The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway #2)

The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway #2)

It?s been only a few months since archaeologist Ruth Galloway found herself entangled in a missing persons case, barely escaping with her life. But when construction workers demolishing a large old house in Norwich 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 kill It?s been only a few months since archaeologist Ruth Galloway found herself entangled in a missing persons case, ...

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Title:The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway #2)
Author:Elly Griffiths
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:The Janus Stone
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:327 pages pages

The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway #2) Reviews

  • LJ
    Mar 02, 2010

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

  • J.R.
    Dec 21, 2010

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

    Bon, soyons clairs, à mon sens le style n'est pas très bon. Toutefois, l'intrigue m'a suffisamment accrochée pour me donner envie de lire les autres volumes de la série. Et qu'est-ce que je fais dans ces cas-là ? Je lis en v.o. ! Ce roman est le 2e de la série, le style s'est don...

    Griffiths has an engaging style of writing that draws the reader into Ruth and Harry?s worlds of archaeology and policing, and their awkward relationship. The two lead characters, along with Cathbad, a local druid, are very appealing and the strengths of the book are the unfolding of...

    This is the second in the Ruth Galloway series and I liked it very much. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk, England. Ruth is around 40, chubby, and very good at what she does. She is also pregnant from a one night stand. Her parents, staunch Christians, are horrified. Ru...

    I did enjoy this book (hence the four stars) because I'm warming to the characters of Ruth and Nelson. I like the fact that Ruth is pretty much her own woman (she has a "weak moment" in this book of wishing to be "saved", but as she's mostly feisty we'll put that down to the pregnancy ...

    Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Summary: A Victorian home is being pulled down to make way for a luxury apartment building but is stopped due to the finding of Roman remains. As archaeologists work they find a headless skeleton of a child under the doorstep of the home and f...

    In a land so ancient, Norfolk is a gem for archaeologists and a headache for contractors. When a building in the midst of being razed for a new apartment complex is discovered to be on top of an old Roman site, construction stops and digging begins. But the archaeological team finds s...

    I don't know how this happened, but I am reading this series backwards. Still, it has not taken away from my enjoyment of these books and I am really looking forward to getting the first one and finding out about how Ruth and Harry first met and the story of Erik. I'm in the dark there...

    The most important consideration in a mystery novel is not simply whodunit, but do we care about the characters and what happens to them. Elly Griffiths satisfies both concerns in this second in the series. She has provided a mystery which keeps the reader engrosses and which is satisf...

  • Kathy
    Feb 20, 2012

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

  • Jasmine
    Jun 21, 2011

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

    Bon, soyons clairs, à mon sens le style n'est pas très bon. Toutefois, l'intrigue m'a suffisamment accrochée pour me donner envie de lire les autres volumes de la série. Et qu'est-ce que je fais dans ces cas-là ? Je lis en v.o. ! Ce roman est le 2e de la série, le style s'est don...

    Griffiths has an engaging style of writing that draws the reader into Ruth and Harry?s worlds of archaeology and policing, and their awkward relationship. The two lead characters, along with Cathbad, a local druid, are very appealing and the strengths of the book are the unfolding of...

    This is the second in the Ruth Galloway series and I liked it very much. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk, England. Ruth is around 40, chubby, and very good at what she does. She is also pregnant from a one night stand. Her parents, staunch Christians, are horrified. Ru...

    I did enjoy this book (hence the four stars) because I'm warming to the characters of Ruth and Nelson. I like the fact that Ruth is pretty much her own woman (she has a "weak moment" in this book of wishing to be "saved", but as she's mostly feisty we'll put that down to the pregnancy ...

    Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Summary: A Victorian home is being pulled down to make way for a luxury apartment building but is stopped due to the finding of Roman remains. As archaeologists work they find a headless skeleton of a child under the doorstep of the home and f...

    In a land so ancient, Norfolk is a gem for archaeologists and a headache for contractors. When a building in the midst of being razed for a new apartment complex is discovered to be on top of an old Roman site, construction stops and digging begins. But the archaeological team finds s...

    I don't know how this happened, but I am reading this series backwards. Still, it has not taken away from my enjoyment of these books and I am really looking forward to getting the first one and finding out about how Ruth and Harry first met and the story of Erik. I'm in the dark there...

    The most important consideration in a mystery novel is not simply whodunit, but do we care about the characters and what happens to them. Elly Griffiths satisfies both concerns in this second in the series. She has provided a mystery which keeps the reader engrosses and which is satisf...

    Somewhat disappointed. Loved the first book of this series. While I liked the plot and the writing of this one and still like the characters as well, I do not like the personal upheaval the author is adding to the lives of the main characters in this series. I would have enjoyed th...

    3.5 stars. I enjoyed this audiobook better than the first in the series, and enough to carry on to the next one. I am beginning to like the main characters more too. It isn't really something to get all excited about, as murder mysteries go (not like the gripping Deborah Crombie series...

    Enjoyed this one too; now I'm going to have to track down copies of 3 & 4 in the series as they're the only two I'm missing. I fear it may get a bit soap opera-ish with the characters but they're such great characters to spend time with, I don't think I'd mind too much! ...

    The premise of spinster Ruth Galloway hiding her pregnancy all the better to be independent -- or something, I never did figure it out -- made me drop out in the first chapter. ...

    La storia non è male... ma un po' scontata, visto il genere; anche se qualche colpo di scena c'è, alla fin fine mi è sembrata un po' troppo lenta. Grande atmosfera per quel che riguarda, invece, l'ambientazione; interessante la parte archeologica e storica: si parla di romani e cel...

