The Chalk Pit
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 o...more
Awesome book, highly recommend it. I think it is the best in the series, Dying Fall …morePublish date and release date aren't always the same unfortunately
Awesome book, highly recommend it. I think it is the best in the series, Dying Fall was my Fave until I read the Chalk Pit, love them all, but this is now my Fave!!!(less)
In this one though she outdid herself, as she tackles the homeless, the danger, lack of awareness and sympathy they endure daily. Well I guess in the UK they are called rough sleepers, here in the U.S we call them homeless, or if one is being politicall ...more
The Chalk Pit centers around the death and disappearance of homeless people in the area around King's Lynn. Ruth, who discovers a number of bones underground is, as ever, drawn into the mystery, which puts her in frequent (though not unwanted) ...more
In The Chalk Pit Ruth investigates some newly discovered bones which turn out to not be historic and which therefore involve the police. At the same time Nelson, Judy and Clough are investigating recent deaths and disappearances of homeless people. The tension really builds however when one of their own group disappears and panic set ...more
This book takes place in Norwich and features two things: the underground chalk tunnels and rough sleepers (homeless people). Ruth is called in to evaluate some bones foun ...more
I’m fast coming to the end of the Ruth Galloway series and it’s going to be an adjustment waiting for Elly Griffiths to write more.
Ruth, Nelson and the whole gang are just delightful characters. Even Jo Archer, Nelson’s new boss, comes across as fully formed. And Griffiths uses the landscape of King's Lynn as if it’s another character. Here, it’s the chalk mine tunnels that run under the city.
In this book, Johnson is investigating a female rough sleeper who has gone missing. I appreciated that ...more
It all kicks off when bones are discovered in an underground tunnel where work is about to start on the development of an underground restaurant (I’m not sure I’d be comfortable with that, I’ve always needed to see the outside world). But instead of being very old, the bones look re ...more
This mystery focuses on 3 missing women and 2 murdered men, the men are homeless and sleeping rough, one of the women are also in this situation but two of the missing women aren't, they ...more
Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate and discovers the bones are relatively new ...more
The story in this book was not that bad, at first, for the first 40-50% of the book was it interesting to read about the murdered tramps and the missing women, but then the story started to drag and I ...more
I know of no better example where this subject has been treated with compassion and understanding while being fundamental to the storyline.
It is also opportune that I am also concurrently reading Beneath the Killing Fields: Exploring the Subterranean Land ...more
But in this case the bones aren’t really the main show— rather a teaser for the crimes to come. Murders, kidnappings and a grand chase scene!
I totally didn’t guess the criminal and I was equally bowled over by the last few scenes.
And that epilogue? It just made me sad. Life is rarely what you want. However, one door closes and may ...more
It is the characters. I feel that I have grown to know them through the books. I want to catch up with their lives and see what it happening. I like every one of the repeating characters. Ruth is a special protagonist. She is intelligent ...more
I'm trying to save 5 stars for classic books but I must say in the world of Ruth Galloway this is a 5 star classic.
All the characters make an appearance. Dr. Ruth Galloway is called in to look at some bones discovered while excavating for a new restaurant. Ruth is sure the bones will prove to be medieval. Meanwhile, Harry Nelson and his team begin investigating the disappearance of a homeless woman (rough sleeper in British) reported by another rough sleeper Eddie. The community of roug ...more
I am grateful that at the end of each book there is an author’s note where she explains what is real, what is changed, and what is completely made up with places & people, etc. The general settings are real and the characters seem so much ...more
This is the 9th in the Ruth Galloway series and my 9th. Where do I begin...how do I begin? Just to say 5 stars is not enough for this excellent addition to the R.G. series.
Norwich has underground tunnels throughout ...chalk tunnels to be precise. Ruth's assistance is needed in identifying bones found in one of these tunnels. If they are ancient Ruth may be taking her class on another excavation to find any other bones hidden in these tunnels. At the same time DCI ...more
Ruth Galloway, a forensic anthropologist, is pulled in on a dig where she finds the boiled bones of someone who was fairly recently deceased. The police are called in to continue the dig. In the meantime one of the towns rough sleepers tells a trusted policeman that another homeless ...more
Ruth Galloway, a forensic archeologist, is called to investigate a set of human remains found in an old c ...more
Griffiths has created a bunch of characters I really like though, in a setting I love, and so will I continue with the series? That is a definite. The mysteries, for me, are always secondary to ...more
Cliffhanger alert! Before you read this book, make sure you have the next book in the series waiting! My mouth dropped open at the end of this book and I barely want to take the time to write a review before delving into the next book, The Dark Angel.
I give this book high marks for everything - plot, characters, setting, architectural and historical information and the continuing saga of the Galloway/Nelson extended family. Griffiths once again nails it in terms of a page-turning mys ...more
Dr. Ruth Galloway help is once again requested by the local police when several bones are found in the underground chalk mine tunnels under the city of Norwich. The bones have been boiled showing strong hints toward cannibalism. Meanwhile a local man, Eddie O’Toole asks DCI Nelson to investigate the disappearance of Barbara Mur ...more
This book is split across Norwich and (my birthplace of) Kings Lynn.
The book opens with a scene where some University students (one an acquaintance of Nelson’s daughter) spot a Jesus-style man in the middle of the road who then disappears – at the same place as a groun ...more
I have read and enjoyed all the Ruth Galloway series and this one is just as good as its predecessors. There is something endearing about Ruth as a heroine in that she doesn't always do everything right and she has the same fears and insecurities as many of us endure. In this tense mystery boiled human bones are found in a tunnel under Norwich and Ruth discovers that they are recent rather than centuries old. The police in the person of DCI Har ...more