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The Outcast Dead : The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 6
So while DCI Harry Nelson is busy working the cases of the dead children, and the abductions, Ruth is involved in solving a centuries old mystery. Classic Elly Griffiths. She has also recently published her first standalone novel, The Stranger Diaries. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.
View 2 comments. I think it is important to say before I start this review that I love Elly Griffiths.
The Outcast Dead: Ruth Galloway, Book 6 (Unabridged)
She has fast become one of my favourite authors and this book does nothing to change this. Elly Griffiths is that rare writing talent that can mix; historical fact, familiar character developments and a dame good thriller into one. This book is one of the best I have read from her and as usual I find myself enthralled by the historical information which is passed throughout this book.
The book also has a fair a I think it is important to say before I start this review that I love Elly Griffiths. The book also has a fair amount of dealing with familiar characters such as Cathbad, Ruth and Nelson. Whilst reading this story you find yourself investing in all the characters as you always have.
I am as excited to know what happens to my favourites as I am to solve the mystery. This mystery is as good as any others she has written. The story kept you guessing until the last minute and I found myself working out who was the culprit at exactly the same time as the lead characters. The story is harrowing in places and on more than one occasion I found a tear coming to my eye. This is a brilliant read as a stand alone or if you are a fan like me.
A wonderful series that combines archeology, mystery and some amazing characters, one who has a delightful three year old. The personal relationships are almost as interesting as the storylines. Of course Cathbad, the druid, is one of my favorites. Also appreciate the author's not at the end, explaining what was true in history, the buildings, graveyards and churches as well as people, in this particular installment.
View all 8 comments. Mar 25, John Carter McKnight rated it liked it. I love this series. The characters are mostly people I just really enjoy spending time with, and I don't much need the pretext of a plot. Which accounts for the 3 stars in this review, because otherwise this book is pretty thin. It's a good direction for the series, and as a novella, The Outcast Dead could've been a nice setup for the change. But there just isn't enough there there for a novel. The whodunit is unsatisfying and feels contrived, though clues were planted.
On the plus side, there's a major positive development for some of the characters, and, it's a pleasant evening spent with dear friends, even if they don't have a lot of news to relate this time out. Oct 09, Ingrid rated it it was amazing. Again a great mystery story starring Ruth Galloway although she definitely wouldn't use the word 'starring' herself. The Outcast Dead is the sixth book Ruth Galloway by Elly Griffiths and as usually I'm having a bit of a problem reading the book, because even though I often enjoy the stories in the books I just can't stand the characters.
Well, I don't hate them, they just annoy me, things they say or thinks can make me mentally roll my eyes. So when I pick up and read a book by Elly Griffith will I know that Ruth will as usually always bring up in her mind how fat she is and how thin everyone else is. Nelson, The Outcast Dead is the sixth book Ruth Galloway by Elly Griffiths and as usually I'm having a bit of a problem reading the book, because even though I often enjoy the stories in the books I just can't stand the characters.
Nelson, the cop she has a baby with will constantly nag her about what's best for their daughter and so on But I keep coming back to the books for the stories, for the cases, for the archaeology, for the mix of the past and the present time. In this book, a woman gets accused of killing her own child and at the same time, Ruth has discovered the body of who they think is notorious Mother Hook who was hanged accused of killing children. So the rating for the books is 3. View 1 comment. After the highs of Dying Fall and Dr Ruth Galloway and her fantastic ensemble cast going "on tour" in Blackpool, The Outcast Dead is a thrilling and triumphant return to the Fens for everyone's favourite dysfunctional family!
Introducing new characters to the party and serving up a whopping three mysteries into a single novel, this is once again an utter delight. As Ruth discovers what looks to be the remains of the reputed body-farmer and child murderess Mother Hook, in the grounds of Norwich C After the highs of Dying Fall and Dr Ruth Galloway and her fantastic ensemble cast going "on tour" in Blackpool, The Outcast Dead is a thrilling and triumphant return to the Fens for everyone's favourite dysfunctional family! As Ruth discovers what looks to be the remains of the reputed body-farmer and child murderess Mother Hook, in the grounds of Norwich Castle, the past threatens to collide with modern-day Norfolk and for DCI Harry Nelson the memories of his failures on the Scarlet Henderson case pervade his thoughts.
