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Crossing Places (Paperback)

Author:  Elly Griffiths
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0547386060
ISBN-13: 9780547386065
Sku: 211970854
Publish Date: 9/28/2010
Pages:  303
The start of an exciting new crime series featuring quirky, tart-tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway as she investigates a child''s bones found on a nearby beach, thought to be the remains of a little girl who went missing ten years before.
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When she’s not digging up bones or other ancient objects, quirky, tart-tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives happily alone in a remote area called Saltmarsh near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants—not quite earth, not quite sea.|
When a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach nearby, Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson calls Ruth for help. Nelson thinks he has found the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing ten years ago. Since her disappearance he has been receiving bizarre letters about her, letters with references to ritual and sacrifice.
The bones actually turn out to be two thousand years old, but Ruth is soon drawn into the Lucy Downey case and into the mind of the letter writer, who seems to have both archaeological knowledge and eerie psychic powers. Then another child goes missing and the hunt is on to find her. As the letter writer moves closer and the windswept Norfolk landscape exerts its power, Ruth finds herself in completely new territory—and in serious danger.
The Crossing Places marks the beginning of a captivating new crime series featuring an irresistible heroine.
Elly Griffiths launches a thrilling new mystery series starring Ruth Galloway, an English archaeologist who lives and works in a mystical region known as the Saltmarsh, near Norfolk. When the skeleton of a child is discovered on a nearby beach, Galloway is called in to assist Harry Nelson, the local chief inspector, with the identification process. Though Nelson suspects the bones are those of a young girl named Lucy Downey, who vanished 10 years ago, it turns out that the skeleton predates Lucy's disappearance-by about 2,000 years. When another little girl goes missing, Galloway must somehow connect the dots between the ancient bones, the missing children, and a series of eerie letters which hint at the renewal of an archaic sacrificial rite.


"[T]his is a cleverly plotted and extremely interesting first crime novel, highly recommended." 02/01/2009

"[A] highly atmospheric mystery." - Marilyn Stasio 02/14/2010

"A winning debut. Aficionados may guess the killer early on, but the first-rate characters and chilling story are entrancing from start to finish." (starred review) 08/15/2009

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0303
Product attributePublisher:   Mariner Books
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