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  • Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
  • Verlag: Quercus Publishing Plc; Auflage: UK airports ed (6. Februar 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0857388916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857388919
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,3 x 2,8 x 23,4 cm
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'Told with a deepening sense of unease, seasoned with a touch of the occult, it is no surprise that BBC television are developing it as a series' Daily Mail. 'If forensics, history, detectives, romance and some psychologically impaired individuals are your bag, this novel delivers them all ... The twist at the end will have you in a spin' The Sun. 'A compassionate novel that raises questions about parental love and guilt' Sunday Times.

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Elly Griffiths was born in London. She read English at King's College, London and worked in publishing for many years. Her crime novels are based in Norfolk and feature Dr Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist. She lives near Brighton with her husband, an archaeologist and their two children.

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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Unknown am 23. Februar 2014
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In this book Elly Griffiths out does herself again. She knows how to keep her audience entertained. How she weaves all the sub plots altogether at the end is amazing. I loved this story.
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3 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von evehorizonte am 20. April 2014
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Ich liebe alle Krimis dieser Serie. Glaubwürdig und unaufgeregt geschrieben. Menschen und ihre komplizierten Beziehungen und zwischendrin dann ein Fall zum Ermitteln.
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2 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von sigrunT am 5. Mai 2014
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Dies ist das 6. Buch der Autorin und noch besser als die vorausgegangenen.
Es ist sicher auch als Einzelbuch schön zu lesen, aber da es sehr viele "alte Bekannte" gibt mit zum Teil doch recht ungewöhnlichen Eigenarten, genießt man es wahrscheinlich mehr, wenn man wenigstens einige der vorausgegangenen Bücher kennt.
Ich habe die Reihe von Anfang an geliebt, trotz leichter Schwächen, die die ersten Bücher hinsichtlich der Glaubhaftigkeit der Geschenisse hatten. Diese sind aber völlig verschwunden und die Bücher sind spannend,. Sie schildern sehr differenzierte
Persönlichkeiten mit sehr glaubhaften, sehr menschlichen Empfindungen, die man nach einigen Zeit sehr zu schätzen weiß.
Ich hatte das Buch gleich nach der Ankündigung vorbestellt, obwohl es erst Ende Juli 2014 erscheinen sollte. Das hat sich sehr gelohnt, denn es kam bereits im Januar zu meiner großen Freude.
Nun warte ich wieder auf das nächste.
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Digging up the secrets of "Mother Hook" and other bad mothers 20. März 2014
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I was excited when Elly Griffiths burst onto the scene a few years back with her first Ruth Galloway mystery novel. Here, at last, was a female protagonist who felt real to me. She wasn't a chick-lit style heroine, devoting as much time to checking out the male talent and the clothes as to solving crime; nor was she a tougher-than-nails spook, kicking but. Ruth was an ordinary woman, forging ahead in her career, generally content, not terribly glamorous and not caring enough about it to do undertake dramatic changes.

That first mystery changed a lot in her life, even though the romantic encounter she does have is really rather unromantic, with someone decidedly ineligible (and who also is downright annoying). Now, a few years later in book-time, Ruth's personality hasn't changed all that much (hurrah!) although some elements of her life have: she has a toddler daughter and keeps stumbling over crimes that keep her in touch with her erstwhile lover, DCI Harry Nelson. The most recent of these is what looks as if it will be a straightforward forensic archaeological study of remains found outside Norwich Castle that may have belonged to hanged murderess "Mother Hook", believed to have done away with children entrusted to her care as a professional 'baby farmer'. Ruth is just as intent on keeping everything scientific as some of the television producers are in turning it into a melodramatic spectacle in a series about women murderesses. Then, past seems to collide with present as Nelson finds himself with an investigation into serial cot death and then, suddenly and shockingly, a series of disappearances of toddlers in the Norwich area that strike too close to home and just may be linked to the Norwich excavations. Working on their parallel investigations in the past and the present, Ruth and Nelson both strive for justice and truth...

