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A Room Full of Bones (Ruth Galloway #4)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  2,992 ratings  ·  336 reviews
On Halloween night, Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But upon arriving she finds the museum’s curator lying dead beside the coffin. It is only a matter of time before she and Detective Inspector Nelson cross paths once more, as he is called in to investigate.
Together they discover that before the curator...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published December 21st 2011 by Quercus
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Dec 26, 2012 Daenerys rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who don't know a thing about forensic archaeology
Shelves: thriller
Well, Elly Griffiths, this is starting to be really repetitive.
Ruth is depressed and overweight and she doesn't feel she's a good mother and she loves the depressing saltmarsh where she lives and she likes her job and blah blah. Yes, we get it.
Nelson is a tough working-class northern guy, and blah blah blah. We get that too, we heard it all before (about three times in three other books, in fact) with exactly the same words you used in this book. If you can't find an original way to give infor...more
I have read and enjoyed the first three books in this series by Elly Griffiths, about forensic archeologist Dr Ruth Galloway. But this one was a disappointment. The storyline is ridiculous, the characters are stereotypes who behave in the silliest of ways, the writing is clunky and the pace is sluggish. It simply doesn't live up to its predecessors. If you're wondering if you need to have read the other books in the series, the answer is no: however if you haven't read them, they're better books...more
I'm always pleased to hear that another Elly Griffiths novel is on its way and no less this time. The mystery was a little different in this outing, with Ruth, the forensic archaeologist, more removed from the central action than in prior books. But she is very involved with the central characters and these novels are as much about the characters as the mystery.

The story involves a small, local museum and the planned opening of a recently unearthed casket of a medieval bishop. Moving on from thi...more
Susan Johnson
I really like this series. Ruth is such an unique character and her supporting characters are interesting in their own right. This one does not really involve Ruth's skills as a forensic archeologist but two different mysteries twine themselves throughout the story. Kate, Ruth's daughter, is one now and is starting to develop a personality.

The story involves a misplaced casket of a medieval bishop who has some surprising secrets. These secrets push Nelson and Ruth to a new dimension in their r...more
This latest in the Ruth Galloway mystery series started out okay but then fizzled out. I think the worst part was when all sense was abandoned and one drug tripping hippie type entered the dreams of a friend who was lying in hospital close to dying from a deadly spore he inhaled while standing too near a coffin being opened after a few hundred years. Really? I have been waiting for the series to offer up a little more forensics archeology (that's what the main character supposedly does for a liv...more
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My opinion: Lovers of Kathy Reich's will enjoy this British archaeologist who gets into as much trouble as Temperance Brennan, but is much more approachable and imperfect than her American counterpart.

In general, I feel that the writing of Ms. Griffiths is much more approachable than Ms. Reich's current releases. The books still have the feeling of being fresh and the characters not worn out. Furthermore, I enjoy the characters of this book. As stated pr...more
A Room Full Of Bones
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My " in a nutshell" summary...

Ruth, Kate, Nelson...are not allowed to see each other. Nelson and Ruth are sort of involved due to the nature of the crime...Ruth is doing her best to raise Kate without any visits or help from Nelson...who is Kate's father. In this's all about the bones and heads and Aboriginal skulls that are not where they belong.

My thoughts after reading this book...

That above summary sounds confusing...doesn't it...but the thing...more
A couple of years ago, I picked up the inaugural book in this series, The Crossing Series, for our local library adult reading group. The series features Ruth Galloway, an overweight, introverted forensic anthropologist and archaeology teacher at a local university. The series is set in a seaside area not far from Brighton. This is the fourth book in the series. Ruth will soon be celebrating Kate's birthday. Kate is nearly a year old now and, of course, has changed Ruth's life completely. Kate i...more
This is definitely not the best book of the series at all. I found the constant references to the previous stories quite tedious. If you have read them all, as I have, then it's very repetitive in the extreme and seems to take a large portion of this book up because of it.

I did find some of the plot quite implausible but on the whole I did like it but not enough to give it more than a three star rating.

I just love Cathbad and I hope he stays in Elly's next books as he is a really interesting c...more

If I’ve had a long work week and am “peopled out,” one of my favorite things to do is come home, curl up, and lose myself in an absorbing book. Elly Griffiths’ books offer that kind of reward, and every time I get one, I look forward to a couple of days of pure enjoyment. A Room Full of Bones is the fourth in a series of mysteries investigated by Ruth Galloway, a forensic archaeologist/university lecturer, and DCI Harry Nelson. It was another satisfying, absorbing read.

