The Stone Circle (Ruth Galloway Series #11)

The Stone Circle (Ruth Galloway Series #11)

by Elly Griffiths

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In a chilling entry to the award-winning Ruth Galloway series, she and DCI Nelson are haunted by a ghost from their past, just as their future lands on shaky ground.

DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters. They are anonymous, yet reminiscent of ones he has received in the past, from the person who drew him into a case that’s haunted him for years. At the same time, Ruth receives a letter purporting to be from that very same person—her former mentor, and the reason she first started working with Nelson. But the author of those letters is dead. Or is he?

The past is reaching out for Ruth and Nelson, and its grip is deadly.

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ISBN-13: 9781328974655
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Series: Ruth Galloway Series , #11
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 3,792
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

ELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Magic Men mystery series, and the standalone novel The Stranger Diaries. She is a recipient of the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the CWA Dagger in the Library Award.
ELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Magic Men mystery series. She is the recipient of the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her work has been praised as “gripping” (Louise Penny), “captivating,” (Wall Street Journal) and “must-reads for fans of crime fiction” (Associated Press). She lives in Brighton, England.

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The Stone Circle (Ruth Galloway Series #11) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Many series dwindle as they go along. This one is going strong, with fresh story lines in each book. I look forward to the next one.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Cannot believe that this is a repeat story, kidnapped child, one nite stand with Harry, this is an old story line. This book was a waste of time and money. Very disappointed!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Wel written but just a repeat of a previous story in the series. Getting a bit tried of Ruth being a doormat for Nelson and Nelson being so indecisive and immature. Stephanie Clanahan
Mary_Russell 8 months ago
A new book in the Ruth Galloway series to celebrate. Elly Griffiths provides wonderful characters and a deep sense of place, not to mention an excellent mystery.
Anonymous 10 months ago
It's always a treat following Ruth and Nelson through their professional and personal lives. Surprising twists keep me intrigued on both fronts. Griffiths characters are complex, interesting and very real. More please.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Twink 11 months ago
Elly Griffiths pens one of my favourite mystery series - The Ruth Galloway books. The eleventh book in the series - The Stone Circle - has just released. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist at the University in North Norfolk, England. An expert in bones, she is often called in to assist police, museums and on other digs. And it is DCI Harry Nelson that calls on Ruth's expertise. The two have a complicated past and present. It is this element of the series that has me always curious as what will happen next. The married Nelson is father to Ruth's daughter Kate. And the attraction is still there between Harry and Ruth, despite the fact that his wife is expecting a child. But Griffith's mysteries are just as intriguing. The stone henges and salt marshes that opened this series make another appearance. A young girl's remains are found during a dig in the marsh. And Nelson is receiving anonymous letters telling him to go the stone circle and look for the innocent. Much of this mirrors the first case that Ruth and Harry worked on together. As does the appearance of a archaeologist with ties to that first case. I've learned something from every book in this series as Griffiths' cases use history as a basis. There are many supporting players that I've come to enjoy (and dislike) as well. Griffiths has also fleshed them out with rich, full personal lives. Ruth's boss Phil's pronouncements are always good for a chuckle. Judy and Clough, who work with Harry, are part of Ruth's life as well. This is what I enjoy so much - Griffiths doesn't let her characters be - their lives are evolving as they would in real life. But my personal favourite is the enigmatic Cathbad, self proclaimed Druid. Setting is also a character in Griffiths' books. The Norfolk area, while seemingly bleak, is beautiful in Ruth's eyes. I think I would enjoy living in her little cottage in the Saltmarsh, 'where the sea and the sky meet.' I can't say enough about this series - I absolutely recommend it. But do yourself a favor and start with the first book in the series - The Crossing Places.
eadieburke 11 months ago
Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers and NetGalley for a copy of this book for an honest review. In the 11th installment of the award-winning Ruth Galloway series, Ruth and DCI Nelson are haunted by a ghost from their past, just as their future lands on shaky ground. They have received letters similar to those from the past and Ruth has discovered more human bones during her present archeological dig called The Stone Circle, another henge on the saltmarsh. They are the bones of Margaret Lacey, a 12 year-old girl who went missing 30 years ago. The head archeologist is Leif Anderssen, son of Eric Anderssen, friend of Ruth's from years ago. This series needs to be read in order as the characters drive the storyline. My favorite part of the series is reading about the complex situation between Nelson and the two loves of his life, his wife Michelle and his mistress Ruth. Nelson and Michelle are happy about their new baby, George, and decide it's time to tell their daughters that Ruth's Kate is also their sister. The secret is not received too well by Laura and Rebecca. Elly Griffiths is a beautiful writer and I enjoy her descriptions of the Norfolk area and the saltmarsh. Her characters are well-drawn and the plots a mixture of archeology and murder. I'm looking forward to the 12th installment and recommend this series to those who love mystery thrillers from England.
cloggiedownunder 11 months ago
Blossoms in Autumn is a graphic novel by Zidrou. It is illustrated by Aimee de Jongh. Mediterranea and Ulysses are both grieving. Ulysses Varennes, at fifty-nine, has been retrenched from his job as a removalist. Sixty-one-year-old Mediterranea Solenza has just lost her mother after nine months of devoted care. Life for both of them is suddenly emptier. And each has been rudely made aware of their advancing age. Mediterranea has her cheese shop, but the tactics Ulysses employs to fill his day are less than successful. They first encounter each other in a doctor’s surgery waiting room. Ulysses has been a widower for some fourteen years, while Mediterranea has never married. But now, something blossoms between them. And that’s not the only surprise they’re in for. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. In a graphic novel, the text might be minimal, but what is conveyed by the illustrations is probably immeasurable. Aimee de Jongh’s art work is detailed and evocative, expressing a myriad of emotions and feelings. The message in this charming book seems to be that life need not end with a loved one’s passing or the end of a career. The text offers plenty of perceptive observations about life and love and getting older; there’s a bit of nudity; there’s humour, sadness and joy. This is an insightful, sweet and moving story. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Europe Comics.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Last year, Ruth was in Italy (The Dark Angel). This year she is back in Norfolk in a superb entry in a most favorite series of mine. The first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, is referenced in this book. The murder and its solution are thought by the characters to have links to the current crime. I love this series so much that I urge you to start at the beginning. However, you can read this as a standalone. There are mysteries here including a cold case and a current baby abduction. Both story lines are suspenseful and the pieces all come together with the clues there for the reader. I think though that true lovers of this series read it for the characters and the updates in their personal stories. If that is part of what you enjoy in the Ruth books, you will not be disappointed. Every favorite character and relationship is here. The only bad thing about having read this book is that now I have to begin the long wait for the next in the series. Enormous thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.
RowingRabbit 11 months ago
Ok faithful fans, cast your mind back….remember book #1? It all began with the search for a missing little girl named Lucy Downey. Now that case has come back to haunt those involved. If your memory is as dodgy as mine, no worries. Nelson & Ruth remember it well. When a stone circle is found on the salt marshes it yields the usual grave goods plus something that triggers memories of an old case…the skeleton of a young girl. It’s like stepping back in time in more ways than one & with Michelle due any day, Nelson really doesn’t need reminders of when he met Ruth. The cryptic symbols & anonymous messages that ensue seem almost normal as Nelson’s crew begin to dig through old reports of missing children. It’s a somber task so when Michelle & Nelson welcome a healthy baby to the family, it’s definitely good for morale. Unfortunately the celebrations are cut short when another little girl goes missing. Yup, just like old times. All the old crew is back & they have their hands full. The historical & current investigations twist & intertwine in unexpected ways that make for a great story full of surprises & suspense. Several of the returning cast also deal with personal issues & some of the relationships are in for a shake-up. As for the new characters, you’ll be eying more than a few of them with suspicion every time they step on the page. I really enjoyed the investigative aspects of the book, particularly the whole story surrounding the body found in the salt marsh. In some ways, this outing is all about the kids…the missing, the hidden & the newly born. For me, there was just one disappointing development. No spoilers here but I was really hoping one element of the overall story arc would remain firmly in the past. Just personal preference & no reflection on this author’s ability to spin a great tale. Linking this book to the first in the series & tying up some plot lines gives the reader a feeling of coming full circle. By the end Ruth has a decision to make & I look forward to seeing how she fares in the next outing.