WINNER OF THE 2016 CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY. The discovery of a child's skeleton lays bare terrible secret's from Norwich's past in the second gripping mystery for Dr Ruth Galloway. A must-read for fans of Val McDermid and Ann Cleeves.
'The setting is enticingly atmospheric . . . a really intelligent murder story' Independent
Dr Ruth Galloway's forensic skills are called upon when builders, demolishing an old house in Norwich, uncover the bones of a child - minus the skull - beneath a doorway. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? Ruth links up with DCI Harry Nelson to investigate.
The house was once a children's home. Nelson traces the Catholic priest who used to run the place. He tells him that two children did go missing forty years before - a boy and a girl. They were never found.
When carbon dating proves that the child's bones predate the home and relate to a time when the house was privately owned, Ruth is drawn ever more deeply into the case. But as spring turns into summer it becomes clear that someone is desperate to put her off the scent by frightening her to death...
Griffiths's dryly humorous writing and the appeal of the two main characters make these books such a treat - Guardian
The setting is enticingly atmospheric. I closed the book wanting to know more . . . as well as feeling the satisfaction that a really intelligent murder story can give - Independent
Bone-chilling stuff - The Times
The tension never fails and it builds to a fantastically gripping climax - Eurocrime
An enthralling page-turner that delights in complex characters - Kirkus Reviews
Griffiths nimbly weaves the mythological aspects of her story . . . with the complicated life of her feisty heroine - Publishers Weekly