Elly Griffiths Books In Order – Complete List

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 almost 20 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.

Latest Elly Griffiths Books

The Last Word
The Last Word (Harbinder Kaur #4), 2024

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases

Ruth Galloway Books in Publication Order

  1. The Crossing Places (#1) 2009
  2. The Janus Stone (#2), 2010
  3. The House at Sea’s End (#3), 2010
  4. A Room Full of Bones (#4, 2011
  5. Ruth’s First Christmas Tree (#4.5), 2012
  6. A Dying Fall (#5), 2012
  7. The Outcast Dead (#6), 2014
  8. The Ghost Fields (#7), 2015
  9. The Woman In Blue (#8), 2016
  10. The Chalk Pit (#9), 2017
  11. The Dark Angel (#10), 2018
  12. The Stone Circle (#11), 2019
  13. The Lantern Men (#12), 2020
  14. The Night Hawks (#13), 2021
  15. The Locked Room (#14), 2022
  16. The Last Remains (#15), 2023

Ali Dawson Mystery Books in Publication Order

  • The Frozen People, 2025

DI Stephens & Max Mephisto Books in Publication Order

aka The Brighton Mysteries

  1. The Zig Zag Girl, 2014
  2. Smoke And Mirrors, 2016
  3. The Blood Card, 2016
  4. The Vanishing Box, 2017
  5. Now You See Them, 2019
  6. The Midnight Hour, 2021
  7. The Great Deceiver, 2023

Justice Jones Books in Publication Order

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

Harbinder Kaur Books in Publication Order

  1. The Stranger Diaries, 2018
  2. The Postscript Murders, 2021
  3. Bleeding Heart Yard, 2022
  4. The Last Word, 2024

Short Story Collections and Anthologies in Publication Order

Elly Griffiths Books Published as Domenica de Rosa

Elly Griffiths Biography – About the Author

Elly Griffiths

Elly Griffiths (real name Domenica de Rosa) was born in 1963 in London. 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, Elly Griffith has recently started a new series called DI Stephens & Max Mephisto, with seven books published to date.

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

As Domenica de Rosa she published her first non-fiction book in 2001 with the title The Little Book of Shakespeare and Food. She then published her first fiction novel in 2004. In 2009, she wrote her first book, The Crossing Places, under the pen name Elly Griffiths. From then on, she continued only to write under this alias.

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

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.

In 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 depicts 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 out to be old, thus allowing them to close a long-forgotten cold case. The new dig site that the letter directs him to, holds another dead body. Just like in the past. This time, however, the bones belong to a child who disappeared back in 1981.

When not writing, she likes swimming, reading and going to the theatre to watch plays.

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) is 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, with nothing scary or gross going on (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.

Elly Griffiths Awards and Nominations

  • The Stranger Diaries won the Edgar Awards in the Best Novel category in 2020

Authors Similar to Elly Griffiths


  1. My daughter and I have read and enjoyed every Ruth Galloway book. Its so interesting to have characters with whom you can associate in every book.

  2. I’ve only read Dying Fall which is a good mystery but not very well written and/or edited.
    Including the daughter is a bit frustrating and is not necessary to tell the story.

  3. I discovered the dr Ruth Galloway books as I was collecting all books by Rosa de Domenica, ( same author, different name)
    I liked her style of writing, how she brings every character out in the pages and so I thought I’d give the series under her Elly Griffiths name a try. Read book 1 in four days, now ordered bus 2;3 and 4, I see there are 15. That should get me through the winter. I’m now wondering what the other series is like any one? The Brighton series . Great stuff can’t put books down

  4. 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 prolific..so much to look forward to as I enjoy this series!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *