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Award-Winning Mystery Writer Elly Griffiths Discusses Her New Book “The Chalk Pit”


Tuesday June 27, 2017: 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room


Elly Griffith’s Ruth Galloway novels have been praised as “gripping” (Louise Penny), “highly atmospheric” (New York Times Book Review), and “must-reads for fans of crime fiction” (Associated Press). She is the winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and will visit AADL to discuss her ninth Ruth Galloway mystery, The Chalk Pit.

Elly Griffiths paints Ruth Galloway as brilliant, quirky, and a bit of a loner, but she’s also an incredible and genuine friend and mother. It’s easy to see why readers fall for her again and again—she’s accessible and relatable, the everywoman. There are now nine books written with her helping to solve murder cases that connect the past with the present, science with faith, procedure with humanity. "The Chalk Pit" is no different.

Norwich is riddled with old chalk-mining tunnels, but no one’s sure exactly how many. When Ruth is called in to investigate a set of human remains found in one of them, questions arise about underground societies of the very rich (escaping nuclear war) and the very poor (rejected from society) all over the world. In fact, she’s down there in the first place because an imaginative developer wants to build restaurants and libraries underground. The discovery of human bones delays his project, especially when Ruth notices the bones are almost translucent, a sign they were boiled soon after death. Once more, she finds herself at the helm of a murder investigation.

We’re at a point now in the Ruth Galloway Mystery series where the characters feel like family, the story lines feel like memories of adventures we have taken part in. "The Chalk Pit" is no different, asking challenging questions and offering satisfying resolutions.

This event, cosponsored by Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookstore, includes a book signing. Books will be for sale.