The Chalk Pit : Ruth Galloway

  • by Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by Jane McDowell
  • Series: Ruth Galloway
  • 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

There's something dark lurking in the tunnels under Norwich. When freshly buried bones are discovered, the police call on forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway to investigate a mysterious homicide.
Winner of the 2016 CWA Dagger in the Library.
Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich's web of underground tunnels. When Dr Ruth Galloway discovers they were recently buried, DCI Nelson has a murder enquiry on his hands. The boiling might have been just a medieval curiosity - now it suggests a much more sinister purpose.
Meanwhile, DS Judy Johnson is investigating the disappearance of a local rough sleeper. The only trace of her is the rumour that she's gone 'underground'. This might be a figure of speech, but with the discovery of the bones and the rumours both Ruth and the police have heard that the network of old chalk-mining tunnels under Norwich is home to a vast community of rough sleepers, the clues point in only one direction.
Local academic Martin Kellerman knows all about the tunnels and their history - but can his assertions of cannibalism and ritual killing possibly be true? As the weather gets hotter, tensions rise. A local woman goes missing, and the police are under attack. Ruth and Nelson must unravel the dark secrets of The Underground and discover just what gruesome secrets lurk at its heart - before it claims another victim.

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Fast fiction

Plots getting increasingly far fetched and the author's carelessness about history becoming more obvious. Why write about archaeology if you have only a dim grasp of the past?
St Paul as a ex-Roman soldier? A church dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, ridiculously sited in 15th century Norfolk - a miracle indeed - and continuing under that name into Anglican times!
Given the new age, pagan company Ruth Galloway keeps, and her eccentric choice to live with her cat in a desolate, isolated cottage in the neck end of nowhere, it's a wonder she's not been condemned as a witch, since everyone she knows falls into peril sooner or later.
The narrator's attempts at non-English accents are pitiful, as is the author's understanding of how people talk and live outside London.
However, it's acceptable bedtime listening, if you let it roll past; not a time for literature or challenge, as you doze off.
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- Mary Carnegie "redcarnegie"

One of my favourite series

I was much looking forward to a new Ruth Galloway tale and this one didn't disappointment. The tale was a tiny bit far fetched and the ending straggled on a bit but but this was still a highly enjoyable listen. Brought to life as always remarkably well by Jane McDowell our favourite characters are all there with Judy playing a significant role in this investigation. I do hope that Elly Griffiths continues with this series and the endlessly intriguing relationship between Ruth and Nelson. I am fascinated that the author can have created such a splendid series as this and missed the mark so soundly with the Stephens and Mephisto books which I have found terribly disappointing.
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- Linda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-02-2017
  • Publisher: Quercus