    This second book in Elly Griffiths' series about archaeologist Ruth Galloway is even better than the first. I enjoyed the fine character portrayal, the complex, twisty mystery plot, the excellent dialogue, and the historical, literary, archaeological, and religious aspects of the story...

    I'm becoming a real fan of Elly Griffiths's Ruth Galloway series. This is the second book about Ruth, and she's on another cold case with connections to ancient Rome. I love the mix of detection and archaeology, and I really want to know what happens next in Ruth's life. (14+) *Plea...

    Even though the main flaws are still with the main character, I like the storyline and will probably give her one more chance... The idea is compelling, and hope she stops driving her story with sily girl mistakes. Galloway is smarter than that. ...

    I tidens natur skal en gammel bygning med en bemærkelsesværdig historie rives ned ? så der kan bygges nye, moderne luksus boliger. Men byggeriet må sættes på pause, da et barneskelet findes uden hoved. Selve begravelsesstedet tyder på, at der kunne være noget rituelt over det...

    so i have a huge goodreads petpeeve. and this is that I want an authors page to say they've written the number of books they've actually written, cause if it says 5 and I've read two I'm all excited for the three I haven't... except. yeah, see my point. I just combined a bunch of stuff...

  • Nicola Mansfield
    Mar 05, 2010

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

    Bon, soyons clairs, à mon sens le style n'est pas très bon. Toutefois, l'intrigue m'a suffisamment accrochée pour me donner envie de lire les autres volumes de la série. Et qu'est-ce que je fais dans ces cas-là ? Je lis en v.o. ! Ce roman est le 2e de la série, le style s'est don...

    Griffiths has an engaging style of writing that draws the reader into Ruth and Harry?s worlds of archaeology and policing, and their awkward relationship. The two lead characters, along with Cathbad, a local druid, are very appealing and the strengths of the book are the unfolding of...

    This is the second in the Ruth Galloway series and I liked it very much. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk, England. Ruth is around 40, chubby, and very good at what she does. She is also pregnant from a one night stand. Her parents, staunch Christians, are horrified. Ru...

    I did enjoy this book (hence the four stars) because I'm warming to the characters of Ruth and Nelson. I like the fact that Ruth is pretty much her own woman (she has a "weak moment" in this book of wishing to be "saved", but as she's mostly feisty we'll put that down to the pregnancy ...

    Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Summary: A Victorian home is being pulled down to make way for a luxury apartment building but is stopped due to the finding of Roman remains. As archaeologists work they find a headless skeleton of a child under the doorstep of the home and f...

  • switterbug (Betsey)
    Feb 22, 2011

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

  • Sheila Beaumont
    Jul 01, 2018

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

    Bon, soyons clairs, à mon sens le style n'est pas très bon. Toutefois, l'intrigue m'a suffisamment accrochée pour me donner envie de lire les autres volumes de la série. Et qu'est-ce que je fais dans ces cas-là ? Je lis en v.o. ! Ce roman est le 2e de la série, le style s'est don...

    Griffiths has an engaging style of writing that draws the reader into Ruth and Harry?s worlds of archaeology and policing, and their awkward relationship. The two lead characters, along with Cathbad, a local druid, are very appealing and the strengths of the book are the unfolding of...

    This is the second in the Ruth Galloway series and I liked it very much. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk, England. Ruth is around 40, chubby, and very good at what she does. She is also pregnant from a one night stand. Her parents, staunch Christians, are horrified. Ru...

    I did enjoy this book (hence the four stars) because I'm warming to the characters of Ruth and Nelson. I like the fact that Ruth is pretty much her own woman (she has a "weak moment" in this book of wishing to be "saved", but as she's mostly feisty we'll put that down to the pregnancy ...

    Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Summary: A Victorian home is being pulled down to make way for a luxury apartment building but is stopped due to the finding of Roman remains. As archaeologists work they find a headless skeleton of a child under the doorstep of the home and f...

    In a land so ancient, Norfolk is a gem for archaeologists and a headache for contractors. When a building in the midst of being razed for a new apartment complex is discovered to be on top of an old Roman site, construction stops and digging begins. But the archaeological team finds s...

    I don't know how this happened, but I am reading this series backwards. Still, it has not taken away from my enjoyment of these books and I am really looking forward to getting the first one and finding out about how Ruth and Harry first met and the story of Erik. I'm in the dark there...

    The most important consideration in a mystery novel is not simply whodunit, but do we care about the characters and what happens to them. Elly Griffiths satisfies both concerns in this second in the series. She has provided a mystery which keeps the reader engrosses and which is satisf...

    Somewhat disappointed. Loved the first book of this series. While I liked the plot and the writing of this one and still like the characters as well, I do not like the personal upheaval the author is adding to the lives of the main characters in this series. I would have enjoyed th...

    3.5 stars. I enjoyed this audiobook better than the first in the series, and enough to carry on to the next one. I am beginning to like the main characters more too. It isn't really something to get all excited about, as murder mysteries go (not like the gripping Deborah Crombie series...

    Enjoyed this one too; now I'm going to have to track down copies of 3 & 4 in the series as they're the only two I'm missing. I fear it may get a bit soap opera-ish with the characters but they're such great characters to spend time with, I don't think I'd mind too much! ...

    The premise of spinster Ruth Galloway hiding her pregnancy all the better to be independent -- or something, I never did figure it out -- made me drop out in the first chapter. ...

    La storia non è male... ma un po' scontata, visto il genere; anche se qualche colpo di scena c'è, alla fin fine mi è sembrata un po' troppo lenta. Grande atmosfera per quel che riguarda, invece, l'ambientazione; interessante la parte archeologica e storica: si parla di romani e cel...

