The Chalk Pit

The Chalk Pit

Book - 2017 | First U.S. edition.
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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
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: viii, 360 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 04, 2019

this is book 9

Jul 22, 2018

Not up to par in the nine book Ruth Galloway series. Plot rambled along o.k.until surprisingly unrealistic resolution. Ruth’s skills were hardly needed. Her late, sudden tryst - only the third so far - with policeman Nelson was an uncalled for surprise further tainting the story. Minor character, homeless person Barbara became an out-of-nowhere unnecessary hero. At least the regulars were predictably fun making the book still worth reading.

Nov 20, 2017

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

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.

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...

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.

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!

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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