Not the best of Elly's stories for me.

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  • B. M. Curry
  • 04-24-19

Difficult to hear at times

Unlike many of the Elly Griffiths audible books, the narrators Lancashire accent doesn’t make Nelson sound stupid- but the irritating use of a voice on the end of the phone sounding distant and too low is the thing that spoilt it for me.
I often listen in the kitchen, doing housework or in the car and the telephone conversations spoilt it for me . I’d miss the information and clues.
Also the mouth noises of the reader seemed more obvious in this novel. This also irritated me. (Makes me sound as though I’m permanently irritated. But I did feel it marred my enjoyment. The plot was good. I didn’t for-see the culprit.

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  • Woolly Worker
  • 03-27-19

Best

I think this is the best Ruth Galloway book. The story twists and turns and and leads you up and down different paths.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-23-19

Elly never ceases to keep me captivated

I love Elly Griffiths books, especially the Ruth Galloway series and this one did not disappoint me. Not only is it a wonderful crime novel, there is also humour throughout the book and even though I feel kind of weird laughing in a murder story, I can't help it. Then there are the threads that run through all the books, building up a picture of so many characters - frustrating at times, but leaving us wanting more. I am eagerly awaiting the next one in the series. Hope I don't have too long to wait! The only negative is the narrator. Jane McDowell has irritated me on previous occasions, - I prefer the other narrator - but I have to say, did not seem quite so awful this time. Perhaps I am getting used to her!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-19

Just loooove ELLY Griffiths

Will have to start reading from number 1 again until she releases a new story

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  • PW
  • 04-29-19

A wonderful read!<br />

Yet another intriguing and multilayered mystery with marvellous characters and atmospheric settings. It will be a long wait for the next book in this wonderful series.

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  • emmoff
  • 03-04-19

Full Circle

Ruth and Nelson full circle to their first case although things are not what they seem. I find this series quite comfy like old friends and when trying new crime authors, Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway is my standard.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-19

Another brilliant read

I love all ten of the Ruth Galloway books.
The characters are rounded, complex and engaging.
Plots are deft and intriguing and the archeological background is really informative.
I am already looking forward to book 11.

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  • Lisa Mattas Estreich
  • 02-10-19

Affectionate look at ourselves

Love this series. Interesting, considered and well crafted with heart. Beautifully and very authentically performed.

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  • Roderic
  • 02-10-19

A competent continuation of a set of characters

I am a little addicted to this series. I have followed the characters through ten previous books and will probably read the 12th if it is written. There is no great elevation in the prose but the plot expands in a reasonable way and I did not guess the ending.