    This second book in Elly Griffiths' series about archaeologist Ruth Galloway is even better than the first. I enjoyed the fine character portrayal, the complex, twisty mystery plot, the excellent dialogue, and the historical, literary, archaeological, and religious aspects of the story...

  • Ivonne Rovira
    Sep 12, 2014

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

    Bon, soyons clairs, à mon sens le style n'est pas très bon. Toutefois, l'intrigue m'a suffisamment accrochée pour me donner envie de lire les autres volumes de la série. Et qu'est-ce que je fais dans ces cas-là ? Je lis en v.o. ! Ce roman est le 2e de la série, le style s'est don...

    Griffiths has an engaging style of writing that draws the reader into Ruth and Harry?s worlds of archaeology and policing, and their awkward relationship. The two lead characters, along with Cathbad, a local druid, are very appealing and the strengths of the book are the unfolding of...

    This is the second in the Ruth Galloway series and I liked it very much. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk, England. Ruth is around 40, chubby, and very good at what she does. She is also pregnant from a one night stand. Her parents, staunch Christians, are horrified. Ru...

    I did enjoy this book (hence the four stars) because I'm warming to the characters of Ruth and Nelson. I like the fact that Ruth is pretty much her own woman (she has a "weak moment" in this book of wishing to be "saved", but as she's mostly feisty we'll put that down to the pregnancy ...

    Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Summary: A Victorian home is being pulled down to make way for a luxury apartment building but is stopped due to the finding of Roman remains. As archaeologists work they find a headless skeleton of a child under the doorstep of the home and f...

    In a land so ancient, Norfolk is a gem for archaeologists and a headache for contractors. When a building in the midst of being razed for a new apartment complex is discovered to be on top of an old Roman site, construction stops and digging begins. But the archaeological team finds s...

    I don't know how this happened, but I am reading this series backwards. Still, it has not taken away from my enjoyment of these books and I am really looking forward to getting the first one and finding out about how Ruth and Harry first met and the story of Erik. I'm in the dark there...

    The most important consideration in a mystery novel is not simply whodunit, but do we care about the characters and what happens to them. Elly Griffiths satisfies both concerns in this second in the series. She has provided a mystery which keeps the reader engrosses and which is satisf...

    Somewhat disappointed. Loved the first book of this series. While I liked the plot and the writing of this one and still like the characters as well, I do not like the personal upheaval the author is adding to the lives of the main characters in this series. I would have enjoyed th...

    3.5 stars. I enjoyed this audiobook better than the first in the series, and enough to carry on to the next one. I am beginning to like the main characters more too. It isn't really something to get all excited about, as murder mysteries go (not like the gripping Deborah Crombie series...

    Enjoyed this one too; now I'm going to have to track down copies of 3 & 4 in the series as they're the only two I'm missing. I fear it may get a bit soap opera-ish with the characters but they're such great characters to spend time with, I don't think I'd mind too much! ...

    The premise of spinster Ruth Galloway hiding her pregnancy all the better to be independent -- or something, I never did figure it out -- made me drop out in the first chapter. ...

  • Sarah
    Oct 24, 2016

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

    Bon, soyons clairs, à mon sens le style n'est pas très bon. Toutefois, l'intrigue m'a suffisamment accrochée pour me donner envie de lire les autres volumes de la série. Et qu'est-ce que je fais dans ces cas-là ? Je lis en v.o. ! Ce roman est le 2e de la série, le style s'est don...

    Griffiths has an engaging style of writing that draws the reader into Ruth and Harry?s worlds of archaeology and policing, and their awkward relationship. The two lead characters, along with Cathbad, a local druid, are very appealing and the strengths of the book are the unfolding of...

    This is the second in the Ruth Galloway series and I liked it very much. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk, England. Ruth is around 40, chubby, and very good at what she does. She is also pregnant from a one night stand. Her parents, staunch Christians, are horrified. Ru...

    I did enjoy this book (hence the four stars) because I'm warming to the characters of Ruth and Nelson. I like the fact that Ruth is pretty much her own woman (she has a "weak moment" in this book of wishing to be "saved", but as she's mostly feisty we'll put that down to the pregnancy ...

    Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Summary: A Victorian home is being pulled down to make way for a luxury apartment building but is stopped due to the finding of Roman remains. As archaeologists work they find a headless skeleton of a child under the doorstep of the home and f...

    In a land so ancient, Norfolk is a gem for archaeologists and a headache for contractors. When a building in the midst of being razed for a new apartment complex is discovered to be on top of an old Roman site, construction stops and digging begins. But the archaeological team finds s...

    I don't know how this happened, but I am reading this series backwards. Still, it has not taken away from my enjoyment of these books and I am really looking forward to getting the first one and finding out about how Ruth and Harry first met and the story of Erik. I'm in the dark there...

    The most important consideration in a mystery novel is not simply whodunit, but do we care about the characters and what happens to them. Elly Griffiths satisfies both concerns in this second in the series. She has provided a mystery which keeps the reader engrosses and which is satisf...

    Somewhat disappointed. Loved the first book of this series. While I liked the plot and the writing of this one and still like the characters as well, I do not like the personal upheaval the author is adding to the lives of the main characters in this series. I would have enjoyed th...

    3.5 stars. I enjoyed this audiobook better than the first in the series, and enough to carry on to the next one. I am beginning to like the main characters more too. It isn't really something to get all excited about, as murder mysteries go (not like the gripping Deborah Crombie series...

  • Rob Kitchin
    May 06, 2012

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

    Bon, soyons clairs, à mon sens le style n'est pas très bon. Toutefois, l'intrigue m'a suffisamment accrochée pour me donner envie de lire les autres volumes de la série. Et qu'est-ce que je fais dans ces cas-là ? Je lis en v.o. ! Ce roman est le 2e de la série, le style s'est don...

    Griffiths has an engaging style of writing that draws the reader into Ruth and Harry?s worlds of archaeology and policing, and their awkward relationship. The two lead characters, along with Cathbad, a local druid, are very appealing and the strengths of the book are the unfolding of...

  • Sharon Michael
    Jan 04, 2012

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

    Bon, soyons clairs, à mon sens le style n'est pas très bon. Toutefois, l'intrigue m'a suffisamment accrochée pour me donner envie de lire les autres volumes de la série. Et qu'est-ce que je fais dans ces cas-là ? Je lis en v.o. ! Ce roman est le 2e de la série, le style s'est don...

    Griffiths has an engaging style of writing that draws the reader into Ruth and Harry?s worlds of archaeology and policing, and their awkward relationship. The two lead characters, along with Cathbad, a local druid, are very appealing and the strengths of the book are the unfolding of...

    This is the second in the Ruth Galloway series and I liked it very much. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk, England. Ruth is around 40, chubby, and very good at what she does. She is also pregnant from a one night stand. Her parents, staunch Christians, are horrified. Ru...

    I did enjoy this book (hence the four stars) because I'm warming to the characters of Ruth and Nelson. I like the fact that Ruth is pretty much her own woman (she has a "weak moment" in this book of wishing to be "saved", but as she's mostly feisty we'll put that down to the pregnancy ...

    Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Summary: A Victorian home is being pulled down to make way for a luxury apartment building but is stopped due to the finding of Roman remains. As archaeologists work they find a headless skeleton of a child under the doorstep of the home and f...

    In a land so ancient, Norfolk is a gem for archaeologists and a headache for contractors. When a building in the midst of being razed for a new apartment complex is discovered to be on top of an old Roman site, construction stops and digging begins. But the archaeological team finds s...

    I don't know how this happened, but I am reading this series backwards. Still, it has not taken away from my enjoyment of these books and I am really looking forward to getting the first one and finding out about how Ruth and Harry first met and the story of Erik. I'm in the dark there...

    The most important consideration in a mystery novel is not simply whodunit, but do we care about the characters and what happens to them. Elly Griffiths satisfies both concerns in this second in the series. She has provided a mystery which keeps the reader engrosses and which is satisf...

    Somewhat disappointed. Loved the first book of this series. While I liked the plot and the writing of this one and still like the characters as well, I do not like the personal upheaval the author is adding to the lives of the main characters in this series. I would have enjoyed th...

  • Susan Johnson
    Apr 14, 2014

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

    Bon, soyons clairs, à mon sens le style n'est pas très bon. Toutefois, l'intrigue m'a suffisamment accrochée pour me donner envie de lire les autres volumes de la série. Et qu'est-ce que je fais dans ces cas-là ? Je lis en v.o. ! Ce roman est le 2e de la série, le style s'est don...

    Griffiths has an engaging style of writing that draws the reader into Ruth and Harry?s worlds of archaeology and policing, and their awkward relationship. The two lead characters, along with Cathbad, a local druid, are very appealing and the strengths of the book are the unfolding of...

    This is the second in the Ruth Galloway series and I liked it very much. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk, England. Ruth is around 40, chubby, and very good at what she does. She is also pregnant from a one night stand. Her parents, staunch Christians, are horrified. Ru...

  • Brenda
    Feb 14, 2016

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

  • Linda Boa
    Feb 08, 2015

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

    Bon, soyons clairs, à mon sens le style n'est pas très bon. Toutefois, l'intrigue m'a suffisamment accrochée pour me donner envie de lire les autres volumes de la série. Et qu'est-ce que je fais dans ces cas-là ? Je lis en v.o. ! Ce roman est le 2e de la série, le style s'est don...

    Griffiths has an engaging style of writing that draws the reader into Ruth and Harry?s worlds of archaeology and policing, and their awkward relationship. The two lead characters, along with Cathbad, a local druid, are very appealing and the strengths of the book are the unfolding of...

    This is the second in the Ruth Galloway series and I liked it very much. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk, England. Ruth is around 40, chubby, and very good at what she does. She is also pregnant from a one night stand. Her parents, staunch Christians, are horrified. Ru...

    I did enjoy this book (hence the four stars) because I'm warming to the characters of Ruth and Nelson. I like the fact that Ruth is pretty much her own woman (she has a "weak moment" in this book of wishing to be "saved", but as she's mostly feisty we'll put that down to the pregnancy ...

    Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Summary: A Victorian home is being pulled down to make way for a luxury apartment building but is stopped due to the finding of Roman remains. As archaeologists work they find a headless skeleton of a child under the doorstep of the home and f...

    In a land so ancient, Norfolk is a gem for archaeologists and a headache for contractors. When a building in the midst of being razed for a new apartment complex is discovered to be on top of an old Roman site, construction stops and digging begins. But the archaeological team finds s...

    I don't know how this happened, but I am reading this series backwards. Still, it has not taken away from my enjoyment of these books and I am really looking forward to getting the first one and finding out about how Ruth and Harry first met and the story of Erik. I'm in the dark there...

    The most important consideration in a mystery novel is not simply whodunit, but do we care about the characters and what happens to them. Elly Griffiths satisfies both concerns in this second in the series. She has provided a mystery which keeps the reader engrosses and which is satisf...

