Read The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway, #9) Online Free - Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich's web of underground tunnels. When Dr Ruth Galloway discovers they are recent - the boiling not the medieval curiosity she thought - DCI Nelson has a murder enquiry on his hands.
Meanwhile, DS Judy Johnson is investigating the disappearance of a local rough sleeper. The only trace of her is the rumour that she's gone 'underground'. This might be a figure of speech, but with the discovery of the bones and the rumours both Ruth and the police have heard of a vast network of old chalk-mining tunnels under King's Lynn, home to a vast community of rough sleepers, the clues point in only one direction. Local academic Martin Kellerman knows all about the tunnels and their history - but can his assertions of cannibalism and ritual killing possibly be true?
As the weather gets hotter, tensions rise. A local woman goes missing and the police are under attack. Ruth and Nelson must unravel the dark secrets of The Underground and discover just what gruesome secrets lurk at its heart - before it claims another victim.
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December 19, 2016
It is a great pleasure to return to the forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway series with the ninth in the series. It begins with Ruth entering an underground chalk tunnel in Norwich where bones have been discovered. They turn out to be boiled and speak of a recent death. Grace Miller reports seein...
April 04, 2017
4.5 One of my top five series, a series that I wait impatiently for the next offering. Adore the mix of archeology, police procedural and the personal lives of these oh, so interesting characters. The pace is always swift, and the plot intriguing.
In this one though she outdid herself, as she tack...
June 19, 2017
Oh, I'm so disappointed that I finished already! I had planned to make The Chalk Pit last, but a few sunny days on the terrace had me turning the final page far too quickly. Now another year's wait to hear from my friends Ruth, Nelson and the rest again:-(
The Chalk Pit centers around the death an...
July 07, 2017
From the very first Ruth Galloway book, The Crossing Places, I've been enchanted with this series. The settings are interesting, from a salt marsh to a World War II airfield to an old children’s home. The author uses local history to enrich her mysteries. As I’ve read through this series, the cha...
June 10, 2017
I always hate it when I finish a book in this series because I have to wait another year for the next one! The archeological angle is always interesting along with the bit of mystery. What I like best is the humor. I chuckle my way through the whole book!
Highly recommend this series.
April 01, 2017
I don't do well underground. I don't like the feeling it gives me. Californians don't really dig unless it's for gold. We don't even have many basements in the state. Norwich England is different. There is a tunnel system under the city that goes almost everywhere. It's been abandoned but it's t...
March 10, 2017
This is a book that was a joy to read for me. It helps that I am a committed fan of the author and her two crime series; but this novel is special for me as it places the realities of being homeless and a rough sleeper at the heart of the plot.
I know of no better example where this subject has b...
May 06, 2017
The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths is book nine in the Ruth Galloway series and I'm wondering if this series had done it's best for me and it's time to move on. It's a bit of a sad thought since I found the first books quite good, but this book and the one before has just not worked out so well for...
April 27, 2017
I'm trying to save 5 stars for classic books but I must say in the world of Ruth Galloway this is a 5 star classic.
All the characters make an appearance. Dr. Ruth Galloway is called in to look at some bones discovered while excavating for a new restaurant. Ruth is sure the bones will pro...
July 27, 2017
I've enjoyed this series since "The Crossing Places" one of the most brilliant in the series. In my mind the highlights of this book revolved more around the characters and their relationships than the actual mystery.
Ruth Galloway, a forensic anthropologist, is pulled in on a dig where she finds...