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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Book Review: The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Press, 
for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

In the ninth Ruth Galloway mystery, Ruth and Nelson investigate a string of murders and disappearances deep within the abandoned tunnels hidden far beneath the streets of Norwich.


Norwich is riddled with old chalk-mining tunnels, but no one’s sure exactly how many. When Ruth is called in to investigate a set of human remains found in one of them, she notices the bones are almost translucent, a sign they were boiled soon after death. Once more, she finds herself at the helm of a murder investigation.

Meanwhile, DCI Nelson is hunting for a missing homeless woman, Barbara, who he hears has gone “underground.” Could she have disappeared into the labyrinth? And if so, is she connected to the body Ruth found? As Ruth, Nelson, and the rest of their team investigate the tunnels, they hear rumors of secret societies, cannibalism, and ritual killings. When a dead body is found with a map that appears to be of The Underground, they realize their quest to find the killer has only just begun—and that there may be more bodies underfoot.


This book is really 2 stories in 1- there is the mystery of the bones and multiple missing person cases, that may or might not be connected. But it is also the story of Ruth and DCI Nelson- where their relationship over their shared daughter will end, or continue. It's a story of six degrees of seperarion and how well we THINK we know those around us. It is a page turner of a read, as the reader struggles to find the connections that solve the mysteries, as the officers do. Fo fans of the series, it's a ust read, for new comers it can be read by itself, but I do recommend reading at least the previous book, so you have more of the backstory to understand the tension between Ruth and Nelson. Highly recommend it!

About the Author:

ELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Magic Men mystery series. She is the recipient of the Mary Higgins Clark Award, the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her work has been praised as "gripping" (Louise Penny), "captivating," (Wall Street Journal) and "must-reads for fans of crime fiction" (Associated Press). She lives in Brighton, England.

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