While recent books in the series really haven't measured up to the first two or three, in my view, Griffiths is more back on form in this one, perhaps because she is back on home turf (after a geographic departure in the most recent title) and because the plot gives her a way to explore the complicated personal relationships of her cast of characters. True, it never the "police procedural" genre, but Griffiths' command of her characters and theirs lives is by now so assured and detailed that it doesn't need to do so in order to be a very good read indeed.

One note: some folks I know who have read these books have taken offense at elements that I simply find to be part of the plot and that I (frankly) find rather bemusing, but given the number I've seen mention it, I thought I should do so here. One is morality. SPOILER ALERT FROM FIRST BOOK: Ruth's former lover, Harry Nelson, is married, and while this isn't an ongoing liason, some readers object to it on principle. The other is religion. Ruth's parents are some variant of born-again or rigid Protestant denomination; she has responded to this by becoming essentially an atheist or agnostic, and her friends (and characters) include people of different spiritual beliefs, including Cathbad, who appears to have adopted a form of Druidic belief. So if you're likely to be very easily offended on either of these accounts, don't read the books. For my part, I don't understand the problem, as Galloway doesn't seem to be presenting any particular belief system or way of life as especially admirable or to be aspired to, it's all very matter of fact and in the context of plot and character development.
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Kidnapping, Murder, and the Legend of a Victorian Murderess 20. Januar 2014
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Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, uncovers the bones of a notorious Victorian murderess, Mother Hook, on a routine dig near the walls of Norwich Castle. A television program Women who Kill wants to film the find. Some members of the production company think Mother Hook was innocent of murdering her charges, others see her as a wicked hag killing children to sell their bodies to the Resurrectionists, men who collected bodies to sell to medical schools for dissection.

While Ruth is involved with the television production, DCI Harry Nelson, father of Ruth's daughter, Kate, becomes in involved with the death of a baby and the kidnapping of two others. The atmosphere is charged with tension. The focus is on the mothers and their anguish as the police search for the missing children.

The theme of children abducted and killed is threaded through the story from the opening scenes discussing the guilt or innocence of Mother Hook to the heart rending agony of the mothers while their children are missing. I thought Griffiths did an excellent job tying the murder and abductions together with the larger picture of the Mother Hook legend. The tension kept me reading wondering whether the police would find the children in time.

I enjoyed this book very much. There was more police presence and detection in this book than some earlier books. I found that a good contrast to the academic atmosphere surrounding Ruth and the television production. If you like a good mystery with interesting characters and the beautiful Norfolk scenery, you'll enjoy this book.
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An Exceptional Series and a Phenomenal Set of Characters 23. Februar 2014
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This book felt completely different to me. Compared to the previous, this book was more toned down, not as frantic feeling as the previous. I am not sure if it was because Ruth is becoming more comfortable in her shoes, or her daughter’s near miss in the previous book has put life in a better balance, but Ruth is different in The Outcast Dead.

Blending two storylines, both Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway and DCI Harry Nelson are dealing with dead children and their caregivers. Ruth has excavated a body of a woman that she believes to be a Victorian era murderess called Mother Hook and Nelson is tracking down the clues in child deaths and abductions.

Since Ruth and Nelson have a child in common, this is hitting a bit too close for both of them. Not only do they have to protect their own, but also they need to find the truth. Ruth, with the help of Frank Barker ”a dishy American”, set out to prove one innocent and DCI Nelson needs to convince his team of the guilt of another.

As the story goes back and forth, you see the doubt and persistence that is needed from both. They care passionately for the truth, but that can only be accomplished with solid proof.

Nelson’s team is another story. He seems to be fighting them the whole way. When an abduction hits too close to home, when pushed beyond his comfort zone, DS Dave Clough must come to the realization that there are things that are not explainable, but instrumental.

The characters within the Ruth Galloway series are complicated. They have back stories that require the reader to start at the beginning of the series and keep their histories straight. Revelations in book one, will pop up later own causing the reader to stop and think.

