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  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Night Hawks

    The Night Hawks, a group of metal detectorists, are searching for buried treasure when they find a body on the beach in North Norfolk. At first Nelson thinks that the dead man might be an asylum seeker but he turns out to be a local boy, Jem Taylor, re …

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  • Standalone novels

    The Postscript Murders

    PS: Thanks for the murders. The death of a ninety-year-old woman with a heart condition should absolutely not be suspicious. DS Harbinder Kaur certainly sees nothing to concern her in carer Natalka’s account of Peggy Smith’s death. But when Natalka rev …

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  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Lantern Men

    Everything has changed for Dr Ruth Galloway. She has a new job, home and partner, and is no longer North Norfolk police’s resident forensic archaeologist. That is, until convicted murderer Ivor March offers to make DCI Nelson a deal. Nelson was always …

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  • The Brighton Mysteries

    Now You See Them

    Three girls have left. None have come back. Brighton, 1963. Edgar Stephens has been promoted to Superintendent and is married to his former sergeant, Emma Holmes. Edgar’s wartime partner in arms, magician Max Mephisto, is a movie star in Hollywood, whi …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Stone Circle

    DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to ‘go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there’. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle’s baby due to be born, but because a …

    Read more >

  • The Brighton Mysteries

    The Vanishing Box

    Christmas 1953. Max Mephisto and his daughter Ruby are headlining Brighton Hippodrome, an achievement only slightly marred by the less-than-savoury support act: a tableau show of naked ‘living statues’. This might appear to have nothing in common with …

    Read more >

  • Standalone novels

    The Stranger Diaries

    A TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR. THE RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK. ‘Utterly bewitching … a pitch-perfect modern Gothic’ AJ FINN, author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW A dark story has been brought to terrifying life. Can the ending be rewritten in time …

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  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Dark Angel

    The tenth book in the Dr Ruth Galloway series sees Ruth wanting to escape from Norfolk and from  her complicated relationship with DCI Nelson, at least for a while. Her chance arrives with an invitation from Dr Angelo Morelli at Rome University. Morell …

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  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Chalk Pit

    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 enquiry on his hands. The boiling might have been just a medieval curiosity – now it suggests …

    Read more >

  • The Brighton Mysteries

    The Blood Card

    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 p …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Woman In Blue

    When Ruth’s friend Cathbad sees a vision of the Virgin Mary, in a white gown and blue cloak, in the graveyard next to the cottage he is house-sitting, he takes it in his stride. Walsingham has strong connections to Mary, and Cathbad is a druid after al …

    Read more >

  • The Brighton Mysteries

    Smoke and Mirrors

    December 1951. It’s snowing and two children, Mark and Annie, have gone missing in Brighton. As DI Edgar Stephens leads an increasing desperate search, Max Mephisto is preparing to star in Aladdin on the end of the pier. Then the children’s bodies are …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Ghost Fields

    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 r …

    Read more >

  • The Brighton Mysteries

    The Zig Zag Girl

    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 a …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Outcast Dead

    Historical crimes involving a Victorian child killer may hold the key to several contemporary deaths in this macabre outing for Dr Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist. Ruth has excavated a body from the grounds of Norwich Castle, which was once a pri …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    A Room Full of Bones

    It is Halloween night in King’s Lynn, and Dr Ruth Galloway is attending a strange event at the local history museum – the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But what Ruth finds is the body of the museum’s curator lying besid …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    Dying Fall

    Ruth’s old friend Dan Golding dies in a house fire. But before he died Dan wrote to Ruth telling her that he had made a ground-breaking archaeological discovery. Could this find be linked to his death and who are the sinister neo-Nazi group who were th …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The House at Sea’s End

    A team of archaeologists, investigating coastal erosion on the north Norfolk coast, unearth six bodies buried at the foot of a cliff. How long have they been there? What could have happened to them? Forensics expert Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson are dra …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Janus Stone

    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 w …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Crossing Places

    Dr Ruth Galloway is called in when a child’s bones are discovered near the site of a pre-historic henge on the north Norfolk salt marshes. Are they the remains of a local girl who disappeared ten years earlier – or are the bones much older? DCI Harry N …

