17 September, 2021

Dr. Ruth Galloway, cat lover

The Ruth Galloway Mystery Series, written by Elly Griffiths
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The Crossing Places, 2009
The Janus Stone, 2010
The House at Sea’s End, 2010
A Room Full of Bones, 2011
A Dying Fall, 2012
The Outcast Dead, 2014
The Ghost Fields, 2015
The Woman In Blue, 2016
The Chalk Pit, 2017
The Dark Angel, 2018
The Stone Circle, 2019
The Lantern Men, 2020
The Night Hawks, February 2021
The Locked Room, October 2022


I recently discovered the Ruth Galloway series, written by Elly Griffiths, on a Facebook group.

This series, to me, is like eating potato chips; you can't have just one!

Or more like the saying, "Cats are like potato chips; you can't have just one"?

Anyhow, one aspect of this series is that Ruth loves her cats!

Ruth is an archaeologist, living in North Norfolk, U.K.

She teaches at the nearby university, and finds herself involved with the local police when a skeleton is discovered and they call upon her unique skills at identifying buried bones.

There are other fun things, like druids, saltmarshes, spectral hounds and boogey men, and some good old romps in the sack!

She pines for her cat, Flint, whenever she's away from home for more than a few days.


Cats are harmed in the first two books, and that in itself would put me off a series (and a writer) in a heartbeat!

However, the author has made it very clear that she deeply regrets writing about such cruel things, and I've encountered no more of this type of nastiness in any of the other books.

The author is a true cat-lover.

I've halfway through book #13!

I'm told there is a TV series based on these books, but I haven't seen it...yet.


  1. Nope, no hurt critters, ever. She can't be a true cat lover and write about hurting cats, nope.

    1. I've quit reading books for the same reason, but I had it on good authority that the author recognized her error. I've stopped reading books for violence against any animal, however humans being fake murdered for a story doesn't seem to bother me.
      I won't watch violent movies, like war movies or sicko slasher ones...but I'll read a book! Crazy, no?

    2. Brian, I completely agree. Can't take it.

  2. I'm with Brian and he said exactly what I was fixing to say. I agree by the way with not caring in a fiction story when humans are fake murdered. But do NOT write or show me any cruelty to any animal ever. That's my motto.

  3. Oh! My COd! I just checked and the reading subscription I have has these (this means I can read them for a flat rate per month)! Yippie! I am so looking forward to down loading and starting (after the big election on Monday). THANKS! And thanks for the heads up on the pet violence. You ROCK!

    1. Oops, I just looked up Elly Griffiths, Its another one of her series that is available, The Dr Ruth Galloway books cost. I guess I shall start with her other books.

    2. I'm reading another of her books now, and it's good. I'll try all of her other books too.

  4. I've gone through your comments here and I am exactly the same! I can read violence, but I can't watch it. Naaah, don't think it's too strange, I think our minds filter a lot of things when we read, but when we watch it, there is no filter.

    I don't know this series! But I will take a look. I'm a sucker for a good murder mystery series.

    Have a good weekend!

    1. People ask 'who do you think would play this character in a film?' and I think...I don't 'see' a character, I'm into their personality and actions, although sometimes I wonder what shoes female cops and detectives wear sometimes.

  5. Thank you for sharing. This sounds interesting. :) And I appreciate the warning. Life can be cruel but sometimes we need a break from such real evil.

    My husband can attest that I had to stop watching 'Animal Cops' many years ago. Some stories sent me into an angry rant.



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