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The Stone Circle

(Ruth Galloway #11)

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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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 373 pages
Published February 7th 2019 by Quercus
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Danielle Marshall The issue is that this book was released in the UK back on February 7th.
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The issue is that this book was released in the UK back on February 7th.
This series has had multiple release dates for different countries for many years now. I just have to make sure I don't search the reviews on Goodreads when this is going to be an issue. This happens with a few of my favorite authors since they are originally published in the UK.(less)

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Paromjit
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Elly Griffiths returns us to the North Norfolk coast with her character driven series featuring academic archaeologist and single mother Dr Ruth Galloway, once again serving as a consultant for the police team run by DI Harry Nelson. This is one of my favourite comfort series, one in which I delight in returning to the familiar characters and this time we come full circle in a mystery that connects to a case from the beginning of this series. Nelson is receiving anonymous letters that echo the p ...more
Beata
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This was my first book with Ruth Galloway, and a quite enjoyable read. Ruth gets engaged in another murder inquiry, this time it is a cold case of a murder of a teenager whose remains are uncovered on an archeological site. The plot kept me interested, however, I admit that not having read 10 Books I found it a little difficult to follow the main characters relationships as there is a lot of reference in the novel to their past. On the whole, I will read another offering by Ms Griffiths should t ...more
Diane S ☔
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lor-2019
We return to the world of Dr. Ruth Galloway. Dorset, the site of past Celtic civilizations, and a newly discovered stone circle. While excavating a discovery of bones, brings Ruth into the picture. An old skeleton of a girl, and a more recent one of another preteen girl. So once again, Judy, Nelson, and Ruth will share information and attempt to solve the mystery.

A new addition, an old love, a baby goes missing and the son of an old friend turned nemesis before his death. Her 11th in series, an
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Liz
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Nothing like starting a series with #11. I’ve not read the first ten of the Ruth Galloway series, so it took me a while to get all the characters and their relationships straight. And trust me, some of these relationships seem very complicated with lots of siblings and half siblings to keep straight. But I will say that Ruth endeared herself to me within just a few pages. She’s a no nonsense kind of gal. A single mom, an archeologist and a police consultant.

Even the case here harkens back to a
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Linda
Digging deep as always.

Echoes of the Bronze Age meet distinct notes of the ever present in The Stone Circle.

Dr. Ruth Galloway has been called out to the Saltmarsh near King's Lynn in Norfolk. An archaeological team has uncovered the remains of an ancient young girl within their dig. Ruth's heart always quickens with "the thrill of the dig". She's dedicated many years as a senior archaeological lecturer at the University of North Norfolk.

As the team sifts gently through the remains, they've made
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Sandy
Ok faithful fans, cast your mind back….remember book #1? It all began with the search for a missing little girl named Lucy Downey. Now that case has come back to haunt those involved. If your memory is as dodgy as mine, no worries. Nelson & Ruth remember it well.

When a stone circle is found on the salt marshes it yields the usual grave goods plus something that triggers memories of an old case…the skeleton of a young girl. It’s like stepping back in time in more ways than one & with Michelle du
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: 12 February 2016

DCI Nelson,
Well, here we are again. Truly our end is our beginning. That corpse you buried in your garden, has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year? You must have wondered whether I, too, was buried deep in the earth. Oh ye of little faith. You must have known that I would rise again.

You have grown older, Harry. There is grey in your hair and you have known sadness. Joy too, but that also can bring anguish. The dark nights of the soul. You could not save Scarlet
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Ingrid
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh no! I finished the book already! Now I will have to be veeeeery patient for the next one to come out.
Carolyn
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that I have only read the first book of this series, The Crossing Places, so I am very fortunate that this book circles back to the events of that novel. When forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway first met DC Nelson eight years ago it was to examine some bones found in the salt marshes near an Iron Age henge. Ruth had been a member of the original archaeological team that excavated the henge. That excavation was headed by a Norwegian, Erik Anderrson and now his son Leif is back t ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
This 11th installment in the Ruth Galloway series was a great place for me to jump back into the series. I had listened to the first two on audio and really enjoyed them, I didn’t realize there were so many.

