The House at Sea's End

The House at Sea's End

Book - 2012
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There is already a neat trench in the narrow gap between the tall cliffs. Nelson looks at it with pleasure . . . Then he looks closer. The trench appears to be full of bones.

Elly Griffiths's Ruth Galloway novels have been praised as "highly atmospheric" ( New York Times Book Review ) and "remarkable" ( Richmond Times-Dispatch ). Now the beloved forensic archeologist returns, called in to investigate when human bones surface on a remote Norfolk beach.

Just back from maternity leave, Ruth is finding it difficult to juggle motherhood and work. The presence of DCI Harry Nelson--the married father of her daughter, Kate--does not help. The bones, skeletons of six men with their arms bound, turn out to be about seventy years old, which leads Nelson and Ruth to the war years, a desperate time on this stretch of coastland. Home Guard veteran Archie Whitcliffe reveals the existence of a secret the old soldiers have vowed to protect with their lives. But then Archie is killed and a German journalist arrives, asking questions about Operation Lucifer, a plan to stop a German invasion, and a possible British war crime. What was Operation Lucifer? And who is prepared to kill to keep its secret?

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012, c2011.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780547506142
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY GRIFFITH
Characteristics: 353 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.


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Jan 16, 2019

engaging mystery with a surprise ending

Aug 31, 2018

In this story Ruth is involved in excavating WWII bodies found on the beach in the Norfolk area following the continual erosion of the sea cliffs. Novel has the expected suspense when Ruth is placed in areas of danger, but again expect lots of description about happy families and mother's guilt about working and leaving her child with a daily babysitter. Probably more of a storyline that would interest female readers.

Jun 30, 2017

These books are always slow to start. (There is something off about the narrator, who is very British and so feels distant and "unfeeling" to an American sensibility.) The characters are growing and becoming much more complex, and the next book will bring some major changes. A very good series that must be read in order.

Jun 26, 2017

I love the Dr. Ruth Galloway series. The characters are memorable and engaging plus the marshlands where she lives is a wonderful, different, backdrop.

I am now on Book 4, ("A Room Full of Bones") and it is as good as all the others. I haven't checked to see if there are more; but I'm hoping there are. If not, I truly hope that she continues with the series. Absolutely love these stories!

samdog123 Jan 25, 2013

This is my new favourite mystery series! This is the third book in the Ruth Galloway series, featuring this clever archeologist who works with the local police solving crimes. Ruth is such an engaging character, you can identify with her so easily. Her relationship with co-worker Harry Nelson takes some interesting twists and turn. Start with the first book in the series, The Crossing Places, to really understand the characters. Looking forward to the next in the series.

Aug 08, 2012

Fascinating tale of WWII intrigue and modern day mysteries. Griffiths writes a good tale, have loved all her books.

Gail123 Jul 27, 2012

Elly Griffiths is one of my new favorite authors.

Jul 18, 2012

Another great Dr. Ruth Galloway novel. Love the North English coast setting.

Apr 12, 2012

Another excellent Ruth Galloway mystery. The plot is gripping, but it is the characters that make this series so appealing. I can't wait to read the next one.

Mar 01, 2012

Another good mystery in the Ruth Galloway series. Ruth is called in when several bodies are found on the beach below a house that's falling into the sea due to erosion. Ruth is now trying to balance her job at UNN, helping the police with cases and being a single mom to baby Kate. Lots of fun investigation and encounters with her baby daddy, DCI Harry Nelson. When will the others, including Harry's wife, figure out who Kate's father is?

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