Betty B. (Irving, TX)
A New Mystery Series
I am a frequent reader of British mysteries and am always on the lookout for a series new to me. I'm so glad to be introduced to Elly Griffiths and The Crossing Places. I was hooked 20 pages in by the main characters... and the locale. And now I am looking forward to seeing the relationships develop and to learn more about the history of this section of England. I would have liked to have had a second map locating Norfolk and the Saltmarsh on a map of England. But all in all a very good read.
Randi H. (Bronx, NY)
Crossing Places is an engaging mystery set in England. The main character, Ruth, is an archaeologist and professor. I found myself really liking Ruth as well as the setting, which was a desolate area of Norfolk. The story kept me in suspense and wondering at the outcome until the very end.
I look forward to what I hope will be many more books in this series by Elly Griffiths.
Kay W. (West Hills, CA) avid reader
Elly Griffiths' The Crossing Places
I was hooked from the beginning. Dr. Ruth Galloway's character is finely drawn and someone you can relate to and all the characters are believable and unique at the same time. Bringing the current time and the very distant past together was intriguing. The plot moves without a false step and you enjoy going along for the ride. A wonder read and I look forward to further adventures with Dr. Ruth Galloway.
Anne M. (Austin, TX)
Mystery on the Flats
Elly Griffiths' new mystery is set on the Norfolk salt marshes in eastern England, and the bleak surroundings match perfectly the desolation felt by the families of two young girls who have gone missing from the area. Ten years pass between the two disappearances, with the same policeman in charge of both cases; however, in the latter case, he is "assisted" by a local archeologist, Ruth Galloway. Ruth's solitary life on the marshes is disrupted in more ways than one by the intrusion of this mystery, and Griffiths does an excellent job of making the reader feel the loneliness of the area and of Ruth herself -- and of the changes that occur to both.
Jill M. (Petaluma, CA)
Rreview of The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
I enjoyed reading The Crossing Places. Most of the characters I met I'm anxious to get to know better and some really bad ones won't be back! I look forward to the Ruth Galloway series. I enjoy reading the Louise Penny and Julia Spencer-Fleming series and expect Elly Griffiths' series will be as great. The ending was a real shocker and I can't wait for the next in the series to see how things develop.
Carol C. (Troy, NY)
The Crossing Place by Elly Griffiths
I thoroughly enjoyed this English mystery ,set on the east coast of Norfolk. The book is atmospheric without being gloomy, the characters interesting because of their flaws and not the lack thereof. Beneath the mystery plot, the book, as suggested by the title, delves into boundaries: emotional, professional, personal, ethical and, of course, physical. A final plot twist at the end hints at even more upheaval in books to come. I look forward to Ms Griffiths' next book in the series.
Margaret R. (, GA)
The Crossing Places
This book was a very good read.I found it to be an engrossing mystery. The main characters were well drawn and so diverse - from a police detective to scholarly archeologists to new age followers. Also, the landscape of the Saltmarshes around Norfolk was so well depicted. Ruth Galloway, who is the amateur detective in this book, is one I am looking forward to reading more about in future books.