A Room Full of Bones (Ruth Galloway Series #4)

A Room Full of Bones (Ruth Galloway Series #4)

by Elly Griffiths, Emma Thawley
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A Room Full of Bones (Ruth Galloway Series #4) by Elly Griffiths, Emma Thawley

“Griffiths is a true mystery writer, and she’s become more accomplished at plotting with each book, though all involve connections to history and spirituality of a sort (though a very unconventional sort).” — Ann Arbor News

When Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop, she finds the museum’s curator lying dead on the floor. Soon after, the museum’s wealthy owner is also found dead, in his stables.

These two deaths could be from natural causes, but once again Ruth and DCI Harry Nelson cross paths during the investigation. When threatening letters come to light, events take an even more sinister turn. But as Ruth’s friends become involved, where will her loyalties lie? As her convictions are tested, Ruth and Nelson must discover how Aboriginal skulls, drug smuggling, and the mystery of “The Dreaming” hold the answers to these deaths, as well as the keys to their own survival.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544001121
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Series: Ruth Galloway Series , #4
Pages: 346
Sales rank: 120,030
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

ELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the award-winning Ruth Galloway series. She lives near Brighton, on the English coast.

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A Room Full of Bones 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
LetsBookIt More than 1 year ago
A Room Full of Bones is the second of Elly Griffiths’ books that I have read. She is one of the exceptions to my personal reading rules – I don’t read British authors and I don’t read books that feature the same protagonist across several volumes. I DO read and thoroughly enjoy British author, Elly Griffiths, ‘Ruth Galloway mysteries’. So what makes these books worth the deviation? 1) Ruth Galloway. She is overweight, down to earth, unassuming, intelligent, insecure, fabulous… I could go on. I love her. She is totally relatable – an actual person; someone I could see having coffee with. I also enjoy her friends and the fact that they irritate Ruth – sometimes a lot. 2) Elly Griffiths. Her writing style is smart, fun and interesting. She writes about things that her audience likely knows little about but manages to do it without patronizing her readers or inserting long, boring explanatory dialog. I always learn something from her stories and enjoy the learning. If you decide to take me at my word and read A Room Full of Bones, you will be immersed in old bones, secrets, near death experiences, curses and Australian aboriginal rights. As Ruth Galloway tries to adjust to life as a single Mum, her world is rocked by animal rights activists and the ancient bones of medieval bishop with secrets of their own. Never a dull moment in Ruth’s life. Well worth the read.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
Dr. Ruth Galloway, the 41-year-old Head of Forensic Archaeology at the University of North Norfolk, returns in this new novel by Elly Griffiths. As the book opens Kate, the baby born to Ruth a result of a one-night stand with Detective Inspector Harry Nelson in an earlier entry in the series, is about to celebrate her first birthday. The relationship between Ruth and Harry is now, however, nearly non-existent: To save his marriage, when his wife realized the truth, he had promised never to see Ruth, or Kate, again. Nelson, head of the county’s Serious Crimes Squad of the King’s Lynn police, now 43 years old and known as many things (male chauvinist pig among them), loves his wife and their two daughters. Despite his intention to remain true to his promise, he encounters Ruth following the discovery of the dead body of the curator of the Smith Museum, where Ruth is to attend what was to be the opening of a coffin containing the remains, it was thought, of a 14th-century bishop. The man was thought to be in good health, and there is no evidence of foul play. However, when another death occurs within a few days of the first, the police believe there may be more involved than meets the eye, or the medical examiner’s autopsy. There was quite a bit of controversy, it seems, about the museum’s ‘ownership’ of skulls and skeletal remains of Aboriginal Australians, with very strong feelings that they should be repatriated to their native land. There is also a legendary curse associated with anyone who comes in contact with them. The book is replete with mysticism and lore. The characters created by the author in this series continue to fascinate, and there is much discussion of animal rights as well as the repatriation issue. Having loved the other books in the series, this reader at first thought the book moved at a slower pace than the earlier entries, but by the end, as the various plot lines are resolved, and the suspense quickens, those reservations dissolved, and the book is recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read in this series, and now I plan to read them all. Very entertaining writing style.
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One of her best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do love this series and look forward to reading many more.
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MarnieG More than 1 year ago
I enjoy all of Elly's books....have not found one that I did not like.
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Sadly, this author seems to be more and more interested in mystical nonsense and utter silliness like druids, and not too much interested in providing a good mystery. Obnoxious, pretentious twits like Cathbad run amok through this novel. Ruth's willingness to listen to mumbo jumbo , and, in fact, to actively embrace it, makes a mockery of her profession and is very irritating besides. I won't be continuing this series; too bad, because the first couple were quite good.
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Why does anyone think being insecure and neurotic to the point of psychosis is entertaining? Ruth gives me a headache. Did not finish the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the multisided characters and plot teists
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desert-gardener More than 1 year ago
I have read all of her previous mysteries and enjoyed them. The interesting plots and unusual heroine with a messy life seems true to life. The hints of the supernatural are well done, especially in this story. I would like to read more books by this author.
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