For Ruth's boss, the opportunity of publicity for the archaeology department of the University of North Norfolk sees Ruth featuring on a forthcoming cable TV show, chillingly entitled 'Woman Who Kill'. Despite Ruth's reluctance to face the camera, she is drawn into the filming as dishy American and Victorian history expert, Professor Frank Barker, interests her in his quest to exonerate Jemima Green, the woman dubbed Mother Hook and something of a local legend. Hanged in and now regarded as a body-farmer, is there fresh evidence to be discovered and will Ruth be a TV natural?
As she hides from the cameras, events closer to home keep Ruth fully occupied, namely Kate, her forty-third birthday and a fleeting visit from her brother. Alongside this DCI Nelson has more pressing problems of investigating the death of a child, the third child of now separated Liz and Bob Donaldson. Hot on the heels on their two older sons sudden and unexpected deaths, Nelson faces the rancorous media brigade as he investigates suspicions surrounding the mother. As Nelson tackles the only job that no one wants and questions Liz, a modern day child snatcher rears their head, ominously signing their notes as 'The Childminder'.
Bringing the return of the much missed druid in the cloak in the form of Cathbad, it is a surprise that the gang find time to solve both of the current investigations and provide an answer for the longer standing question of Jemima Hook and her innocence. Inherent to the success of this Dr Ruth Galloway novels are the characters that she brings to life for her readers, becoming as addictive as a soap opera for committed fans, yet Elly Griffiths never makes Ruth the sole focus of the dramas.
Fundamental to readers enjoyment is that the supporting cast are all well drawn and believable personalities with their own lives and situations evolving alongside Ruth and Nelson. Full of gentle humour and brimming with feel-good moments, an opportunity to catch up with Ruth and company is pure manna from heaven! The Dr Ruth Galloway series continues to provide original and innovate plots, a satisfying mystery component and a cast who feel like family!
View all 4 comments. Feb 27, Gail rated it it was amazing Shelves: kindle. This is the last in the series at present; a series I have enjoyed very much. The first book was just great and this, the last one, is just fantastic. Ruth finds some bones which appear to be of the notorious child killer Mother Hook aka Jemima Green who was hanged for her crimes some years previously. Nelson, simultaneously, is working on a case of a mother, Liz Donaldson, whose two children, Samuel and Isaac, had died suddenly in infancy and now the new baby, David, has suddenly died at 8 This is the last in the series at present; a series I have enjoyed very much.
Nelson, simultaneously, is working on a case of a mother, Liz Donaldson, whose two children, Samuel and Isaac, had died suddenly in infancy and now the new baby, David, has suddenly died at 8 months old. Nelson is certain it is the mother who has committed these murders but there seems to be a lot of evidence to the contrary. The producers want to include Ruth in this particular documentary to discuss the finding of the bones of Mother Hook. Amidst all this, a baby goes missing whilst she is asleep in her bed and a mysterious note is found.
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Soon afterwards another child is kidnapped and it becomes a race against time to discover who is doing this and, more importantly, to get the baby back and reunited with the mother. The pace never lets up and I couldn't put it down. I thoroughly enjoyed it and never guessed the perpetrator at all. I loved this book very much and am going to miss Ruth, Nelson and the wonderful Cathbad et al until the next book. Brilliant and highly recommended. This one reminded me a lot of A Dying Fall , reaching back into the past for a significant part of the mystery.
I also developed a distinct fondness for Dave Clough in this book - his character just keeps getting more and more engaging. Review written February 25, 3. Best of all; view spoiler [ Africa delivered more than I could imagine before I arrived. So unbelievable different from my everyday Swedish life but with so muc Review written February 25, 3. So unbelievable different from my everyday Swedish life but with so much wonderful to see, smell, feel, eat and explore. Jan 25, Damaskcat rated it it was amazing. Ruth Galloway is involved in an archaeological dig at Norwich Castle. She finds what appears to be the body of Jemima Green Mother Hook a Victorian baby farmer who was convicted of murdering the babies in her care.
A TV company expresses interest in filming part of the dig for a series about women who kill. Shy Ruth is reluctant to take part but her boss, Phil, is keen on the publicity. This is a harrowing novel featuring some highly emotive issues. Tempers are frayed and everyone is on high alert as modern events appear to echo Victorian history.
