The Outcast Dead by Elly  Griffiths
(Quercus, 2014)

The Outcast Dead

by Elly Griffiths

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway has excavated a body from the grounds of Norwich Castle, a forbidding edifice that was once a prison.

She believes the body may be that of infamous Victorian murderess Jemima Green. Called Mother Hook for her claw-like hand, Jemima was hanged in 1867 for the murder of five children in her care.

DCI Harry Nelson has no time for long-dead killers. Immersed in the case of three infants found dead, one after the other, in their King’s Lynn home, he’s convinced that a family member is responsible, though others on his team think differently.

Then a child goes missing. Could the abduction be linked to the long-dead Mother Hook? Ruth is pulled into the case, and back towards Nelson.

Reviews

A compassionate novel that raises questions about parental love and guilt.”
- The Sunday Times
If forensics, history, detectives, romance and some psychologically impaired individuals are your bag, this novel delivers them all ... The twist at the end will have you in a spin.”
- The Sun
Told with a deepening sense of unease, seasoned with a touch of the occult, it is no surprise that BBC television are developing it as a series.”
- The Daily Mail