“Elly Griffiths draws us all the way back to prehistoric times . . . Highly atmospheric.” — New York Times Book Review
The service of the Outcast Dead is held annually in Norwich commemorating the bodies in the paupers’ graves. This year’s proceedings hold special interest for forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway, who has just unearthed the notorious Mother Hook, hanged in 1867 at Norwich Castle for killing multiple children. Now Ruth is reluctantly starring in a TV special, working alongside the alluring historian Dr. Frank Barker. Nearby, DCI Harry Nelson is investigating the case of three children found dead in their home when another child is abducted. A kidnapper dubbed the Childminder claims responsibility, but is the Childminder behind the deaths too? The team races to find out — and after a child close to everyone involved disappears, the stakes couldn’t be higher.
“An uncommon, down-to-earth heroine whose acute insight, wry humor, and depth of feeling make her a thoroughly engaging companion.” — Erin Hart, Agatha and Anthony Award–nominated author of Haunted Ground and Lake of Sorrows
Elly Griffiths’s Ruth Galloway novels 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.
In Mary Higgins Clark Award winner Griffiths's competent sixth mystery featuring archeologist Ruth Galloway (after 2013's A Dying Fall), Mark Gates, a TV researcher for a British documentary series called Women Who Kill, takes an interest in Ruth after she uncovers the bones of the notorious Mother Hook, a Victorian-era child minder accused of killing at least 20 children in Norwich. Despite the damning folktales, Ruth suspects that Mother Hook was innocent a belief that clashes with Mark's vision of a monstrous child murderer. As Ruth seeks clues lost long ago, her former lover, Det. Chief Insp. Harry Nelson, is closing in on a 37-year-old woman who may have killed her three infants. Meanwhile, the self-described "Childminder" begins kidnapping young children from their homes. Griffiths astutely plays on modern anxieties about working parents and childcare. A clever ending compensates for the frequent narrative-slowing switches between Harry's and Ruth's cases.
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The outcast dead
I really like this series & prefer IBooks format but $17.99 while Kindle is $13.99 (still bit high) What happened to $9.99? I buy many iBooks. Haven't read it so rate is invalid.
The Outcast. Liz32906
The Horror of Fear and the Evil Committed by those who want power over people's lives.The past and the present mirror the twisted minds that destroy happiness and murder children .What a great book ! 💀💀💀
The outcast dead
I called apple on the pricing of this book-they said to call the publisher. $17.99 is ridiculous
& will only hurt the reviews & credibility of Elly
Griffiths. She needs to support her fan base by
Telling her publisher the EBOOK price is a affront
To her reading audience.