Ruth Galloway Series In Order

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. Book #10, The Dark Angel will be published early 2018.

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

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

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

10. The Dark Angel (Ruth Galloway #10), 2018


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 GriffithsElly 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.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.☆☆☆☆☆☆

  3. Ruth Isaac says:

    Read the whole series. Now reading through for the fourth time! I just love the characters. Theyre like old friends. I feel I know them all. Ruth is amazing – so capable yet so vulnerable. Please write another one in thie series before too long!

  4. Shirley Janes says:

    I was so glad I discovered Elly Griffith’s Ruth Galloway series. Not only are the stories in each great but also well written. I loved too, that I am familiar with with the English East coast, although it is a long time, since I lived in England.
    Ruth is such a likable, ordinary person; in the physical sense ; but intelligent, still having frailties and weaknesses, as we all do. The other main characters likable and not, are also quite real. Above all, she is a darned god read.
    My other most liked Female Authors, Barbara Erskine, Debra Crombie and Kate Morton.
    Thank you too, for listing them in order, so important, I now know, I have missed one, so will look for it. !

  5. Irene Goldthorpe says:

    I have read and re-read all of the Ruth Galloway mysteries and I am now waiting eagerly for the next book; the one after “Woman in Blue”. I also like the Elly Griffiths has built up the relationship between Ruth and Nelson and intrigued as to whether they do get together.

    Brilliant books.

  6. Sally says:

    Thank you for outlining the books in order. I tried to figure this out from the author’s website, but it was confusing.

  7. Renee says:

    I’ve read all the Ruth Galloway books and I want to know when the next one is coming out. They are interesting books Really like all of the characters!

  8. Sue Wells says:

    Have just finished ‘The Ghostfields’ very good. Do we know when Ellue is producing the next Ruth Galloway story please?

  9. suggest read zig zag girl 50<noir in brighton good read

  10. robert westwood says:

    suggest fans of elly read zig zag girl 50,s noir in brighton good read

  11. paatsilee says:

    I love the way Elly writes and there is no bad language

  12. Janis Rothermel says:

    Definitely read in order. I love this series-the recurring characters, locales, new characters, history snd all else.

  13. dawn khan says:

    I have listened to all six of Elly Griffiths books on Audible. Brilliant. Now im going to listen again as they have spoilled me for anything else. Missing Ruth and the gang.

  14. Jill says:

    I can no longer see to read well but having discovered Elly Griffith’s Ruth Galloway series in audio format I am absolutely thrilled and working my way through them!

  15. Brenda says:

    When is next book about Ruth coming out?

  16. 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.

  17. 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?

    • Kathy says:

      So have I and no luck. Glad I’m not the only one! If the Ghost fields is due out in April what has happened to “The Tower…”?

    • paatsilee says:

      It was retitled dying fall.

    • The Tomb of the Raven King was published as Dying Fall. The publishers didn’t like my title – thought it was too historical/fantasy. Hope you enjoy the book. Elly

      • Jacqueline Young says:

        Thank you for that – My Husband bought me The Ghost fields and from then on I read backwards I have just finished A Room Full of Bones and got nothing done in the housework line as just couldn’t put it down, just about to start Dying Fall and was all confused with the titles etc. So glad that has been explained. Can’t wait to get onto the other series you have written, you are a fabulous writer (on a par with Linwood Barclay, although your language use is much cleaner). Thank you and keep writing.

      • What a shame! I much prefer your original title, “The Tomb of the Raven King”. Having read all of your books with the exception of The Ghost Fields I would just like to say “thank you”, particularly for “A Room Full of Bones” which helped me through a difficult personal time as it was so (darkly) funny. I love the vein of humour that runs through all of Ruths’ adventures. And being a total cat lover she has my vote. In agreement with other comments, it is refreshing to have a heroine who is by no means perfect, not a size 8, not beautiful at all times no matter what, quick to irritate, quirky, solitary, stubborn, although she has no shortage of admirers so must be doing something right! My only regret is that I didn’t read the books in order.

  18. 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

    • Tosia says:

      Griffiths is my favorite writer of all. Love both series. I want to live in her house as well and bed friends with Cathbad. I love that her daughter calls him Daddy sometimes.

  19. 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

  20. 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 .

  21. Beryl says:

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

  22. 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.

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