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The House at Sea's End

A Ruth Galloway Mystery

by Elly Griffiths

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The House at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2012
    384 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Elly Griffiths's Ruth Galloway novels have been praised as "highly atmospheric" (New York Times Book Review), "remarkable" (Richmond Times-Dispatch), and "gripping" (Louise Penny). Now the beloved forensic archeologist returns, called in to investigate when human bones surface on a remote Norfolk beach.  

Just back from maternity leave, Ruth is finding it hard to juggle motherhood and work. The presence of DCI Harry Nelson - the married father of her daughter, Kate - does not help. The bones turn out to be about seventy years old, which leads Nelson and Ruth to the war years, a desperate time on this stretch of coastland. Home Guard veteran Archie Whitcliffe reveals the existence of a secret that the old soldiers have vowed to protect with their lives. But then Archie is killed and a German journalist arrives, asking questions about Operation Lucifer, a plan to stop a German invasion, and a possible British war crime. What was Operation Lucifer? And who is prepared to kill to keep its secret?

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"Starred Review. Griffiths's third offers not only an excellent mystery but a continuing exploration of the lives of complex, sometimes unlovable characters." - Kirkus Reviews

"Gripping... [Ruth Galloway] is solitary plump and smart and self-assured, and very, very likeable." - Globe and Mail (UK)

"After just two books in this gripping series the central characters, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway and DCI Harry Nelson, have the allure of old friends, and it's great to find that the third title is just as enthralling as its predecessors." - The Guardian (UK)

"This is the third in the quirky, compelling series starring British forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway..." - Booklist

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Elly Griffiths Author Biography

Elly Griffiths is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Magic Men mystery series. She is the recipient of the Mary Higgins Clark Award and 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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