Emotions are involved as well as professional expertise when the kidnapping moves closer to home. I read this book over the course of an afternoon and evening and found myself totally immersed in it. The plot is complex and the characters are believable and interesting. The suspense builds to a tension filled climax and I was sorry when I turned the last page.
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. Feb 25, Brenda rated it it was amazing. I've been reading the Ruth Galloway series in order, and this one is my favorite so far! There is less emphasis on the archeology and history, although it is still present. And there is more emphasis on human relationships, and in particular, parent and child.
I couldn't put this book down! In present time, two children are abducted. Another family has lost their children to SIDS. Through the weaving of the families into I've been reading the Ruth Galloway series in order, and this one is my favorite so far! Through the weaving of the families into the storyline, the author has shown the emotions related to the loss of a child, whether temporary or permanent, and the repercussions over time.
All the usual characters are here, along with Ruth's brother and nephews, and an American TV production team. I love the progression of their relationships, and how they sometimes change over time. There is one more book in this series, and another due out this year.
I can hardly wait! View all 11 comments. Mar 24, Mike Gabor rated it really liked it Shelves: british-mystery. Now Ruth i Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway uncovers the bones of a Victorian murderess while a baby snatcher threatens modern-day Norfolk in this exciting new entry in a beloved series. A very chilling and complex story of murder and kidnapping. The book grabs you from the beginning and moves along very swiftly.
The characters are well fleshed out, the plot very interesting, and the ending a bit of a surprise. I'm a big fan of this series and am looking forward too much more. Jan 20, Sue rated it really liked it Shelves: read , mystery , britain , library-book. In what is the sixth Ruth Galloway novel, The titled character, a forensic archaeologist, is involved in a local dig and uncovers remains that might be those of a notorious child killer of the 19th century.
This act, though outwardly not much different than other digs she has been involved in, unleashes something entirely newtelevision and television commentators who want to report on the bones of a woman who killed! Meanwhile, there also seems to be a modern day child kidnapper in the area to In what is the sixth Ruth Galloway novel, The titled character, a forensic archaeologist, is involved in a local dig and uncovers remains that might be those of a notorious child killer of the 19th century.
Meanwhile, there also seems to be a modern day child kidnapper in the area too which is casting a heavy shadow on many people that Ruth cares about within the local police department as well as making her fear for her own child. This is another satisfying installment in a very satisfying series. I could read Griffiths' books weekly if she could write them that quickly!
I highly recommend this series to mystery readers, Anglophiles who like an extra bit of atmosphere and archaeological information added in. Nov 15, Lee rated it it was amazing Shelves: audiobook , english , mystery , series , favourites. Number six in the series and probably my favourite since the first. That is, my theory is, by this stage only real Ruth fans are still reading. They can probably appreciate how I felt wh Number six in the series and probably my favourite since the first.
They can probably appreciate how I felt when reading this installment and how I believe Griffiths is the biggest tease evah. The first has Ruth digging up the bones of a still infamous female child killer from the s, dubbed Mother Hook, who was hanged for her supposed crimes. The second involves the death, apparently from natural causes, of a child and the suspicions which are raised when the authorities learn the child is the third to die from the one family. Whilst Nelson and co investigate, the reader wonders if the cases are linked in any way.
The Mother Hook story is being turned into a television documentary and before she knows it, Ruth is part of the show and catching the eye of a handsome American silver fox working as a history expert on the show, Frank. This leads me back to what is really important: the continuing soap opera-like drama of the characters.
This book really reaches new heights in this area. We probably don't get enough Nelson in this installment, for my liking. There was much more focus on the lives of supporting characters, luckily all of whom I love. Cathbad and Judy and Darren broke my heart; Clough warmed it; and Tim had it jump with intrigue. It also gives Ruth some poignant moments with her daughter, Kate. How Griffiths manages to make a toddler have such a strong personality is beyond me.
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I especially enjoy how oblivious Nelson has become to his own feelings. The best of six, so far. Well, that is my opinion! I like the characters. The vulnerable Dr. The series knits seamlessly together; elements of forensic archeology, myth, the supernatural and superstition.
In The Outcast Dead child abduction is a major el The best of six, so far. In The Outcast Dead child abduction is a major element in the plot, which adds to the tension and results in a breathless race against time. Ruth has excavated a body from the grounds of Norwich Castle, thought to be that of Jemima Green, called Mother Hook for her claw-like hand.
