The Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths (see below for author bio) is a relatively new addition to the archaeological mysteries with the first book called The Crossing Places published in 2009.
Currently with 9 books in the series (with the latest The Chalk Pit, published early 2017), 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 books in order for the Ruth Galloway series 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.
Ruth Galloway Books In Publication Order
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
7 – The Ghost Fields (Ruth Galloway #7), 2015
8. The Woman In Blue (Ruth Galloway #8), 2016
9. The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway #9), 2017
Should we read the Ruth Galloway 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.
DI Stephens & Max Mephisto 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
About Elly Griffiths
Elly Griffiths (real name Domenica de Rosa) (website) was born in 1963. She is a British author living in Brighton, who is most popular for her archaeological mystery series about Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist living with her two cats in a Saltmarsh cottage.
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 which became the setting for the Ruth Galloway novels.
The first book in the 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.
Here are the Elly Griffiths books in order of publication for each of her series and standalone novels.