Title: A Room Full of Bones
Author: Elly Griffiths
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genre: Crime Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway has adjusted to life as a single mother, and is quite content, despite the fact that she now has no contact with the child’s father, DCI Harry Nelson. But the two must reunite to find a killer when the curator of a museum is found dead. Ruth must rely on all her wits to figire out what is really going on.
A Room Full of Bones is the fourth Ruth Galloway mystery, and it definitely lives up to the promise of the first three. This book is a little different, however. Ruth is called in initially to look at a skeleton that the museum is unveiling, a ceremony which is called off after the curator is discovered dead. After this happens, Ruth takes a backseat in the story. Though she’s very involved personally, the police department takes over the professional case. Fans of Ruth’s might be disappointed that there isn’t as much forensics in this book as in previous novels.
Like the books that came before it, in A Room Full of Bones, Griffiths takes advantage of the large and colorful cast of characters that she’s developed over the course of these novels. It’s always fun to revisit with these characters just because they are so different and unique. The mystery is engaging and makes the book pass quickly, though those who have read many mystery novels will likely figure out the outcome. It’s Ruth’s personal story and the further development (or lack thereof) of her relationship with Nelson that really keep the book going.
One thing that Griffiths excels at is teaching the reader something while simultaneously entertaining them, and A Room Full of Bones is no exception. Ruth is introduced to the culture and spiritual beliefs of the indigenous peoples of Australia through the murder. Griffiths treats them with respect while shining light on them for the reader. It’s incredibly interesting, and allows the reader to learn about a different culture.
If you enjoy crime fiction or archaeology, Elly Griffiths’ series should be near the top of your list. These books are interesting and informative, and Griffiths does an excellent job creating characters that fall outside of stereotypes. If you’re looking for a quick, engaging read, A Room Full of Bones is definitely a book you should consider.