Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

What better way to spend a Friday!

Today’s spotlight is shining on a book I recently added to my shelves:  The Crossing Places, by Elly Griffiths.






Beginning:  (Prologue)

They wait for the tide and set out at first light.

It has rained all night and in the morning the ground is seething gently, the mist rising up to join the overhanging clouds.  Nelson calls for Ruth in an unmarked police car.  He sits beside the driver and Ruth is in the back, like a passenger in a minicab.


56:  ‘Do you think she was murdered?’

Ruth looks at the detective, who is leaning forward across his untidy desk.  It seems strange to hear the word ‘murdered’ on his lips, as if her Iron Age body is suddenly going to form part of his ‘enquiries,’ as if he is planning to bring the perpetrator to justice.


Synopsis:  The first entry in the acclaimed Ruth Galloway series follows the “captivating”* archaeologist as she investigates a child’s bones found on a nearby beach, thought to be the remains of a little girl who went missing ten years before.

Forensic archeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway is in her late thirties. She lives happily alone with her two cats in a bleak, remote area near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants—not quite earth, not quite sea. But her routine days of digging up bones and other ancient objects are harshly upended when a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach. Detective Chief Inspector Nelson calls Galloway for help, believing they are the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing a decade ago and whose abductor continues to taunt him with bizarre letters containing references to ritual sacrifice, Shakespeare, and the Bible. Then a second girl goes missing and Nelson receives a new letter—exactly like the ones about Lucy.

Is it the same killer? Or a copycat murderer, linked in some way to the site near Ruth’s remote home?


I am excited about starting with the first book in this series that I’ve heard so much about.  What do you think?  Does it grab you?



  1. This definitely grabs me! I am a huge fan of mystery books with female leads and I am also a huge fan of “Bones” (though I think the newest books aren’t as good as the first ones) so this is right up my alley! Great choice. Here’s my Friday post


  2. I love mysteries, and this one sounds like it would be good. My cousin lives in Norfolk, I’ll have to tell her about this series, she might be interested in reading it too! Thanks! Also, thanks for stopping by my Friday post! Have a good weekend!


  3. I really enjoyed this – I need to read number two, so thanks for reminding me. It’s a great series and up to number 7 now, which I have from NetGalley, but I’m kind of unsure about missing out such a huge chunk of the series. However, it’ll be years if I wait until I’ve read the five in between!


    • I love finding a series at the beginning…but what often happens is that I am sidetracked by other books and series, ending after two or three books. Thanks for stopping by, Linda, and I’ve heard good things about these books.


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