The Janus Stone

The Janus Stone

eBook - 2011
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Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway -- minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out -- and fast. It turns out the house was once a children's home. Nelson traces the Catholic priest who used to run the home. Father Hennessey tells him that two children did go missing from the home forty years before -- a boy and a girl. They were never found. When carbon dating proves that the child's bones predate the home and relate to a time when the house was privately owned, Ruth is drawn ever more deeply into the case. But as spring turns into summer it becomes clear that someone is trying very hard to put her off the scent by frightening her half to death ...
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780547523545
Characteristics: 1 online resource (327 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Aug 04, 2019

I found The Janus Stone to be a more satisfying mystery novel than the first in the series. It was fascinating to read about ancient gods and ritual practices ... not to mention this book included an escalating series of dangerous pranks meant to scare Ruth to death. (Ruth is braver than I am!! And feistier!) I was very happy to see Ruth's weight mentioned less often this time around. Threading through the storyline are a series of characters I've come to care about: The quirky Cathbad, Shona (with her love affair woes), DS Judy, and the brilliant DCI Nelson.

Aug 31, 2018

In this novel, Ruth is involved in dating bones found in 2 digs - one with a Roman past and the other one more recent. The author incorporates stories about the Roman god Janus into the plot which has a few suspenseful scenes based on Ruth's irresponsible actions. Too much description about her pregnancy awkwardness and pains for my liking. Probably a novel that female readers might enjoy more than male readers.

Jun 22, 2017

Read Crossing Places first. It is not nearly as good as The Janus Stone, but you will really want the background. The narrator of this story is much better than the original narrator, who sadly got bogged down in lengthy descriptions of characters and backgrounds. Once the characters were laid out in Crossing Places, however, this book just sails along. There is a lovely balance of telling us enough to understand and visualize what is going on without tedious lectures about bones and ancient structures. The characters are mush more clearly defined and their emotions and struggles to manage the messes they have made of their lives truly make them come alive. I am so glad I stayed with the series.

samdog123 Sep 03, 2012

Read Elly Griffiths' first book The Crossing Places a few years ago and really enjoyed it! Ruth Galloway, a forensic anthropologist, is a great character. A bit on the frumpy side, she's clever, charming and determined. Inspector Nelson's quite a good balance as a main character. This book involves the unearthing of a mysterious skeleton at a building site. I enjoyed the way Griffiths used the comments from the killer to build suspense.

Gail123 Aug 29, 2012

Another good read from Elly .enjoyed all of her books.

Jul 18, 2012

Not only are elly griffiths novels intertaining, but one learns something new from each book.

Feb 06, 2012

Another good Ruth Galloway mystery. This one keeps you guessing a bit. Took a while to figure out which missing child was the victim and didn't find out which possible suspect was the killer until the very end. One guy who seemed like a possibility turned out to be one of the ones to save Ruth at the end. Also, Ruth's pregnancy is becoming obvious and leading to questions and speculation. Love the characters in these books.

Oct 25, 2011

Far too much personal life! An unplanned pregnancy and morning sickness galore. 40ish professionals acting like teens.

Jul 01, 2011

This one's even better than The Crossing Places! Ruth Galloway, the awkward overweight forensic archaeologist is quietly brilliant, helplessly in love and somehow the perfect target for another killer. Moody and creepy!

brianreynolds Jun 08, 2011

It's hard not to fall in love with the portly (now pregnant as well,) timid ( dare I say almost "Canadian"), bookish archaeologist, Ruth Galloway. It's utterly believable that the men in her life find her unprepossessing. What she lacks in self-confidence, she more than makes up for in wisdom and charm. I knew her well. There is something about her I will always miss.

Griffiths knows how to spellbind. How to tease. How to slip her fingers round the reader's throat when they least expect it. But making the reader fall in love again, that's no easy task. Brava! This is still not my genre, but I'll gladly stand in line (in the rain if need be) to get the next available copy of episode 3 at the local library.

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Jun 22, 2017

Nelson pauses. Silence, as any policemen knows, is the best way to get information.
But Father Hennessey, it seems, Knows the same trick. He fixes Nelson with his cool, light-blue stare. For a few seconds, neither speaks. An elderly couple walk slowly past them and disapear through a rose-smothered archway.
"We're examining the bones now," says Nelson, admitting defeat.

Jun 22, 2017

"What are all these bumps?" he asks Max Grey.
"We think they are walls," replies Max, his face lighting up in the way that archaeologists have when they are about to bore the pants off you.


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