So this book takes us back to the team that was involved in the Crossing Places book. We visit the Norfolk salt marshes again where another henge has been found and the dig is being headed up by none other than Erik’s Anderssen’s son, Leif. When bones are found at the site Ruth Galloway the b
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Richard
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A perfect story; all the ingredients here to ensure another Ruth Galloway book is well received.
First the reveal. What skin tone is Michelle’s baby?
Secondly, Frank dropping in and doing Nelson’s head in. “I’ll deport him”. Love that Flint has not taken to Kate’s Dad.
Finally, everyone gets a chance to shine it isn’t just the Ruth and Nelson show.
Hard to imagine this is the 11th instalment of this originally conceived as a ‘10’ book series. Elly’s imagination is not waning as she draws in the past
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Hilary
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Hilary by: Laura
Read as a buddy read with Lisa Vegan, this was another hard to put down story with some great characters, old and new, an interesting mystery and as usual one that wasn't easy to solve or guess the culprit.

This story is about two missing girls and an archaeological dig where another stone circle has been found. One event happened long ago, the other more recent.

As always with this series the characters are great and it's good to come back into their lives with each book. Time has passed and the
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
First I want to say that this is one of the best books in the series. I can be quite annoyed with both Ruth and Nelson. However, in this book both very behaving quite good. Although there are moments of when I thought; " Come on Nelson, you can't have your cake and eat it ". Now, that I've gotten that off my chest can I return to the story of the book.

One of the reasons for me liking this series is the combination of crime and archaeology. I love that Ruth is an archaeologist that now and then
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Cindy Burnett
Elly Griffith’s latest addition to the Ruth Galloway series deals with an old murder of a 12-year-old girl who disappeared 30 years ago. The mystery itself is pretty entertaining, but it is dragged out more than I would have preferred. The relationship aspects of this story line across the 11 books have been extended far beyond what a reader should have to endure. I personally am ready for there to be more resolution. Hopefully that will occur in the next installment or I may have to give up.
Kate
Elly Griffiths can do no wrong in my eyes. I love everything she writes and The Stone Circle is no exception. As usual, the murder mystery plays second fiddle to the characters and I wouldn't have it any other way. It's an absolute pleasure to spend time with these people (and their pets). Things do move along here and I was glued to it. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
Kathy
The 11th Ruth Galloway book may be the most perfect book in the series. Author Elly Griffiths has stolen my heart all over again with this tale. Set in Ruth’s home turf, or home marsh, this story takes us back full circle to where it all began in Crossing Places. With the Saltmarsh and Erik Anderssen and missing children and dead children and Ruth and Nelson working a case together and Cathbad the Druid involved. The very roots of this series guide this story, with ghosts of the past looming lar ...more
Lisa Vegan
4-1/2 stars

I’m now caught up with all the books out so far! It took only around 5 months to read the 11 books, and that’s while reading many other additional books. I flew through this one too because as usual it was hard to put down. These are truly addictive books. The twelfth book is out in the U.K. in February and in the U.S. in June, but that probably means I won’t get a library copy until July.

I read this as a buddy read with Hilary. I always love reading with her, all sorts of books. For
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Gail C.
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
THE STONE CIRCLE by Elly Griffiths is one of the most atmospheric novels I’ve read in a while. In this, the eleventh in the series featuring archeologist Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson, sometimes lovers who have gone their separate ways. This novel brings back memories and some characters or their relatives from earlier novels in the series. DCI Nelson has received anonymous letters in the past and is receiving similar letters now. When he follows the letters to a local archeological site he encou ...more
The Library Lady
Here's the thing: when an author has a successful series their editors seem to give them a lot more leeway, because they know the books will sell even if they're not their best efforts. Diana Gabaldon is a textbook example--between the longtime fans and the new ones via the TV series, it doesn't matter if Claire and Jamie are doing things that they've already done 4 books before. If it has her name on it, it sells.

This is especially notable here, where Griffiths notes in the afterword that she h
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Sue
Another great episode in Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway series.
Another henge, another stone circle has been unearthed on the Saltmarsh near Ruth Galloway’s cottage. With this discovery, thoughts of the an earlier discovery, memorialized in Crossing Places the novel that introduced Ruth, D.C.I. Harry Nelson and the area of King’s Lynn, are made fresh for many people in the area.

