The Janus Stone

The Janus Stone : Bones are buried beneath it and secrets hidden

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Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway - minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out - and fast. It turns out the house was once a children's home. Nelson traces the Catholic priest who used to run the home. Father Hennessey tells him that two children did go missing from the home forty years before - a boy and a girl. They were never found. When carbon dating proves that the child's bones predate the home and relate to a time when the house was privately owned, Ruth is drawn ever more deeply into the case. But as spring turns into summer it becomes clear that someone is trying very hard to put her off the scent by frightening her half to death...
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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 153 x 234mm | 495g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1849161585
  • 9781849161589
  • 474,949

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' is topically terrifying enough but far more so when it is combined with pagan rites ... bone-chilling stuff' Times. The Times
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'Her lead character is engagingly awkward enough to be perversely appealing ... on this evidence Griffiths has wrought something of a miracle' The Times. 'It's always a pleasure when an author's second book lives up to the promise of the first, and this is certainly true of the second in Griffiths's series... There's a satisfying meaty plot - family secrets, insanity and ancient mythology, both pagan and Roman - but it's Griffiths's dryly humorous writing and the appeal of her two main characters that make these books such a treat ... More please.' Guardian. ' is topically terrifying enough but far more so when it is combined with pagan rites ... bone-chilling stuff' Times.
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About Elly Griffiths

Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway novels take for their inspiration Elly's husband, who gave up a city job to train as an archaeologist, and her aunt who lives on the Norfolk coast and who filled her niece's head with the myths and legends of that area. Elly has two children and lives near Brighton. The Janus Stone is her second crime novel.
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4 45% (12,503)
3 23% (6,311)
2 3% (892)
1 1% (375)
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