Jemima was hanged for the murders of five children. But, was she guilty? Frank, an American historian, thinks otherwise. Present as part of a US film crew, to create a documentary. Harry Nelson is investigating the case of three infants found dead, one after the other and he is convinced that their mother is responsible.
A clever interweaving of story-lines here. And then a child goes missing Is there a possible link to the long-dead Mother Hook?
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A rich, dark and fast-moving plot. Thank you Elly Griffiths for another cracking read! View all 3 comments. I totally forgot to mark this as "currently reading". I had it on audio and it was pleasant and quite sure. As usual, the present-day crimes aren't stellar. What weighs up for it are the developments in the lives of the returning cast. Judy has isn't sure whether her one-year old son is sired by her husband or her ex-lover. What she does know is that when he disappears, she wants Michael back.
Ruth is helping with the excavation of a woman hanged for being an "angel maker", for kill I totally forgot to mark this as "currently reading". Ruth is helping with the excavation of a woman hanged for being an "angel maker", for killing the children in her care. Worse, this Jemima, had a hook for a hand which led to quite a few horrible myths. The story is even being filmed. Another in the series. Quickly devoured, easily forgotten. I'll continue with the series though, it's pleasant enough and I do care about Ruth and her friends. I really like the Ruth Galloway series. They're great historical mysteries as well as a really engrossing longer story about characters I care a lot about.
This was a particularly interesting and bonkers plot, and I stayed up all night to finish it. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately. Thank you! She was a woman in the s, thought to have taken in orphaned and abandoned children, only to murder and sell them to a resurrectionist. Did she also kill her two other children? We are their recorders…. However, one criticism is that there are so many, they are hard to keep straight. Also, if one is new to the series, I suspect they might find it a bit challenging keeping straight those new to this story and those carried forward from the past, especially those only referenced but not actual participants.
That said, one of the things most appreciated is that Griffiths not only presents the events happening to the characters, but lets us see inside them to their fears and insecurities. She also captures perfectly the one-upmanship that can occur amongst strangers in a social setting. Although Ruth is a wonderful character—not young, not svelte, not gorgeous, somewhat insecure about her skills as a mother, but an excellent archeologist, and we learn about more about her immediate family, it is her friend Cathbad, a druid who believes in things unseen but also suffers from heartache, who quickly becomes a favorite.
Griffiths best book. There were just too many characters and families with crossed lines to one another that made it difficult to follow. I like the series very much, but this needed to be pared back, perhaps to only one, or two story lines. Griffiths next book. Published 6th February by Quercus. Thank you for the review copy via Netgalley.
Yep irresistible is right. At the same time she is drawn into a modern day case involving a possibly murdered child and an abduction.. Having said that, enough information is also available so you could pick up whichever one takes your fancy and have a great reading experience…and you can go backwards because nothing is ever spoilt. What I love about Elly Griffiths writing is the way she creates such great fictional stories around a fascinating subject — and ALWAYS encourages my interest in the more fact based portions of her tales when it comes to archeology.
Add to that a great writing style that digs you deep into the atmosphere of the setting, some great characters to follow along with and an always compelling tale and you have a recipe for success.
A great addition to the Ruth Galloway adventures and I look forward very much to the next. Happy Reading Folks! Dec 25, Lisa B. When I requested The Outcast Dead from the published via Edelweiss, there is a box that asks for the specific reason for requesting this title.
I filled in - because Ruth Galloway is my hero. This is probably one of my favorites in the series. Detective Nelson is busy working the case of a modern day baby murderer. I connected with this character from the very beginning. Ruth has th When I requested The Outcast Dead from the published via Edelweiss, there is a box that asks for the specific reason for requesting this title.
Ruth has this delightful wit. She is a single mom who loves her daughter, but also loves her job. Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss for allowing me to read this in exchnage for an unbiased review. Really enjoyed this book. Probably 9 out of Jun 07, Wendy rated it it was amazing Shelves: , jun , wom Loved this 6th book in Elly Griffiths "Ruth Galloway" series!
Apr 08, Sandy rated it really liked it. My apologies I shouldn't write a review after night shift Elly Griffiths has a lot of gall.