Elly Griffiths was born in London. She worked in publishing for many years. Her bestselling series of Ruth Galloway novels, featuring a forensic archaeologist, are set in Norfolk, and have three times been shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and twice for the CWA Dagger in the Library. Her new series is based in 1950s Brighton. She lives near Brighton with her husband, an archaeologist, and their two children.
An excellent whodunnit, matched by the terrific down-at-heel atmosphere of postwar Brighton - The TimesGriffiths evokes with some skill the seedy allure of the provincial theatre and the drabness of a Britain that is still rationed - Sunday TimesMixes cosiness and sharpness in a way that recalls the best of Agatha Christie and has a feel for showfolk worthy of Ngaio Marsh - Sunday ExpressOriginal, lively and gripping - Independent (on The Zig Zag Girl)Enormously engaging ... Post-war Brighton and its Theatre Royal are beautifully captured in all their seedy glory ... subtle, charming and very good - Daily Mail (on The Zig Zag Girl)