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The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway Mysteries) Hardcover – May 30, 2017
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"Once again, the key elements of this award-winning series are at hand: complex personal relationships among the protagonists that continue to evolve in surprising ways, excellent use of history and folklore, and lyrically moody imagining of landscape....a good draw for mystery buffs. Series regulars will be intrigued by unexpected developments that promise further complications for Ruth and Nelson."--Library Journal
"Engrossing...[Griffiths's] portrayal of issues surrounding homelessness is compassionate and nuanced."--Publishers Weekly
PRAISE FOR ELLY GRIFFITHS AND THE RUTH GALLOWAY SERIES
Winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award
Winner of the CWA Dagger in the Library Award
"Galloway is an everywoman, smart, successful and a little bit unsure of herself. Readers will look forward to learning more about her." —USA Today
"Elly Griffiths draws us all the way back to prehistoric times…Highly atmospheric." —The New York Times Book Review
"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. " —Louise Penny, author of the bestselling Armand Gamache series
"These books are must-reads." —Deborah Crombie, author of the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series
"[Ruth Galloway'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
"Ruth Galloway is a remarkable, delightful character…A must-read for fans of crime and mystery fiction." —Associated Press
"Rich in atmosphere and history and blessed by [Griffith's] continuing development of brilliant, feisty, independent Ruth...A Room Full of Bones, like its predecessors, works its magic on the reader's imagination." —Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Lovers of well-written and intelligent traditional mysteries will welcome [Griffith's] fourth book…A Room Full of Bones is a clever blend of history and mystery with more than enough forensic details to attract the more attentive reader." —Denver Post
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Meanwhile, another whose heart and ways are not so normal, terrorizes the area with his murders of the homeless, his submission of women, and his twisted perceptions of reality. Ruth manages to get involved in the business of little Kate's dad as the search for bones crosses paths with the search for the killer in the meandering chalk caves. Of course, this all seems a bit simplistic, but I promise if you will grab your flashlights and your shovel, figuratively speaking, you will untangle the complexities of Ruth's adventures and her lover's stubborn fight for justice.
There are numerous aged tunnels under ground - there bones (not so aged) and living quarters for an underground group of people.
I liked that the story was complete with a sympathetic treatment of the homeless or rough sleepers. It begins with the disappearance of a femal rough sleeper - followed closely by the murders of two harmless male rough sleepers.
We also get to learn of the further developments in the private lives of the characters we've come to know so well, Ruth, Nelson, Judy, Cathbad, Clough and Cassandra, with a new woman chief superintendent, Jo. There is even a cligg hanger at the end to keep you wnating to find out more of what happens in the lives of these people :)
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Not my cup of tea. Felt I was wasting my time.