Ruth Galloway

10 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 7,208 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 1,106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 980
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 975

    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
    • Crime and archaeology - what's not to like?!

    • By Adrian on 05-06-11

    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 out of 5 stars 805
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 692
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 687

    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 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 705
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 553
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 550

    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
    • Gripping

    • By DrLMK on 18-12-11

    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 540
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 455
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 450

    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 771
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 691
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 685

    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 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 637
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 586
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 582

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent addition to the series

    • By Saffy on 24-02-14

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 7

    • The Ghost Fields

    • Ruth Galloway, Book 7
    • By: Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 625
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 573
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 573

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Average

    • By Stewart Webb on 10-10-15

    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 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 765
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 698
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 690

    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 807
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 736
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 727

    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 447
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 411
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 416

    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