30 August 2023

A Room Full of Bones


By Elly Griffiths


Forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway is at the local history museum in Kings Lynn for the opening of a coffin containing the long-dead remains of a bishop. But the event doesn't go as planned — the museum's curator is discovered lying dead beside the coffin. In a further turn of events, the museum's affluent owner is later found dead in his stables. Did both men die from natural causes or were they murdered? DCI Harry Nelson investigates.

A Room Full of Bones is the forth book in the Ruth Galloway series; which I'm working my way through in publication order. I love the archaeology/crime combination and this, together with great characterisation, makes the series a must-read. DCI Harry Nelson and Dr Ruth Galloway have a complicated history and to fully appreciate their backstories the series needs to be read in order. 

Once again the enigmatic Cathbad makes an appearance, as do characters from previous books. This time the storyline didn't grab me quite so much. The horse training setting wasn't something that appealed to me. However, I'm really looking forward to reading book five, Dying Fall and continuing the series.               


  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • Author: Elly Griffiths
  • Genre: Crime


It is Halloween in King's Lynn, and forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway is attending a strange event at the local history museum - the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But then Ruth finds the body of the museum's curator lying beside the coffin.

Soon the museum's wealthy owner lies dead in his stables too. These two deaths could be from natural causes but DCI Harry Nelson isn't convinced, and it is only a matter of time before Ruth and Nelson cross paths once more.

When threatening letters come to light, events take an even more sinister turn. But as Ruth's friends become involved, where will her loyalties lie? As her convictions are tested, she and Nelson must discover how Aboriginal skulls, drug smuggling and the Aboriginal ritual of The Dreaming may hold the answer to these deaths - and be the key to their own survival.

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