    Somewhat disappointed. Loved the first book of this series. While I liked the plot and the writing of this one and still like the characters as well, I do not like the personal upheaval the author is adding to the lives of the main characters in this series. I would have enjoyed th...

    3.5 stars. I enjoyed this audiobook better than the first in the series, and enough to carry on to the next one. I am beginning to like the main characters more too. It isn't really something to get all excited about, as murder mysteries go (not like the gripping Deborah Crombie series...

    Enjoyed this one too; now I'm going to have to track down copies of 3 & 4 in the series as they're the only two I'm missing. I fear it may get a bit soap opera-ish with the characters but they're such great characters to spend time with, I don't think I'd mind too much! ...

  • Mary Gilligan-Nolan
    Dec 02, 2011

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

    Bon, soyons clairs, à mon sens le style n'est pas très bon. Toutefois, l'intrigue m'a suffisamment accrochée pour me donner envie de lire les autres volumes de la série. Et qu'est-ce que je fais dans ces cas-là ? Je lis en v.o. ! Ce roman est le 2e de la série, le style s'est don...

    Griffiths has an engaging style of writing that draws the reader into Ruth and Harry?s worlds of archaeology and policing, and their awkward relationship. The two lead characters, along with Cathbad, a local druid, are very appealing and the strengths of the book are the unfolding of...

    This is the second in the Ruth Galloway series and I liked it very much. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk, England. Ruth is around 40, chubby, and very good at what she does. She is also pregnant from a one night stand. Her parents, staunch Christians, are horrified. Ru...

    I did enjoy this book (hence the four stars) because I'm warming to the characters of Ruth and Nelson. I like the fact that Ruth is pretty much her own woman (she has a "weak moment" in this book of wishing to be "saved", but as she's mostly feisty we'll put that down to the pregnancy ...

    Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Summary: A Victorian home is being pulled down to make way for a luxury apartment building but is stopped due to the finding of Roman remains. As archaeologists work they find a headless skeleton of a child under the doorstep of the home and f...

    In a land so ancient, Norfolk is a gem for archaeologists and a headache for contractors. When a building in the midst of being razed for a new apartment complex is discovered to be on top of an old Roman site, construction stops and digging begins. But the archaeological team finds s...

    I don't know how this happened, but I am reading this series backwards. Still, it has not taken away from my enjoyment of these books and I am really looking forward to getting the first one and finding out about how Ruth and Harry first met and the story of Erik. I'm in the dark there...

  • Ellen
    Jan 11, 2016

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

  • Tanja Berg
    Mar 26, 2018

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

  • Ingrid
    Sep 04, 2017

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

  • Jenn Ravey
    Jan 31, 2012

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

    Bon, soyons clairs, à mon sens le style n'est pas très bon. Toutefois, l'intrigue m'a suffisamment accrochée pour me donner envie de lire les autres volumes de la série. Et qu'est-ce que je fais dans ces cas-là ? Je lis en v.o. ! Ce roman est le 2e de la série, le style s'est don...

    Griffiths has an engaging style of writing that draws the reader into Ruth and Harry?s worlds of archaeology and policing, and their awkward relationship. The two lead characters, along with Cathbad, a local druid, are very appealing and the strengths of the book are the unfolding of...

    This is the second in the Ruth Galloway series and I liked it very much. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk, England. Ruth is around 40, chubby, and very good at what she does. She is also pregnant from a one night stand. Her parents, staunch Christians, are horrified. Ru...

    I did enjoy this book (hence the four stars) because I'm warming to the characters of Ruth and Nelson. I like the fact that Ruth is pretty much her own woman (she has a "weak moment" in this book of wishing to be "saved", but as she's mostly feisty we'll put that down to the pregnancy ...

    Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Summary: A Victorian home is being pulled down to make way for a luxury apartment building but is stopped due to the finding of Roman remains. As archaeologists work they find a headless skeleton of a child under the doorstep of the home and f...

    In a land so ancient, Norfolk is a gem for archaeologists and a headache for contractors. When a building in the midst of being razed for a new apartment complex is discovered to be on top of an old Roman site, construction stops and digging begins. But the archaeological team finds s...

  • Kaora
    Feb 28, 2018

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

  • Taryn Pierson
    Oct 09, 2017

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    Sep 20, 2016

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

  • Kate  Powell
    Jun 29, 2017

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

    Bon, soyons clairs, à mon sens le style n'est pas très bon. Toutefois, l'intrigue m'a suffisamment accrochée pour me donner envie de lire les autres volumes de la série. Et qu'est-ce que je fais dans ces cas-là ? Je lis en v.o. ! Ce roman est le 2e de la série, le style s'est don...

    Griffiths has an engaging style of writing that draws the reader into Ruth and Harry?s worlds of archaeology and policing, and their awkward relationship. The two lead characters, along with Cathbad, a local druid, are very appealing and the strengths of the book are the unfolding of...

    This is the second in the Ruth Galloway series and I liked it very much. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk, England. Ruth is around 40, chubby, and very good at what she does. She is also pregnant from a one night stand. Her parents, staunch Christians, are horrified. Ru...

    I did enjoy this book (hence the four stars) because I'm warming to the characters of Ruth and Nelson. I like the fact that Ruth is pretty much her own woman (she has a "weak moment" in this book of wishing to be "saved", but as she's mostly feisty we'll put that down to the pregnancy ...

    Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Summary: A Victorian home is being pulled down to make way for a luxury apartment building but is stopped due to the finding of Roman remains. As archaeologists work they find a headless skeleton of a child under the doorstep of the home and f...

