The House at Sea's End
I was intrigued by the title, The House at Sea’s End, and hooked immediately upon reading the first pages. My interest never wavered; in fact, it prompted me to read the previous books in the Ruth Galloway Mystery series: The Crossing Places and The Janus Stone.
The main character, Ruth Galloway, is a forensic archaeologist. She is a professor at the local university and is the Head of the Forensic Archaeology department. Often called upon to assist the police department, Ruth uses her expertise with carbon dating and ancient civilizations to solve crimes, some new, and some very old.
Although Broughton Sea’s End is a fictional place, the author, Elly Griffiths, creates a fascinating tale enhanced with vivid imagery highlighting the unique setting of the Norfolk coast. The characters are independent and sometimes quirky. They use just enough distinctly British terms and phrases to make the story interesting without making it cumbersome.
In The House at Sea’s End, a bit of World War II, that is, the threat of enemy invasion and how the local watch brigade dealt with it, comes into play. Six skeletal remains have been found in the eroding cliff side. Further investigation reveals a possible connection to a local war-era organization whose surviving members are being murdered as the mystery unfolds.
I recommend this book and the entire series; but I think The House at Sea’s End has been the best. A new addition to the series, A Room Full of Bones, has just been released this month and I cannot wait to read it.