The Chalk Pit

The Chalk Pit

Book - 2017
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In the ninth Ruth Galloway mystery, Ruth and Nelson investigate a string of murders and disappearances deep within the abandoned tunnels hidden far beneath the streets of Norwich.

Norwich is riddled with old chalk-mining tunnels, but no one's sure exactly how many. When Ruth is called in to investigate a set of human remains found in one of them, she notices the bones are almost translucent, a sign they were boiled soon after death. Once more, she finds herself at the helm of a murder investigation.

Meanwhile, DCI Nelson is hunting for a missing homeless woman, Barbara, who he hears has gone "underground." Could she have disappeared into the labyrinth? And if so, is she connected to the body Ruth found? As Ruth, Nelson, and the rest of their team investigate the tunnels, they hear rumors of secret societies, cannibalism, and ritual killings. When a dead body is found with a map that appears to be of The Underground, they realize their quest to find the killer has only just begun--and that there may be more bodies underfoot.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780544750319
0544750314
Branch Call Number: FIC GRIFF
Characteristics: viii, 360 pages

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lilyofthevalley3
Nov 20, 2017

An exciting story! I will definitely read another novel from this author.

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ApollosRaven
Oct 18, 2017

The Ruth Galloway series continues to be one of my favorite. Like mystery writer Deborah Crombie, Elly Griffiths keeps adding more characters, and many have backstories -- strongly urge new readers to start with first title (2009) The Crossing Places.

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traceyrb
Sep 18, 2017

This is one of my favourite murder-mystery series, and this I think this is the best book of the series so far. Central to the story this time is the plight of the homeless which was depicted well and thoughtfully. I enjoy archaeology and murder mystery and this series has both. All of the main characters are interesting and have been well developed throughout.
The last sentence leaves one wanting to read the next installment...

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gloryb
Sep 17, 2017

For a Ruth Galloway mystery, Ruth plays a minor role in this mystery. It's more a Detective Nelson story. The mystery plot also plays a minor role to the relationships among the characters in this novel. I skipped pages of those descriptions. The mystery is solved close to the end of the novel so read the first few pages to get info on the done deed and then skip towards the end where the mystery is solved, if like me, you are not into the odd personal relationships of the characters in this novel/series. The author uses the first person to write the story - another unusual characteristic - one I don't really like. Probably am not enticed to read more by Emily Griffiths if this novel is characteristic of her plotting, writing style, and character development.

multcolib_karene Sep 17, 2017

A fine entry in the Ruth Galloway series. As usual, I wanted to find out what all of the characters were up to, the mystery was compelling, and the bits of historical info were interesting.

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LauraSteinert
Aug 31, 2017

Don't you just love it and hate it when you get a new release book and on the last page want to scream because you need the next book NOW and it isn't even written yet? Start with the first book, but remember that each book is much better written than the last. These characters really grow on you!

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darladoodles
Aug 25, 2017

This was the most engaging Ruth Galloway mystery yet. So many threads were introduced including the experience of living rough (or being homeless), gender issues in the workplace, broken marriages and affairs, motherhood, religion, the theater, etc.

Ruth is called in to examine bones found underground while Nelson is told about a missing woman who lived on the streets and the plot thickens. Is there truly an underground society or is it just a utopian dream? Why are the murders and disappearances growing in number? All is brought to a most satisfying conclusion by the end of the epilogue with room for future growth in the series.

I would recommend this book to mystery lovers, especially those with an interest in archaeology and/or police procedure.

samdog123 Jul 24, 2017

In her 9th title in the Ruth Galloway series, Elly Griffiths really shines. The plot and writing are sharp and all the details are tied in together so well. I love this series and can't wait until the next one comes out! When several homeless people, known as rough sleepers, are murdered and several women go missing, it's time to investigate the tunnels under the city of Norwich. Ruth and Nelson--I've got my fingers crossed that it will work out for them! Time will tell....

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coroboreefarm
Jul 15, 2017

Summer has officially arrived with its annual treat of a new Elly Griffiths novel. Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is back in the ninth book of this intriguing series. Once again, in The Chalk Pit, Elly Griffiths has delivered a hit with her mix of archaeology, police procedural and updates to the personal lives of her unique and interesting characters.

As always with the books in this series, the plot is swift paced and enriched by an historical setting; in this case the old, subterranean chalk mining tunnels under the city of Norwich, England. A contemporary social issue, the plight of the homeless, is also treated in the book with compassion and respect, while disappearing women and several murders contribute to the captivating plot.

To me, the best part of reading a new Ruth Galloway mystery is catching up on the evolving lives of her somewhat unconventional, but always appealing characters. The development of their relationships is as crucial and important to the plot of the book as the crimes they investigate. It is her ability to make each novel fresh and exciting that continues to make Elly Griffiths my favourite mystery writer.

I highly recommend this fascinating series to the lovers of well crafted contemporary mystery novels that have a distinct historical aspect.

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lpreston214
Jul 10, 2017

Another good book in the series. I tore through this one in an afternoon. Ruth gets called to examine and excavate some bones found in an underground chalk mine. Soon after, a homeless woman is reported missing and two homeless men are murdered. Then, two young women disappear. The mystery in this installment was pretty good but the main reason for reading this series is the characters. Ruth struggles along as single mother to Kate, now 6 and Nelson has his own struggles with a new boss and how to explain Kate to one of his older daughters who has moved home. Ruth and Nelson's relationship seems about to change but hits a roadblock with a shocking revelation by Michelle.

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