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The Locked Room

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529409659

Price: £20

ON SALE: 3rd February 2022

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson are on the hunt for a murderer when Covid rears its ugly head. But can they find the killer despite lockdown?



Ruth is in London clearing out her mother’s belongings when she makes a surprising discovery: a photograph of her Norfolk cottage taken before Ruth lived there. Her mother always hated the cottage, so why does she have a picture of the place? The only clue is written on the back of the photo: Dawn, 1963.

Ruth returns to Norfolk determined to solve the mystery, but then Covid rears its ugly head. Ruth and her daughter are locked down in their cottage, attempting to continue with work and home-schooling. Happily, the house next door is rented by a nice woman called Zoe, who they become friendly with while standing on their doorsteps clapping for carers.

Nelson, meanwhile, is investigating a series of deaths of women that may or may not be suicide. When he links the deaths to an archaeological discovery, he breaks curfew to visit the cottage where he finds Ruth chatting to her neighbour whom he remembers as a carer who was once tried for murdering her employer.

Only then her name wasn’t Zoe. It was Dawn.


Griffiths' Ruth Galloway series combines imaginative plotting, cleverly located in deepest Norfolk, with the everyday dramas of her case of regular characters . . . This is Griffiths on top form
Mail on Sunday
A classic English mystery from one of the leading authors in the field, charming from start to finish
Irish Independent
Fans of gripping, clever thrillers will love this book
Brilliantly plotted with complex mysteries to keep you turning the pages, there is also an intriguing cliff-hanger
Promoting Crime Fiction
A mystery treat
Peterborough Telegraph
A terrific story that allows Galloway and Nelson to get closer than they have been for years
The Times, Best New Crime Fiction
A sheer reading pleasure
Crime Fiction Lover
Where other Covid-themed mysteries have felt uninspired, this entry in Elly Griffiths' brilliant Ruth Galloway series is an intelligent and gripping recreation of those first weeks of lockdown in 2020
Daily Express
Lockdown provides a brilliant opportunity for Griffiths, bringing fresh drama into her characters' lives and she makes the most of it
Sunday Times
Brilliant, as ever
I love this series. I've fallen in love with the characters ... and with the wild, eerie Norfolk setting
Lucy Foley