The novel starts with the...more
I am going to go with 3 1/2 stars because I like the series so much.

This is the fourth in a series and I have read them all, more or less in order. I read #3 first and then went back to catch up. The stories build off of each other, the characters develop, and key events from prior novels are mentioned so it is best to read them in order to avoid spoilers and get the full enjoyment.

I am a huge fan of this series and I recommend it highly to people who enjoy light mysteries with a good bit of hum...more
Dana Burgess
A Room Full of Bones is the second of Elly Griffiths’ books that I have read. She is one of the exceptions to my personal reading rules – I don’t read British authors and I don’t read books that feature the same protagonist across several volumes. I DO read and thoroughly enjoy British author, Elly Griffiths, ‘Ruth Galloway mysteries’. So what makes these books worth the deviation?
1) Ruth Galloway. She is overweight, down to earth, unassuming, intelligent, insecure, fabulous… I could go on. I lo...more
When forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway arrives early at a museum for the opening of the coffin of a medieval bishop, she finds the body of the curator. The death appears to be natural causes, but the police are called in to be sure.

Detective Inspector Harry Nelson, the married father of Ruth’s one-year-old daughter, arrives and, as might be expected from the state of their relationship at the end of the previous book in the series, the encounter proves awkward.

Nelson, who is in the midst of a...more
Cathy Cole
First Line: The coffin is definitely a health and safety hazard.

The coffin in question belongs to a medieval bishop named Augustine who is dug up when the site of his burial is scheduled to be turned into a huge grocery store. Despite all the warnings Augustine gave about leaving his remains alone, a small "unveiling" is scheduled in the Smith Museum, presently owned by one of Augustine's descendants. Forensic archaeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway has been asked to preside over the opening of the coff...more
First Sentence: The coffin is definitely a health and safety hazard.

Professor and forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway arrives at a family-owned museum to supervise the opening of the family’s ancestor, a medieval bishop. Instead, she finds the body of the museum curator dead of an apparent heart attack. His death is followed by that of the Museum owner and owner of a horse-training stable, who had received threatening letters regarding the repatriation of Aboriginal skulls to an Australian repre...more
Ruth & Nelson just keep getting better and better. There was somewhat less archaeology in this one, more pagan/indigenous culture -- still riveting in my view. Ruth's evolution as a new mother is complex and compelling. She's deeply loving of Kate, but she's awkward with "mommy culture," unsurprisingly. Her relationship with Nelson remains complicated and very real. I continue to love Cathbad as a fully developed pagan man (a Druid) who is comfortable with living in the Mystery, yet retains...more
I'm not sure what I was hoping for in reading another Ruth Galloway mystery. This one started off as a promising page turner built around the questions concerning the bones of Australian Aborigines and a Christian Bishop. However in the end I felt disappointed. This series has tried to tread both sides of the line between the rational world and various spirit worlds, keeping you guessing about what "really" happened. Maybe that isn't for me. The real world explanations for several deaths seem so...more
Mandie Kok
This was the least successful book in the series so far.

First of all, the storyline drifted too far off course from gloomy British marshes for my liking. Going to fetch characters all the way from Australia felt like a bit of a stretch.

