Ruth Galloway Series In Order

The Ruth Galloway series is a relatively new addition to the archaeological mysteries with the first book published in 2009.

Currently with 5 books under her belt, Elly Griffiths started the book series inspired by her husband who switched from a city job to become an archaeologist.

Ruth is a forensic anthropologist who is living in her cottage near Norfolk with her two cats – when she is not digging up graves and bones linked to archaeology, that is.

Below are the Elly Griffiths books in order as they were written (as well as in chronological order). Btw, book 4.5 Ruth’s First Christmas Tree is a free Kindle download at Amazon.

1 – The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway #1) 2009,  book review

2 – The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway #2), 2010

3 – The House at Sea’s End (Ruth Galloway #3), 2010

4 – A Room Full of Bones (Ruth Galloway #4, 2011

4.5 – Ruth’s First Christmas Tree (Ruth Galloway #4.5, 2012

5 – Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway #5), 2012

6 – The Outcast Dead (Ruth Galloway #6), 2014

Should we read the Elly Griffiths books in order?

I read the book series in order and I’m glad I did. First of all I love archaeological mysteries, and when forensic anthropology is also involved, well, count me in! I got hooked right away.

The stories in each book are stand alone, however the interaction between the main characters (namely Ruth and Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson. They have a rather complicated relationship which we get to entangle thread by thread through each of the novels.

The book series is a very light mystery, nothing scary or gross going on there (despite the main character being a forensic anthropologist). It is not really your typical murder mystery either, however it does pull you in.

Personally I recommend that you read the books in order. Afteral they’re only 6 books so far, so it’s not difficult to catch up to the last one, especially since all the books in the series are available for the Kindle.

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  1. Grumpy says:

    I’m finishing the first book and loved it. Can’t wait to read more about lovable Ruth. It’s pleasantly hilarious how Ruth is described as overweight, not-too-exciting as a character, middle-aged and lives with two cats. However, she’s overwhelmed with admirers, e.g., Peter, Nelson, etc…Gosh, I wish I could be that overwhelmed by love. I love Ruth. Thanks Ms. Griffiths for creating such a wonderful character.

  2. Beryl says:

    And now “the Outcast Dead” 2014. Can’t wait for the next.

  3. Jonquil Shaw says:

    I read my first Elly Griffiths book with members of the Leigh Library Crime Reading Group. Since then I have read the other books in the series (best read in order). Have now got the latest book and can’t wait for more. The consensus of the whole group is brilliant writing.

    • read head says:

      Is that Leigh ,Lancs, I come from Atherton Lancs and have just got the first book but haven’t read it yet .

  4. Janice says:

    I love Ruth because she is so like me overweight loves the wrong kind of food cat lover solitary until her daughter popped up but now a loving mum I look forward to many more books from ellygriffiths please Nelsons s OK too

  5. Elly Griffiths is one of the best English crime writers of our time. Gripping plots, not too ghoulish, has warmth and tenderness, but with gutsee interest. Love her stories of the Norfolk sea and sand dunes. If you know Norfolk and it’s coast, or you don’t, go check it out.
    Many thanks for a few hours of getting lost in your books, keep writing Elly we love you.

    Carole XX

  6. Sara says:

    have been trying to find ‘The tower of the Raven King’ as previewed at the end of Room full of Bones.
    Can’t find any references to it. Anyone help?

  7. Lynda Bone says:

    I agree about reading these books in order. It helps you to follow the characters as their relationships change.
    I can read a book in one sitting ( they are so good ) but I ration myself.
    I am halfway through dying fall so that means just 1 book left.

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