Elly Griffiths

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Elly Griffiths
BornDomenica de Rosa
(1963-08-17)August 17, 1963
London, United Kingdom
Pen nameElly Griffiths
GenreCrime fiction, Romance, Children's fiction
Notable worksRuth Galloway series, Stephens and Mephisto series
Years active2000s-present

Elly Griffiths is the pen name of Domenica de Rosa[1] (born 17 August 1963, in London),[2] a British crime novelist. She has written two series as Griffiths, one featuring Ruth Galloway, the other featuring Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens and Max Mephisto.

Early life[edit]

After reading English at King's College London, Griffiths worked in publishing for many years.[3]

Writing career[edit]

Griffiths' first series features as a main character forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway, who lives in a remote seaside cottage near King's Lynn in Norfolk and teaches at the University of North Norfolk. This character was inspired by Griffiths' husband, who gave up a city job to train as an archaeologist,[4] and her aunt, "who lives on the Norfolk coast and filled her niece's head with the myths and legends of that area". Griffiths released the first book in this series, The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway, #1), in 2009.[5]

Griffiths' second series, set in 1950s Brighton, focuses on the duo of Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto. Griffiths released the first book in this series, The Zig Zag Girl, in 2014.[6]

In 2017 Griffiths was the Programming Chair for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, part of the Harrogate International Festivals portfolio.[7]

Griffiths won the 2020 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel for The Stranger Diaries.[8] In 2021, The Postscript Murders was shortlisted in the Gold Dagger category at the Crime Writer's Association Awards, with the result to be announced in July 2021.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Griffiths lives near Brighton. She is married, and has two children and a cat.


As Elly Griffiths[edit]

Ruth Galloway series[edit]

  • The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway, No.1). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2009. ISBN 978-0547229898.[10][11]
  • The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway, No.2). Quercus Publishing. 2010. ISBN 978-1849161589.[12][13]
  • The House at Sea's End (Ruth Galloway, No.3). Quercus Publishing. 2010. ISBN 978-1849163675.[14][15]
  • A Room Full of Bones (Ruth Galloway, No.4). Quercus Publishing. 2012. ISBN 978-1849163668.[16]
  • Ruth's First Christmas Tree (Ruth Galloway, #4.5). Quercus Publishing. 2012.[citation needed]
  • Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway, No.5). Quercus Publishing. 2013. ISBN 978-0857388896.[17]
  • The Outcast Dead (Ruth Galloway, No.6). Quercus Publishing. 2014. ISBN 978-0857388902.
  • The Ghost Fields (Ruth Galloway, No.7). Quercus Publishing. 2015. ISBN 978-1848663305.[18]
  • The Woman in Blue (Ruth Galloway, No.8). Quercus Publishing. 2016. ISBN 978-0544417854.
  • The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway, No.9). Quercus Publishing. 2017. ISBN 978-1784296599.[19]
  • The Dark Angel (Ruth Galloway, No.10). Quercus Publishing. 2018. ISBN 978-1784296636.
  • The Stone Circle (Ruth Galloway, No.11). Quercus Publishing. 2019. ISBN 978-1786487308.
  • The Lantern Men (Ruth Galloway, No.12). Quercus Publishing. 2020. ISBN 978-1787477537.
  • The Night Hawks (Ruth Galloway, No.13). Quercus Publishing. 2021. ISBN 978-1787477803.
  • The Locked Room (Ruth Galloway, No.14). Quercus Publishing. 2022. ISBN 978-1529409659.

Stephens and Mephisto Mystery series[edit]

  1. The Zig Zag Girl (2014)
  2. Smoke and Mirrors (2015)
  3. The Blood Card (2016)
  4. The Vanishing Box (2017)
  5. Now You See Them (2019)
  6. The Midnight Hour (2021)

Harbinder Kaur series[edit]

For Children[edit]

  • A Girl Called Justice (2019)
  • The Smugglers' Secret (2020)
  • A Ghost in the Garden (2021)

As Domenica de Rosa[edit]

  • The Eternal City (2005)
  • One Summer in Tuscany (2008)
  • The Italian Quarter (2004)
  • The Secret of Villa Serena (2007)
  • Return to the Italian Quarter (2018)


  1. ^ "Domenica de Rosa - Elly Griffiths". EllyGriffiths.co.uk. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Elly Griffiths". Quercus Books. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  3. ^ Griffiths, Elly (2009). The Crossing Places. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0547229898.
  4. ^ "The Author: Elly Griffiths". Quercus Books. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  5. ^ Griffiths, Elly (2009). The Crossing Places. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0547229898.
  6. ^ "The Author: Elly Griffiths: The Zig Zag Girl". Quercus Books. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  7. ^ Griffiths, Elly (15 June 2017). "An update from Elly". Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2020 winners announced". Books+Publishing. 5 May 2020. Archived from the original on 6 May 2020. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Dagger shortlists announced". Crime Writers Association. 20 May 2021. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  10. ^ Duncan, Kathleen (20 June 2013). "Reading mysteries at a mile high". Victoria Advocate. Victoria, Texas, USA. p. E10. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  11. ^ Lytle, Betty (28 February 2010). "Old bones lead to crime". The Daily Oklahoman. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. p. 10D. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  12. ^ Hoover, Bob. "What ho! Two clever novels from Britain". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. p. B5. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  13. ^ Wiener, Michelle. "Galloway returns in 'The Janus Stone'". The Billings Gazette. Billings, Montana, USA. p. E4. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  14. ^ Daniel, Douglass K. (15 January 2012). "Bony mystery in 'House at Sea's End'". Pensacola News Journal. Pensacola, Florida, USA. p. 4E. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  15. ^ Parker, Cheryl (31 July 2011). "Griffiths delivers a crime story with character". Edmonton Journal. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. p. B9. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  16. ^ Bungert, Helen (19 August 2012). "Griffiths stretches genre with 'Bones'". The Central New Jersey Home News. New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. p. B7. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  17. ^ Ramsey, Terry (8 March 2013). "Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths: Review". The Daily Telegraph.
  18. ^ Whittle, Kate (6 August 2015). "Crime fiction to beat the "True Detective" blues". Missoula Independent. Missoula, Montana. p. 20. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  19. ^ Everhart, Marcie (1 October 2017). "Chalk book confusion up to copious characters". The Daily Oklahoman. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. p. 9D. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  20. ^ "The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths - Books". www.hachette.com.au. Retrieved 24 December 2020.

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