Waiting on Wednesday: January 4

I am participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

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The Chalk Pit

by Elly Griffiths

Series: Ruth Galloway #9

Genre: Mystery

Publication date: February 16

Synopsis: 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.


The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • I’ve read the first three or four of the Ruth Galloway series and think they’re great. I’m so happy Ms. Griffiths is still writing books in this series.
  • Dr. Ruth Galloway’s job–forensic archaeology at a university–is so interesting. The author’s husband is an archaeologist so I feel like she knows something about archaeology.
  • I also enjoy reading about Ruth’s personal life.