Elly Griffiths was born in London. She worked in publishing before becoming a full-time writer. 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 Brighton-based mystery series is set in the 1950s and 1960s. She lives near Brighton with her husband, an archaeologist, and their two grown children.
Elly Griffiths writes with a sharp, smart eye and great eleganceGreat on character and suspenseRuth Galloway is one of the most engaging characters in modern crime fictionDelightful . . . combines professional expertise with a wry sense of humour - Sunday TimesGriffiths supplies proof that thrillers can increase the pulse rate while tackling more serious issues - Guardian