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The House at Sea's End

(Ruth Galloway #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  12,944 ratings  ·  1,021 reviews
Ruth Galloway has just returned from maternity leave and is struggling to juggle work and motherhood. When a team from the University of North Norfolk, investigating coastal erosion, finds six bodies at the foot of the cliff, she is immediately put on the case.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Quercus Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Dec 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, mystery
This is the third book in this series. I enjoyed it less than the first two I read, so allow me to elaborate a bit on them.

The first book, The Crossing Places, was very chilling, and included pagan lore, history, and archaeology. I fell in love with the descriptions of the freezing salt marshes, the birds, the lonely cottage. The Janus Stone included Roman history, which I'm very interested in. I think the real pull for me with these books was the inclusion of my interests in great mystery plots
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was a very good addition to the Ruth Galloway series. The archeological aspect centers on the 1940 German invasion of the Norfolk shore and deaths of six German soldiers. Ruth is learning just what motherhood involves and the depths of her maternal feelings. As a single mother, she's struggling with the work/motherhood juggle, and several people are assisting with Kate's care. I'm glad this book finally dealt with Nelson's guilt, but I'm not as sure as Cathbad is about Nelson's feeling ...more
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm liking this series more and more, it's a very enjoyable story with a little more police work than forensic archeology this time.
Rachel Hall
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Despite belatedly coming to the novels of Elly Griffiths and meeting the unashamedly down to earth Dr Ruth Galloway, head of forensic archaeology at the University of North Norfolk, I have quickly fallen in love with this ultimate 'feel good' series. The House at Sea's End, the third outing in the series, is once again an engaging mix of character development amongst the regular cast and an excellent mystery which kept me puzzling until the very end. Set against the Norfolk coastline where the t ...more
Really enjoying this series because all of the recurring characters are interesting people, I love the British countryside, the writing is smooth and easy to fall into, and the audio narration is well done. In addition, it's a mystery series that has moments of humor and is low on violence.

There's really nothing more I look for from a mystery series than all of this. So I'll definitely be continuing on with it. I'm glad there are many unread volumes left 💙
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The House at Sea's End by Elly Griffith.

Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is a new mother of Kate. Ruth is having a hard time of juggling her work at the university, her archaeological interests and her new born baby. It seems daytime baby care doesn't last long enough and she finds herself needing someone else to pick up Kate or have permission to leave her there for that extra hour. So many extra hands ready to help out with baby Kate...all except for DCI Nelson.
On a stretch of seacoast j
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers
This is the third and now my favorite in Griffiths' Ruth Galloway series. The characters continue to develop, both the primary and the many good and important secondary ones. I really like the windswept and somewhat bleak Norfolk setting that seems to add to the story. Here, the personal details of the protagonists' lives become as important as the mystery and as complicated. I don't want to give any plot points away for anyone who hasn't read any of the books yet, but I highly recommend it to m ...more
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book, the 3rd in the series, down! I stumbled on this author by accident. Each book has not failed to grab my imagination. Her main character, Ruth Galloway, a forensic anthropologist,is down to earth, flawed, intelligent,a self doubting human being with a heart of gold. Ruth finds her way through life as best she can. Just like the rest of us.
In this installment, on the coast of Norfolk, we are returned to a time of fear and hatred during WWII. When six decomposed bodies are
Number three in the series and I’m still in love with the Ruth Galloway books.

In this installment (which, I guess, could be read as a stand alone), Ruth continues to be a strong independent character. 

Her baby is around the four month mark, and she is tying not to let the fact she is now a mother rule her every waking moment.  But like all women, she’ll need to work out how to juggle a baby and a career, and do so without being bitten by the guilt bug. Griffiths writes these scenes so well I’m g
Tanja Berg
The murder mystery in this book revolves around the skeletons of six exectued Germans turn up on land that is soon to be overtaken by the ocean due to erosion. It's exactly as boring as it sounds and although some old people in the now soon end up dead too, it still not all that titilating. I almost pulled it down to a two star rating.

What definitely weighed up were all the wonderful main characters of this series. Ruth, an archeologist, is returning to work after having had her daguther Kate. K
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Truth or Legend?

“The House at Sea’s End” is another fun Griffiths’ mystery. Archeologist professor and sometime police adviser Ruth Galloway is in the throes of new motherhood as she turns 40. She’s feeling happy but a bit freaked out trying to do it all by herself. She doesn’t want the father’s help so she muddles on. Then a friend from decades past who she’s shared some traumatic history with invites herself on an extended stay with Ruth. They met on a Bosnian dig where their goal was to recov
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
This is the third in the Ruth Galloway series, but my first Elly Griffith read. I had seen good reviews of the series, but was avoiding them because they sounded little "dry" to me. Believe me, this book was anything but.

This was easily read as stand a alone book - certainly I did not feel that I had missed out on anything by not reading the previous two. Although having said that, I am now going to go back and read them, having enjoyed this one so much.

A team of archaeologists investigating coa
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interestingly, my reaction to this one is identical to my reaction to The Crossing Places, the only other book in this series that I've read: I loved everything about it except the face-to-face show down between Ruth Galloway and the villain.

The plot is fascinating, and the characters are empathetic. Physical heroics are the one unbelievable aspect of Ruth; Griffiths should just let Ruth be the fat, middle-aged, intelligent, interesting, successful woman that she is. Confrontations with murderer
Luanne Ollivier
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was captured by Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway series from the first book, The Crossing Places and the second - The Janus Stone.

