Ruth Galloway

12 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 6,523 ratings

The Crossing Places Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Book 1

    • The Crossing Places

    • By: Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,213
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,956
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,951

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An atmospheric creepy mystery set in Saltmarsh

    • By Sara on 05-19-14

    Regular price: $18.33

  • Book 2

    • The Janus Stone

    • By: Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 886
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 769
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 770

    Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway - minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out - and fast.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Return to Salt Marsh & Mysterious Archeology

    • By Sara on 08-22-14

    Regular price: $19.71

  • Book 3

    • The House at Sea's End

    • By: Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 615
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 548
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 546

    A team of archaeologists, investigating coastal erosion on the north Norfolk coast, unearth six bodies buried at the foot of a cliff. How long have they been there? What could have happened to them? Forensics expert Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson are drawn together again to unravel the past. Tests reveal that the bodies have lain, preserved in the sand, for sixty years. The mystery of their deaths stretches back to the Second World War, a time when Great Britain was threatened by invasion.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A Shaky Series Installment

    • By Sara on 01-02-15

    Regular price: $21.10

  • Book 4

    • A Room Full of Bones

    • A Ruth Galloway Investigation, Book 4
    • By: Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 625
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 552
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 542

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Changing, evolving, genre....

    • By karen on 11-24-12

    Regular price: $19.71

  • Book 5

    • Dying Fall

    • A Ruth Galloway Investigation
    • By: Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 533
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 472
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 470

    Ruth Galloway receives a phone call that bears shocking news. A friend of hers from college, Dan Golding, has been killed in a fire at his Lancashire home. Her shock turns to alarm when she gets a letter from Dan. He has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever but he needs Ruth's advice. Even more alarming, he sounds vulnerable and frightened. DCI Harry Nelson is also rediscovering his past. Up north for a holiday, he meets his former colleague Sandy MacLeod, now at Blackpool CID.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Still a great series

    • By Aryn on 03-25-13

    Regular price: $20.24

  • Book 6

    • The Outcast Dead

    • Ruth Galloway, Book 6
    • By: Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 495
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 446
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 444

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You gotta understand, I love this series

    • By C. A. Gelsinger on 09-03-14

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 7

    • The Ghost Fields

    • Ruth Galloway, Book 7
    • By: Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 269
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247

    Norfolk is experiencing a July heat wave when a construction crew unearths a macabre discovery - a buried World War II plane with the pilot still inside. Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway quickly realizes that the skeleton couldn't possibly be the pilot, and DNA tests identify the man as Fred Blackstock, a local aristocrat who had been reported dead at sea. When the remaining members of the Blackstock family learn about the discovery, they seem strangely frightened by the news.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • All in all, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?

    • By Wendy on 07-14-15

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 8

    • The Woman in Blue

    • The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 8
    • By: Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191

    The murder of women priests in the shrine town of Walsingham sucks Dr. Ruth Galloway into an unholy investigation. Ruth's friend, Cathbad, is housesitting in Walsingham, a Norfolk village famous as a centre for pilgrimages to the Virgin Mary. One night, Cathbad sees a strange vision in the graveyard beside the cottage: a young woman dressed in blue.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great atmosphere of ecclesiastical odd stuff

    • By Elaine on 07-10-16

    Regular price: $23.44

  • Book 9

    • The Chalk Pit

    • The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 9
    • By: Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich's web of underground tunnels. When Dr Ruth Galloway discovers they were recently buried, DCI Nelson has a murder enquiry on his hands. The boiling might have been just a medieval curiosity - now it suggests a much more sinister purpose. Meanwhile, DS Judy Johnson is investigating the disappearance of a local rough sleeper. The only trace of her is the rumour that she's gone 'underground'.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it

    • By Anonymous User on 06-13-17

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Chalk Pit

    • By: Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 388
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 352
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 349

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Soap opera, too little detection

    • By Cathy J Hunter on 06-01-17

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 10

    • The Dark Angel

    • Ruth Galloway, Book 10
    • By: Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Dr Ruth Galloway is flattered when she receives a letter from Italian archaeologist Dr Angelo Morelli, asking for her help. He's discovered a group of bones in a tiny hilltop village near Rome but doesn't know what to make of them. It's years since Ruth has had a holiday, and even a working holiday to Italy is very welcome!

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Dark Angel

    • By: Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 253
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 222
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220

    It’s not every day that you’re summoned to the Italian countryside on business, so when archaeologist Angelo Morelli asks for Ruth Galloway’s help identifying bones found in the tiny hilltop town of Fontana Liri, she jumps at the chance to go, bringing her daughter along with her for a working vacation. Upon arriving, she begins to hear murmurs of Fontana Liri’s strong resistance movement during World War II and senses the townspeople are dancing around a deeply buried secret. But how could that be connected to the ancient remains she’s been studying?  

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Entry in Series

    • By sera on 05-18-18

    Regular price: $24.49