Summary

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway has excavated a body from the grounds of Norwich Castle, a forbidding edifice that was once a prison. She believes the body may be that of infamous Victorian murderess Jemima Green. Called Mother Hook for her claw-like hand, Jemima was hanged in 1867 for the murder of five children in her care.
DCI Harry Nelson has no time for long-dead killers. Immersed in the case of three infants found dead, one after the other, in their King’s Lynn home, he’s convinced that a family member is responsible, though others on his team think differently. Then a child goes missing. Could the abduction be linked to the long-dead Mother Hook? Ruth is pulled into the case, and back towards Nelson.
©2014 Elly Griffiths (P)2014 Quercus Publishing plc
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5 out of 5 stars
By Saffy on 24-02-14

Excellent addition to the series

I have listened to all of Elly Grifiths Ruth Galloway books and this is definitely the best in the series. The plot is much tighter and the pace quicker than in some of the previous books and I was absolutely gripped. As usual the merging together of past and present is brilliantly done and the characterisation is excellent. I love the atmospheric Norfolk setting of the series particularly the descriptions of Ruth's home on the salt marshes. If you have not read any previous books in this series I would suggest starting at the beginning as the various relationships between the characters will make more sense. Clare Corbett reads this beautifully, although sometimes the male voices are not quite convincing! A highly recommended listen

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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Maggie on 14-09-15

Beware special offers...

I'd not heard of Elly Griffiths or the Ruth Galloway novels before this one appeared in an offer, and I thought It sounded ok, might as well give it a try

Oh dear - it has the lot. Archaeology, detectives, history - wonderful stuff, topped off by excellent narration and wonderfully evocative descriptions of the North Norfolk coast. A story that rattles along with several different strands.

The snag is it's No 6 in a series and it's hard to keep track of who's who and who's done what when they all have an established back history.

Nothing for it, I'll have to either read or listen to the previous 5. Just when I thought my credits would last the rest of the year... Thanks Audible!

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5 out of 5 stars
By C. A. Gelsinger on 03-09-14

You gotta understand, I love this series

Ruth Galloway is such a sympathetic character, not perfect, not beautiful, but intelligent and resourceful, determined and straightforward. She struggles to balance her life as a single mom with her job as a forensic anthropologist. This story continues her inquiries into the history of her North Norfolk home,along with a contemporary mystery that parallels the historical investigation. As with any book that is driven by character more than action, I am very pleased to have visited with Ruth for a spell. If you like Deborah Crombie, or Louise Penny, you'll be happy with this series by Elly Griffiths.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 15-06-15

Not as good as her others

Women readers should not try to talk like a man! It just sounds forced and terrible. Also, Ruth's child's voice screams out of the earphones in a blare.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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