14 November 2022

The House at Sea's End


By Elly Griffiths


When six skeletons are discovered buried beneath a cliff on the Norfolk coast by a team studying coastal erosion, forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway is called in to establish when they were concealed. 

Working closely with DCI Harry Nelson, the investigation leads back to events which took place during the Second World War. However, someone is determined to keep secrets from the past hidden and will stop at nothing, even murder, to keep it that way.

The House at Sea's End is the third book in this highly enjoyable series. Ruth Galloway and Harry Nelson are wonderful characters with an intertwined working-personal relationship. I love how their ongoing story develops with each new book. 

The plot is immersive and perfectly paced; holding my interest until the very last page. This is a fantastic series with an archaeological twist, making it stand out from other books in the 'crime' genre.


  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • Author: Elly Griffiths
  • Genre: Crime


Dr Ruth Galloway is called in by a team of archaeologists investigating coastal erosion on the north Norfolk coast, when they unearth six bodies buried at the foot of a cliff. They seem to have been there a very long time. Ruth must help discover how long, and how on earth they got there.

Ruth and DCI Nelson are drawn together once more to unravel the past. Tests reveal that the bodies have lain, preserved in the sand, for sixty years. The mystery of their deaths stretches back to the Second World War, a time when Great Britain was threatened by invasion.

But someone wants the truth to stay buried, and will go to any lengths to keep it that way... even to committing murder.

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