The Chalk Pit by Elly GriffithsThe Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths

The Chalk Pit

byElly Griffiths

Hardcover | May 30, 2017

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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.
ELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Magic Men mystery series. She is a recipient of the Mary Higgins Clark Award and lives in Brighton, England.
Title:The Chalk PitFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.22 inPublished:May 30, 2017Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544750314

ISBN - 13:9780544750319

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great entry in this series Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway mysteries are hands down one of my favourite series. The ninth entry is The Chalk Pit. The series takes place in the Norfolk area of Britain. The area is home to lots of history - and bones. (I find I always learn a little something reading these books.) Ruth Galloway is a forensic archaeologist. She is a lecturer at the university, but is often called by the police for assistance. This time 'round, Ruth is called in when bones are found in an old chalk mine tunnel that an entrepreneur is turning into an underground restaurant. DCI Nelson and his team are also busy - a number of 'rough sleepers' have disappeared - amongst rumours that they may have gone 'underground'. Griffiths' blending of historical fact with a mystery is always fascinating. Her plotting is excellent and always captures my interest. But what brings me back, book after book, are the characters. I have become so engaged in their lives. As I've said before.."Griffiths has created a wonderful protagonist in Ruth. I just really like her. She's decidedly unique and different. She is a single mother at forty plus, overweight, messy, introverted, but highly intelligent and curious. Griffiths has not endowed her with super sleuth abilities, rather she comes off as an actual person - unabashedly and happily herself." The supporting cast is just as interesting and engaging. Cathbad, the enigmatic, self proclaimed Druid is a perennial favourite of mine. For those that also follow this series and taking care not to spoil things....Griffiths provides some surprising twists in the lives of Ruth....and Harry. I can't wait to see what transpires next! The Chalk Pit is wholeheartedly recommended!
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fan of this series I am a fan of this series and really like the cast of characters that the author has created. The people are real with real life challenges. I really liked how Judy took it upon herself to search for Barbara and the cliff hanger, loved it. I am excited to see what happens next in this series.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love Ruth Galloway The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths is ninth in the Ruth Galloway mystery series, I had no idea what to think when I went into this book. I had not read any of the previous novels and, truthfully, had never even heard of this series! I was a little bit worried it would be the same old police procedural style novel and I was ready to throw it into my DNF pile when this story completely sucked me. I found myself, initially, very distracted by the narrative technique Griffiths’ chose to use in The Chalk Pit. The plot is told in third person present tense. I don’t know if it was because I am so used to reading first person narratives or third person past tense narratives, but I was hyper-aware of all the wording within the first fifty pages; it was making me crazy! However, once I settled into the plot and the characters, I found it didn’t bother me as much. One of those quirky things, I guess! The detectives working their case of multiple missing women happens in parallel with Ruth’s story as she is called in and out to consult and handle her own personal business. I didn’t find myself confused by any of the references to the first eight books in this series. Griffiths does a fine job at using memories to fill the gaps and other character perspectives to explain the backstory. In fact, Ruth’s personal life became one of my favourite parts of the book. Similar to how Tess Gerritsen creates colourful backstories for the protagonists of her Rizzoli and Isles series, Griffiths has a pretty interesting and scandalous personal live for Ruth Galloway. I am all about a little bit of scandal and juicy gossip mixed into my reading! This one is considerably slower (especially if you are not one to indulge in a backstory of the characters and prefer to stick with the case) but once the plot gets moving, I’d say about half way through, I was intrigued enough to continue going. I did like that the author included an epilogue as the last chapter, which tied up any loose ends and it made so that the next book in the series could be a fresh start. I cannot say much more without giving away some spoilers, but I must say, I was pretty disappointed with the direction the plot chose to go. Overall, I’d say if you enjoy a slow burning, police procedural style novel with a female protagonist, you might want to add this to your TBR pile. However, if you are looking for a fast paced, on the edge of your seat style of mystery, this would miss the mark.
Date published: 2017-06-02

Editorial Reviews

Griffith's ninth is complex and character-driven, providing an excellent mystery whose very last sentence will leave you yearning for the next installment." - Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review "Once again, the key elements of this award-winning series are at hand: complex personal relationships among the protagonists that continue to evolve in surprising ways, excellent use of history and folklore, and lyrically moody imagining of landscape? .a good draw for mystery buffs. Series regulars will be intrigued by unexpected developments that promise further complications for Ruth and Nelson." - Library Journal "Engrossing? [Griffiths's] portrayal of issues surrounding homelessness is compassionate and nuanced." - Publishers Weekly "