Book Review: The House at Sea’s End by Elly Griffiths

In three words:

Mystery, Norfolk, bones

 

 

What I thought:

Elly Griffiths books are like my guilty pleasure without the guilt; I devour them and am always left wanting more.

The House at Sea’s End is the third book in the Ruth Galloway series. Ruth is a Forensic Archaeologist who lives on the Norfolk coast and examines bones for a living, sometimes having to help the police in their serious crimes unit to establish what may have happened to bones that can’t be immediately identified by the police. Ruth Galloway is one of my favourite crime heroines: she lives in a tiny cottage on a remote part of Norfolk by the salt marshes, she is slightly overweight, she has a cat, she reads lots of books and enjoys her own company – I heart Ruth! In this book, however, she has something other than serious crimes to concentrate on and that is motherhood. After a one-night stand with Detective Harry Nelson in the first book, Ruth has now given birth to Kate, whom turns out to be a whole mystery of her own. Of course, Nelson is back in this latest book too and I must admit to having a little crush on him.

The House at Sea’s End brings us the mystery of six skeletons that are found by a team of Archaeologists in the cliff’s on the Norfolk coast. Nelson and Ruth are amazed to discover that the bones are from Germany and could very well belong to German soldiers from WW2 – but how and why did they get there and who is trying to put them off the trail?

What I love about this series is that not only are these books great reading with a simplicity that makes me think of them as comfort reading (as opposed to hard-boiled crime fic) but the characters and so well drawn and developed throughout the books that I could read them for this alone; I just love following Ruth and Nelson’s story and meeting back up with characters such as Cathbad; it’s like meeting up with old friends. What I also love is the bleakness of the setting (and who can resist the covers for the books in this series?)

Have you read any of these books yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Highly recommended.

PS/ For any other fans out there – I have heard from Elly that she has now finished her fourth book in the series (not sure if I am allowed to say what it’s about or not so won’t just in case, but it sounds like another unusual crime and we can expect more in the Ruth / Nelson tale – yippee!). It will be on sale in the UK in January 2012 ☺

 

(souce: this book was sent to me for review by Quercus – thank you)

 

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10 thoughts on “Book Review: The House at Sea’s End by Elly Griffiths

  1. I enjoyed the first two in the series, and I have a galley of this one just waiting to be read! I, too, love the setting. I can’t wait to find out how the whole Ruth/Nelson saga pans out in this one.

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  2. I have just finished this and like you I could read them for characters in these books.I’m glad to hear she’s writing another one. I think I enjoy these sort of books the best. I like reading them from the first. Louise Penny’s I just love. I see shes got another out soon they are a must to be read in order.I’ve also been reading through Deborah Crombies and Donna Leon.

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