    Read more >

Elly Griffiths on tour, Spring 2019

Elly Griffiths on tour, Spring 2019

February 1, 2019

I’m really excited to be going on tour to publicise The Stone Circle. Schedule at present:

Wednesday 6th February

An Evening with Elly Griffiths
Jarrold Department Store, Norwich
6:30pm for 7pm
The Pantry Restaurant, floor 3

Thursday 7th February

Coffee with Elly
Fakenham Library
2pm
To book please visit the library or contact them 01328 862715

The Fakenham Society SOLD OUT
7:30pm

Friday 8th February

Holt Library
11am
Purchase tickets in the library

Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club, Lowestoft
4pm
Purchase tickets by calling the yacht club office 01502 566726

Saturday 9th February

Beccles Library SOLD OUT
7pm

Tuesday 12th February

Toppings, Ely
7.30pm
Tickets can be bought via Topping’s website , by phone on 01353 645055, or by calling in to the bookshop.

Wednesday 13th February

Wells Library
12pm
Purchase tickets in the library

Coffee and Chat with Elly Griffiths
Cley Marshes Visitor Centre
2pm
Free and no need to book

Browsers Bookshop, Woodbridge
7.30pm
Tickets available from Browsers Bookshop, 60 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge. Tel 01394 388890

Saturday 16th February

The Collection, Lincoln
7.30pm
Tickets are £5 from Lindum Books 01522 262374 or online from the venue The Collection

Sunday 17th February

Lowdham Community Hall
3pm
Tickets available from The Bookcase book shop, 50 Main Street, Lowdham NG14 7BE

Monday 18th February

An Evening with Elly Griffiths
Waterstones Sheffield, Orchard Square
6:30pm
Get your tickets in store by speaking to a Bookseller

Elly Griffiths on tour, Autumn 2018

Elly Griffiths on tour, Autumn 2018

October 11, 2018

I’m really excited to be going on tour to publicise The Stranger Diaries. Schedule at present:

16th October, 6pm
Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival
Rochdale Parish Church of St. Chad
With Isabelle Grey and William Shaw

18th October, 7:30pm
Frinton Literary Festival
Frinton Tennis Club
In conversation with Isabelle Grey

21st October, 11:30am
Killer Women Festival of Crime Writing and Drama
With Linzi Harvey, osteoarcheologist at the Natural History Museum and adviser on the Ruth Galloway series
Browns, Covent Garden

27th October, 6:30pm
An evening with Elly Griffiths and The Stranger Diaries,
Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge

30th October, 7pm
Lindum Books at The Collection
The Collection, Lindum

31st October, 3:30pm
Afternoon tea with Elly Griffiths
Jarrold, Norwich

1st November, 6:30pm
An evening with Elly Griffiths
Waterstones Derby

2nd November, 6:30pm
An evening with Elly Griffiths
Waterstones Nottingham

5th November, 7:30pm
Havering Book Festival
Hornchurch Library

6th November, 7:30pm
An evening with Elly Griffiths
David’s Bookshop, Letchworth

7th November, 7:30pm
An evening with Elly Griffiths
Chorleywood Bookshop at Chorleywood Library

13th November, 7:30pm
An evening with Elly Griffiths
Topping & Co, Ely

22nd November, 7:30pm
Surrey Library Crime Festival
Horley Library

An update from Elly

An update from Elly

June 15, 2017

Well, it’s been a busy six months. I finished writing Stephens and Mephisto 4, The Vanishing Box, on New Year’s Eve (also a good way of avoiding helping with the cooking for the party we had rashly decided on giving) and started Ruth 10, The Dark Angel, the next day (complete with hangover). It’s always a bit strange switching between the series. The Ruth books are in the present tense and Stephens & Mephisto in the past and, of course, the protagonists are very different. But – touch wood – I’ve always been able to ‘get’ Ruth’s voice as soon as I start writing and it’s lovely to be with her again. It’s a great moment for me when I’ve introduced Ruth, Nelson and Cathbad for the first time and feel that they’re all together again.