    In a land so ancient, Norfolk is a gem for archaeologists and a headache for contractors. When a building in the midst of being razed for a new apartment complex is discovered to be on top of an old Roman site, construction stops and digging begins. But the archaeological team finds s...

    I don't know how this happened, but I am reading this series backwards. Still, it has not taken away from my enjoyment of these books and I am really looking forward to getting the first one and finding out about how Ruth and Harry first met and the story of Erik. I'm in the dark there...

    The most important consideration in a mystery novel is not simply whodunit, but do we care about the characters and what happens to them. Elly Griffiths satisfies both concerns in this second in the series. She has provided a mystery which keeps the reader engrosses and which is satisf...

    Somewhat disappointed. Loved the first book of this series. While I liked the plot and the writing of this one and still like the characters as well, I do not like the personal upheaval the author is adding to the lives of the main characters in this series. I would have enjoyed th...

    3.5 stars. I enjoyed this audiobook better than the first in the series, and enough to carry on to the next one. I am beginning to like the main characters more too. It isn't really something to get all excited about, as murder mysteries go (not like the gripping Deborah Crombie series...

    Enjoyed this one too; now I'm going to have to track down copies of 3 & 4 in the series as they're the only two I'm missing. I fear it may get a bit soap opera-ish with the characters but they're such great characters to spend time with, I don't think I'd mind too much! ...

    The premise of spinster Ruth Galloway hiding her pregnancy all the better to be independent -- or something, I never did figure it out -- made me drop out in the first chapter. ...

    La storia non è male... ma un po' scontata, visto il genere; anche se qualche colpo di scena c'è, alla fin fine mi è sembrata un po' troppo lenta. Grande atmosfera per quel che riguarda, invece, l'ambientazione; interessante la parte archeologica e storica: si parla di romani e cel...

    This second book in Elly Griffiths' series about archaeologist Ruth Galloway is even better than the first. I enjoyed the fine character portrayal, the complex, twisty mystery plot, the excellent dialogue, and the historical, literary, archaeological, and religious aspects of the story...

    I'm becoming a real fan of Elly Griffiths's Ruth Galloway series. This is the second book about Ruth, and she's on another cold case with connections to ancient Rome. I love the mix of detection and archaeology, and I really want to know what happens next in Ruth's life. (14+) *Plea...

    Even though the main flaws are still with the main character, I like the storyline and will probably give her one more chance... The idea is compelling, and hope she stops driving her story with sily girl mistakes. Galloway is smarter than that. ...

  • Robin Stevens
    Apr 17, 2018

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

    Bon, soyons clairs, à mon sens le style n'est pas très bon. Toutefois, l'intrigue m'a suffisamment accrochée pour me donner envie de lire les autres volumes de la série. Et qu'est-ce que je fais dans ces cas-là ? Je lis en v.o. ! Ce roman est le 2e de la série, le style s'est don...

    Griffiths has an engaging style of writing that draws the reader into Ruth and Harry?s worlds of archaeology and policing, and their awkward relationship. The two lead characters, along with Cathbad, a local druid, are very appealing and the strengths of the book are the unfolding of...

    This is the second in the Ruth Galloway series and I liked it very much. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk, England. Ruth is around 40, chubby, and very good at what she does. She is also pregnant from a one night stand. Her parents, staunch Christians, are horrified. Ru...

    I did enjoy this book (hence the four stars) because I'm warming to the characters of Ruth and Nelson. I like the fact that Ruth is pretty much her own woman (she has a "weak moment" in this book of wishing to be "saved", but as she's mostly feisty we'll put that down to the pregnancy ...

    Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Summary: A Victorian home is being pulled down to make way for a luxury apartment building but is stopped due to the finding of Roman remains. As archaeologists work they find a headless skeleton of a child under the doorstep of the home and f...

    In a land so ancient, Norfolk is a gem for archaeologists and a headache for contractors. When a building in the midst of being razed for a new apartment complex is discovered to be on top of an old Roman site, construction stops and digging begins. But the archaeological team finds s...

    I don't know how this happened, but I am reading this series backwards. Still, it has not taken away from my enjoyment of these books and I am really looking forward to getting the first one and finding out about how Ruth and Harry first met and the story of Erik. I'm in the dark there...

    The most important consideration in a mystery novel is not simply whodunit, but do we care about the characters and what happens to them. Elly Griffiths satisfies both concerns in this second in the series. She has provided a mystery which keeps the reader engrosses and which is satisf...

    Somewhat disappointed. Loved the first book of this series. While I liked the plot and the writing of this one and still like the characters as well, I do not like the personal upheaval the author is adding to the lives of the main characters in this series. I would have enjoyed th...

    3.5 stars. I enjoyed this audiobook better than the first in the series, and enough to carry on to the next one. I am beginning to like the main characters more too. It isn't really something to get all excited about, as murder mysteries go (not like the gripping Deborah Crombie series...

    Enjoyed this one too; now I'm going to have to track down copies of 3 & 4 in the series as they're the only two I'm missing. I fear it may get a bit soap opera-ish with the characters but they're such great characters to spend time with, I don't think I'd mind too much! ...

    The premise of spinster Ruth Galloway hiding her pregnancy all the better to be independent -- or something, I never did figure it out -- made me drop out in the first chapter. ...

    La storia non è male... ma un po' scontata, visto il genere; anche se qualche colpo di scena c'è, alla fin fine mi è sembrata un po' troppo lenta. Grande atmosfera per quel che riguarda, invece, l'ambientazione; interessante la parte archeologica e storica: si parla di romani e cel...

    This second book in Elly Griffiths' series about archaeologist Ruth Galloway is even better than the first. I enjoyed the fine character portrayal, the complex, twisty mystery plot, the excellent dialogue, and the historical, literary, archaeological, and religious aspects of the story...

