This title is not currently available for purchase
Ruth's First Christmas Tree: A Dr Ruth Galloway Short Mystery by [Griffiths, Elly]
Kindle App Ad

Ruth's First Christmas Tree: A Dr Ruth Galloway Short Mystery Kindle Edition

4.0 out of 5 stars 215 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"

Length: 41 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled

Books with Buzz
"Dark Matter" by Blake Crouch is a brilliantly plotted, relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller from the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy. See more
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.


Product Details

  • File Size: 576 KB
  • Print Length: 41 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (December 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P1WFEY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,729,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By takingadayoff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
Comment 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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
Amazon Kindle Services – Dec 21014
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
... and with Kate, her daughter, Cathbad, DCI Harry Nelson and his family and all the other so familiar protagonists of the Ruth-Galloway-series by Elly Griffiths.

It's December, 22 and Ruth doesn't have a Christmas Tree!
The first she ever will adorn - for her beloved Kate of almost two years now. Who knows exactly what Christmas is all about: Presents! And Santa Claus! And a tree with lights and tinsel, all glitter and glamour. But Ruth's first attempt to lay her hands on a wonderful, blessed, real special tree vanishes into thin air.
But for what we have Cathbad, the Druid? He comes to save a damsel in distress and Ruth makes her to-do-list. Because this time there will be Max, too - her friend and lover.
At a certain point not everything goes as it was planned...
But Ruth is Ruth, and everything will come out the right way. Maybe because it's Christmas...

A very nice short story - GRATIS, a Freebie, which I liked very much.
And as a bonus there are the prologue and the first two chapters of her newest book "Dying Fall".
Take it, You can't go wrong!
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read this one yesterday because I was so tired and I just couldn't muster up energy enough to read any books. So a short story felt very nice. Btw, I got this one for free a couple of days ago and it's probably still free.

I have read every book that have been published in the Ruth Galloway series (quick check on GR, yes now I have with this little one) and I like the series. Ruth Galloway is an archaeologist and since I wanted to be one when I grew up am I always happy to stumble over one in a book. Also, it's crime since Ruth seems to be a magnet for trouble. So archaeology + crime = happy Magdalena.

Anyway since this is a short story isn't it much to the story, but it was nice to read. A bit weird to read about Christmas in the middle of summer. This is a story about finding the right Christmas tree and a missing tree peg that seems to be linked to a dying old Curator.

I recommed this for those that read the series.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Ruth is planning the first Christmas that her daughter Kate will truly remember, as she was just a few months old for the last one. Everything is planned...from purchasing the tree from a druid friend of Cathbad, to cleaning house and backing cookies before going to a party at her best friends home , and her male friend arriving sometime Christmas Eve day!

But nothing goes as planned....from the baking (who could image so many ingredients needed?) to the ruined tree (never leave a child and cat alone) to the weather being totally uncooperative!

But all is not lost...I won't give the rest away, but I will say this is a wonderful Ruth story if you are a fan if the series! 5star!
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews