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Elly Griffiths

Domenica de Rosa was born in London in 1963. When she showed her agent the first book in her series starring Dr Ruth Galloway, she was encouraged to use a 'crime name' so published it under the pen-name Elly Griffiths. She worked in publishing for years before writing the novel and the character of Ruth Galloway was inspired by her forensic archaeologist husband while the Norfolk setting is inspired by one of her favourite holiday destinations.

She has also written the Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens and Max Mephisto books, which are set in Brighton - the city in which she lives now - in 1959.



Elly Griffiths Books

  • DAEG
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    Celebrate 10 years of Dr. Ruth Galloway with the tenth book in Elly Griffiths' bestselling series. This series is highly acclaimed by Val McDermid and has become a real favourite with Book People customers over the years.

    The Italian archaeologist Dr. Angelo Morelli has asked Ruth for help and she's flattered. He's found some bones in a tiny hilltop village near Rome but doesn't know what to make of them. Ruth hasn't had a break for years, so even a working holiday to Italy is welcome...

    Accompanied by her daughter Kate and friend Shona, Ruth heads to solve this baffling Roman mystery. What she discovers is a dark secret that dates back to the war years and the Resistance... She also is surprised to come across Harry Nelson. And the duo must put their differences aside when these bones inspire a modern murder.
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    A bullet-ridden body is unearthed from a buried WWII plane. Dr Ruth Galloway must discover who the victim was - and who put him there. When DCI Harry Nelson calls Ruth Galloway in to investigate a body found inside a buried fighter plane, she quickly realizes that the skeleton couldn't possibly be the pilot. DNA tests identify the man as Fred Blackstock, a local aristocrat who had been reported dead at sea. Events are further complicated by a TV company that wants to make a film about Norfolk's deserted air force bases, the so-called Ghost Fields, which have been partially converted into a pig farm run by one of the younger remaining Blackstocks. Then human bones are found on the farm and, as the greatest storm Norfolk has seen for decades brews in the distance, another Blackstock is attacked. Can the team outrace the rising flood to find the killer?
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    'My favourite current crime series ...a pleasure from start to finish' Val McDermid WINNER OF THE 2016 CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY. Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich's web of underground tunnels. When Dr Ruth Galloway discovers they were recently buried, DCI Nelson has a murder inquiry on his hands. The boiling might have been just a medieval curiosity - now it suggests a much more sinister purpose. Meanwhile, DS Judy Johnson is investigating the disappearance of a local rough sleeper. The only trace of her is the rumour that she's gone 'underground'. This might be a figure of speech, but with the discovery of the bones and the rumours both Ruth and the police have heard that the network of old chalk-mining tunnels under Norwich is home to a vast community of rough sleepers, the clues point in only one direction. Local academic Martin Kellerman knows all about the tunnels and their history - but can his assertions of cannibalism and ritual killing possibly be true? As the weather gets hotter, tensions rise. A local woman goes missing and the police are under attack. Ruth and Nelson must unravel the dark secrets of The Underground and discover just what gruesome secrets lurk at its heart - before it claims another victim.
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    Little Walsingham has always been famous for religious visions, so when Ruth's druid friend Cathbad, now living with police officer Judy, sees a vision of the Virgin Mary, no one is too shocked. But then a woman dressed in a blue cloak is found dead, and people begin to see the apparition in a different light. The woman is identified as a patient in a local psychiatric hospital. DCI Nelson investigates and finds that staff and patients in the small, privately run hospital seem reluctant to speak to him. Then Ruth, digging in the hospital grounds for a TV programme, makes a chilling discovery - the body of a woman wrapped in a blue cloth. The hospital is run by an order of nuns. Ruth asks Father Hennessey for help, but even he seems reluctant to become involved. As Easter approaches, a great event is planned in Little Walsingham - the re-enactment of the Crucifixion. But preparations come to a halt when another body is discovered - in the church itself. Is someone planning their own re-enactment of the more gruesome events in the Bible? Ruth - who is allergic to religion - seems to have found herself involved in a grisly mystery play ...
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    The Vanishing Book is the fourth book in Dr. Ruth Galloway author Elly Griffiths' Stephens and Mephisto mystery series and it finds the duo investigating the link between a murdered Brighton flower-seller, the death of Cleopatra and a nude tableau show...

    Max Mephisto and his daughter Ruby are headlining Brighton Hippodrome, but are not happy to find the support act is a group of naked 'living statues' but then they notice something a little off... One thing they know for certain is that, in Brighton especially, the line between art, life and death is easily blurred.

    Packed with thrills, this is the most dangerous case yet for the heroic, crime-fighting duo.
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    Brighton, 1950s, mid-winter. Two missing children are found buried under snow in this chilling new case for DI Stephens and Max Mephisto. Max's star turn in Aladdin has been overshadowed by the murder --of two local children. With fairy tales in the air, it's not long before the press have found a nickname for the case: 'Hansel and Gretel'. 'An excellent whodunnit, matched by the terrific down-at-heel atmosphere of postwar Brighton' - The Times DI Edgar Stephens has plenty of leads to investigate. The missing girl, Annie, used to write plays and perform them with her friends. Does the clue lie in Annie's unfinished - and rather disturbing - last script? Or might it lie with the eccentric actor types who have assembled for the pantomime? Once again Edgar enlists Max's help in penetrating the shadowy theatrical world that seems to hold the key. But is this all just classic misdirection?
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    Forensic archaeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway comes across another perplexing and disturbing case in CWA Dagger Award winner Elly Griffiths' latest page-turning thriller.

    Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich's web of underground tunnels and when Dr. Ruth Galloway discovers where they were recently buried, DCI Nelson ends up with a murder investigation. It was believed the boiling was a medieval curiosity, but now it's likely it was used for something far more sinister...

    At the same time DS Judy Johnson is investigating the disappearance of a local rough sleeper and the only trace she can find is that the lady has gone 'underground'. Is this a figure of speech or could the recent discovery be linked?

    A local academic is called in to help and he certainly has vast knowledge of the tunnels and their history. Could there be something in his assertions of cannibalism and ritual killing?
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    Brighton, 1950. When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is reminded of a magic trick, the Zig Zag Girl. The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, is an old friend of Edgar's. They served together in the war as part of a shadowy unit called the Magic Men. Max is still on the circuit, touring seaside towns in the company of ventriloquists, sword-swallowers and dancing girls. Changing times mean that variety is not what it once was, yet Max is reluctant to leave this world to help Edgar investigate. But when the dead girl turns out to be known to him, Max changes his mind. Another death, another magic trick: Edgar and Max become convinced that the answer to the murders lies in their army days. When Edgar receives a letter warning of another 'trick', the Wolf Trap, he knows that they are all in the killer's sights...
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    Elizabeth II's coronation is looming, but the murder of their wartime commander, Colonel Cartwright, spoils the happy mood for DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto. A playbill featuring another deceased comrade is found in Colonel Cartwright's possession, and a playing card, the ace of hearts: the blood card. The wartime connection and the suggestion of magic are enough for him to put Stephens and Mephisto on the case. Edgar's investigation into the death of Brighton fortune-teller Madame Zabini is put on hold. Max is busy rehearsing for a spectacular Coronation Day variety show - and his television debut - so it's Edgar who is sent to New York, a land of plenty worlds away from still-rationed England. He's on the trail of a small-town mesmerist who may provide the key, but someone else silences him first. It's Sergeant Emma Holmes who finds the clue, buried in the files of the Zabini case, that leads them to an anarchist group intent on providing an explosive finale to Coronation Day. Now it's up to Edgar, Max and Emma to foil the plot, and find out who it is who's been dealing the cards ...
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    Brighton, winter 1951. Pantomime season is in full swing on the pier with Max Mephisto starring in Aladdin, but Max's headlines have been stolen by the disappearance --of two local children. When they are found dead in the snow, surrounded by sweets, it's not long before the press nickname them 'Hansel and Gretel'. DI Edgar Stephens has plenty of leads to investigate. The girl, Annie, used to write gruesome plays based on the Grimms' fairy tales. Does the clue lie in Annie's unfinished - and rather disturbing - last script? Or might it lie with the eccentric theatricals who have assembled for the pantomime? Once again Edgar enlists Max's help in penetrating the shadowy theatrical world that seems to hold the key. But is this all just classic misdirection?
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    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'My favourite current crime series' Val McDermid Dr Ruth Galloway is flattered when she receives a letter from Italian archaeologist Dr Angelo Morelli, asking for her help. He's discovered a group of bones in a tiny hilltop village near Rome but doesn't know what to make of them. It's years since Ruth has had a holiday, and even a working holiday to Italy is very welcome! So Ruth travels to Castello degli Angeli, accompanied by her daughter Kate and friend Shona. In the town she finds a baffling Roman mystery and a dark secret involving the war years and the Resistance. To her amazement she also soon finds Harry Nelson, with Cathbad in tow. But there is no time to overcome their mutual shock - the ancient bones spark a modern murder, and Ruth must discover what secrets there are in Castello degli Angeli that someone would kill to protect