The Crossing Places

The Crossing Places

A Ruth Galloway Mystery

Book - 2010
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The start of an exciting new crime series featuring quirky, tart-tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway as she investigates a child's bones found on a nearby beach, thought to be the remains of a little girl who went missing ten years before.

When she’s not digging up bones or other ancient objects, quirky, tart-tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives happily alone in a remote area called Saltmarsh near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants - not quite earth, not quite sea.

When a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach nearby, Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson calls Galloway for help. Nelson thinks he has found the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing ten years ago. Since her disappearance he has been receiving bizarre letters about her, letters with references to ritual and sacrifice.
 
The bones actually turn out to be two thousand years old, but Ruth is soon drawn into the Lucy Downey case and into the mind of the letter writer, who seems to have both archaeological knowledge and eerie psychic powers. Then another child goes missing and the hunt is on to find her. As the letter writer moves closer and the windswept Norfolk landscape exerts its power, Ruth finds herself in completely new territory – and in serious danger.
 
THE CROSSING PLACES marks the beginning of a captivating new crime series featuring an irresistible heroine. 



Baker & Taylor
Assisting with the investigation of bones found near England's Saltmarsh region, archaeologist Ruth Galloway discovers that the remains are bizarrely linked to a case involving a disturbed anonymous letter-writer and a missing child.

Baker
& Taylor

When a child's bones are found near an ancient henge in the wild saltmarshes of Norfolk's north coast, Ruth Galloway, a university lecturer in forensic archaeology, is asked to date them by DCI Harry Nelson who thinks they may be the bones of a child called Lucy who has been missing for ten years.
Summoned by Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson to help the investigation of bones found near England's Saltmarsh region, archaeologist Ruth Galloway discovers that the remains are bizarrely linked to a case involving a disturbed anonymous letter-writer and a missing child.

Publisher: Boston [Mass.] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780547229898
0547229895
Characteristics: 303 p. : map ; 22 cm

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JCLCherylMY May 05, 2018

First book in the Ruth Galloway Mystery series. Highly recommend.

SnoIsleLib_MarieB May 02, 2018

Ruth Galloway, a single archaeologist living on a lonely salt marsh, becomes involved in an police investigation in this compelling first in a series featuring great plots and well-developed characters.

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Ypollon
Mar 02, 2018

Love all of her books, just waiting for the newest one to arrive.

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dlh1
Feb 14, 2018

Finally, an author that takes the time to complete the story! I enjoyed the pace of the book, and the feeling that I couldn't put it down near the end. I am so tired of books that leave you hanging at the end, expecting that there should be a sequel, but in many cases there isn't one. This book does have a sequel, but you don't have to read it to have some of the loose ends tied up at the end of THIS story. I found the characters to be very believable, as they all had flaws.

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Jenkskitten
Dec 21, 2017

Just enough archaeological detail to keep you interested. Enjoyed the author's design of the relationships of the characters. Story line moves easily and is easy to believe it could happen. Being a Christian however, the main character, Ruth, is a little disappointing in her statements about Christians. But I could see that as a non-believer, she would act and feel the way she does in the story.

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jkeaton
Jun 26, 2017

A good mystery overall, but a very slow and in some ways dreary start. The end becomes a thriller for a while, a real page turner, with lots of wrong clues to put you off the path.

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LauraSteinert
Jun 22, 2017

I was not thrilled with this book, but as I finished it, I ordered the second in the series to see if the writer improved--and I am so glad I did. While Crossing Places gets bogged down in places (not a pun, sorry) with history and backstory, it all becomes important in the next book. I recommend reading this before you read The Janus Stone because there is so much foundation laid (again not intended to be a pun) in this book that you will regret missing in you skip ahead.

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marynz
Dec 13, 2016

I love the self-deprecating humour of Ruth. Looking forward to reading the rest in the series.

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jeannecrisp
Aug 29, 2016

Discovering a new series with a half dozen plus titles is better than a fancy wrapped package. What I enjoyed about this book, as well as the other 7 published to date, is that the writing is polished from the first page. I've read other series where you can watch the writer develop their skills from book to book. A discerning critic might notice Elly Griffiths growth as a writer as the series progresses, but to me she starts strong and stays strong. When they are not solving the crimes, the main characters grapple with realistic life issues that don't have obvious right and wrong choices. Now I have to add her to my "watch list" so I can await the next installment. In the meantime, I'm on the hunt for another series.

ArapahoeAlyson Aug 06, 2016

Loved the setting, Ruth and the archaeology tidbits. Great 1st book in a series

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