As well as writing the books and doing all the other real life stuff I’m programming the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime-Writing festival this year. It’s a great honour to be asked (the previous chair was Peter James) but also a lot of work. This year’s festival theme is ‘generations’ and we’re celebrating thirty years of Rebus and twenty years of Jack Reacher. We will also be putting the Agatha Christie archive on show for the first time. The festival is based in The Swan Hotel Harrogate, the place where Agatha Christie was found when she disappeared in 1926. The 2017 guest of honour is Lee Child and other guests include Kathy Reichs, Dennis Lehane and fab Swedish writer Arnie Dahl. There’s also a special event with Ann Cleeves and Brenda Blethyn, who plays her wonderful detective Vera in the TV series. I’m writing an archaeology-themed after-dinner murder mystery for the Saturday night and Francis Pryor (of Time Team fame) has agreed to be the special guest. My main worry is that I will be too enthusiastic when I meet these luminaries. I have a tendency to jabber uncontrollably when excited. On the other hand, when I met my hero Reginald Hill for the first time and he asked me, very graciously, what my first novel was about, I could only stammer ‘NNNNorfolk.’ ‘Oh,’ said Reg kindly, moving on.

The other excitement is that I finally have a garden office. I have written sixteen books in the space referred to by me as ‘the study’ but seen by the rest of the family as a place where they can watch TV, play on the Xbox, practise musical instruments etc. Andy has also taken to filling it with tat (sorry, priceless antiques) that he has bought at auctions. So, at the moment, the room contains two sofas, a day bed, a broken chandelier, four guitars and a collection of First World War prosthetic limbs (don’t ask).

For years I have dreamt of my own writing space in the garden and finally it’s here. I moved in last month. My only worry was that my cat, Gus, who always sits with me when I write, wouldn’t make the trek to the top of the garden. But, that first morning, as I sat staring at the screen (otherwise known as writing) there was a disgruntled mew at the door. Gus  had come to join me and now has his own special chair (see pic below).

Elly Griffiths’ writing shed

 

Gus inside the writing shed

I’m now halfway through The Dark Angel. It’s set in Italy, in the Liri Valley, where we have a small apartment in a hill-top village. I’m really enjoying the setting but, in this book, the personal relationships have become more complicated than ever. I know it’s my own fault for getting them in this tangle but, somehow, I feel that the characters have done this despite, not because of, me. I wanted Ruth to settle down with Frank; it’s her problem that, for her, no-one will quite measure up to Nelson.

I have also just checked the final proofs of The Vanishing Box. Gus was a great help. I enjoy checking proofs. I was an editor for many years and think I’m quite good at finding the typos. This year, though, the lovely Therese at Quercus spotted a huge plot hole that had quite passed me by. A few tweaks and it was solved but this is why you need an editor. In this book it is December 1953 and a ‘tableaux’ act is on the bill at the Brighton Hippodrome with Max Mephisto and his daughter, Ruby. These acts were very popular from the 1920s to the 1950s when it was permissible for a woman to appear naked on stage as long as she didn’t move. The semi-naked women would form tableaux representing famous pictures or historical events. When a woman is found, strangled and gruesomely posed to resemble one of these scenes, DI Edgar Stephens has a murder investigation on his hands. The Vanishing Box will be out on 3rd November 2017.

I can’t believe that next year marks ten years of Ruth. Although, in another way, it feels as if I’ve known her forever. To mark the occasion I thought that I’d look back at the previous nine books, maybe adding some details that readers didn’t know.

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Gus and The Vanishing Box proofs

 

Elly Griffiths on tour

Elly Griffiths on tour

February 10, 2017

I’m really excited to be going on tour to publicise The Chalk Pit. Schedule at present:

Wednesday 22nd February
7.30pm Topping & Co, Ely
For tickets: https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/elly-griffiths-6/

9 High Street, Ely
Cambridgeshire
CB7 4LJ

Thursday 23rd February
‘Coffee with Elly Griffiths’ 11am at King’s Lynn Library

King’s Lynn Library
London Road
King’s Lynn
PE30 5EZ

Booking essential – tickets £5. Please call 01553 772568 or message on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LynnLibraries/

2pm, Hellesdon Library

Hellesdon Library
Wood View Rd
Norwich
NR6 5QB

Tickets are £3.50 and booking is essential. Please ask at the Library or call on 01603 427790.

