The Outcast Dead (Ruth Galloway Series #6)

The Outcast Dead (Ruth Galloway Series #6)

by Elly Griffiths


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Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway uncovers the bones of a Victorian murderess while a baby snatcher threatens modern-day Norfolk in this exciting new entry in a beloved series.

Every year a ceremony is held at Norwich Castle for the bodies in the paupers’ graves: the Service for the Outcast Dead. Ruth has a particular interest in this year’s proceedings. Her recent dig at Norwich Castle turned up the body of the notorious Mother Hook, who was hanged in 1867 for the murder of five children. Now Ruth is the reluctant star of the TV series Women Who Kill, working alongside the program’s alluring history expert, Professor Frank Barker.

DCI Harry Nelson is immersed in the case of three children found dead in their home. He is sure that the mother is responsible. Then another child is abducted and a kidnapper dubbed the Childminder claims responsibility. Are there two murderers afoot, or is the Childminder behind all the deaths? The team must race to find out—and the stakes couldn’t be any higher when another child goes missing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547792774
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/11/2014
Series: Ruth Galloway Series , #6
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Elly Griffith's Ruth Galloway novels — The Crossing Places, The Janus Stone, The House at Sea's End, A Room Full of Bones, A Dying Fall, and The Outcast Dead — have been praised as "gripping" (Louise Penny), "highly atmospheric," (New York Times Book Review), and "must-reads for fans of crime fiction" (Associated Press). She is the winner of the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark Award.

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The Outcast Dead 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great continuation of the Ruth series. I am ready for the next one
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way too much disgusting Cathbad and all his disgusting byblows. This series would be excellent if not for that pathetic caricature always intruding. And why must all British writers make their charactersbe such flaming socialists? It really is repuksive and boring. In the real world, Nelson would take no calls from Cathbad and would arrest idiot Maddie, not freaking take her home with him.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked "no pun intended" on the series after reading the first one! Characters you really get attached to and extremely interesting information on the area as well as the history of different times. I pace myself reading these so there will always be one waiting. Or at least soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another lovely addition to the series. To the reviewer who noted Nelson is Catholic but he committed adultery, it should be noted by his own admission he is a lapsed Catholic. That usually means they no longer follow the tenets of the Church. I think adultery is very common in the real world so I do not see the need to fuse about it appearing in a work of fiction. I do love this series and am waiting patiently for the next one.
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MarnieG More than 1 year ago
I really do enjoy Elly's works...they are great mysteries and  a touch of different to them....I always watch for new ones.
Jan-Housebookreader More than 1 year ago
As with her previous 5 mysteries about forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway, Elly Griffiths brings fascinating but realistic characters to life. The character development throughout this series is outstanding. It leaves you waiting with baited breath for the next book !
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arbjamesAJ More than 1 year ago
A historical child murder case dovetails nicely with a modern child kidnapping. In neither case is guilt or innocence so easy to determine. Ruth, an archaeologist, finds herself caught up in both cases. I haven't read the other books in this series, but for the most part, it wasn't necessary, although there are a lot of references to previous cases. I was a bit confused, however, trying to keep up with everyone's parentage. Everyone seems to have children by everyone else, with the men fathering two different generations of children. Apparently no one in this series has heard of birth control, or, for that matter, monogamy. (While Nelson is Catholic and might have misgivings about birth control, I'm pretty sure that Catholics don't condone adultery.)