A Room Full of Bones

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Now in paperback, the highly acclaimed fourth book in the bone-chilling series by Elly Griffiths.

Set in Norfolk, England, A Room Full of Bones embroils, once again, brainy Ruth Galloway, in a crime tinged by occult forces. On Halloween night, the Smith Museum in King's Lynn is preparing for an unusual event -- the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when forensic archaelogist Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the curator, Neil Topham, dead beside the coffin. Topham's death seems to be related to other uncanny incidents, including the arcane tactics of a group called the Elginists, which aims to repatriate the museum's extensive collection of Aborigine skulls; the untimely demise of the museum's owner, Lord Smith; and the sudden, dangerous illness of DCI Harry Nelson, who Ruth's friend Cathbad believes is lost in The Dreaming -- a hallucinogenic state central to some Indigenous Australian beliefs. Something must be done to set matters right and lift Nelson out of the clutches of death, but will Ruth be able to muster herself out of a state of guilt and foreboding in order to solve the mystery in time?


Doctor Ruth Galloway, Head of Forensic Archaeology at the University of North Norfolk, is not thinking about coffins or journalists or even about whether she will encounter DCI Harry Nelson at the Smith Museum.
Instead, she is racing through the King’s Lynn branch of Somerfield wondering whether...
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 • "Those who haven't discovered the excellent series featuring forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway can start here, but they'll want the earlier three novels to uncover the interesting history of Prof. Galloway and Detective Inspector Harry Nelson.... This is a skillful and engaging mystery...." -- Globe and Mail
 • "Like its predecessors, this is a wonderfully rich mixture of ancient and contemporary, superstition and rationality, with a cast of druids, dreamers and assorted tree-huggers as well as some thoroughly modern villains: a welcome addition to a great series." -- The Guardian