The Outcast Dead

The Outcast Dead

Ruth Galloway Mystery Series, Book 6

eBook - 2014
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"Elly Griffiths draws us all the way back to prehistoric times . . . Highly atmospheric." — New York Times Book Review The service of the Outcast Dead is held annually in Norwich commemorating the bodies in the paupers' graves. This year's proceedings hold special interest for forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway, who has just unearthed the notorious Mother Hook, hanged in 1867 at Norwich Castle for killing multiple children. Now Ruth is reluctantly starring in a TV special, working alongside the alluring historian Dr. Frank Barker. Nearby, DCI Harry Nelson is investigating the case of three children found dead in their home when another child is abducted. A kidnapper dubbed the Childminder claims responsibility, but is the Childminder behind the deaths too? The team races to find out — and after a child close to everyone involved disappears, the stakes couldn't be higher. "An uncommon, down-to-earth heroine whose acute insight, wry humor, and depth of feeling make her a thoroughly engaging companion." — Erin Hart, Agatha and Anthony Award–nominated author of Haunted Ground and Lake of Sorrows Elly Griffiths's Ruth Galloway novels have been praised as "gripping" (Louise Penny), "highly atmospheric," (New York Times Book Review), and "must-reads for fans of crime fiction" (Associated Press). She is the winner of the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark Award.
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780547792804
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Jul 11, 2017

Griffiths has finally drop the cold, distant tone of earlier books in this series and is really showing us the characters. the characters are less stiff, more developed, and are much more interesting. The relationships, as if they were not complex enough, are starting to sort themselves out--but nothing is easy and the characters all remain conflicted. Ruth, for once, gets a little recognition.

ArapahoeKati Feb 28, 2017

"Don't cry little darling. Or Mother Hook will hear..." Yikes! What a great mystery.

Jul 19, 2015

Another great Ruth Galloway mystery. Each one gets better and better. It definitely will keep you guessing. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next one.

Jun 13, 2015

Excellent Ruth Galloway novel. Ruth unearths the body of a woman hanged for a child murder, while in present day a child is abducted.

samdog123 Jan 04, 2015

Another excellent installment in this mystery series featuring Ruth Galloway, Forensic archeologist. The action heats up when Ruth uncovers the skeleton of infamous Victorian child killer, Mother Hook. But was the woman as guilty as she was made out to be? I love the character development that we see in the major players. Well done and looking forward to the next in the series.

Dec 04, 2014

A very tame mystery novel that has enough storylines with babies to set off maternal instincts more than all of the Subaru commercials put together. As such, it will likely appeal more to women than men.

The novel tries to develop the characters more than the mystery itself. While that is not necessarily a bad thing, the book may have missed out on a great opportunity to make the plot more interesting/intricate leveraging the baby-related mysteries from the two periods.

Moreover, the character treatment is itself a bit shallow and less than credible where most of the characters appear to have been involved with each other having had affairs, or sired children in or out of wedlock. Just to ensure there are enough babies to populate the novel, it seems.

mvkramer Jul 31, 2014

This book bored me, which is not what you want from a mystery novel. In my opinion, it spent too much time on the personal lives of the characters and not enough on the plot. I didn't really enjoy the writing style either - the author tended to "tell" rather than "show." Did anyone else notice that it switched between past and present tense a lot for no discernible reason? That really irked me.

Jul 29, 2014

Who doesn't like a detective-archeologist mystery? Educational AND murder. This is well written, nothing "cute", but not too hard-boiled. I will look for others in the series.

LaughingOne Jun 12, 2014

I know women like Ruth Galloway. She is someone I would like to personally know: somewhat eccentric, curmudgeonly, confident, a bit shy. Read the books in this series in order as the stories definitely build from book to book, and the characters and relationships develop in interesting ways. I completely enjoy this series.

Apr 10, 2014

This book is of the best of this series so far. There is a little more actual forensic anthropology than in the last book and there are the usual parallel mysteries; one from the current day and one from the past. It's a cracking good mystery but it's the characters that really shine in this series. The main character is not the stereotypical sleuthing scientist. She's very much a regular person, not necessarily smarter or more daring than anyone else. There are complicated relationships, awkward moments and moments of real warmth along with plenty of humor. I hope Elly Griffiths keeps this series going a long time.


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Jul 11, 2017

[Mary-Anne says, he is] "a sliver fox and all that."
Ruth notices that frank doesn't seem to mind this description. She also muses that there isn't a female equivalent to 'silver fox,' 'Grey-haired old bat' doesn't cover it somehow.


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