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The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
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Mar 24, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery-crime

Ruth Galloway is not your typical literary heroine. For one thing, she's middle aged and overweight, and her last romantic attachment ended ten years ago. Now she's developed into a first rate archaeologist, specializing in the Bronze and Iron Ages. The police have sought her assistance with the identification of a skeleton discovered in the salt marsh near her remote Norfolk cottage, fearing that the remains are those of a missing little girl. Ruth also reviews a series of sinister letters that have been sent to the police.

Elly Griffiths has crafted a taut, compelling crime novel built upon appealing, down-to-earth characters and evocative settings. Her style is straightforward, enriched with literary and anthropological metaphors that are a perfect fit. It is not too difficult to spot the perpetrator, but there are twists and turns aplenty to pile on the suspense and menace as the story reaches its climax. As Ruth herself notes, sometimes you can't trust anyone except yourself.

Well done. Looking forward to a sequel.
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