So I settled in to read the third - The House at Sea's End - knowing before turning a page that I would enjoy it.

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is ready to return to work from maternity leave. When a local research team discovers a skeleton during an erosion study in Norfolk, Ruth is called in. When they delve further into the little cave where the body seems to
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

I enjoy this series but have to say this third book was not up to par with the first two books. The book's focus was on a case from the past which wasn't entirely all that exciting. The police investigation leads to witnesses and people involved turning up dead and the police believe they have a killer on their hands who doesn't want the truth of the past to become known. This case is a little more interesting but the two are inseparably intertwined.

Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the Meridian library for my copy. The third book in the Ruth Galloway series will take back 1940 and the fear of Germany invading England. Ruth has returned to work after the birth of her daughter. Ruth is called to a Norfolk beach to check out bones from there. The bones appear to six individuals with hands tied behind there back and a bullet wound found in the neck. Who are these individuals? Where did they come from? Is this a war crime? I highly recommend this book and series.
I read through all three of these in less than a week, and now I want to go back to the beginning and read them again, to enjoy the writing, the story, the characters and the settings. Fascinating information about forensic archaeology, not too detailed for a mystery, but enough to teach something new.

Highly recommended!!
Aug 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
2.5 stars
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this 3rd book in Elly Griffith's "Ruth Galloway" series!
Review written December 5, 2018

4.3 Stars - Really good. A favorite crime series by now

Book #3
in the Ruth Galloway series
... A great audiobook listening (the Swedish edition) narrated in a truly delightful way by Angela Kovács.

Ruth Galloway is a forensic archaeologist living with her two cats (and nowadays also a baby) in a Saltmarsh cottage. - ... and I’m so much enjoying to follow this Ruth woman, her odd friends (like Cathbad), all these competing policemen and of course our lovely hero de
First Sentence: Two people, a man and a woman, are walking along a hospital corridor.

A team of archeologists studying coastal erosion uncover a number of skeletons neatly placed within a cleft of a cliff. Archeologist and forensic expert Ruth Galloway is brought in to work with DCI Harry Nelson, to determine the age and identity of the remains. The more they discover, the less someone wants them to find and others die trying to keep secrets buried.

Every now and then there is a review which I fin
The third in Elly Griffith's Ruth Galloway series is a continuation of great mystery, a little romance, and ancient and recent history. The characters now seem like old friends, and the setting of Norfolk yields up yet another fascinating mystery from the past that requires the skills of those different characters to solve. I'm delighted to see that the character of Cathbad, the local Druid, is an ongoing one. He is often the voice of calm and sense in a whirl of twisted events and emotions. In ...more
Cathy Cole
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Line: The tide is out.

Forensic archaeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway has just returned from maternity leave and is discovering how very difficult it is to juggle a newborn baby and the career that she loves. She is called in when a team surveying the effects of erosion on the Norfolk coast find bones in a ravine along the shoreline.

The bones date to World War II, and when Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson and his men begin asking questions, a Home Guard veteran reveals the existence of a se
Jul 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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Jo Chambers
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another good read in the Ruth Galloway series - my current favourite crime series. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist based in Norfolk, England, and she gets called in by the local police quite frequently to examine human bones. In this story, the bones of six German men apparently killed in the war. But someone is prepared to kill to cover up the secrets of those wartime years.
I enjoy the crime stories of this series but also just love the character of Ruth. She is now a single mun to baby Kate,
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I did a bit of research on the coastline and saltwater marsh where Ruth lives. It just intrigues me how these areas are so filled with history. This story continues development of Ruth's character and gives us insight about the early years of WWII. It was great, and very well done. Ruth and her baby, Kate, are also living through the first months of their mama/baby relationship, and my heart goes out to Ruth as she is so hard on herself as a first time mom. The only criticism that I have is the ...more
Nancy Ellis
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm continuing to thoroughly enjoy this series! The characters are delightful, and the plots are well done, not trite nor unbelievable. This book was particularly enjoyable to me as it revolved around a (fictitious) German invasion of the Norfolk coast in WW2. Ms. Griffiths has such a clever way with words! I love the way she injects humorous lines into serious narration and keeps you reading, hoping for more, and she never disappoints.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars for me
Half the time I think Ruth is brave and interesting and the other half finds me not caring and wishing I didn't have to know everything about her. Not a great deal of archaeology knowledge is put to the test in this one when skeletons are found at the base of eroding sea cliff atop of which sits the house at sea's end. Carbon testing points to war era Germans. I will probably read another book or two in the series.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a satisfying read, with an intriguing plot dating back to the Second World War, and a cast of quirky characters. My only regret is that I didn't start with the first book in the series because there were many references to things that happened in the past, some of them with a significant bearing on the present. The main issue for the central character Ruth Galloway, a forensic archaeologist, is her new status as an unwed mother and how to cope with a baby and a career. Now I will read t ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great Ruth Galloway mystery which has our heroine deciphering the mystery of six bodies found bound in a seaside cove. As always the setting works well to create a more threatening mood and Griffith's deft hands have us scrambling along with the character when it seems clear that baby Kate is in danger.

The one star I took off is because of Tatiana. I am not sure what her purpose is in the novel except to advance the notion that others confirm Ruth's perception of herself as a bad mother
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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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Ruth Galloway (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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