Ruth Galloway Series in Order – Elly Griffith Books In Order

Last Updated on June 1, 2022 The Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths is a strong addition to the archaeological mystery genre, with the first released dr. Ruth Galloway book called The Crossing Places published in 2009.

Currently, with over 10 books in the series, Elly Griffiths started the dr. Ruth Galloway series inspired by her husband who switched from a city job to become an archaeologist. Here are the Elly Griffiths books in order of publication for each of her series and standalone novels.

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The Spy at the Window

The Spy at the Window (Justice Jones #4), 2022

The Locked Room

The Locked Room (Ruth Galloway #14), 2022










Ruth Galloway Books In Order

  1. The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway #1) 2009
  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
  5. Ruth’s First Christmas Tree (Ruth Galloway #4.5), 2012
  6. A Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway #5), 2012
  7. The Outcast Dead (Ruth Galloway #6), 2014
  8. The Ghost Fields (Ruth Galloway #7), 2015
  9. The Woman In Blue (Ruth Galloway #8), 2016
  10. The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway #9), 2017
  11. The Dark Angel (Ruth Galloway #10), 2018
  12. The Stone Circle (Ruth Galloway #11), 2019
  13. The Lantern Men (Ruth Galloway #12), 2020
  14. The Night Hawks (Ruth Galloway #13), 2021
  15. The Locked Room (Ruth Galloway #14), 2022

DI Stephens & Max Mephisto Series / The Brighton Mysteries Series In Order

  1. The Zig-Zag Girl (DI Stephens & Max Mephisto #1), 2014
  2. Smoke And Mirrors (DI Stephens & Max Mephisto #2), 2016
  3. The Blood Card (DI Stephens & Max Mephisto #3), 2016
  4. The Vanishing Box (DI Stephens & Max Mephisto #4), 2017
  5. Now You See Them (DI Stephens & Max Mephisto #5), 2019
  6. The Midnight Hour (DI Stephens & Max Mephisto #5), 2021

Justice Jones Series

  1. A Girl Called Justice (Justice Jones #1), 2019
  2. The Smugglers’ Secret (Justice Jones #2), 2020
  3. A Ghost in the Garden (Justice Jones #3), 2021
  4. The Spy at the Window (Justice Jones #4), 2022

Elly Griffiths Standalone Novels

Elly Griffiths

Elly Griffiths Biography

Elly Griffiths (real name Domenica de Rosa) was born in 1963. She is a British author living in Brighton, who is most popular for her archaeological mystery series about dr. Ruth Galloway,  a forensic archaeologist living with her two cats in a Saltmarsh cottage who is involved with a married detective and have a child together.

While the series is her most popular work to date, the author has written several other books under her real name, Domenica de Rosa, and has recently started a new series called DI Stephens & Max Mephisto, with two books published to date.

As a child, she spent most of her time in Norfolk visiting her aunt, a place that became the setting for her popular archaeological mystery books.

Crossing Places The first book in the dr. Ruth Galloway series, which is also her first crime mystery novel, The Crossing Places won the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and the rest of the books in the series have been short and longlisted for various awards including the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Award and the CWA Dagger in the Library Award.

The author gets her inspiration for her books from her husband, who gave up banking in the city to retrain as an archaeologist and currently enjoys digging up bones and finding out their history. Elly Griffiths herself has an interesting in history, archaeology, myths, and legends.

When not writing, she likes to swim, read and see plays at the theater.

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.

The Chalk PitIn The Chalk Pit, the 9th book in the series, Ruth discovers that some boiled bones in some underground tunnels in Norwich are pretty recent, so the case is are not archaeological in nature. Thus, DCI Nelson realizes that the case is actually a murder investigation involving homeless people.

The story is fast-paced and there is always lots going on in the book. Ruth has to deal with some homeless people (called rough sleepers in the UK), and the way the author depicted these poor people entices lots of sympathy for them. These are all real folks who once had a real past, a real job, real talents, hobbies, and families.

The characters from the previous books in the dr. Ruth Galloway series return as well, so it’s nice to see once again some familiar faces who share lots of history together.

Dark Angel, which was out early 2018, takes Ruth to Rome to investigate a group of bones in a tiny hilltop village near the Italian capital. Ruth decides to take a much-needed vacation and flies to Italy to Castello Degli Angeli along with her daughter Kate and friend Shona.

While she is trying to recover from her shock of meeting Harry Nelson, the ancient mystery her right into a more contemporary murder case that could endanger Ruth’s own life.

The Stone Circle, out in 2019, takes us back to the beginnings, when Ruth first started working with DCI Nelson, and brings us back to the early story that started the whole series, The Crossing Places. When Nelson receives a creepy letter which very much looks like those old ones that were sent to him by Erik Anderssen, he teams up with dr. Ruth Galloway to work the new case which turns to be old, thus allowing them to close a long-forgotten cold case. As the new dig site that the letter directs him, holds another dead body. Just like in the past. This time, however, the bones belong to a child who disappeared back in 1981.

