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Synopsis: The second novel in the highly praised new mystery series featuring forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway, a woman who is very intimate with old bones and big trouble.
The Janus Stone, the second Ruth Galloway mystery, sees Ruth literally up to her neck in trouble. She's standing in a trench cut into the ground floor of an old Victorian mansion in Norwich once run by the Catholic church as a home for children. Now it is being demolished to make way for a condo development, and because a medieval church was originally on the site, the town council has ordered an archaeological survey before the new buildings go up. And now they won't go up, not until Ruth has finished her investigation, because she's staring at the headless skeleton of a child buried under the imposing front door.
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In Elly Griffiths s second novel starring Ruth Galloway, the forensic anthropologist, now expecting a child, undertakes a battle of wits with a deadly nemesis . . . Her inner strength as she battles social stigma and the hormonal fluctuations of pregnancy wonderfully complement the starkly wild Norfolk coast of England where Griffiths s novels are set. USA Today
It s only been a few months since forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway found herself entangled in a missing-child case, barely escaping with her life. But when constructions workers demolishing a large old mansion to make way for a new development uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway minus its skull Ruth is once again called upon to investigate. Is it a Roman-era ritual sacrifice, or is the killer closer at hand?
When carbon dating proves that the child s bones predate the home and relate to a time when the house was privately owned, Ruth is drawn more deeply into the case. But as spring turns into summer, it becomes clear that someone is trying very hard to put her off the trail by frightening her, and her unborn child, half to death.
Delightfully twisted . . . Griffiths is a talented writer and, like its predecessor The Crossing Places, The Janus Stone exhibits her skill at character development and her ability to create a chilling and entirely believable story Richmond Times-Dispatch
Elly Griffiths lives near Brighton, on the English coast. The Janus Stone is the second in her Ruth Galloway crime series.
Title: The Janus Stone: A Ruth Galloway Mystery
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Book Condition: POOR
Book Description McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Can Ed. When construction workers demolishing a large old house in Norwich uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway - minus its skull - forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called upon to investigate. Is it a Roman-era ritual sacrifice, or is the killer closer at hand?. Bookseller Inventory # 29844