Ruth Galloway

11 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 8,176 ratings

The Crossing Places 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
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Archeological based who dun it

    • By Linda on 14-09-14

    Regular price: £17.19

  • Book 2

    • The Janus Stone

    • By: Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 903
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 784
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 779

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A real page turner!

    • By A. Joyce on 14-01-12

    Regular price: £18.49

  • 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 921
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 754
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 751

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My favourite out of the first three!

    • By Ann D on 05-03-16

    Regular price: £19.79

  • 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
      4.5 out of 5 stars 627
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 535
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 529

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent

    • By Charmaine on 07-12-14

    Regular price: £18.49

  • Book 5

    • Dying Fall

    • A Ruth Galloway Investigation
    • By: Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 842
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 754
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 748

    Shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library. 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
    • readers

    • By Margaret on 25-04-13

    Regular price: £18.99

  • 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 693
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 638
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 634

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Beware special offers...

    • By Maggie on 14-09-15

    Regular price: £19.99

  • 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 680
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 622
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 623

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another intriguing Norfolk mystery

    • By Clare C on 15-04-15

    Regular price: £19.99

  • 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 817
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 743
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 735

    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
    • A subtle change of direction for Ruth?

    • By Maggie on 11-02-16

    Regular price: £21.99

  • 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 871
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 792
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 784

    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
    • One of my favourite series

    • By Linda on 01-03-17

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 10

    • The Dark Angel

    • Ruth Galloway Mysteries, Book 10
    • By: Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 539
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 496
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 497

    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!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great listen, excellent work!

    • By Jude on 09-02-18

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 11

    • The Stone Circle

    • The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries, Book 11
    • By: Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: Not Yet Known
    • Unabridged
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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. 

    Regular price: £21.99