Mystery steeped in myth cracked

The Crossing Places introduces a new forensic archeologist, Ruth Galloway, in a mystery steeped in Celtic and English pagan myths.

The Crossing Places introduces a new forensic archeologist, Ruth Galloway, in a mystery steeped in Celtic and English pagan myths.

Galloway lectures at a new university near the sea. She is an archeologist who specialises in bones. She is asked by the local police to help determine whether the bones uncovered in a marsh belong to a recently killed child.

The bones prove to be ancient which is a disappointment to the police as they had hoped to solve a cold case about the disappearance of a child.

A second child is abducted and this leads to an active pursuit of the unknown kidnapper. Galloway's cat is killed by the antagonist.

A host of people from her past now crowd the scene adding to doubts that they may have been involved in the original crime.

While Galloway is reluctant to be part of the investigation, she feels connected to the missing children. She spends her time trying to decipher the mythical allusions in the letters the kidnapper writes to the top cop.

Her knowledge of archeology, poetry and biblical quotes in the letters finally help to solve the mystery whose last pages are resolved in a totally unexpected fashion.

TITLE: The Crossing Places

AUTHOR: Elly Griffiths

PUBLISHER: Quercus

REVIEWER: Nthabisang Moreosele

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