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The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
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Mar 26, 12

bookshelves: fiction-foreign, history
Read from March 22 to 23, 2012

A very solid, satisfying mystery, relying less on the standard detective format but spending more time on the setting and the lead characters. I especially liked the author's portrayal of Dr. Ruth Galloway, an archaeologist at a university in Northern England. Her independence appealed to me almost as much as it appealed to the police detective in the story. The author's detailed, professional knowledge of the archaeology of Northern England kept me quite busy, checking the Kindle encyclopedia. The ending of the story is not as solid as the rest of the novel - perhaps a bit too neat and perfect. Nevertheless, I read the first chapter of Elly Griffiths' second novel in the Ruth Galloway cycle and will probably pick up a copy soon.
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