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The Stone Circle

The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries, Book 11
Narrated by: Jane McDowell
Length: 10 hrs
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Summary

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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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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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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  • jk
  • 20-02-19

Good Read. !

It was great being in amogst the characters again. Great story and narator as always

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  • Roberta
  • Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, United Kingdom
  • 19-02-19

Too short, too long awaited

These stories are great but there is not much substance to them. One loses the plot, literally, by the time the next one comes along. Work a bit faster, Elly!

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  • VP
  • 19-02-19

amazing story. look forward to next one!

amazing story. looking forward to next one! fantastic characters just get stronger and more realistic.

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Another great 're a d for Elly Griffiths

As always, this author has me hooked from the very beginning to the last word. I'm thinking there could be another baby on the way for Ruth and Nelson. I feel that know the character's personally now. Brilliantly read by Jane McDowell.

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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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Not the best but still very good

Worth waiting for, when I first started listening to the Ruth Galloway series, I wasn't too sure I liked the present tense style of writing but it's grown on me. This one has the usual twists and turns, lives intertwined and sub plots. All in all well worth listening to.

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Didn't live up to expectations

[slight spoilers] Personally I am disappointed with this book. I have been looking forward to it coming out for ages, had it on pre-order.

Perhaps I had my expectations set too high but I thought we would see some movement in the plot of Ruth and Nelson after everything that has happened recently in their storyline. In fact it felt like there were only a few sentences in the few book that really addressed it - blink and you miss them - or in my case not be 100% paying attention to the audio at that point.

I felt the author could have elaborated on the 'carnations' scene, which was all "off-stage" - what did they say to each other, what happened, why did Ruth change her mind? Instead there was just a perfunctory one-liner about it.

As for the murder mystery, I think there was a good cast of characters but some underuntilised and not really properly expanded or explained. I think the murderer in the 80s should have been one of the children, that would have been much more interesting.

I will no doubt get the next book when it comes but if the entire series is just going to painfully drag out Nelson and Ruth to try and keep us buying books, then I don't think that is a good ploy.

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  • susan
  • United Kingdom
  • 16-02-19

One more please

Loved it .As usual you just want Ruth to have a happy ending with Nelson. But. Hope there is a number twelve as I can’t get enough of this romantic detective and mesmerising atmosphere of the Norfolk I live in and love.