    I'm becoming a real fan of Elly Griffiths's Ruth Galloway series. This is the second book about Ruth, and she's on another cold case with connections to ancient Rome. I love the mix of detection and archaeology, and I really want to know what happens next in Ruth's life. (14+) *Plea...

  • Lisa
    Mar 05, 2015

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

  • Jaro
    Jan 03, 2016

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

  • Antonella
    Jul 26, 2017

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

    Bon, soyons clairs, à mon sens le style n'est pas très bon. Toutefois, l'intrigue m'a suffisamment accrochée pour me donner envie de lire les autres volumes de la série. Et qu'est-ce que je fais dans ces cas-là ? Je lis en v.o. ! Ce roman est le 2e de la série, le style s'est don...

    Griffiths has an engaging style of writing that draws the reader into Ruth and Harry?s worlds of archaeology and policing, and their awkward relationship. The two lead characters, along with Cathbad, a local druid, are very appealing and the strengths of the book are the unfolding of...

    This is the second in the Ruth Galloway series and I liked it very much. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk, England. Ruth is around 40, chubby, and very good at what she does. She is also pregnant from a one night stand. Her parents, staunch Christians, are horrified. Ru...

    I did enjoy this book (hence the four stars) because I'm warming to the characters of Ruth and Nelson. I like the fact that Ruth is pretty much her own woman (she has a "weak moment" in this book of wishing to be "saved", but as she's mostly feisty we'll put that down to the pregnancy ...

    Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Summary: A Victorian home is being pulled down to make way for a luxury apartment building but is stopped due to the finding of Roman remains. As archaeologists work they find a headless skeleton of a child under the doorstep of the home and f...

    In a land so ancient, Norfolk is a gem for archaeologists and a headache for contractors. When a building in the midst of being razed for a new apartment complex is discovered to be on top of an old Roman site, construction stops and digging begins. But the archaeological team finds s...

    I don't know how this happened, but I am reading this series backwards. Still, it has not taken away from my enjoyment of these books and I am really looking forward to getting the first one and finding out about how Ruth and Harry first met and the story of Erik. I'm in the dark there...

    The most important consideration in a mystery novel is not simply whodunit, but do we care about the characters and what happens to them. Elly Griffiths satisfies both concerns in this second in the series. She has provided a mystery which keeps the reader engrosses and which is satisf...

    Somewhat disappointed. Loved the first book of this series. While I liked the plot and the writing of this one and still like the characters as well, I do not like the personal upheaval the author is adding to the lives of the main characters in this series. I would have enjoyed th...

    3.5 stars. I enjoyed this audiobook better than the first in the series, and enough to carry on to the next one. I am beginning to like the main characters more too. It isn't really something to get all excited about, as murder mysteries go (not like the gripping Deborah Crombie series...

    Enjoyed this one too; now I'm going to have to track down copies of 3 & 4 in the series as they're the only two I'm missing. I fear it may get a bit soap opera-ish with the characters but they're such great characters to spend time with, I don't think I'd mind too much! ...

    The premise of spinster Ruth Galloway hiding her pregnancy all the better to be independent -- or something, I never did figure it out -- made me drop out in the first chapter. ...

    La storia non è male... ma un po' scontata, visto il genere; anche se qualche colpo di scena c'è, alla fin fine mi è sembrata un po' troppo lenta. Grande atmosfera per quel che riguarda, invece, l'ambientazione; interessante la parte archeologica e storica: si parla di romani e cel...

  • Mariah Kingdom
    Mar 29, 2017

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

    Bon, soyons clairs, à mon sens le style n'est pas très bon. Toutefois, l'intrigue m'a suffisamment accrochée pour me donner envie de lire les autres volumes de la série. Et qu'est-ce que je fais dans ces cas-là ? Je lis en v.o. ! Ce roman est le 2e de la série, le style s'est don...

    Griffiths has an engaging style of writing that draws the reader into Ruth and Harry?s worlds of archaeology and policing, and their awkward relationship. The two lead characters, along with Cathbad, a local druid, are very appealing and the strengths of the book are the unfolding of...

    This is the second in the Ruth Galloway series and I liked it very much. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk, England. Ruth is around 40, chubby, and very good at what she does. She is also pregnant from a one night stand. Her parents, staunch Christians, are horrified. Ru...

    I did enjoy this book (hence the four stars) because I'm warming to the characters of Ruth and Nelson. I like the fact that Ruth is pretty much her own woman (she has a "weak moment" in this book of wishing to be "saved", but as she's mostly feisty we'll put that down to the pregnancy ...

  • Catsbooksandcoffee
    May 28, 2018

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

    Bon, soyons clairs, à mon sens le style n'est pas très bon. Toutefois, l'intrigue m'a suffisamment accrochée pour me donner envie de lire les autres volumes de la série. Et qu'est-ce que je fais dans ces cas-là ? Je lis en v.o. ! Ce roman est le 2e de la série, le style s'est don...

    Griffiths has an engaging style of writing that draws the reader into Ruth and Harry?s worlds of archaeology and policing, and their awkward relationship. The two lead characters, along with Cathbad, a local druid, are very appealing and the strengths of the book are the unfolding of...

    This is the second in the Ruth Galloway series and I liked it very much. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk, England. Ruth is around 40, chubby, and very good at what she does. She is also pregnant from a one night stand. Her parents, staunch Christians, are horrified. Ru...

