Elly Griffiths’s Ruth Galloway mysteries built enormous momentum as the series has progressed. Beginning with The Crossing Places (now available in Kindle Unlimited), forensic archaeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway is often yanked away from her happily isolated home near Norfolk, England, to help the police with bones that could suggest a victim’s violent end. Says Louise Penny, one of our other favorite mystery writers, “Forensic archeologist and academic Ruth Galloway is a captivating amateur sleuth—an inspired creation.”
Griffiths’s eleventh Ruth Galloway novel, The Stone Circle, hits shelves and Kindles on May 9.
We asked Elly Griffiths what she’s been reading and loving lately, and she highlighted these three books. Because Griffiths lives in England, some of her recommendations are not yet available in the U.S.
Elly Griffiths’s Favorite Recent Reads
It Should Have Been Me by Susan Wilkins
Sarah is murdered while at university and, years later, her killer is about to be released. A documentary maker is convinced that he is innocent and Sarah’s sister, Jo, now a detective, starts to wonder if she is right. A genuinely tense thriller with utterly believable characters. I loved this—the Sussex and London setting made it very real for me.
The Playground Murders by Lesley Thomson
The unique detective duo of Stella, a cleaner, and Jack, a train driver, set out to solve the cold case of a child who supposedly murdered her playmate. Dark and disturbing but with touches of welcome humour. Stella and Jack are two of my favourite sleuths, and in this book their relationship develops in a very interesting way.
Deadland by William Shaw
The second book involving Alex Cupidi and her team on the desolate Kent coastline. [Ed: The first book is Salt Line, available now. Deadland is not yet available for sale in the U.S.] An intriguing plot involving organised crime and modern art with a wonderful mother/daughter relationship at the centre. Alex is a really complex character, and I love her relationship with Zoe, her daughter, and with her colleague, Jill.
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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