Secondly, the developing relationship between Ruth and Harry came to an abrupt end, which was only resumed near the end of the story. I find these two characters so interesting and their attraction to each other so compelling, I really wanted to see more growth fr...more
I enjoy this series. Ruth Galloway is a likable and realistic character. The books always have a bit of history, a bit of mysticism, and a bit of normal human drama. This one centered around a wealthy family with stables of race horses, holding on to a,dusty museum with artifacts collected by their ancestors. As usual there were myths and kooky characters and in the end the mystery was solved by good police work! I look forward to the next book.
4th in the Dr Ruth Galloway series. Kate, Ruth and Harry's daughter, is a year old. Michelle, Harry's wife, has declared Harry's to have nothing to do with Ruth and Kate. Cathbad is about. Ruth is working on the Bishop's Coffin/surprising discovery. Harry and his crew are working on parallel mysteries: sudden influx of drugs in the community and the death of museum curator. There's murders, mysteries, Aborigines, and some romance. Good read.
I love this series. Ruth Galloway is one of those characters who I feel a type of kinship with. She has struggles with everything from her body to her child. The plot of this book was a little different. She wasn't off digging, which was a small disappointment. But, I learned so much more about the people that it kept me reading almost nonstop until I finished this great, fun book.
I was immediately comfortable when I opened this book. Having read the previous three books Ruth is now like an old friend.
Elly Griffiths has a way of observing real life in here writing which makes whatever she suggests plausible. Extraordinary things happen to ordinary people and this makes A Room Full Of Bones, despite the spiritual/mythical undertones, the most believable of crime novels.
Sandy Weir
I got rather out of sequence on this series and read it before I managed to find " Dying Fall". None the less I was relatively at ease making the necessary connections in the flow of Ruth and Kate's lives to be able to force it into good sense. For one thing Kate's father does not see her, but I would have not know that from what happened later. Anyway, I think reading them in sequence is the best way to insure you get the most out of these delightful reads.
I was facinated with the references to...more
Elaine Bougie
I enjoyed this Ruth Galloway mystery, perhaps the most of the four books in the series, which I've been reading in eBook or audio audio book form over a period of time. I'm not certain if this is because there was a break in the repetitive visits to the marshes in some of the other books, because I've gotten used to the human peccadilloes wound into the series narrative, because Griffiths' characters have become quite believable and enjoyable, by now, or some combination of all these. Griffiths...more
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others. I'd give it 3 and a half stars. The disjointed story lines turn out in the end to be related which made it more satisfactory at the end.
Carey Combe
The characterisation in these stories never fails to disappoint.
Ruth is asked to investigate the bones of a medieval bishop. When she enters the Smith Museum to speak to the curator, she finds him dead on the floor next to the coffin. She discovers that there is a group of people who are trying to get aborginal bones back to Australia and that strange things have been happening at the horse farm owned by Mr. Smith, of the Smith Museum. Then a big thing happens when she investigates the bones of the bishop! And Nelson almost dies but is brought back to life b...more
You have no idea how I had waited for this book to arrive. I love this series, but unfortunately, this is the slowest most monotonous of the bunch. A rehashing of the last three books, with sections that read more like thoughts than actual sentences. Just so she will not completely lose the reader, there are bits of a new storyline thrown in to keep the reader moving forward.

So, what did we learn? Nelson’s wife does have multiple jealous bones in her body, but just might love her husband enough...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

I loved the fourth entry in the Ruth Galloway mystery series. Elly Griffiths has managed to combine the unrelated but unique topics of Australian Aborigines and horse racing to create a fascinating murder mystery which is directly related to the main character's profession of forensic archaeology. Griffiths keeps the reader on her toes, sending us down quite a few rabbit trails so we never know who to trust in this story with a wide pool of potential suspec...more
Luanne Ollivier
A Room Full of Bones is the newly released fourth book in Elly Griffith's Ruth Galloway series.

Ruth is a forensic archaeologist in England. She's been called in to a local museum to oversee the opening of a coffin that purportedly holds the bones of a medieval bishop. But when she arrives earlier than planned, she finds the curator dead and the body still warm. She calls for help and it arrives in the person of DCI Harry Nelson and his sidekick Clough.

We were left with a bit of a cliffhanger in...more
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Has the series improved.. 2 13 Jul 06, 2014 09:18AM  
  • Red Bones (Shetland, #3)
  • Dead Scared (Lacey Flint, #2)
  • The Betrayal of Trust (Simon Serrailler, #6)
  • The Book of Killowen (Nora Gavin, #4)
  • Dancing with the Virgins (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry, #2)
  • The Sound of Broken Glass (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #15)
  • The Reckoning (Maeve Kerrigan, #2)
  • The Blood Detective
Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway novels take for their inspiration Elly's husband, who gave up a city job to train as an archaeologist, and her aunt who lives on the Norfolk coast and who filled her niece's head with the myths and legends of that area. Elly has two children and lives near Brighton. Though not her first novel, The Crossing Places is her first crime novel.

More about Elly Griffiths...
The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway, #1) The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway #2) The House at Sea's End (Ruth Galloway, #3) A Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway #5) The Outcast Dead (Ruth Galloway #6)

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