Fans of detective mystery books will fall in love with Elly Griffiths’ books. To help you figure out what to read, here’s a complete list of the Elly Griffiths books in order.
To date, Elly Griffiths has written 28 full novels, one novella, and a forthcoming book, The Locked Room, set to release in 2022.
Read about Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson and Ruth Galloway as they investigate a series of murders in Norfolk. As you continue reading through this detective novel series, you will learn about all the secrets and mysteries that lie beneath the surface in rural England.
With each new installment in this suspenseful mystery drama, more clues are revealed, and more questions arise, leaving readers eager for the next book!
Who is Elly Griffths?
Elly Griffiths is the pen name for Domenica de Rosa. She wrote four novels under that name, though they are out of print these days. You can learn more about them on her website.
She was born in London and moved to Brighton when she was five years old. Her book series, the Brighton Mysteries, are based upon the town where she grew up.
#1 Elly Griffiths Books in Order by Series
Reading the Elly Griffiths books in order by series is really the only way to go. Pick whichever you like to start and power through to the end. We recommend beginning with Ruth Galloway and then moving on to the Brighton Mysteries.
- The Crossing Places
- The Janus Stone
- The House at Sea’s End
- A Room Full of Bones
- Ruth’s First Christmas Tree
- A Dying Fall
- The Outcast Dead
- The Ghost Fields
- The Woman in Blue
- The Chalk Pit
- The Dark Angel
- The Stone Circle
- The Lantern Men
- The Night Hawks
- The Locked Room (Expected: June 28, 2022)
The Brighton Mysteries
Justice Jones (Middle Grade)
Published as Domenica de Rosa
#2 Elly Griffiths Books In Order Of Publication
This list of Elly Griffiths books in order according to publication date is only meant to show you an overview of your publishing history. While you could read the books in this order, it would be very confusing to do so.
As you can see below, Elly Griffiths is a prolific writer, often publishing 2-3 books a year across several different series.
- The Italian Quarter (2004)
- The Eternal City (2005)
- Villa Serena (2007)
- Summer School (2008)
- The Crossing Places (2009)
- The Janus Stone (2010)
- The House at Sea’s End (Jan 2012)
- A Room Full of Bones (July 2012)
- Ruth’s First Christmas Tree (Dec 2012)
- A Dying Fall (2013)
- The Outcast Dead (2014)
- The Ghost Fields (May 2015)
- The Zig Zag Girl (Sept 2015)
- The Woman in Blue (May 2016)
- Smoke and Mirrors (Oct 2016)
- The Chalk Pit (May 2017)
- The Blood Card (Sept 2017)
- The Dark Angel (May 2018)
- The Vanishing Box (Oct 2018)
- The Stranger Diaries (Mar 2019)
- A Girl Called Justice (May 2019)
- The Stone Circle (May 2019)
- Now You See Them (Dec 2019)
- The Smugglers’ Secret (May 2020)
- The Lantern Men (July 2020)
- The Postscript Murders (March 2021)
- A Ghost in the Garden (May 2021)
- The Night Hawks (June 2021)
- The Midnight Hour (Dec 2021)
- The Locked Room (Expected: June 28, 2022)
- Bleeding Heart Yard (Expected: November 15, 2022)
Summary Of Ruth Galloway Books In Order
Now that we’ve provided a full list of all the Elly Griffiths books in order, let’s focus in on her most popular series. Ruth Galloway is by far the character that Elly Griffiths is most known for. It’s also her longest running series with a total of 14 books and 1 novella.
Here’s a brief summary of each of the books.
The Crossing Places
Ruth Galloway, a quirky and tart-tongued archaeologist, lives alone in Saltmarsh, near Norfolk. She isn’t interested in digging up bones or other old objects. Instead, it was a land that was sacred to the Iron Age inhabitants.
Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson calls Galloway when bones from a child are discovered on a deserted beach near him. Nelson believes he has located the remains of Lucy Downey, who disappeared ten years ago. Nelson has received bizarre letters from her about her disappearance, including letters that reference ritual and sacrifice.
