The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway, #9) by Elly Griffiths

The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway, #9)

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 a...

Details The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway, #9)

TitleThe Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway, #9)
Release DateFeb 23rd, 2017
Number of pages384 pages
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway, #9)

  • Paromjit
    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 seeing a Jesus like figure whilst in a car where the student occupants are all under the influence of drink and drugs. This occurs at night when a hole appear...
  • Richard
    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 been treated with compassion and understanding while being fundamental to the storyline.It is also opportune that I am also concurrently reading Beneath t...
  • Magdalena
    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 me.The story in this book was not that bad, at first, for the first 40-50% of the book was it interesting to read about the murdered tramps and the missi...
  • Damaskcat
    I received a free copy of this books from NetGalley.I have read and enjoyed all the Ruth Galloway series and this one is just as good as its predecessors. There is something endearing about Ruth as a heroine in that she doesn't always do everything right and she has the same fears and insecurities as many of us endure. In this tense mystery boiled human bones are found in a tunnel under Norwich and Ruth discovers that they are recent rather than ...
  • Clare
    With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. I feel so lucky to have received a copy before its official release date.I always look forward to the latest Ruth Galloway book, it is like meeting old friends. I have read the all the books in this series before, so I understand the tensions between Ruth, Nelson his Wife Michelle and Tim. The story begins with Ruth excavating in a tunnel under the ...
  • Kate
    Thoroughly enjoyed this!A review:
  • Cleo Bannister
    Another outing for Ruth Galloway and this time the action is firmly set in Norwich when bones are found in an underground tunnel under Guildhall, which is something of an inconvenience for Quentin Swain the architect who is looking to use the space to build a swanky restaurant. Ruth overcomes her dislike of enclosed spaces to take a trip below the city to take a look; she’s fairly sure that they are old bones so sends them off to be tested.Mean...
  • Laura
    Book reviews and more on This is another great release from one of my favourite authors, as part of the Ruth Galloway series that I always really enjoy. As it’s set in Norfolk, I enjoy reading about the area, particularly when some of the story moves into Norwich so I recognise lots of landmarks (though some of course are made up).The story was interesting, particularly with its focus on the homeless community in Norwich –...
  • Kathy
    Review to follow
  • Margaret
    3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.The Chalk Pit is the 9th in Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway books. It’s written in the present tense which I find somewhat jarring (strange because in other books such as Eyes Like Mine, which I reviewed in this post, I hardly noticed the tense). But I did enjoy this book because of the characters, in particular Ruth, her daughter, Kate (now nearly 6 years old), DCI Harry Nelson and his wife Michelle, DS Clough, DS Jud...
  • Rebecca Bradley
    Another great outing for Ruth Galloway and Harry Nelson. Griffiths writing is flawless. If I could I'd have read this in one sitting. As it happened it only took two! Now I'm ready for the next instalment!
  • Sharon
    Thank you to Netgalley and the Publishers for this advance copy.I was so excited to see there was a new Ruth Galloway out. I've enjoyed all of the other books, some more than others! I thought the last book, The Woman in Blue, seemed to step back a bit from the archaelogical side of the story, but this book has come back with a vengeance!! Bones are found in an old tunnel underneath Norwich, which Ruth is asked to look into. In the meantime, the ...
  • Kerrie-ann
    Barbara Murray has gone missing, but what has happened to her and who did it? Bones have been found beneath Norwich, but who do they belong to and why were they killed? Who is murdering homeless people and does this have anything to do with the missing woman Barbara Murray? A action packed thriller set in the heart of Norwich. This was an intense thriller which always kept you guessing as to who the villain was. When you thought you had guessed w...
  • Paul
    The Chalk Pit – An Ingenious Detective SeriesElly Griffiths is one of the UK’s best crime writers and has the award to prove it, but one of her biggest fans is Val McDermid who knows a thing or two about crime writing. Her prose, and deft skill at being able to make the complicated seem simple is a thoroughly modern crime thriller with Dr Ruth Galloway as the forensic archaeological expert, and DCI Harry Nelson a battle-hardened detective and...
  • marlin1
    Having read all of all of the Ruth Galloway Series, I'm happy to say I'm still enamoured with them and they are my true comfort reads.In 'The Chalk Pit', the disappearance of a homeless woman has been reported and it is rumoured that she has gone 'underground' and two homeless men who knew her have been found murdered. Meanwhile Ruth has been called to investigate the discovery of human bones in the tunnels under the city of Norwich. I was fascin...
  • Kath
