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  • Series Keeps getting Better

    The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths is the 11th in the Ruth Galloway mystery series. First, let me thank both NetGalley and Edelweiss, the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Series Background:   (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books) Ruth is a Forensic Archaeologist who lives in a rather remote cottage on the edge of the Saltmarsh near Norfolk England. She teaches at the university, and has a daughter by DCI Harry Nelson, an already married police officer. Their relationship is complicated. Ruth seems to help solve most of the crimes in the area, as they usually involve the discovery of bones. As well, there is often some aspect of religion in these books. Although Ruth believes in very little, Harry is a lapsed Catholic, their friend Cathbad is a Druid, and all of their families are quite religious. My Synopsis:    (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Old bones are found at a dig site which is being run by Leif Andersson. His father, Erik, died not far from this site. Harry and Ruth both remember it well (See Book 1, Crossing Places). Again, there are threatening letters. It feels like the past is coming back to haunt them. In some ways Leif is a lot like his father, which is not necessarily a good thing. When more current bones are found, it looks like an old case may finally be solved. But then a baby goes missing, and everything is being questioned. Harry is dealing with a lot in this book. The current case, an old case, Michelle and the baby, his daughters, Ruth…. Meanwhile, Ruth is starting to question where her life goes from here. Should she stay at her current job, settling for a dead-end career with no hope of promotion, or should she apply for the opening at Cambridge. Should she settle for always playing second fiddle to Michelle, knowing that she can’t have Nelson, or should she take a chance with Frank. Could she ever really leave the Saltmarsh? My Opinions: I still look forward to a new book in this series every year. I love the characters, even when I don’t always like their behavior. I must be getting used to affairs, because I had no issues in this book. My favorite character can change from book to book. Ruth is always in the running, but more often than not, Cathbad is a close second. I’ve never been particularly fond of Michelle, and Jo Archer is not yet fleshed out enough for me to really have an opinion but the rest are great. Elly Griffiths created wonderful characters that have grown with each book, and are aging accordingly. The books are always descriptive enough so that I feel I am right there. A new archaeological site is often mentioned, and I often look them up. This one was also rife with some folklore, which I always find interesting. The pace is good, with enough action that the books become a very fast read. I like how the author tells the story from different perspectives, and this really increased the suspense as the end grew near. Overall, what can I say, this series is a sure bet!

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  • Loved it. Over too soon.

    Another winner from Elly Griffiths. A compelling story and the storylines of all the characters continue to draw me in and keep me eager for the next instalment.

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  • Another Good One

    Elly Griffiths is one of my "dependable" authors. The Ruth Galloway series was my introduction to her books and I have enjoyed every one of them, including this one. Yes, I get annoyed with Ruth and Nelson and the rest. I get annoyed because they act human, and humans can certainly be annoying. They get stuck. They have a hard time making hard choices. But for me, that makes her characters relatable. Her books are always atmospheric, and this was exceptionally so at times. Visiting Ruth's beloved Saltmarsh has been added to my bucket list, thanks to Griffiths' descriptions (but in the summer, thank you!). And as usual, the mystery in this one was a good one that kept me interested and guessing. All in all, another very enjoyable read, that left me wondering "what's next for Ruth??" My thanks to Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy for an unbiased review.

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  • The Stone Circle

    I loved the concept of the Stone Circle and the links between the circles and the cast of suspects. Beautifully crafted and set in an eerie background of swirling mists that are so typical of the Fens. The author captured the landscape and the cast of characters with a deft hand. Thank you for a great read.I loved the blend of history and pre history.

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