Elly Griffiths was born in London. She worked in publishing for many years. Her bestselling series of Dr Ruth Galloway novels, featuring a forensic archaeologist, are set in Norfolk. The series has won the CWA Dagger in the library, and has been shortlisted three times for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Her Stephens and Mephisto series is based in 1950s Brighton. She lives near Brighton with her husband, an archaeologist, and their two children.
Ruth Galloway is solitary, plum and smart and self-assured, and very, very likeable. * Globe and Mail * Griffiths has that rare ability to write simple and unaffected prose which has a powerful impact, and her work is proof that it is often the lightest of touches which pierces the deepest. * Crime Fiction Lover * Ruth Galloway is one of the most engaging characters in modern crime fiction * Kate Mosse * Griffiths weaves superstition and myth into her crime novels, skilfully treading a line between credulity and modern methods of detection * Sunday Times * Elly Griffiths writes ever-more ingenious detective stories with a powerful sense of place and a varied cast of sympathetic and unusual characters. Her heroine is a winner. * The Times * Crime that doesn't sacrifice good writing and clever characterisation for the sake of the plot -- Sarra Manning * Red magazine * Griffiths has become a dab hand at plotting and cranking up the tension. The murders, and the muddled humanity of the characters, keep us turning the pages * Independent * One of my current favourite crime series . . . a pleasure from start to finish -- Val McDermid