• The Locked Room

  • Ruth Galloway Mysteries
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (434 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Pandemic lockdowns have Ruth Galloway feeling isolated from everyone but a new neighbor—until Nelson comes calling, investigating a decades-long string of murder-suicides that's looming ever closer.

Three years after her late mother's death, Ruth is finally sorting through her things when she finds a curious relic: a decades-old photograph of Jean's Norfolk cottage with a peculiar inscription. Ruth returns to the cottage to uncover its meaning as Norfolk's first cases of COVID-19 make headlines, leaving her and Kate to shelter in place there. They struggle to stave off isolation by clapping for frontline workers each evening and befriending a kind neighbor, Zoe, from a distance. But when Nelson breaks quarantine to rush to Ruth's cottage and enlist her help in investigating a series of murder-suicides he has connected to an archeological discovery, he finds Zoe is hardly who she says she is. The further Nelson investigates these deaths, the closer they lead him to Ruth's friendly neighbor—until Ruth, Zoe, and Kate all go missing, and Nelson is left scrambling to find them before it's too late.

©2022 Elly Griffiths (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great timely addition

Great addition to series with a sensitivity to a post covid society. Seriously wondering what Michelle wants to talk about!

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Another great Ruth Galloway book

It’s a delight to have a new Ruth Galloway book, and this one did not disappoint. Familiar friends, interesting new characters and a story both creepy and compelling. The UK early pandemic setting felt very authentic, taking me back to the early days without being heavy handed or moralizing. I couldn’t put it down, and now I’m sad that it’s over!

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One of My Favourite Authors

Elly Griffiths is one of my best listens, always! I totally enjoy the characters, the story and for sure the performance! I look forward to the next one even before I finish the one I am reading.... I have to admit though that I think it is dirty pool to end it the way she did - now what do all of us do for a year?!!! Can't wait!

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Another win for this series!

I loved the newest addition to the Ruth Galloway series. The mystery,the characters and the plot twists all work together to make a suspenseful read.

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Druids & Pandemics

A timely story of the pandemic & of human relationships, with a little magic thrown in.

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Great addition to the Ruth G books

Love her books. Love the characters and continuity from the previous books. Plots imaginative. Really enjoy her books and looking forward to the next one.

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Heavy on charactor development, light on mystery.

I think a big part of the reason I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the previous ones in the series is that I'm just not ready to be reliving the Corona pandemic.

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What a wonderful book!

This may be my favorite of Elly Griffiths’ books. The plot was intriguing. Set during the onset of Covid in England, there may be some readers who don’t want to be reminded of those early days in 2020, when we thought the virus would be over soon. I, however, really appreciate how Elly wove the virus into the story. Today I wore a mask to the grocery store for the first time in a few months- the latest variant has the CDC and my county health department recommending them again. The “bad guy” was a surprise, the several false leads and the new character were good. I look forward to the next book, when Michelle continues her “Harry, we have to talk” conversation! Read this book!

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Horrible and disappointing from a loyal fan!

And who thought it was a good idea to make us all lives in the beginning of Covid again! That alone was kind of thoughtless! Without that however the story was still bad it went on and on and took for ever! It was easy to figure out who the bad person was and is dragging out of the relationship between Ruth and Nelson is a naturally slow. Perhaps he also thinks she can keep making a little cliffhangers to get more people to buy the next book. This was so bad I’m done with the series don’t waste your money!

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Excellent

Loved the plot, the characters, and the narration. Reliving the experience of fear and lockdown during the Covid pandemic made me take a deep breath. I've loved Ruth Galloway from the beginning, and it's been wonderful watching little Kate growing up. A new character makes things more interesting than ever! Thank you, Elly Griffiths and Jane McDowell!

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