The House at Sea's End (Ruth Galloway Series #3)

The House at Sea's End (Ruth Galloway Series #3)

by Elly Griffiths
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The House at Sea's End (Ruth Galloway Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
As the book opens Kate, the baby born to Ruth Galloway, the forensic expert, as a result of a one-night stand with Detective Inspector Harry Nelson in the prior entry in the series, is now four months old and the mother is still juggling her maternal and professional duties, sometimes to much criticism from friends. But the baby seems to survive. In any event, her motherly demands don’t seem to prevent Ruth from getting involved with more forensic investigations and police investigations. Especially when six skeletons are discovered on a beach and her examination indicates that they are probably from Germany, perhaps dating back to an invasion during the early days of World War II on a lonely Norfolk beach. Indications are that each was shot in the back of the head. The question arises: Did the various persons in the Home Guard play any role in their deaths? As in the previous two novels featuring Ruth and D.I. Nelson, they combine to discover the facts surrounding the mystery of past and present. The prose is lean and the plot moves apace with agility. The characters remain immensely human and intriguing, and the novel lives up to the standards of the predecessor novels. Recommended.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
Thier are a lot of things in this story I liked and some I did not. Personally all the different affairs dont like. I have not read the other books that are before this one, But I want to now. Ruth is a brand new mom. Her daughter is Kate. Kate father is Nelson, but no one knows that. Nelson is a Policeman and happily married man. Ruth is a professor teaches archaeologie and helps the police when old remains are found. Ruth is struggling the whole way through the book with being a new mom. Feels quilty when she leaves kate to go to work. Finding baby sitters. Thier are 6 bodies buried by the ocean ane once they start moving the rocks they have only till the high tide comes to get everything out or be lost to sea. They have to find out how old and where they came from. Its a good mystery and good insight to her friends and coworker's. A little hard for me with the English meaning of some of the police terms like DCI. I would read more of her books. I was given the ebook in exchange for honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful suspense/mystery. Excellent finale. Ruth Galloway is one of my favorite mystety heroines.
kyohin More than 1 year ago
I'm still enjoying this series. It really must be read in chronolgical order to keep your place in what's going on in Ruth's life.
MsMDDS More than 1 year ago
I had trouble getting into this book and figuring out who the characters were. I wish I'd read the previous books first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has my favorites, archaeology, and bones. Throw in murder and a very old mystery, and what's not to like? Made me want to read the previous 2 books and now looking forward to reading #4 in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the Ruth Galloway series. Flawed, yet likeable characters, great setting, interesting mysteries. A good bet!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Wonderful characters and complex plots with tight, to the point writing---who could ask for more! Read books one and two in two days and now on to three.
AnonMI More than 1 year ago
This is my second stab at trying to like this writer's work. Failed again. I realize that it must be my taste in mysteries as there seem to be so many others who do like her work very much. However, before I got even a fourth of the way through, I could not have cared less about any single character or what happened to them. I really am not an English major, so can't put into proper words why I don't like her style of writing, but I simply was bored. The story line was, to say the least, convoluted and unnecessarily drawn out. I won't waste my money or time trying to see what others see in her work.
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I do love this series. Wonderfully written. A compelling mix of mystery, thriller and a wee touch of romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
excellent, I want to read all her books, and you should too, lj
MarnieG More than 1 year ago
I have read all her books ....  it is so disappointing because now I have none to look forward to until she produces another....
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eternalised More than 1 year ago
I loved “The Crossing Places”, so naturally, when I stumbled upon “The House at Sea’s End“, I have to give it a shot. I wasn’t disappointed at all. While “The Crossing Places” intrigued me slightly more, Elly Griffiths delivers here again with strong, real characters, a gripping mystery, a fash of folklore and mythology, and a subtle romance that can’t be classified under one simple category. When a team of archeologists discover six bodies at the foot of a cliff, Ruth Galloway is called to the scene to investigate, along with DCI Nelson, who is the father of her newborn daughter, Kate. Unfortunately though, Nelson is also still married to Michelle – which means he’s more of a nuisance to Ruth than anything else, because clearly she has feelings for him. Feelings he will probably never return… As they investigate the mystery that has to do with the Germans invading Britain in World War II, two elderly men involved suddenly meet their end. At first, the police thinks it’s just an accident and coincedence, but that doesn’t last for long when they start connecting the dots. While World War II history is, at least to me, nowhere near as intriguing as the ancient history handled in “The Crossing Places”, I still liked it. Ruth is an interesting main character, and for one weird reason. She’s a little dull, and nerdy. Kind of like Bonus, except maybe even more boring. But I like boring. Ordinary people don’t go around raiding tombs or having parties all night long when they have a newborn. Ruth is real. She’s a real person, with a real, sometimes dull, sometimes exciting life. Another top character is of course, DCI Nelson. He’s completely unpredictable, and that’s what I love about him. He bounces from Michelle to Ruth and back, all the while not realizing what the heck he wants. And again – that’s real. Who would be able to decide between his wife (who he still loves) and the mother of his newborn daughter (who he kind of likes too) right away? But what I love the most about this series, is how the romance very obviously takes the backseat for the story. The story is the meat, the romance just a side thought. If you’re into mystery and suspense novels, Elly Griffith’s “Ruth Galloway” series should get a spot on your bookcase.
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Interesting characters with great plot and wonderful English sea coast setting. Great ending filled with surprises. Really enjoyed this book!
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pupper More than 1 year ago
Now that I read this book out of order, of course, it interested me enough to delve into the others. It will be enlightening to see the relationship with her daughter grow and how the Father decides which life path to follow -- with Ruth or Michelle.
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