Mystery Discussion Group

Title: The Crossing Place (Leader: Susan Lloyd)

Author: Elly Griffiths

Date: July 16, 2022

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 PM


“The fascinating, isolated area of England called The Saltmarsh is an ideal location for middle-age forensic anthropologist Ruth Galloway to discover a child's bones, which begins this mystery. The characters in The Crossing Places are terrific, all unique and darkly sinister enough to keep readers involved in an engrossing story. An excellent first mystery!”
— Susan Wasson, Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM


The first entry in the acclaimed Ruth Galloway series follows the "captivating"* archaeologist as she investigates a child's bones found on a nearby beach, thought to be the remains of a little girl who went missing ten years before.

Forensic archeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway is in her late thirties. She lives happily alone with her two cats in a bleak, remote area near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants—not quite earth, not quite sea. But her routine days of digging up bones and other ancient objects are harshly upended when a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach. Detective Chief Inspector Nelson calls Galloway for help, believing they are the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing a decade ago and whose abductor continues to taunt him with bizarre letters containing references to ritual sacrifice, Shakespeare, and the Bible. Then a second girl goes missing and Nelson receives a new letter—exactly like the ones about Lucy.

Is it the same killer? Or a copycat murderer, linked in some way to the site near Ruth’s remote home?

*Louise Penny



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Saturday, July 16, 2022 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Event address: 

7419 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
The Crossing Places: The First Ruth Galloway Mystery: An Edgar Award Winner (Ruth Galloway Mysteries #1) By Elly Griffiths Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547386065
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - September 28th, 2010

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