    This is another of my favourite series. As with all series, although the main story is contained within the book, to get the best from the characters insofar as development, backstory and series story arcs are concerned, it is always better to start from book one and read in order. Although with us at book 9 now (wow!) you'll have a lot of catching up to do!Starting a new Ruth Galloway book is like stepping back into a wonderful, comfortable worl...
  • Bruce Gargoyle
    I received a copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis:When a rough sleeper comes to the police worried that a friend has gone missing off the streets, the police aren't sure whether the missing woman was the victim of somethi sinister or has simply moved on. As other rough sleepers who know the woman begin turning up dead however, it becomes apparent that someone doesn't want this woman found.I will admit to loving ...
  • Linda
    This is another marvelous entry into the Ruth Galloway series. Our favorite forensic archaeologist is back with a case of missing women, uncovered bones and the homeless with secrets of their own. There is a killer out there with crazy idea of a depraved utopia. The ending is awesome!Enjoy!
  • Roman Clodia
    Long-time readers of my reviews will know that I adore Ruth and love this series for its quirky characters and Griffiths' sharp, funny and sometimes acidic writing, especially highlighting social pretensions. Here she turns her gaze on homelessness and ideas of 'underground'. As usual, the plot itself is a bit unwieldy with the usual frantic chase at the climax to corner an unbelievable villain - but that's never been why I keep reading these boo...
  • Latkins
    I love these books by Elly Griffiths featuring Dr Ruth Galloway and DCI Harry Nelson, reading a new one is like reconnecting with old friends! I particularly enjoyed this one, as quite a lot of it was set in Norwich, where I live. It explores the subject of homelessness, and our attitudes towards homeless people. I won't give away any more of the plot other than to say that it's up to Griffiths's usual standards. Brilliant stuff!
  • Melissa Hilbish
    I've read the whole Ruth Galloway series. The books are a fun quick read and I love the characters. Ruth Galloway is a forensic archaeologist and the cases she works on and the details of the investigations are the best bits of these books.
  • Stephen Clynes
    This is the ninth Dr. Ruth Galloway story and like all of Elly’s novels, can be read as a standalone. In The Chalk Pit the reader explores some underground tunnels in Norfolk, a couple of murders, some missing people and the plight of the homeless.Ruth Galloway works closely with the Police in their investigations and also mixes with them socially. This is not a crime thriller in the usual sense, it is not a gritty novel with a heavy plot. What...
  • Karen
    After bones are discovered in the network of tunnels under Norwich, DCI Nelson has a murder to investigate when it is revealed that they are part of a recent burial. To add a macabre twist, Dr. Ruth Galloway has suspicions that the bones have been boiled - could a cannibal be at large? Meanwhile, a homeless woman has gone missing, the only clue seemingly being that she has 'gone underground'. Are the two cases connected and what, if anything, lin...
  • Jacki (Julia Flyte)
    This is the 9th book in the series featuring Ruth Galloway, a forensic archeologist and university lecturer based in Norfolk. While each book is technically a standalone story - and if you're new to the series there is a helpful guide to all the main characters at the end of this book - you will enjoy this far more if you have read the others first. While it centres on a police investigation that starts with a missing woman, half the pleasure of ...
  • Joanne Sheppard
    I eagerly await the release of every book in Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway series, and it's hard to believe that we're already on book nine. I really don't feel like I've read nine of these books - clearly pages as well fly when you're having fun.If you're not aware of the basic premise of this series, I'll briefly recap. Dr Ruth Galloway is a forensic archaeologist at a Norfolk university, who is occasionally called upon by the local police to h...
  • Karen
    I've never read any of this series so to start with book nine I knew I would be missing a lot of context and background info. But within the first few chapters Elly Griffiths succinctly provided everything I needed to know about Dr Galloway and her tangled relationship with Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson.In The Chalk Pit, the two are thrown together once more when Ruth is called in when some bones are discovered in a tunnel under the city...
  • Windy
    Quite a thrilling episode in this series. No historical story linked in as there usually is but quite a bit of intrigue in the personal lives of the main characters
  • Amy Cockram
    Now that I have started trying to read and review more again I have joined Netgalley, which is an online site where bloggers can sometimes get electronic proof copies of upcoming books. I was very excited that one of the first electronic proofs I managed to get was "The Chalk Pit," which is the latest in Elly Griffiths series on crime novels featuring forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway. I should admit right now that I was quite partisan in read...
  • Beth
    An very strong installment in this wonderful series...mostly for what happens at the very end of the book. No spoilers here, but let it suffice to say that #10 can't come soon enough for me. And, um, hello...when is the TV adaptation coming for these books?
  • Natalie Cavernelis
    I like this series mainly because of the main characters and it's always a lovely read. but the mystery part of this book didn't quite intrigue me. though the latest developments with the characters has me wanting more.