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The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2017-reading-challenge-read, 2017-netgalley-challenge

With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. I feel so lucky to have received a copy before its official release date.

I always look forward to the latest Ruth Galloway book, it is like meeting old friends. I have read the all the books in this series before, so I understand the tensions between Ruth, Nelson his Wife Michelle and Tim.

The story begins with Ruth excavating in a tunnel under the Guild Hall in Norwich. A bone was found by architect Quentin Swain who wants to build an underground restaurant. Ruth finds more bones which were probably 10 years old or less. She is worried because the bones were cooked which could mean cannibalism.

Meanwhile DCI Nelson is visited at the station by aftershave Eddie a homeless man who sleeps outside the police station at night. He is worried because another homeless woman called Babs has gone missing.

Nelson, DS Judy Johnson and David Clough try to find Babs without success. Then aftershave Eddie is found stabbed in front of the station, why would someone kill a harmless man like Eddie. Judy finds another homeless man called Bilbo who knew Eddie and Babs, he said that Babs had gone underground.

Nelson and the team go to see a senior lecturer at the local university about a possible underground community. The lecturer suspects there is a community but has never seen it himself or found anyone to confirm it. Then Bilbo is also found murdered in the same way as Eddie.

The case hots up when local mother of 4 Sam Foster-Jones vanishes after answering her front door and then Cloughs girlfriend Cassandra Blackstone. The only connection between the two ladies is they both attend a mother and baby group, which always has a drop in for the homeless upstairs.

Meanwhile Ruth's Daughter Kate is to appear in a play called Alice Underground with Cassandra. Also Ruth's Mother sadly has a stroke and she has to travel up to London. It was nice to get a glimpse of Ruth's parents who are not often mentioned. Cathbad, Judy's partner was also in the story but sadly only a bit part. The Ruth/Nelson love saga is still going strong. At the end of the book there is a startling revelation which stops Nelson and Ruth finally being together.

This was another page turner, which had me on the edge of the seat by the end. If you enjoy the Ruth Galloway series, you will like this new edition.

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Reading Progress

December 6, 2016 – Shelved
December 6, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
January 15, 2017 – Started Reading
January 15, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017-reading-challenge-read
January 17, 2017 –
9.0%
January 17, 2017 –
23.0%
January 19, 2017 –
51.0%
January 20, 2017 –
71.0%
January 21, 2017 – Finished Reading
August 5, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017-netgalley-challenge

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