My second audio book review is The Crossing Places by Ellie Griffiths.
After listening to the tomb of a book, which is Life After Life, I wanted something a little shorter and a tad easier to understand.
Forensic archaeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway is in her late thirties and lives happily alone with her two cats in a bleak, remote area near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants—not quite earth, not quite sea. But her routine days of digging up bones and other ancient objects are harshly upended when a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach.
Detective Chief Inspector Nelson calls Galloway for help, believing they are the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing a decade ago and whose abductor continues to taunt him with bizarre letters containing references to ritual sacrifice, Shakespeare, and the Bible. Then a second girl goes missing and Nelson receives a new letter—exactly like the ones about Lucy. Is it the same killer or a copycat murderer, linked in some way to the site near Ruth’s remote home?
Star Rating – 3.5 Stars
Ellie’s books are set in Norfolk, so not far from where I am, and I have a rough idea of where it is and where the university is supposed to be set – it’s great when you roughly know the area and can imagine it in your head!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I enjoyed the mystery and the fact that Ruth worked at the local university as an Archaeologist lecturer. It made for a different read with the main character in a crime novel not being a ‘normal sleuth’, although as an archaeologist, Ruth would be used to searching out the truth.
I also enjoyed the mystery mixed with a bit of folk lore and history, it all makes for a rather engaging read. It’ll also have you looking in your wardrobe before you head to bed at night!
A great start to a series and something I’m excited to read more of!
As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and what you think of it. And if you haven’t, will you be adding it to your TBR pile?