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Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway - minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out - and fast.

©2010 Elly Griffiths (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Sara
  • 22/08/2014

Return to Salt Marsh & Mysterious Archeology

I just love the way Griffiths brought the characters back from book one in the series as old friends. They are people that have been changed by their experiences together in the previous book. Often I find in a series that the main characters are too static as personalities. Not so with this author. Even better, this book continues to develop these interesting, flawed but fascinating people without missing a beat. This installment picks up just months after book one finished. Probably best to start with book one if you are new to the series. The books do build on one another and it is assumed that the reader already knows much detail that is not reviewed. A good thing-- as I dislike a great deal of recap in a series.

The mystery and backstory were as well thought out, engaging and as spooky as they were in book one. It was also funny in spots! I really enjoyed this listen and loved how the whole tale played out. Creepiness, brooding wild sea coast, archeology and history all perfectly intertwine to make a really enjoyable listen. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. Really good and recommended if you enjoy a good mystery.

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  • adrienne
  • 02/09/2013

My favorite of the series.

I've listened to all of this series but not in order. Now I await each new episode.

It's easy listening, there's always a mystery, Ruth Galloway is a very independent woman, and there are complicated interactions in a rural setting.

The narration is well done.

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  • Alexis
  • 13/06/2012

Interesting Development

Although it was obvious from very early on in the book who the "culprit" was in this book, it was extremely interesting to see how the author brought it to the attention of the characters in the book. She developed it exceptionally well, fitting the responses and thoughts of her characters around it. It is very well written and a joy to read or listen to! I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery.

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  • MARINA
  • 28/08/2012

I'm a big fan

Where does The Janus Stone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Well written, story is excellent, characters realistic. Hoping for many more in the series

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  • Faye
  • 31/08/2012

plot and character entrancing

What made the experience of listening to The Janus Stone the most enjoyable?

the plot and locale kept my interest. Loved Ruth's character as she came across as real though somewhat flawed. Her relationships are complicated but she always manages to stay true to herself. She continually struggles with the values and ideologies of Catholicism, and "born again Christian" as these enter her relationships with family and friends. I feel like I'm learning something about science but never bored with detail.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Janus Stone?

So many memorable moements, learning about the sex of her baby, sharing it with Nelson, and the final boat scenes. Though I worried about the blows to her head...not just for her sake but for the unborn baby.

What about Jane McDowell’s performance did you like?

Mostly Jane's voice was appropriate for the characters, except I felt Nelson was harsher than necessary. Sometimes made it uncomfortable to listen seemingly "overdone" as I didn't feel his character really was as coarse as Jane made him out to be.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have listened to this at one sitting as the story line was compelling. But I also looked forward to taking a break and think about the plot and especially Ruth Galloway who seemed so genuine. She would make a good and trusting friend mainly because she lacked pretention.

Any additional comments?

I love Elly Griffiths' writing and intend to read all the books she puts out. So happy to have found her. I love the mixing of religion, archaeology, friendship and suspense.

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  • Chelsea
  • 25/08/2011

Very nice narration, but...

I found the narration to be exquisite, just like the first book in this series. Unfortunately, this book revolves more around the danger to the main character, Ruth, and not any active crime. I found the struggles between the heroes and villains to be a bit contrived since the point of real conflict was several decades old. Will still get the third book, and the first one is a real gem!

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  • S. Yates
  • 09/02/2018

Ruth a bit off her game

This was in the 3-3.5 star range. I generally enjoy the mix of science and the academic world with that of the criminal one, and the characters are given some roundness and manage not to be merely stereotypes. But in this one, there is a bit too much obliviousness foisted upon Dr. Ruth Galloway -- she seems to miss connections and be utterly naïve to the ways of courtship (constantly querying herself about a certain man's interest in her, even when he makes he a home cooked meal on his boat she still wonders whether he might be romantically inclined). This undercuts the character Griffiths built in the first book and triggers eye rolling by the reader. This is compounded by Ruth's pregnancy, which should have been an interesting way to develop character and explore relationships and a woman's challenge of balancing a rewarding and acclaimed career with impending single motherhood. Instead, we get a lot of clichés and some bending over backward in those clichés to point out that Ruth never thought she'd feel that way. And there is incessant mention of "her baby" - over and over again. In that way, Ruth's thoughts and motivations become repetitive and act as a drag to the entire book. I still enjoyed it, but hope that things pick up again with richer characterization and dialog (both interior and exterior) in the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23/04/2017

And yet she persisted

I love that she is fierce and unrelenting. I enjoy the myths and stories of old religions

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  • reasonable critic
  • 11/04/2012

Now one of my favorite authors!

Elly Griffiths should be making it to the New York Times best selling list with this series. The characters are engaging, plot twists terrific, and relationship dynamics compelling.

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  • Frances
  • 10/03/2012

I loved this.

In the second novel, you learn more about the characters and their relationships. Since I find this bunch intriguing, that's all to the good. I regret the improbable number of near death experiences the protagonist endures, but I find both the story and the characters so unusual and likeable, that I can overlook that trumpery issue with barely a blink.

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