The Janus Stone – the second Ruth Galloway mystery

the two-faced god Janus

“Janus…the god of beginnings and endings.  January is named after him…”

Elly Griffiths starts the year appropriately with The Janus Stone, the second in the series of her Ruth Galloway mysteries.

Galloway, the British forensic archeologist, once again pursues a case full of ancient references, historical digs, and crazed murderers.  Griffiths is careful to fill in the back-story, if you haven’t read The Crossing Places, the first book that sets the scene in the gloomy Saltmarsh on the Norfolk coast of England.

In The Janus Stone, our heroine is forty, unmarried, and pregnant.  I found myself

more enthralled with the soap opera than the crime solving, this time.  Eventually, the action speeds up to name the unlikely murderer, but Griffith cleverly leaves the private lives hanging for the next installment – The House at Sea’s End –  due to be published this month.

If you haven’t read the first one, here is the review on The Crossing Places