Ruth is, once again, called on for her forensic archaeology skills to assess the very old burial at the center of this
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Roman Clodia
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I *love* Ruth Galloway but have to admit this book feels like a re-run of the first couple: *yet another* girl's body is found out on the seahenge (how many is than now?) and yet again Ruth advises the police team. A cold case is re-opened of a girl who went missing in 1981, we have more weird letters, Erik's son appears to act in a suitably sinister fashion, and everyone (it seems) has a new baby. There's even the obligatory 'face the killer alone and with no back-up' scene, followed by the kil ...more
Steven
I really enjoy this series! I do need some closure in the love triangle though, for reals, yo.
Malia
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
It took me ages to finish this book, even though I generally love the series and had really been looking forward to it! The issues for me wasn't the mystery itself, though i did think it was one of the weaker ones, but rather the personal development, or lack therof. The characters are really what draws me to this series and I feel there has been real stagnation in their development in the last two books. There was a chance to do something really interesting here, but the author chose to keep up ...more
Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
I admit that I was disappointed to put this book down, but I think at this juncture Ruth and I must part. The last book was already very borderline, I am just soooo tired of the Ruth and Nelson thing and the relationships that have descended into melodrama and remind me of a telenovela. I adored the first 9, book 10 nope and book 11, well I cannot even finish it. The re-hashing of the plot of book 1, the same old themes, the characters all starting to turn into stereotypes and cardboard cut-outs ...more
Heidi
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-goal, mysteries
A solid mystery with an interesting cast of characters along with Ruth, Cathbad, Judy, Nelson and all the rest.

Several minor plot threads serve to both strengthen the story and provide some much needed red herrings.

As always, the past comes back to haunt the present. In this installment, that story line works better here.

My only disappointment is (as usual), the mysteries are solved but Ruth’s ongoing ambivalence over her personal love life continues... or does it?

Until next time— Thanks Ms
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Marianne
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
The Stone Circle is the eleventh book in the Ruth Galloway series by award-winning British author, Elly Griffiths. Nearly a decade ago, DCI Harry Nelson was the recipient of some anonymous letters that hampered his search for two missing girls. The writer of those letters, archaeologist Erik Anderssen, is dead. But now Harry and then Ruth, receive similar letters, exhorting them to “rescue the innocent buried” in the stone circle. Harry believes they have same mocking, erudite, menacing tone, bu ...more
Stephen Clynes
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Follow Dr. Ruth Galloway as she helps solve a mystery in Norfolk. Although this is the eleventh book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist and her skills are vital in getting to the truth.

I have enjoyed reading the Dr. Ruth Galloway series and the usual cast of characters return to this novel. This gives a very cosy reading experience as it is very much like watching the latest series of Cold Feet on ITV1 television. All the characters are well developed
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Ellen
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Stone Circle (Ruth Galloway, #11) by Elly Griffiths.

Letters have been received by DCI Nelson as well as Ruth. Threatening letters that seem familiar to letters from long ago. Letters that were written by Erik Anderson Ruth's mentor, who died a tragic death. Death is calling Ruth and DCI Nelson back to an unsolved case of Margaret Lacey. The murdered child that first brought Ruth and Nelson together.
This fantastically involved story is so worth the read. DCI Nelson finally reaches a mileston
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Susan Johnson
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
I am so mad at myself. I read this too fast and now I have no way to peek in on Ruth's life. How will I wake up and not know what is going on with DC Nelson, Cathbad and little Kate? I admit it. I am an addict and this is my very favorite series. I wish I could chain Elly Griffiths to her chair so she could just turn out Ruth Galloway books but she persists in writing other books. Yes, they are fine but they are not in the same league as this wonderful series.

Number 11 does not disappoint. A n
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Julie  Durnell
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england-uk, mystery
It's always good to catch up with Ruth and all her friends not to mention the ongoing romance with DCI Nelson. The forensic archeology is so interesting, the atmospheric setting in the Norfolk marshes is a great backdrop, it's just a very well done series!
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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.

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  • The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway, #2)
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  • A Room Full of Bones (Ruth Galloway, #4)
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