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

Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich's web of underground tunnels. When forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway discovers the bones aren't as old as originally thought, it's time for DCI Nelson to launch a murder inquiry. What was initially just a medieval curiosity has taken a much more sinister nature....
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 stories both Ruth and the police have heard of a vast community of rough sleepers living in the old chalk-mining tunnels under Norwich, 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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"My favourite current crime series... a pleasure from start to finish." (Val McDermid)

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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

Another cracker from the world of North Norfolk

In the last Ruth Galloway book I felt the series was moving from archaeology centred to more of a crime novel, and The Chalk Pit seems to bear this out. I really enjoyed it, as it combines an interesting (if far fetched in places) novel with a real development of the differing characters. I know there are tunnels under many ancient cities, not to mention underground railways, but underground societies? Certainly gets the imagination going... Not to mention making me feel ashamed of the way I've often ignored rough sleepers and not considered their world.

The whole Nelson / Michelle / Ruth triangle gets more convoluted - no spoilers - and has the potential for a real car crash of a scenario in the next book. Giving Nelson a female boss certainly adds a twist, and the women are to the fore with Judy very much taking the lead. Poor Tania is unlikely to match her for years, if ever. Dave, well he's Dave, unreconstructed carnivore caveman, but you have to love him, well I do anyway. Cathbad seems to have settled for a househusband role but I hope we get to see more of the passionate Druid in later books.

Ruth has a lot to cope with emotionally, some good, some hard, so she's agonising less about her weight this time around - but some aspects of her behaviour don't change. She still manages to totally ignore a blatant clue when Kate hits her over the head with it in the middle of the night.

I know some people regretted the change (back) of narrators, but not me. Jane McDowell has done a great job from the 1st Ruth Galloway book, and I find all her characters believable, especially her version of Harry.

Overall? A cracker. This series is far from running out of steam, and I hope it continues.
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- Maggie

Book Details

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