6.30pm Jarrold – The Grand Launch!

1-11 London Street
Norwich
Norfolk
NR2 1JF

For tickets, book online here: http://www.jarrold.co.uk/events-diary/events-list/elly-giffiths-chalk-pit-launch-2017

Friday 24th February
8pm Topping St Andrews

7 Greyfriars Gardens
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9HG

For tickets book online: https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/st-andrews/elly-griffiths-with-the-chalk-pit/

Sunday 26th February
Granite Noir Festival, Aberdeen
12.30pm ‘Taking Inspiration from the Past with Elly Griffiths and S.G. MacLean’

Aberdeen Central Library
Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen AB25 1GW

For tickets, book online here: http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/events/granite-noir-taking-inspiration-from-the-past-with-elly-griffiths-and-s-g-maclean

Wednesday 1st March

7.30pm An Evening with Elly Griffiths with Hillingsdon Libraries

The Compass Theatre, Glebe Ave, Ickenham UB10 8PD

For tickets, book online: http://www.hillingdontheatres.uk/index.php/events/an-evening-with-elly-griffiths/

Thursday 2nd March

6.30pm Elly Griffiths – Reading plus Q&A

78-80 St Peters St, Derby DE1 1SR

For tickets, book online: https://www.waterstones.com/events/elly-griffiths-reading-plus-qanda/derby or call 01332 296997

Friday 3rd March

7pm Lindum Books

The Collection, Danes Terrace, Lincoln LN2 1LP

For tickets contact Lindum Books (01522262374) or The Collection box office (01522 550965)

Events February 2016

Events February 2016

February 1, 2016

Here are some forthcoming events. Would be great to see you!


St Peter’s Church Ely

When: Wednesday 10 February 7.30pm

Tickets: £7

Link: Elly Griffiths at Topping Books Ely

Bookmark, Spalding

When: Thursday 11 February 7.15pm

Tickets: £3.50 (includes wine or juice)

Link: Elly Griffiths at Bookmark

 

Wells Library, Norfolk

When: Friday 12 February 3.30pm

Tickets: £5 (includes tea and cake)

Contact: jan.campbell@norfolk.gov.uk

Link: Wells Library Website

 

The Holt Bookshop, Holt

When: Friday 12 February 6.30pm

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against the book)

Link: Events at The Holt Bookshop

 

The Collection, Lincoln

When: Wednesday 17 February 7.00pm

Tickets: £4

Link: Elly Griffiths Talk and Signing

 

Jarrold, Norwich

When: Thursday 18 February 6.30pm

Tickets: £5 (includes wine on arrival)

Link: An Evening with Elly Griffiths at Jarrold

 

Beccles Books, Beccles

When: Friday 19 February 2016

Link: Elly Griffiths Book Signing at Beccles Books

The Guardian on The Janus Stone

“It’s always a pleasure when an author’s second book lives up to the promise of the first…Griffiths’ dryly humour writing and the appeal of the two main characters make these books such a treat.”

The Brighton Mysteries

Listed in reading order, most recent first.  
  • The Brighton Mysteries

    Now You See Them

    Three girls have left. None have come back. Brighton, 1963. Edgar Stephens has been promoted to Superintendent and is married to his former sergeant, Emma Holmes. Edgar’s wartime partner in arms, magician Max Mephisto, is a movie star in Hollywood, whi …

    Read more >

  • The Brighton Mysteries

    The Vanishing Box

    Christmas 1953. Max Mephisto and his daughter Ruby are headlining Brighton Hippodrome, an achievement only slightly marred by the less-than-savoury support act: a tableau show of naked ‘living statues’. This might appear to have nothing in common with …

    Read more >

  • The Brighton Mysteries

    The Blood Card

    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 p …

    Read more >

  • The Brighton Mysteries

    Smoke and Mirrors

    December 1951. It’s snowing and two children, Mark and Annie, have gone missing in Brighton. As DI Edgar Stephens leads an increasing desperate search, Max Mephisto is preparing to star in Aladdin on the end of the pier. Then the children’s bodies are …

