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Ruth's First Christmas (Ruth Galloway Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Elly Griffiths
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It is three days before Christmas and a bitter wind is blowing across Norfolk.

Until her daughter was born, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway didn’t do Christmas, but now that Kate is a year old, she wants it to be special.

She must get a tree, shop for food, clean the house, buy presents, including one for her new boyfriend—who she isn’t even sure is her boyfriend—and remember to get the turkey out of the freezer.

But time is rushing by and the best-laid plans don’t always work out …

Product Details

  • File Size: 360 KB
  • Print Length: 29 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (November 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFDUN72
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,496 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Stocking Stuffer for Ruth Galloway Fans December 3, 2012
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This short story (the equivalent of around 25 pages) about Ruth Galloway is for fans only. There is only the tiniest mystery, and the rest is an account of Ruth getting ready for Christmas.

That's not to say that fans won't enjoy catching up with Ruth between mysteries. Most of the elements we've seen in all of the Elly Griffiths mysteries appear here -- Ruth is reluctant to socialize, but allows herself to be railroaded into attending a party. Ruth finds that once again she has been left behind when it comes to office politics at the university where she is an archaeology professor. All the regular characters make an appearance and are introduced for those readers new to the series. There's even the obligatory (but no less exciting for that) scene in which Ruth is threatened by nature and the unforgiving geography of her isolated cottage on the coast.

It's just a taste to keep us going until the next full-length Ruth Galloway mystery arrives, A Dying Fall due in March 2013.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ruths First Christmas left too much unfinished January 6, 2013
By Kottski
Format:Kindle Edition
This story definitely had a way to go to round out the story. Never understood why the missing piece was taken. Also Father of child leaves gifts; why and what were they? Too many unanswered questions! Would not recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful for Galloway fans February 16, 2014
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This is probably one chapter from the appropriate book in the series. It is Ruth's first Christmas, not her little girl's. She finds her friend's party - and maybe her friend - to be boring and shallow; she misses her child, her home, and her wacky druid friend. After driving home through a snowstorm she walks into warmth and beauty, and because of the actions of two real friends, she experiences a unique touch of seasonal magic. Griffiths writes in her usual present tense and succinct style. I loved it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Been cheated. August 3, 2014
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I chose this book because it was free and shown as having 90 some odd pages. It turned out to be a first chapter of a book. But what and where is the rest of the book.

As long as I am being ugly - I like her writing but it stinks that all her books are in the $9.99 range.

Oh well, back to the cheap seats. There is plenty good to read there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good thing this was free January 5, 2014
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This was a waste of time. I like the Ruth Galloway series, largely because I like all the characters Griffiths has created, and I continue to read the the books as they are published--although I have to say the writing quality is slipping.

But "Christmas" just seemed pointless. If I had paid money for it I would have felt extremely ripped off. As it was, all I lost was my time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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First Sentence: “The Spirits are strong in this one,” says the man in the white robe and gumboots.

For a woman who didn’t do Christmas, forensic anthropologist Ruth Galloway is challenged by making her 1-year-old daughter’s first Christmas special. Nothing is quite going to plan, including learning from her druid friend, Cathbad, informing her that a Bronze Age wooden peg is missing.

Griffith’s Ruth Galloway is a delight, particularly for those of us who have been known to eschew the accepted sentiments and traditions of the holidays, yet find ourselves attracted to them. Some may even relate to the “Doctor Who” reference.

The story contains delightful humor. There is the inclusion of the character’s back story, references to previous books and fascinating factual information which is interesting and doesn’t detract from the pace of the story. Griffith’s provides a very strong sense of place, often using weather to increase suspense.

Like her description of faith…”It’s enough that someone, somewhere genuinely believes that the magic will work.”

“Ruth’s First Christmas Tree” is not overly sweet, but much more a reflection of many of us, particularly those of us in our middle years, but still with a warm ending. It’s not a deep, rich book; it’s a small treat, particularly for those who love this character.

RUTH’S FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE (Short Story-Ruth Galloway-England-Contemp) - G+
Griffiths, Elly – Christmas Short Story
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a Good Start December 31, 2014
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This may just be a bad introduction. I picked it up as a quick cheap introduction to Griffiths' "Ruth Galloway" detective novels, centering on a British archeologist. Having read it, I think I'll wait and do some more checking before starting the series.
It's a fair to good job of introducing characters and setting, I think, and not the author's fault that I'm unimpressed with "new age" and academia. It IS the author's decision--Is it a feature or a glitch?--that it has the plotlessness of modern "literary" fiction, and that the only crime is solved by accident and not by evidence and reason in proper "fair play" fashion. So it's back to Holmes and Wolfe for me.
If you're reading for "literary" don't trust my rating. That's not my field. But if you're looking for Something to go with your Sayers, Carr or Crispin, I'd recommend you give this one a pass
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2.0 out of 5 stars All product plugs and reinforcement of stereotypes January 4, 2015
By Khirul
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As another reviewer has noted, the author is obsessive about her detective's age, weight, and "spinsterhood" -- but I don't find this a minor flaw. She carries it to a point where it is distracting to the reader. Furthermore, she is obsessed with consumerism, pretending to despise it but never letting up on what people are buying, where they are shopping, how they look and dress.

Frankly, the plot seems an afterthought, a mannequin to display the latest must-have consumer goods.
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Elly Griffiths was born in London in 1963. Her first crime novel The Crossing Places is set on the Norfolk coast where she spent holidays as a child and where her aunt still lives. Her interest in archaeology comes from her husband, Andrew, who gave up his city job to retrain as an archaeologist. She lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England, with her husband and two children.

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