Although the bones are two thousand years old, Ruth is quickly drawn to the Lucy Downey case. She also finds herself in the mind of the letter-writer, who appears to have both archaeological knowledge and strange psychic abilities. Another child is reported missing, and the hunt begins to find her. Ruth is suddenly in a new place, in grave danger. The Crossing Places is the start of a new series about crime featuring an irresistible heroine.
The Janus Stone
Ruth Galloway is summoned to investigate the demolition of an old Norwich house to make way for housing developments. She discovers the bones and skull of a child under a doorway. It is ritual sacrifice or plain murder. Harry Nelson, DCI, would love to know the truth fast.
The house was once a children’s home. Nelson traced the Catholic priest who ran the home. Father Hennessey informs Nelson that the home had lost two children forty years ago – one boy and one girl.
They were never found.
Ruth becomes more interested in the case after carbon dating shows that the child’s bones predate the house and are related to a time when it was privately owned. As spring turns to summer, it becomes obvious that someone is trying to scare her into submission.
The House at Sea’s End
Ruth Galloway just returned from maternity and is trying to balance work and motherhood. A team from the University of North Norfolk discovers six bodies at the foot of the Cliff. She immediately takes the case.
Ruth is assisting DCI Nelson in her investigation, but she finds it more trouble than helpful – Nelson is the father to Kate. She is professional, however, and focuses on the case. Forensic testing has shown that the bodies were taken from Southern Europe and killed 60 years ago.
Police investigations uncover records about Project Lucifer, which was a wartime plan to stop the German invasion. As they discover more information, it becomes more difficult to find an explanation. Finally, Ruth and Nelson discover that someone is still living after the death of a German reporter. This is to protect the secrets of Broughton Sea’s End’s war years. Will they be able to uncover the truth in time?
A Room Full of Bones
It’s Halloween night, and King’s Lynn’s local museum is getting ready for an unusual event: the opening of a coffin that contains the bones of a medieval Bishop.
Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise and finds the museum’s curator dead next to the coffin. As Nelson is summoned to investigate, it is only a matter of time before they cross paths again. Soon, the museum’s wealthy owner is also found dead in his stables. Nelson doubts that these deaths are due to natural causes.
Events take a sinister turn when threatening letters are revealed. As Ruth’s friends get involved, what will be Ruth’s loyalties? Nelson and Ruth must prove their convictions and discover the secrets of The Dreaming, Aboriginal skulls, and drug smuggling.
Ruth’s First Christmas Tree
Three days before Christmas, a bitter wind blows across Norfolk. Ruth Galloway, a forensic archaeologist, didn’t celebrate Christmas until her daughter was born. But now, Kate is one year old; she wants it special. She will need to decorate the tree, get food for the family, clean the house and buy gifts for her boyfriend, who she doesn’t know at all. The best-laid plans may not always work, and time is often a factor.
A Dying Fall
Ruth Galloway, a Forensic Archeologist, investigates the murder of a former university friend and archeologist.
The Outcast Dead
Each year, the Outcast Dead service is held in Norwich to remember the dead bodies of paupers. Ruth Galloway (forensic archaeologist) is particularly interested in this year’s proceedings. She recently discovered Mother Hook, a notorious mother hanged at Norwich Castle in 1867 for multiple child murders.
Ruth will be appearing in a television special with Dr. Frank Barker, an alluring historian. Nearby, DCI Harry Nelson investigates the murder of three children in their home after another child is taken kidnapped. The Childminder is a kidnapper who claims responsibility for the deaths. The stakes are higher after a child who is close to all of them disappears.
The Ghost Fields
DCI Harry Nelson calls Ruth Galloway to investigate the body discovered inside a buried fighter jet. She quickly discovers that it couldn’t be the pilot. The DNA test identifies the man as Fred Blackstock. This is a local aristocrat who was reported to have died at sea.
A TV company wants to make a movie about Norfolk’s abandoned air force bases, known as Ghost Fields. This film will focus on the pig farm that has been converted by one of the Blackstock younger brothers. The farm is then found with human bones. A second Blackstock is attacked as the worst storm Norfolk has ever seen in decades. Will the team be able to overcome the growing flood and find the killer?
The Woman in Blue
Little Walsingham, a medieval town in England, is known for its religious apparitions. Ruth Galloway’s friend Cathbad, a druid, sees a woman wearing a white dress and dark blue cloak alone in the local cemetery. He interprets it as a vision from the Virgin Mary.
