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Monday, April 22, 2019

Book Review: the Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, via Netgalley, 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.

Our favorite British archealogist/detective team are back!

the stone circle cover


In a chilling entry to the award-winning Ruth Galloway series, she and DCI Nelson are haunted by a ghost from their past, just as their future lands on shaky ground.

DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to 'go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there'. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle's baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of The Crossing Places, and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead. Or are they?
Meanwhile Ruth is working on a dig in the Saltmarsh - another henge, known by the archaeologists as the stone circle - trying not to think about the baby. Then bones are found on the site, and identified as those of Margaret Lacey, a twelve-year-old girl who disappeared thirty years ago.
As the Margaret Lacey case progresses, more and more aspects of it begin to hark back to that first case of The Crossing Places, and to Scarlett Henderson, the girl Nelson couldn't save. 

The past is reaching out for Ruth and Nelson, and its grip is deadly. 


Griffiths does an excellent job in tying up loose ends from the previous book, and weaving them so well into this story, that it almost feel like part 2, versus a different story, as characters come back 'from the dead' and impact the current lives of both Ruth and Nelson, as they are still trying to find their new 'normal'. It feels like an 'adult' book, if that makes sense- both Ruth and Nelson have to make some very hard, mature, decisions ('adulting' if you will), knowing that there will be consequences on the lives of the other person. That's one of the things I love about this series- Ruth is an honest characters about being a single mother,Nelson is honest about loving 2 different women in very different ways. Yet the reader cares about them both and treats any flaws with affection. While the story line feels like a continuation, there is actually a separate mystery, to draw them all back together, and Griffiths gives the reader a merry road to guessing on it! All in all a great addition to the series, yet it can be read alone. It's hard to believe there are already 11 books in the series, and I'm still eagerly awaiting the next one!

About the Author:

ELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Magic Men mystery series, and the standalone novel The Stranger Diaries. She is a recipient of the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the CWA Dagger in the Library Award.

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