Elly Griffith does leave a few danglers in there. Two new characters are introduced and where she takes them can only be guessed at. Suddenly the tangled web of King’s Lynn just became a little more interesting.

The Ruth Galloway books need your complete concentration. This is not a series that you can pick up, read a page or two, and put away until next week. You need to dedicate your time and concentration and in the end, you will be rewarded with an exceptional series and a phenomenal set of characters.
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Engaging Characters in an Atmospheric Mystery Series 12. April 2014
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The Outcast Dead is the 6th book in the Ruth Galloway series. The storyline has been told in other reviews so I am going to say what I like about this book and series.

I think what drew me initially to this series was the atmospheric location of the salt marsh and the character of Ruth Galloway. Ruth has had self doubts about her ability to be a mother. In The Outcast Dead I felt she was now more comfortable and confident in that role. She is a very relatable character. She is not perfect but she tries her best to do the right thing.

The mystery portion is always fairly complex. There is always more than one mystery. There is a mystery involved with the past and a current mystery.

The characters are wonderful. They become more fleshed out in each book. They feel familiar and one hopes the best for them. The relationships between all the characters are not straight forward.

This is why I eagerly wait for the next Ruth Galloway book to come out. I want to get back with the characters and see how their lives are going. The mystery always intrigues and the atmosphere adds to the whole series.
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"The unthinkable does happen." 28. Januar 2014
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In "The Outcast Dead," by Elly Griffiths, forensic archaeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway is a forty-two year old single mum. She lives with her precocious toddler, Kate, "in an isolated cottage on the very edge of the Saltmarsh," close to the sea. Although Kate's father sees his daughter regularly, he is married and has no intention of leaving his wife. Ruth keeps busy taking care of Kate, lecturing at the University of North Norfolk, and preparing her first book for publication. In addition, Ruth is invited to appear on a television program about Jemima Green, known as "Mother Hook," who was hanged in the nineteenth century for murdering the children in her care. (Ruth excavated Green's remains in the vicinity of Norwich Castle; she is determined to find out if Green was unjustly punished for crimes that she never committed.) As she has in the past, Galloway takes on the role of amateur sleuth when an unidentified perpetrator snatches several local children.

Families play a central role in "The Outcast Dead." DS Judy Johnson is married to Darren, a man she likes but does not love. Meanwhile, DCI Harry Nelson of the King's Lynn police investigates the mysterious death of eight-month-old David Donaldson, who appears to have inexplicably died in his sleep. What sets off alarm bells is the fact that the boy's two older brothers both died in a similar manner. Soon, the pathologist uncovers evidence indicating that someone intentionally took David's life.

"The Outcast Dead" has an incredibly cluttered and convoluted plot and lacks the luster of Griffith's best work. Still, the author holds our interest with her understated and literate writing style--the prose and dialogue are brisk, natural, and often amusing. What the story lacks is cohesiveness and dramatic conflict. Ruth has settled into her solitary life and has become too predictable. Nor is the mystery particularly compelling, in spite of the multitude of red herrings thrown in to keep us guessing. Too many extraneous characters pop up, many of whom have little to do. Ruth's friend, Shona, stands around looking elegant; Cathbad's daughter, Maddie, is in town and bonds with Nelson's daughter; Ruth's boss, Phil, is as egotistical and clueless as ever; and Nelson, along with DS Johnson, DS Clough, and DS Tim Heathfield, conducts his inquiries with his usual brusque professionalism. Even Ruth's brother, Simon, turns up with his two sons to pay his sister a brief visit. Finally, Griffiths hints at a budding relationship between Ruth and an attractive historian who happens to be a widower.

Fans of Ruth Galloway are always eager to spend time with this self-deprecating, intelligent, witty, and compassionate woman. However, if this series is to remain fresh, the author would be wise to shake things up a bit. Perhaps Ruth can take a sabbatical and travel to America with Kate. This would take Ruth out of her comfort zone, but that might not be a bad thing.
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