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Elly Griffiths

A pseudonym used by Domenica de Rosa

Elly Griffiths was born in London in 1963. Her first crime novel The Crossing Places is set on the Norfolk coast where she spent holidays as a child and where her aunt still lives. Her interest in archaeology comes from her husband, Andrew, who gave up his city job to retrain as an archaeologist. She lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England, with her husband and two children.

Genres: Mystery, Children's Fiction
New Books
January 2023

The Last Remains
(Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries, book 15)
Edgar Awards Best Novel winner (2020) : The Stranger Diaries

Elly Griffiths recommends
Can Anybody Help Me? (2014)
(DS Claire Boyle, book 1)
Sinéad Crowley
"Believable characters combined with escalating tension make this an edge-of-your-seat read."
Ghost Girl (2014)
(Detective's Daughter, book 2)
Lesley Thomson
"Wonderful, absorbing, intelligent."
Outside Looking In (2016)
(DCI Matilda Darke, book 2)
Michael Wood
"She is the perfect heroine."
Midnight At the Bright Ideas Bookstore (2017)
Matthew Sullivan
"This book ticked all the boxes for me: an engaging heroine, an intriguing premise, interesting characters and a plot that involved books, readers and the very darkest human passions. A fantastic, assured debut."
The Favourite (2017)
S V Berlin
"I don't think I've ever read a more assured or compelling debut. This is beautifully written, sometimes sad, often funny."
A House of Ghosts (2018)
W C Ryan
"A thoroughly enjoyable novel that seemed to combine all my favourite things - history, crime, entertainingly spiky romance and an eerily evocative setting. An absolute treat."
On My Life (2019)
Angela Clarke
"What an amazing, roller-coaster ride and also a searing indictment of the way women are treated in prison. Highly recommended."
Found (2019)
Erin Kinsley
"An unputdownable thriller."
Here To Stay (2019)
Mark Edwards
"I loved Here to Stay, an absolute masterclass on how to build and sustain tension."
The Long Call (2019)
(Detective Matthew Venn, book 1)
Ann Cleeves
"Clever, compassionate and atmospheric, with a great cast of new characters to love. I am already a Matthew Venn fan."
The Split (2020)
Sharon Bolton
"Powerfully atmospheric, unguessably twisty."
The House Share (2020)
Kate Helm
"A truly creepy premise, lots of tangled relationships and a sinister building with its own secrets. I loved it."
Black Widows (2020)
Cate Quinn
"I loved this book. It's both a fascinating glimpse into a hidden world and brilliantly twisty crime novel. Three wives, three motives, three utterly compelling stories."
The Moment Before Impact (2020)
Alison Bruce
"A powerful and absorbing story that stayed with me long after I'd finished reading. A writer at the top of her game."
Pulpit Rock (2020)
(DI Ben Kitto, book 4)
Kate Rhodes
"An absolute master of pace, plotting and character."
Body Language (2020)
(Cassie Raven, book 1)
A K Turner
"A first-rate crime novel. Mortuary assistant Cassie is a terrific character - our guide through a fascinating, darkly humorous and sometimes grisly world. I loved it."
Red Corona (2020)
(Richard Knox, book 1)
Tim Glister
"A clever and complex thriller with truly memorable characters. The 60s setting is brilliantly done."
The Perfect Lie (2021)
Jo Spain
"The Perfect Lie had me completely fooled - such a brilliantly twisted plot that I just couldn't work out. And on top of that Jo Spain is still making us care so much about the characters. I loved this book and it deserves to fly to the top of the charts."
A Narrow Door (2021)
(Malbry, book 4)
Joanne Harris
"A dark and richly enjoyable novel that already feels like a classic."
Five Decembers (2021)
James Kestrel
"What a story! Totally engrossing, beautifully written, sometimes shocking and very moving."
The Hiding Place (2022)
Simon Lelic
"A terrifyingly tense thriller that takes you to the darkest places of the human heart."
Bad for Good (2022)
(DS Jo Howe, book 1)
Graham Bartlett
"Thoroughly absorbing."
Birthday Girl (2022)
Niko Wolf
"Birthday Girl is dark and fiendishly compelling, slowly revealing secret after secret until you're not sure of anything anymore - only that you have to keep reading."
Stay Buried (2022)
Kate Webb
"An intriguing plot and a gloriously atmospheric setting. DI Matt Lockyer is a complicated yet hugely appealing protagonist. I'd love to read more about him!"

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