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  • Great Book, Great Series

    The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths is the 9th book in the Ruth Galloway Series. Ruth is a forensic archeologist in England, who not only teaches, attends digs, and raises a daughter on her own, but also seems to help the police department solve crimes. She usually gets involved accidentally. I love this series. When bones are discovered in a chalk tunnel beneath the city by an architect planning on building an underground restaurant, Ruth is called to collect and age them. She learns about a supposed “underground” society and wonders where these bones will lead. She will soon be working with the police again, but it is her daughter who may point them all in the right direction. Meanwhile, a young girl tells DCI Harry Nelson, that a man that looked like Jesus appeared and disappeared right in front of them when she and her friends were driving home from the bar. When it becomes evident that the location of the missing Jesus coincides with a sink hole, Nelson thinks there may be something more to her story. Then, a homeless man (Aftershave Eddie) informs Nelson that he is worried about his friend Babs, also a homeless person, who seems to be missing from the streets. When Eddie next appears, he is dead in front of the police station, the victim of a stabbing. As the team investigates further, another homeless man ends up dead, and there are more missing women. Is there really an underground society? This was an interesting story about “rough sleepers”, otherwise known as the homeless. It delved a little into why some of them prefer to stay on the streets, and the troubles they face. I wish it had delved a little deeper, as I found this really interesting. As well, without it being blatant, Griffiths showed how the investigative procedure is amped up for someone who goes missing if they are not among the lower class. I loved how Elly Griffiths expanded on the roles of her existing characters, and added a brand new boss to the mix. Each character continues to grow. On the family issues, I’m not real happy with the Ruth/Nelson/Michelle/Tim situation, but it looks like there will be another twist. Cathbad unfortunately played a very small role in this one, and he is one of my favorite characters. Ruth, with all her insecurities and problems, is wonderful. Can't wait for the next one!

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