The Janus Stone
by Elly Griffiths
For those of you who love a good crime thriller, this one’s for you.
Readers familiar with Norfolk, particularly North Norfolk, will recognise Elly Griffiths' bleak salt marshes and wide skies and beaches in THE JANUS STONE. This is a book to read with lazy enjoyment over the summer, to live with and relax with and to appreciate. Elly Griffiths is a very accomplished storyteller, and her well-plotted and extremely interesting novel is a compulsive read.
The heroine, Ruth Galloway, will be no stranger to readers of Elly Griffiths. She is a forensic archaeologist, and in this new novel she is called in to help solve a difficult case: the identity and age of a child whose skeleton is discovered beneath the doorway of an old house during its demolition. Two children are known to have disappeared from a children’s home on the site forty years before this discovery and DCI Harry Nelson doesn't like the sound of it at all. The mystery deepens when carbon dating proves that the child’s' bones predate the children’s' home and relate to a time when the big Victorian house was privately owned. But as Ruth is drawn more deeply into the case it becomes clear that someone is determined to put a stop to her work, and perhaps even her life...
Elly Griffiths has two children and lives near Brighton. THE JANUS STONE is her second crime novel.
Published by Quercus – 320pp.