coverWhen a child’s bones are found on a desolate Norfolk beach, Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson calls in forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway.  Nelson thinks he has found the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing ten years ago. Since her disappearance he has been receiving bizarre letters about her, letters with references to witchcraft, ritual and sacrifice.

The bones actually turn out to be two thousand years old but Ruth is soon drawn into the Lucy Downey case and into the mind of the letter writer, who seems to have both archaeological knowledge and eerie psychic powers. Then another child goes missing and the hunt is on to find her. As the letter writer moves closer and the windswept Norfolk landscape exerts its power, Ruth finds herself in completely new territory – and in serious danger.

The Crossing Places
Winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award 2011

Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

‘A cleverly plotted and extremely interesting first crime novel, highly recommended.’
Literary Review

‘ in plot, character and setting, heralds an exciting new voice on the crime scene.’

Louise Penny


US Version

uscoverNews July 2010

Vote for Elly Griffiths

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

Unlike other literary awards, with the Crime Novel of the Year it’s what readers think that really counts. Voting is open from 1st to 21st July to help determine which books from the Shortlist of 8 books – all chosen by you, the readers, in a 1st round vote – will go on to take the prize.

The eventual winner will be decided by combining the result of this public vote with the votes of a panel of expert judges: Jenni Murray, BBC Radio 4 broadcaster and author; John Dugdale, Guardian Associate Media Editor;  Natalie Haynes, comedian and journalist; and  Simon Theakston, Executive Director of T&R Theakston Ltd.

What are you waiting for? Vote now! It’s not just your right, it’s your duty!

The 2010 Shortlist

In The Dark – Mark Billingham
The Surrogate – Tania Carver
A Simple Act Of Violence – RJ Ellory
The Crossing Places – Elly Griffiths
Dead Tomorrow – Peter James
Gallows Lane – Brian McGilloway
Doors Open – Ian Rankin
Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith


May 2010

The Crossing Places has been longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. If you liked the book, you can vote for it here:

To read an extract from The Crossing Places click here.

To buy The Crossing Places (published February 2009) click here:

My publisher’s website

Barnes & Noble Link here

US - The Crossing Places

Available from 5th January 2010