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Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway has excavated a body from the grounds of Norwich Castle, a forbidding edifice that was once a prison. She believes the body may be that of infamous Victorian murderess Jemima Green. Called Mother Hook for her claw-like hand, Jemima was hanged in 1867 for the murder of five children in her care.
DCI Harry Nelson has no time for long-dead killers. Immersed in the case of three infants found dead, one after the other, in their King’s Lynn home, he’s convinced that a family member is responsible, though others on his team think differently. Then a child goes missing. Could the abduction be linked to the long-dead Mother Hook? Ruth is pulled into the case, and back towards Nelson.
©2014 Elly Griffiths (P)2014 Quercus Publishing plc
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By C. A. Gelsinger on 09-03-14

You gotta understand, I love this series

Ruth Galloway is such a sympathetic character, not perfect, not beautiful, but intelligent and resourceful, determined and straightforward. She struggles to balance her life as a single mom with her job as a forensic anthropologist. This story continues her inquiries into the history of her North Norfolk home,along with a contemporary mystery that parallels the historical investigation. As with any book that is driven by character more than action, I am very pleased to have visited with Ruth for a spell. If you like Deborah Crombie, or Louise Penny, you'll be happy with this series by Elly Griffiths.

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By Linda on 06-15-15

Not as good as her others

Women readers should not try to talk like a man! It just sounds forced and terrible. Also, Ruth's child's voice screams out of the earphones in a blare.

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By Saffy on 02-24-14

Excellent addition to the series

I have listened to all of Elly Grifiths Ruth Galloway books and this is definitely the best in the series. The plot is much tighter and the pace quicker than in some of the previous books and I was absolutely gripped. As usual the merging together of past and present is brilliantly done and the characterisation is excellent. I love the atmospheric Norfolk setting of the series particularly the descriptions of Ruth's home on the salt marshes. If you have not read any previous books in this series I would suggest starting at the beginning as the various relationships between the characters will make more sense. Clare Corbett reads this beautifully, although sometimes the male voices are not quite convincing! A highly recommended listen

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By Colby on 02-16-14

Elly Griffiths Is Better than Ever

What made the experience of listening to The Outcast Dead the most enjoyable?

The story is more complex than previous Ruth Galloway novels, and the elements all fit together beautifully. I've listened to the book twice in two weeks, and saw the hints and nuances that make this such a thought-provoking story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The characters are all evolving, changing with time and experience, though Nelson is as unpleasant as ever. It is a pleasure to see the younger police maturing, and Ruth seems more comfortable in herself than she has been previously.

What about Clare Corbett’s performance did you like?

Male and female characters are easily distinguished and identified by their tones and accents, and her children's voices are delightful.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The relationship between Cathbad and Judy has been a source of such unhappiness and difficulty for them, that when Judy spoke to her husband about their marriage and he responded so honestly and touchingly, I had tears in my eyes.

Any additional comments?

This author has published novels in different genres, all of which I have enjoyed. But this book, The Outcast Dead, is a huge leap forward in her writing.

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By Eosaphrodite on 07-14-16

Best book in the series so far

I really enjoyed the writing, plot development and characterisation in this book. Enjoyed hearing about Ruth's tv archaeologist experiences and her new love interest. I think it's been the best in the series so far and look forward to reading the next one. Well and truly comfortable now with change in narrator with this being Clare's second time reading this series.

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