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Lee's Library

I read to escape and to learn.  I like science fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers and adventure stories. 

Currently reading

Hunting Season
Nevada Barr
The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker, 12 Quilt Projects
Elizabeth Hartman
The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events: A Seth Book
Jane Roberts, Seth (Spirit), Robert F. Butts

The Crossing Places - A Mystery with a Strong Sense of Place

The Crossing Places: A Ruth Galloway Mystery - Elly Griffiths

I was immediately drawn in by the no nonsense writing style.  The female protagonist is an archaeology professor at a small university who specializes in bones.  Her male counterpart is a gruff police detective who finds himself surprisingly intrigued by her after requesting assistance in identifying a skeleton found buried in the local marshes.  As I read, I kept thinking the story must be set at least 20 or 30 years earlier because even with occasional references to cell phones, texting, and Google searches, the characters definitely had old-fashioned sensibilities.

This mystery moves along at a nice pace and there is a strong sense of place featuring the salt marshes on the west coast (Norfolk) of England.  I love it when a book makes me want to visit a place I’m unfamiliar with and the author’s description of the natural landscape in all its raw, isolated glory is quite appealing.  This is the first in a series of books featuring Ruth Galloway's character and I definitely plan to continue reading.