The next day, Ruth’s friend Hilary, an Anglican priest, receives a series of hateful and threatening letters. Could these crimes be related? One of Hilary’s female priests is killed just before Little Walsingham’s annual Good Friday Passion Play. Ruth, Cathbad, and DCI Harry Nelson have to work together to catch the killer before he strikes again.
The Chalk Pit
DS Judy Johnson is currently investigating the disappearance of a local rough sleeper. Rumors that she has gone ‘underground” are all that remains of her. Although this might be a figure of speech, Ruth and the police learned from the bones that there is a network of chalk-mining tunnels beneath Norwich where a large community of rough sleepers. Martin Kellerman, a local academic, knows a lot about the tunnels’ history. But can his claims of ritual killing and cannibalism be true?
Tensions increase as the temperatures rise. The police are being attacked, and a local woman is reported missing. Ruth and Nelson must uncover the dark secrets of The Underground before another victim is taken.
The Dark Angel
It’s not every day that you are called to the Italian countryside for business. So when Angelo Morelli, an archaeologist, asks Ruth Galloway for her help in identifying bones found in Fontana Liri’s picturesque Fontana Liri, Galloway jumps at the opportunity to go and brings her daughter along on a working vacation. She hears murmurs from Fontana Liri’s resistance movement during World War II and feels that the townspeople are hiding a deep-rooted secret. How could this be connected to the ancient remains she has been studying?
Just as Ruth is getting to grips with the dig, DCI Nelson suddenly appears. Their holidays are turned upside-down when Ruth’s discoveries lead to a modern murder. They race to discover what dark forces lurk in this seemingly tranquil town.
The Stone Circle
DCI Nelson has been receiving threats letters. These letters are anonymous but resemble the ones Nelson has received previously from the same person. Ruth also receives a note claiming to be from the very same person, her former mentor, and the reason why she started working with Nelson. The author of these letters is dead, however. Is he alive?
The Lantern Men
Everything has changed in the life of Dr. Ruth Galloway. She is now a partner, has a new home, and has taken over the role of North Norfolk’s resident forensic archaeologist. This is until Ivor March; a convicted murderer, offers DCI Nelson a deal. Nelson knew that March had killed more women than the charges against him. March confirms his suspicions and offers to show Nelson the rest of the bodies – but only if Ruth does the digging.
Ruth is curious but cautious and agrees. March informs Ruth that he has killed four more women. Their bodies were buried near the village bordering the Fens. The Lantern Men haunted the area, mysterious, glowing figures that lured people to their deaths. Ivor March is a lantern man who lures Ruth back to Norfolk. But is he trying to lure Ruth back to Norfolk? Are the killings over?
The Night Hawks
Ruth returns to the University of North Norfolk as the head of archaeology. A group of local metal detectorists, the so-called Night Hawks, uncover Bronze Age artifacts along with a recently dead body washed ashore. The same detectorists discover a murder-suicide.
A scientist and his wife were found dead at their farmhouse by the Night Hawks, who had long suspected that the Black Shuck was haunting them. This humongous black dog is a precursor for death. As DCI Nelson investigates both cases more closely, they come closer to David Brown, Ruth’s new lecturer, who always appears to be there wherever Ruth goes.
The Locked Room
Book 14 of the Dr. Ruth Galloway Mysteries Series. Ruth is cleaning out her mother’s possessions in London when she discovers a photo of her Norfolk cottage taken before Ruth lived there. Why does Ruth have a photograph of her cottage? Her mother hated it, so she has no idea why. Dawn, 1963 is the only clue. Ruth returns to Norfolk, determined and determined to solve the mystery.
But then Covid appears. Ruth and her daughter are locked in their cottage and unable to go about their work or homeschooling. The house next to them is rented by Zoe, a lovely woman who makes friends with Ruth and her daughter while they stand on their doorsteps asking for help.
Nelson is currently investigating a series of deaths that could or might not be suicides. He links the deaths to an archeological discovery and breaks curfew to visit the cottage. There, Ruth is chatting with her neighbor, who he recalls being a carer who was once accused of murdering her employer.
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