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The Stone Circle

Written by: Elly Griffiths
Narrated by: Jane McDowell
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Dr. Ruth Galloway returns to North Norfolk in her latest chilling adventure. DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters. They are anonymous yet somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of the Crossing Places and to Ruth. 

But the author of those letters is dead. Or are they? 

The past is reaching out for Ruth and Nelson, and its grip is deadly.

©2019 Elly Griffiths (P)2019 Recorded Books

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As always, a great story

I've been listening to the series and have enjoyed all the books. I feel like I know the characters and enjoy the lives and the relationships between all the characters.

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Great story

I did not guess the solution to the mystery in this well crafted story. I have been reading the Ruth Galloway mysteries with great enthusiasm and realizing sadly that I only have a few left in the series. This series has ticked all my boxes and this one was particularly strong with the continuing romance between Ruth and Nelson and the important side characters feeling like old friends.

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  • 2022-04-10

Buy your own obscene phone calls?

Good story, but performance marred by having every phone call sounding like whispers. HATED that! WHoever thought this was a good idea?

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Fantastic Ruth Galloway Mystery

If you like forensic archaeology mixed with a murder or two - this series is for you. It’s easy to listen to and keep track of details, and keeps you listening right until the end. Thank you Elly Griffiths

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Difficult to follow

For me, the mostly flat tone of the narrator made it difficult for me to recognize the different characters. There were a lot of characters that were often interrelated but I never got to know any of them well.

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Audio barely audible

For some reason the production allowed the phone conversation to be so faint as to be impossible to hear. This may have run a good story but the production didn’t allow it to be heard.

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  • Sires
  • 2019-05-09

Mystery Is Intriguing

I almost didn't buy this book. In some of the last books in the Ruth Galloway series the personal drama had almost taken over the story. However this book had a better than decent mystery with some characters that hark back to the earlier books in the series.

Not a spoiler but honestly the drama from the last book in this series ended up as a bit of damp squib. I really liked her early books that concentrated on the archaeology and this one was a nice call back to those books.

The performance was first rate.

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  • Lynne F
  • 2019-05-09

Never disappoints

Once again Elly Griffiths artfully weaves various storylines, with teasing red herrings, to create mysteries within the mystery. No sugar coated characters- everyone has their flaws (as long as they are over 12 years old!). Best of all the main protagonists are all well rounded and very interesting! Archeological discovery and new age thinking wrapped up in a police procedural- delightful!

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  • Norma garcia
  • 2019-05-10

great book

loved it I love all the books in the series can't wait for the next one

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  • wreader
  • 2019-05-24

Great story—bad direction?

Loved the story, but whomever decided that phone calls should be performed in a whisper should be fired. Also some accents really need work. If they don’t sound authentic, let me use my imagination. Can’t wait for the next Ruth story.

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  • Syd
  • 2020-11-07

Too many characters!

Who the hell are all these people and why? Horrible book, too confusing trying to figure out who and why all these characters are being brought into the story. The story gets lost and I’m giving up trying to listen to this drivel!

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  • Gail S.
  • 2022-04-18

Too much like a soap opera

It was hard to keep everyone straight with all the affairs and mismatched children. Could have been a good who done it without all the drama of the characters. Didn’t really care who was guilty of what in the end.

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  • cdo
  • 2019-05-13

Full Circle

Another enjoyable story from Elly Griffiths with all the characters we've come to know so well.
Kate is now seven years old. Ruth and Nelson continue their on and off dance. Kate meets her half sisters, and Judy solves the mystery of "sea horses" helping Nelson finally close a cold case. Ruth meets Eric's son and goes on a misfortunate trip to ancient stones. If you have read other Elly Griffiths mysteries, this one doesn't disappoint

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  • Kenneth C. Thompson
  • 2019-05-10

Highlight of the Series

I really enjoyed this story. I like the ruminations on feminism and gender stereotypes woven into the story. Finally everyone knows Kate is Harry's daughter.

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  • Sue Giannotta
  • 2019-12-20

Poor presentation, repetitious plot elements.

Our narrator has competent, posh voice. Yet removed and as icy as the East Anglia setting. Most objectionable, however, was the fabricated phone sound effect. Boosting the mid-range to try to emulate decades old phone calls was both annoying and difficult to hear. Truly, phones haven't sounded like that since Bell called Watson.
I like Ruth and the anthropology/archaeology settings. So much of this book is given to referring to previous, dragging story lines that just kills the drama. Maybe Ms. Griffiths could publish a version that did not repeat so many old plot points. I rarely return or exchange a book, but this one is going back.

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  • rose
  • 2019-10-09

Good Plot. Main Characters.....Meh

Like the preceding books in the series, the mystery is engrossing. Twists and turns, questions with multiple possible answers. The down side for me was the lack of character development in Ruth and Nelson. Other characters appear to have logically matured and expanded leaving the focus characters, Ruth and Nelson, mired in confused inaction. These are the very ones who suss out the clues, showing intelligence and pragmatic action. I myself let down by the continued responses by both, often resulting in "eye-rolling with exasperated sighs".

Non-the-less this remains Ms Griffith's very enjoyable contribution to the genre. I do recommend it.

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