The House at Sea's End

The House at Sea's End

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There is already a neat trench in the narrow gap between the tall cliffs. Nelson looks at it with pleasure . . . Then he looks closer. The trench appears to be full of bones.
Elly Griffiths's Ruth Galloway novels have been praised as "highly atmospheric" ("New York Times Book Review") and "remarkable" ("Richmond Times-Dispatch"). Now the beloved forensic archeologist returns, called in to investigate when human bones surface on a remote Norfolk beach.
Just back from maternity leave, Ruth is finding it difficult to juggle motherhood and work. The presence of DCI Harry Nelson--the married father of her daughter, Kate--does not help. The bones, skeletons of six men with their arms bound, turn out to be about seventy years old, which leads Nelson and Ruth to the war years, a desperate time on this stretch of coastland. Home Guard veteran Archie Whitcliffe reveals the existence of a secret the old soldiers have vowed to protect with their lives. But then Archie is killed and a German journalist arrives, asking questions about Operation Lucifer, a plan to stop a German invasion, and a possible British war crime. What was Operation Lucifer? And who is prepared to kill to keep its secret?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 353 pages
  • 135 x 211 x 33mm | 476g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0547506147
  • 9780547506142
  • 1,652,868

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There is already a neat trench in the narrow gap between the tall cliffs. Nelson looks at it with pleasure . . . Then he looks closer. The trench appears to be full of bones.
Elly Griffiths's Ruth Galloway novels have been praised as "highly atmospheric" ("New York Times Book Review") and "remarkable" ("Richmond Times-Dispatch"). Now the beloved forensic archeologist returns, called in to investigate when human bones surface on a remote Norfolk beach.
Just back from maternity leave, Ruth is finding it difficult to juggle motherhood and work. The presence of DCI Harry Nelson--the married father of her daughter, Kate--does not help. The bones, skeletons of six men with their arms bound, turn out to be about seventy years old, which leads Nelson and Ruth to the war years, a desperate time on this stretch of coastland. Home Guard veteran Archie Whitcliffe reveals the existence of a secret the old soldiers have vowed to protect with their lives. But then Archie is killed and a German journalist arrives, asking questions about Operation Lucifer, a plan to stop a German invasion, and a possible British war crime. What was Operation Lucifer? And who is prepared to kill to keep its secret?
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PRAISE FOR THE RUTH GALLOWAY MYSTERY SERIES "Elly Griffiths draws us all the way back to prehistoric times . . . Highly atmospheric."--"New York Times Book Review"
"Ruth Galloway is a remarkable, delightful character brilliant, wry, determined, and independent, almost to a fault--readers are sure to clamor for the next book in the series."--Associated Press
"Ruth is one of the more wonderful creations in recent crime fiction."--"Ann Arbor News"
"Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway stirs up fears and passions among the living even as she unearths Iron Age remains. She's an uncommon, down-to-earth heroine whose acute insight, wry humor, and depth of feeling make her a thoroughly engaging companion."--Erin Hart, Agatha and Anthony Award-nominated author of "Haunted Ground" and "Lake of Sorrows
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"Elly Griffiths's Ruth Galloway--a forensic archaeologist who is prickly, tough, awkward, and vulnerable--makes the perfect amateur sleuth, and jaded copper Harry Nelson is the perfect foil. These books are must-reads¬--I can't wait for the next one."--Deborah Crombie, author of the Duncan Kincaid\Gemma James series
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Praise for "The House at Sea's End" "A wonderful atmosphericmystery."- "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"Praise for The Ruth Galloway Mystery series: "Elly Griffiths draws us all the way back to prehistoric times...Highly Atmospheric."--"New York Times Book Review" "Griffiths's third ("The Janus Stone", 2010, etc.) offers not only an excellent mystery but a continuing exploration of the lives of complex...characters." -Kirkus Reviews (starred)"Expect to be swept away by Griffith's third compelling forensic anthropology entry (after "The Crossing Places" and "The Janus Stone"). The author is a past Mary Higgins Clark Award winner, and her gothic, romantic-suspense workmanship is superb."-Library Journal (starred) "Solid characterization, believable forensic science, great atmosphere, and a mystery that stretches back decades all make this another winner from the talented Griffith." -Booklist "Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway stirs up fears and passions among the living even as she unearths Iron Age remains. She's an uncommon, down-to-earth heroine whose acute insight, wry humor, and depth of feeling make her a thoroughly engaging companion." -Erin Hart, Agatha and Anthony Award nominated author of "HAUNTED GROUND" and "LAKE OF SORROWS" "Forensic archeologist and academic Ruth Galloway is a captivating amateur sleuth - an inspired creation. I identified with her insecurities and struggles, and cheered her on. The Saltmarsh where Ruth lives in isolation conjures a background of intense menace propelling this gripping story to a surprising and terrifying ending. This is a book rich in plot, character and setting and heralds an exciting new voice on the crime scene."-- Louise Penny " "
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11,353 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 26% (2,917)
4 46% (5,217)
3 25% (2,798)
2 3% (357)
1 1% (64)

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Reason for Reading: Next in the series. I enjoy this series but have to say this third book was not up to par with the first two books. The book\'s focus was on a case from the past which wasn\'t entirely all that exciting. The police investigation leads to witnesses and people involved turning up dead and the police believe they have a killer on their hands who doesn\'t want the truth of the past to become known. This case is a little more interesting but the two are inseparably intertwined. While the murder investigations are going on \"Sea\'s End\" mainly seems to concern itself with the private lives of the two main characters Ruth and Harry, plus those of some minor characters within the police department as well. I enjoy mystery series that contain a continuous story throughout with the main characters but this time the personal relationships overshadowed the mystery theme and I didn\'t really come upon any surprise twists. One thing I did appreciate was the further development of Cathbad\'s character who has been proven to much more human in this entry, rather than the eccentric buffoon he\'s been up to this point. Another point I was puzzled with was the over emphasis on Catholicism. Almost every character either was or had something to say about being a lapsed Catholic, anti-Catholic, or just shamed of their Catholicism. Of course, Harry\'s struggle with his Catholic upbringing and faith has been discussed in the series before. But this was so prevalent, with so many characters, I actually thought it was going to be a plot point in the solution of the case, but ended up realizing it was just the author\'s personal bias showing through. A decent enough mystery, it held my attention and I read it quickly but not as good as the first two Galloway mysteries. Hopefully the latest one gets back on track.show more
by Nicola Mansfield
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