    Read more >

  • The Brighton Mysteries

    The Zig Zag Girl

    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 a …

    Read more >

The Ruth Galloway Novels

Listed in reading order, most recent first.  
  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Night Hawks

    The Night Hawks, a group of metal detectorists, are searching for buried treasure when they find a body on the beach in North Norfolk. At first Nelson thinks that the dead man might be an asylum seeker but he turns out to be a local boy, Jem Taylor, re …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Lantern Men

    Everything has changed for Dr Ruth Galloway. She has a new job, home and partner, and is no longer North Norfolk police’s resident forensic archaeologist. That is, until convicted murderer Ivor March offers to make DCI Nelson a deal. Nelson was always …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Stone Circle

    DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to ‘go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there’. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle’s baby due to be born, but because a …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Dark Angel

    The tenth book in the Dr Ruth Galloway series sees Ruth wanting to escape from Norfolk and from  her complicated relationship with DCI Nelson, at least for a while. Her chance arrives with an invitation from Dr Angelo Morelli at Rome University. Morell …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Chalk Pit

    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 enquiry on his hands. The boiling might have been just a medieval curiosity – now it suggests …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Woman In Blue

    When Ruth’s friend Cathbad sees a vision of the Virgin Mary, in a white gown and blue cloak, in the graveyard next to the cottage he is house-sitting, he takes it in his stride. Walsingham has strong connections to Mary, and Cathbad is a druid after al …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Ghost Fields

    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 r …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Outcast Dead

    Historical crimes involving a Victorian child killer may hold the key to several contemporary deaths in this macabre outing for Dr Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist. Ruth has excavated a body from the grounds of Norwich Castle, which was once a pri …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    A Room Full of Bones

    It is Halloween night in King’s Lynn, and Dr Ruth Galloway is attending a strange event at the local history museum – the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But what Ruth finds is the body of the museum’s curator lying besid …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    Dying Fall

    Ruth’s old friend Dan Golding dies in a house fire. But before he died Dan wrote to Ruth telling her that he had made a ground-breaking archaeological discovery. Could this find be linked to his death and who are the sinister neo-Nazi group who were th …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The House at Sea’s End

    A team of archaeologists, investigating coastal erosion on the north Norfolk coast, unearth six bodies buried at the foot of a cliff. How long have they been there? What could have happened to them? Forensics expert Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson are dra …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Janus Stone

    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 w …

    Read more >

  • The Ruth Galloway Novels

    The Crossing Places

    Dr Ruth Galloway is called in when a child’s bones are discovered near the site of a pre-historic henge on the north Norfolk salt marshes. Are they the remains of a local girl who disappeared ten years earlier – or are the bones much older? DCI Harry N …

    Read more >

Domenica de Rosa

I have also written novels under my real name.  
  • Domenica de Rosa

    Summer School

    Love, rivalry, and writing in a Tuscan paradise. Relax. Indulge. And discover the writer within… Patricia Wilson’s carefully composed ads for the writers’ retreat she runs at her thirteenth-century Italian castle promise so much. But while the splend …

    Read more >

  • Domenica de Rosa

    Villa Serena

    A heartfelt, witty story of one woman’s journey from heartbreak to adventure, full of gorgeous Italian flavour. Emily Robertson looks like the woman who has it all: the lovingly restored Tuscan farmhouse, the three beautiful children, the successful, a …

    Read more >

  • Domenica de Rosa

    The Eternal City

    Gaby, the youngest of the de Angelis sisters, always secretly knew she was her father Enzo’s favourite; so when Enzo dies on the day her own daughter is born, her life is turned upside down. In the emotional aftermath of the funeral, it emerges that he …

    Read more >

  • Domenica de Rosa

    The Italian Quarter

    The Di Napolis may have been raised in England, but their souls are Italian… Charismatic, irascible and defiantly Italian, Cesare presides over his large family much like his Roman namesake. But when a journalist begins asking questions about his all …

    Read more >