So far, Elly Griffiths has also written one standalone novel, and has started a new series titled Justice Jones, with four books out so far.

The dr. Ruth Galloway mysteries include so far 15 books, with the latest, The Locked Room, out in 2022.

Should we read the Ruth Galloway books in order?

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

The stories in each book are standalone, however, the interaction between the main characters (namely Ruth and Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson) are not. They have a rather complicated relationship which we get to entangle thread by thread through each of the novels. There’s nothing dr. Ruth Galloway hates more than amateur archaeologists, and they pop in the novels every now and then, not to mention there is a dead body every time.

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. And, it’s not a cozy mystery either.

Personally, I recommend that you read the Elly Griffiths books for the Ruth Galloway series in order. And while you are at it, do pick up the Stephens and Mephisto historical mystery series as well, as they are well-worth reading.

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  1. debsha says:

    The only thing I don’t like about these books is when I get to the last page!!! I’m so hooked…Elly Griffins is a fabulous story teller and draws you in from the very beginning and keeps a tight hold until the last word’s read!!! I love her characters, so well developed and colorful! I love her writing, she’s brilliant. I’m on the fifth book in the Ruth series and so happy there are other series of hers to tap into. Thank you, Elly Griffins for being so much to look forward to as I enjoy this series!

  2. Sheila Coles says:

    I bought one of your books from Waitrose and I was hooked. I have now read all the Ruth Galloway (13) and I am now waiting for the next book.
    Once you pick them up you are unable to put them down. I sat up all night with one book I had to find out how it ended.

    Keep it up.

  3. Barbie says:

    Ah, after reading another 40 pages or so, I’ve found clough, but it still seems like a big time gap. Still, the books have been wonderful so far. I’ll keep reading!

  4. Barbie says:

    It seems that there is a big time gap between the Stone Circle and Lantern Men, which I have just started. Did I miss a book in between? Ruth has moved to and been in Cambridge for two years. Judy’s been promoted. Where has a Louth gotten to? I feel as if I’m missing important chunks.

  5. Carol says:

    From one Sussex girl to another, BRILLIANT! I have loved all your books and am about to buy The Night Hawks.
    Keep them coming Ellie! xx

  6. Mystery Sequels says:

    @Elle I’ve seen both Audible and also Audio CD links on Amazon. Do you mean something else?

  7. Elle says:

    Why is the audio version of _Ghost Fields_ unavailable in the US?

    • Tracy says:

      So I’ve just finished A room full of bones and at the back there is a taster of “the next book” called The tomb of the Raven King, but I cannot find it anywhere in the list of Elly’s books or on Amazon etc. does anyone know if it exists ?

      • Bex says:

        Totally hooked on Elly Griffiths!! Just finished Book 4, and now have to wait for my delivery to come to continue 😭 I live where these books are set and get so absorbed by the descriptions that I could almost believe it’s all real!

        2 questions……1.What is the Tomb of the Raven king??…….2. Where can I buy a paperback copy of Ruth’s first Christmas tree?

  8. Carol Taylor says:

    I am a new reader. just getting started..

  9. Marie Archer says:

    A lot of housework left undone in a lot of houses I suspect! It is so difficult to put these books down . I love the pervading atmosphere of the surrounding countryside. Now I realise that I am not alone in my appreciation and enjoyment of these books. Having started with Woman in Blue, I have now gone back and started from the beginning. …they are much better in order. Only trouble is, I am going through them far too fast! Please write some more.

  10. Delcie says:

    Have just read the second of Elly,s books and couldn’t wait to finish it and start the next two that are sitting waiting on the bookshelf. The characters are all so appealing and the settings very real to a frequent Norfolk visitor. As other readers have said the stories are not too gruesome but totally believable and so enlightening historically. Love the characters and Ruth’s relationship with them. Being an overweight individual I can empathise with her.

    • W Scott says:

      Yes . LikE me totally hooked. I’ve all 9 books ready to read on 4/5 Ruth 1st christmas tree.
      BrI’ll isn’t recommend to all. Living in Norton it’s as if your in the book. ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

      • W Scott says:

        I mean Brilliant and recommend all.
        Living in Norfolk I know most places so it’s as if your in the book.☆☆☆☆☆☆

        • Liz Thompson says:

          Recently discovered Ruth and her friends and am totally enthralled. Can’t stop reading the books and don’t want to use them up too fast. You are a brilliant writer. Nelson’s remarks to himself make me laugh out loud. Looking forward to your other series too. So many thanks for keeping me entertained throughout this difficult time.

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