The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway Series #9)

The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway Series #9)

by Elly Griffiths


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Winner of the CWA Dagger in the Library Award
Praise for Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway series
“Gripping.” —Louise Penny | “Highly atmospheric.” —New York Times Book Review 
“Remarkable, delightful.” —Associated Press | “Must-reads.” —Deborah Crombie
“Wonderfully rich . . . A great series.” —Guardian | “Smart, down-to-earth, and completely believable.” —Mercury News
Far below Norwich is a maze of old mining tunnels. When Ruth Galloway is called to examine a set of human remains in one of them, she notices the bones are almost translucent, a sign they were boiled soon after death. Once more, she’s at the helm of a murder investigation.
Meanwhile, DCI Nelson is looking for a homeless woman who he hears has gone “underground.” Could she have disappeared into the labyrinth? And if so, is she connected to the body Ruth found? As Ruth and Nelson investigate the tunnels, they hear rumors of secret societies, cannibalism, and ritual killings. And when a dead body is found with a map of what seems to be the full maze, they realize their hunt for the killer has only just begun—and that more bodies may be underfoot.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328915351
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Series: Ruth Galloway Series , #9
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 106,321
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

ELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Magic Men mystery series. She is the recipient of the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her work has been praised as “gripping” (Louise Penny), "captivating," (Wall Street Journal) and “must-reads for fans of crime fiction” (Associated Press). She lives in Brighton, England.

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The Chalk Pit 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Griffiths writes another gripping mystery with interesting characters that keep me reading. Ruth is a woman to be admired, and the ongoing subplots centering on the personal lives of the continuing characters keep me coming back for more with each new book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive waited and waited for another of Elly's wonderful books and "The Chalk Pit" was worth the wait. Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Somehow I missed that this book had been released last year. I love all of the characters and am especially drawn to Cathbad. Just when I think I have it sorted out the real murderer surfaces. I will be waiting impatiently for the next story in this series. Ruth is an intelligent woman who lives the life of many single mothers. Her child's father is typical of someone who wishes to eat his cake and have it too. But you can not help but like Harry because he is only human and is caught between what is right and what he really wants. A new female boss for Harry leads to some delightful conversations.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next Ruth Galloway book. Once I start reading I can't put it down. It keeps me on the edge of my seat.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rarely make it through all the books in a series, but this one is the exception. Great story and characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these books about Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson. Problem is I can’t put it down. So nice to have a book you can’t wIt to read. Start with the first book and get to know the characters. Can’t wait for the next one
Kathlingram More than 1 year ago
I am absolutely enthralled with this series..Too bad I am reading them out of order but eventually I can reread the whole series from start to finish.(Reason: I'm a book reviewer blogger and try to read my favorite authors from NetGalley but sometimes from E-Library loans) I am recommending them to my sister also ( and several hundred others through my blogs) This is book 9 and I so hated for it to end last night. In addition to the awesome mystery about "Rough Sleepers" and their possible "Underground" Ruth Galloway and DCI Harry Nelson came to an interesting part of their relationship, almost 10 years into it. So for folks like me who like their mysteries set in other eras or countries, this one is set in Norfolk and Dr. Ruth Galloway is a forensic archeologist who is "seconded" ( assigned to), the serious crime division of the Police department. Ruth herself lives in a remote area on the edge of the salt marsh outside of the town of Lynn and was part of a dig that excavated a wooden henge in past years. Rough sleepers is what we call homeless in the US and the Underground discussed has to do with a series of tunnels which are partly old chalk pits under the town. Some of the homeless begin to be murdered, one of them who sleeps on the porch of the Police headquarters and is know to many. Then some mysterious disappearances which even touch the police group Ruth works with. It ends in the underground and you need to start this series now! I recommend starting at the beginning which is "The Crossing Places" and has to do with the discovery and excavation of the Iron Age henge in the salt marsh. 5 Stars definitely
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elly Griffiths has a unique gift for bringing to life Ruth Galloway, Harry Nelson, and others who populate her novels -- including the settings for her novels. Once I started The Chalk Pit, I found it very difficult to put the book down. To say this is a page turner is an understatement. I'm looking forward to another Ruth Galloway adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating and engaging up to the last page.