- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,729,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Ruth's First Christmas Tree: A Dr Ruth Galloway Short Mystery Kindle Edition
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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.
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
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!
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Can't wait to read the next book in this series I have loved the first five books and am starting the next one nowPublished 15 days ago by marilyn greenwood
More like a sample. No mystery involved, just a very short Christmas-esque story. Needs a conclusion at least _ something to answer "why".Published 21 days ago by S. A. S. Matias
Quick read as an interlude to the rest of the series. The ending was left open ended which some readers have complained about but I think the purpose was for the individual reader... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeanette J.
Since having discovered Ms. Griffith, I have yet to be disappointed.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Cute little Christmas story that fills in some of Ruth and Kate's lives. Not very long but then it was free!Published 2 months ago by Nancy
Enjoyed the book. Looked at the holiday season a little differently. What makes us happy isn't always the norm.Published 2 months ago by Fatsalmon
This book was as original as Elly Griffiths books ,full of love for Ruth's daughter ,Kate and her many interesting friends. Read morePublished 3 months ago by barbra myers
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