    I did enjoy this book (hence the four stars) because I'm warming to the characters of Ruth and Nelson. I like the fact that Ruth is pretty much her own woman (she has a "weak moment" in this book of wishing to be "saved", but as she's mostly feisty we'll put that down to the pregnancy ...

    Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Summary: A Victorian home is being pulled down to make way for a luxury apartment building but is stopped due to the finding of Roman remains. As archaeologists work they find a headless skeleton of a child under the doorstep of the home and f...

    In a land so ancient, Norfolk is a gem for archaeologists and a headache for contractors. When a building in the midst of being razed for a new apartment complex is discovered to be on top of an old Roman site, construction stops and digging begins. But the archaeological team finds s...

    I don't know how this happened, but I am reading this series backwards. Still, it has not taken away from my enjoyment of these books and I am really looking forward to getting the first one and finding out about how Ruth and Harry first met and the story of Erik. I'm in the dark there...

    The most important consideration in a mystery novel is not simply whodunit, but do we care about the characters and what happens to them. Elly Griffiths satisfies both concerns in this second in the series. She has provided a mystery which keeps the reader engrosses and which is satisf...

    Somewhat disappointed. Loved the first book of this series. While I liked the plot and the writing of this one and still like the characters as well, I do not like the personal upheaval the author is adding to the lives of the main characters in this series. I would have enjoyed th...

    3.5 stars. I enjoyed this audiobook better than the first in the series, and enough to carry on to the next one. I am beginning to like the main characters more too. It isn't really something to get all excited about, as murder mysteries go (not like the gripping Deborah Crombie series...

    Enjoyed this one too; now I'm going to have to track down copies of 3 & 4 in the series as they're the only two I'm missing. I fear it may get a bit soap opera-ish with the characters but they're such great characters to spend time with, I don't think I'd mind too much! ...

    The premise of spinster Ruth Galloway hiding her pregnancy all the better to be independent -- or something, I never did figure it out -- made me drop out in the first chapter. ...

    La storia non è male... ma un po' scontata, visto il genere; anche se qualche colpo di scena c'è, alla fin fine mi è sembrata un po' troppo lenta. Grande atmosfera per quel che riguarda, invece, l'ambientazione; interessante la parte archeologica e storica: si parla di romani e cel...

    This second book in Elly Griffiths' series about archaeologist Ruth Galloway is even better than the first. I enjoyed the fine character portrayal, the complex, twisty mystery plot, the excellent dialogue, and the historical, literary, archaeological, and religious aspects of the story...

    I'm becoming a real fan of Elly Griffiths's Ruth Galloway series. This is the second book about Ruth, and she's on another cold case with connections to ancient Rome. I love the mix of detection and archaeology, and I really want to know what happens next in Ruth's life. (14+) *Plea...

    Even though the main flaws are still with the main character, I like the storyline and will probably give her one more chance... The idea is compelling, and hope she stops driving her story with sily girl mistakes. Galloway is smarter than that. ...

    I tidens natur skal en gammel bygning med en bemærkelsesværdig historie rives ned ? så der kan bygges nye, moderne luksus boliger. Men byggeriet må sættes på pause, da et barneskelet findes uden hoved. Selve begravelsesstedet tyder på, at der kunne være noget rituelt over det...

  • Lewerentz
    Sep 27, 2017

    I really liked the first book in this series, and my feelings haven't changed with this one, the second. I still like Ruth and Nelson, the quirky Cathbad, and the archeological background and mysticism. The mystery begins with the discovery of the bones of a child at a dig. Along with ...

    I really do love this series. ...

    5 big stars for The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths i loved the way the author takes you on a journey about the life of a Forensic expert & the detail that goes with the story. In the 2nd instalment Ruth investigates a body of a little girl who is found dead in old house what makes t...

    I really enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the rest now. ...

    First Sentence: 1 June, Festival of Carna The house is waiting. An old house is being demolished to make way for a new housing complex when work is halted when the headless skeleton of a child is found beneath a doorway. It is learned the house was once a Catholic children?s home ...

    I was both charmed and haunted by the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway). Griffith's sense of place--the salt marshes of Norwich, England--was stark and moodily disquieting. The land seemed almost anthropomorphic in its presence, and served to heighten the...

    This is my second encounter with archeologist Ruth Galloway. This was a rather more interesting encounter than the first, mostly because Ruth at almost 40 years old, is accidentally pregnant for the first time by the married police officer Nelson. Some bones are discovered at a dig for...

    The pleasure of being in a marathon reading spree on a newly discovered favorite series is absolute joy for me as a reader. So, I find myself in absolute joy while I finish one Ruth Galloway mystery and start another. Reviews become somewhat bothersome in this situation because all I w...

    I checked this book out from the library on a whim and finished it the next day. I remembered enjoying the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, but I had forgotten what a great character Ruth is and how funny these books are. There are so many one-liners, I kept snorting t...

    The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. A new construction is about to begin but before they can start an old mansion must be leveled. Just as soon as this has begun the skeleton of a child is unearthed under a doorway. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, is called in to determine the...

    A good, solid mystery, carefully written, with quite powerful resonance, and with a strong and very lovable protagonist. Slightly better than the first book in the series. ...

    I really can't get into these. I really have tried. The characters I find really bland. Ruth seems to have zero reaction to her life being in danger which is pretty much this entire book. I'm not totally sure why she is the "focus" of this series as she really does nothing in this b...

    Bon, soyons clairs, à mon sens le style n'est pas très bon. Toutefois, l'intrigue m'a suffisamment accrochée pour me donner envie de lire les autres volumes de la série. Et qu'est-ce que je fais dans ces cas-là ? Je lis en v.o. ! Ce roman est le 2e de la série, le style s'est don...