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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

"The Crossing Places" by Elly Griffiths

I have a team of colleagues who are scattered throughout the USA, so at our weekly online meetings, we take time to share personal stuff, like photos, movies, or books we are reading. These little moments of personal whimsies seems to help us know each other as real people, rather than just what we do at work.

Recently at one of our meetings, one of our team mates, who is from the UK, shared that she was reading a book written by an English author named Elly Griffiths. The book is the first in a detective series and won the Mary Higgins Clark Award in 2011. "AND, the protagonist is a WOMAN and OVERWEIGHT!" our colleague exclaimed with unbridled enthusiasm. "She isn't one of those size 0 stars that Americans seem to demand".

Well, that got us all interested in this book. A story that had a normal person as the main the character?  Well, I had to read it.  So I immediately located the eBook in the library and downloaded it to my Kindle.Soon I fell into its lair and intrigue.

The story takes place near Norfolk, England and the remains of a little girl has been found in the bog. The Chief Inspector, Harry Nelson, hopes the remains are from Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing ten years ago. Nelson calls in Dr Ruth Galloway, a 39 year forensic archaeologist, who is smart and dresses for comfort over style. Ruth determines these bones are two thousand years old, but then she becomes drawn into the case of the missing girl and finds herself in serious danger.

"The Crossing Places" marks the beginning of a captivating new crime series featuring an irresistible heroine and a dose of love and romance.  I enjoyed the book and am already now reading the next book in the series.