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Ruth's First Christmas Tree

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60 página
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Publicado:
Dec 11, 2012
ISBN:
9780544147775
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A spirited stocking stuffer for fans craving a taste of Ruth Galloway in their holiday season. It is three days before Christmas and a bitter wind is blowing across Norfolk. 
 Until her daughter was born, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway didn’t do Christmas, but now that Kate is a year old, she wants it to be special.
 She must get a tree, shop for food, clean the house, buy presents, including one for her new boyfriend—who she isn’t even sure is her boyfriend—and remember to get the turkey out of the freezer.
 But time is rushing by and the best-laid plans don’t always work out …
Publicado:
Dec 11, 2012
ISBN:
9780544147775
Formato:
Libro

Sobre el autor

ELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Brighton mystery series and the stand-alone novels The Stranger Diaries and The Postscript Murders. She is a recipient of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. She lives in Brighton, England.

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Ruth’s First Christmas Tree

Sample Chapter from A DYING FALL

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Sample Chapter from THE STRANGER DIARIES

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Copyright © 2012 Elly Griffiths

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Author photograph © Sara Reeve

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Ruth’s First Christmas Tree

22 December

‘THE SPIRITS ARE STRONG in this one,’ says the man in the white robe and gumboots. ‘The goddess of the forest has breathed on him.’

Ruth is not unduly disconcerted by this description. After all, it was her friend Cathbad – lab assistant and part-time druid – who recommended this Christmas tree seller to her. The empty parking lot between two warehouses has been transformed into an enchanted forest with fairy lights strung in the branches of the trees and ambient music twinkling from speakers concealed in their foliage. The seller, a young man with dreadlocks and an earnest expression, introduces himself as Leaf. His girlfriend, sitting on the steps of a caravan parked at the entrance of the site, volunteers that her name is Raindrop.

Snowdrop would be more appropriate, thinks Ruth. It’s three days before Christmas and a bitter wind is blowing across Norfolk, direct from Siberia according to the locals, bringing with it the first flakes of snow. Ruth shivers in her anorak and hopes that the snow won’t settle before she has to collect her daughter, Kate, from the childminder. These days she tends to view everything through the filter of her concern for her daughter. War in Afghanistan? Hope it doesn’t affect traffic on the A148. Tsunami in Japan? Hope those rising water levels don’t affect King’s Lynn. She doesn’t like this trait in herself – she used to be interested and concerned about world events for their own sake – but she accepts it as one of the less attractive side-effects of motherhood.

‘All our trees are grown in sustainable forests,’ says Leaf. ‘Raindrop and I talk to them every day. They’re our friends.’ He adds, rather more briskly, ‘That one’s twenty-five quid.’

Ruth looks at the tree. She can’t really see anything special about it – it’s green and pointy and spiky, that’s about it. She needs a tree. She has promised herself that she will make this the perfect Christmas for Kate. It’s Kate’s second Christmas. She didn’t really register the first one, being only a month old at the time, but now she can recognize Santa Claus at a hundred paces and yesterday said ‘present’, very loudly and clearly. So she is on her way to becoming a typical product of the consumerist society. Well done, Ruth. A triumph for modern parenting.

But this Christmas it won’t just be Ruth and Kate, because Ruth has also invited Max, her . . . What is Max? Her boyfriend? Surely it’s ridiculous to have a boyfriend at forty-one? Her partner? Sounds too official for a relationship that has, so far, encompassed two weekends and an Aborigine repatriation ceremony. Anyway, she doesn’t need a partner. She has Kate and her beloved cat, Flint. She has her job as a forensic archaeologist, her friends and a somewhat stressful relationship with Kate’s father, DCI Harry Nelson. She’s happy as she is. But why then is she going to so much trouble to do all the Christmassy things when usually her only concession to the festive season is watching the Doctor Who special with a glass of white? This year she has put up her cards, bought an Advent calendar and even arranged holly behind her picture frames. She has also bought a turkey (M & S,

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  • (4/5)
    This is a cute short story that fans of the Ruth Galloway series will undoubtedly enjoy. It includes many of our favorite characters and it's always fun to see Ruth trying to cope with her dual jobs of new mother and forensic archaeologist.

    It was available as a free Kindle download from Amazon.
  • (4/5)
    This was a very enjoyable short story by Elly Griffiths which is from the Ruth Galloway Mystery series. It tells about Ruth Galloway's first Christmas Tree as a single mom with her 1 year daughter, Kate. A perfect read for this holiday season.
  • (4/5)
    I’d just read this series 4th novel. This Kindle short story is number 4-1/2 in the series and was free to download so I decided to read it in its proper order.From the story description I had expected a pleasant diversion and it is, but there is a just a tad of not quite scary mystery included, and it feels as though there are some crucial relationship updates information too. I’m wondering why it wasn’t an extra chapter in book 4 or book maybe 5. Perhaps there is a gap in time between these events and book 5? Not much between book 4 and this story though.The story has a lot of humor and I got to visit more with characters I now greatly care for. And it has a lovely, sweet, amusing, and smart ending. There are still a few small unsolved mysteries brought up by this short story but I expect to find out answers to them in book 5.I’m not always a huge short story fan, especially when they’re extra material in-between novels but I’m glad I read this. I guess it would be a good thing to read around Christmas but I think it’s even better to read it between books 4 and 5, no matter what the time of year.