Winner of the 2016 CWA Dagger in the Library.
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'. This might be a figure of speech, but with the discovery of the bones and the rumours both Ruth and the police have heard that the network of old chalk-mining tunnels under Norwich is home to a vast community of rough sleepers, the clues point in only one direction.
Local academic Martin Kellerman knows all about the tunnels and their history - but can his assertions of cannibalism and ritual killing possibly be true? As the weather gets hotter, tensions rise. A local woman goes missing, and the police are under attack. Ruth and Nelson must unravel the dark secrets of The Underground and discover just what gruesome secrets lurk at its heart - before it claims another victim.
©2017 Elly Griffiths (P)2016 Quercus Publishing
Plots getting increasingly far fetched and the author's carelessness about history becoming more obvious. Why write about archaeology if you have only a dim grasp of the past?
St Paul as a ex-Roman soldier? A church dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, ridiculously sited in 15th century Norfolk - a miracle indeed - and continuing under that name into Anglican times!
Given the new age, pagan company Ruth Galloway keeps, and her eccentric choice to live with her cat in a desolate, isolated cottage in the neck end of nowhere, it's a wonder she's not been condemned as a witch, since everyone she knows falls into peril sooner or later.
The narrator's attempts at non-English accents are pitiful, as is the author's understanding of how people talk and live outside London.
However, it's acceptable bedtime listening, if you let it roll past; not a time for literature or challenge, as you doze off.
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
I have read the whole Ruth Galloway series. I feel compelled to continue with it, but that is because I love the back story. The regular characters are a great bunch, and the relationships between Ruth, Nelson and Michelle are very engaging. I must though, finally admit that the crime fiction elements are weak. This one may be the weakest yet.
Elly Griffiths and her Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries never disappoint. Loved it. Again beautifully read by Jane McDowell.
Love books - audible been a god send with a new puppy - something to listen to in the early hours!
I do hope this isn't the last of the Ruth Galloway books. Really enjoyed the whole story.
Of the narration: some of the phrasing jars occasionally but still enjoyable.
Waited eagerly for this volume and it didn't disappoint. Ruth,Nelson,Clough and other familiar characters continue to develop and are 3 dimensional. An interesting newcomer, in the shape of Nelson ' s new boss also promises to be more than the cardboard cutout, fast track, eye on the prize, ballsy female in a "man's" world, than she first appears - at least I hope so. Can't wait to see what develops next in the Nelson household as they may find themselves welcoming more new additions to the family than they bargained for. The intriguing Cathbad took more of a back seat this time round - let's hope his mystical powers are being re - charged and we'll see more of him on the next outing. I hope it's not too long before I'm back in Norfolk with Ruth and the gang.
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