"In Elly Griffiths's second novel starring Ruth Galloway, the
forensic anthropologist, now expecting a child, undertakes a battle
of wits with a deadly nemesis . . . Her inner strength as she
battles social stigma and the hormonal fluctuations of pregnancy
wonderfully complement the starkly wild Norfolk coast of England
where Griffiths's novels are set."--"USA Today"
It's only been a few months since forensic archeologist Ruth
Galloway found herself entangled in a missing-child case, barely
escaping with her life. But when constructions workers demolishing
a large old mansion to make way for a new development uncover the
bones of a child beneath a doorway--minus its skull--Ruth is once
again called upon to investigate. Is it a Roman-era ritual
sacrifice, or is the killer closer at hand?
When carbon dating proves that the child's bones predate the home
and relate to a time when the house was privately owned, Ruth is
drawn more deeply into the case. But as spring turns into summer,
it becomes clear that someone is trying very hard to put her off
the trail by frightening her, and her unborn child, half to
"Delightfully twisted . . . Griffiths is a talented writer and,
like its predecessor "The Crossing Places," "The Janus Stone"
exhibits her skill at character development and her ability to
create a chilling and entirely believable story"--"Richmond
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