"Elly Griffiths is the pen name of Domenica de Rosa (born 17 August 1963, in London), a British crime novelist. She has written two series as Griffiths to date, one featuring Ruth Galloway, the other featuring Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens and Max Mephisto. After reading English at King's College London, Griffiths worked in publishing for many years.
Ruth's old friend Dan Golding thinks he has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever - but he needs Ruth's help. Then, Dan is killed in a fire, leaving Ruth with one clue: the tomb of the Raven King. DCI Nelson is also rediscovering the past. He meets his friend Sandy Macleod, now at Blackpool CID, who tells him there are mysterious circumstances surrounding Dan's death. A Neo-Nazi group at Dan's University has been making threats and could be involved. Many of Dan's colleagues seem fearful and have secrets to hide. Ruth is drawn into the mystery, and where she goes, so does her daughter, Kate. This time, it's not just Ruth's life at risk.
Once again, Griffiths does a great job of drawing us in to the chaotic, fractured world of Ruth Galloway, her unconventional, loveable heroine * CurledUp * All will enjoy Ruth's largely self-aware sardonic perspective on life, death, and relationships. * Publishers Weekly * Ruth Galloway is one of the most interesting new characters on the crime fiction scene * Good Book Guide * An admirably gutsy heroine * The Times * Griffiths weaves superstition and myth into her crime novels, skilfully treading a line between credulity and modern methods of detection * Sunday Times * A memorable, breathless race against time...One of the most cinematic finales in recent British crime novels * Daily Telegraph *