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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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5 out of 5 stars
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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3 out of 5 stars
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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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
By Natasha Kucinskas on 09-19-16

Excellent Read

I really enjoy listening to Claire Corbett telling a story, she has a good range and is very clear. The Storyline was excellent with a great range of characters and you know what? I usually guess the culprit but pleased to say that I was shocked at who did what.. Really good book!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
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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