The House at Sea's End

The House at Sea's End

eBook - 2011
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The dry humour and intelligence of Elly Griffith's Ruth Galloway mysteries, set in Norfolk, England, are fresh air in a genre dominated by surly male detectives and gun-totin' female PIs.

In the third novel in the Ruth Galloway series, shoreline erosion at the village of Broughton Sea's End has revealed the skeletons of six men, their arms bound. From the mineral content of their bones, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway can tell that they were all Germans. Most likely, DCI Harry Nelson reckons, they were killed by the local Home Guard when they tried to land during the Second World War. This is just the first complication in a story brimming with surprise twists, not all of them stemming from these murders. Ruth is a new mum of a daughter she adores but whose existence is raising eyebrows and is testing Ruth's assumption that she can be a mum, a professional archaeologist, a teacher, and an adjunct to a murder investigation all at the same time.

The House at Sea's End is smart, witty, complex, intriguing, generous -- much like its protagonist.
Publisher: Toronto :, McClelland and Stewart,, [2011]
Copyright Date: ♭2011
ISBN: 9780771036026
Characteristics: 1 online resource (356 pages)
data file, rda


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Aug 03, 2019

I began reading Elly Griffiths' first Ruth Galloway novel because I knew it was set in England and dealt with old bones (Ruth is an archaeologist). I thought it was a bit "light" compared to my usual mysteries (Henning Mankell, Ruth Rendell). Then I read the second novel.

I just finished The Stone Circle (the 11th and final book in the series -- dang) and want to tell you that I LOVED these books. Ruth is unconventional, overweight, a single mom with a complicated romantic history (as tense and interesting as the murder mysteries themselves), and her adventures thoroughly engaged me. I was sorry to discover that I was on the last book.

Jan 16, 2019

engaging mystery with a surprise ending

Aug 31, 2018

In this story Ruth is involved in excavating WWII bodies found on the beach in the Norfolk area following the continual erosion of the sea cliffs. Novel has the expected suspense when Ruth is placed in areas of danger, but again expect lots of description about happy families and mother's guilt about working and leaving her child with a daily babysitter. Probably more of a storyline that would interest female readers.

Jun 30, 2017

These books are always slow to start. (There is something off about the narrator, who is very British and so feels distant and "unfeeling" to an American sensibility.) The characters are growing and becoming much more complex, and the next book will bring some major changes. A very good series that must be read in order.

Jun 26, 2017

I love the Dr. Ruth Galloway series. The characters are memorable and engaging plus the marshlands where she lives is a wonderful, different, backdrop.

I am now on Book 4, ("A Room Full of Bones") and it is as good as all the others. I haven't checked to see if there are more; but I'm hoping there are. If not, I truly hope that she continues with the series. Absolutely love these stories!

samdog123 Jan 25, 2013

This is my new favourite mystery series! This is the third book in the Ruth Galloway series, featuring this clever archeologist who works with the local police solving crimes. Ruth is such an engaging character, you can identify with her so easily. Her relationship with co-worker Harry Nelson takes some interesting twists and turn. Start with the first book in the series, The Crossing Places, to really understand the characters. Looking forward to the next in the series.

Aug 08, 2012

Fascinating tale of WWII intrigue and modern day mysteries. Griffiths writes a good tale, have loved all her books.

Gail123 Jul 27, 2012

Elly Griffiths is one of my new favorite authors.

Jul 18, 2012

Another great Dr. Ruth Galloway novel. Love the North English coast setting.

Apr 12, 2012

Another excellent Ruth Galloway mystery. The plot is gripping, but it is the characters that make this series so appealing. I can't wait to read the next one.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings


Find it at PMPL

To Top