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Love Story, With Murders: Fiona Griffiths Crime Thriller Series Book 2 Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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Length: 449 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"Vividly depicted, atmospheric and very enjoyable." (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS)

A cracking read that is both fresh and compelling. (RED HANDED)

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Death will bring them together . . .
The new DC Fiona Griffiths novel from the author of TALKING TO THE DEAD. 'A new crime talent to treasure' DAILY MAIL


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1183 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (20 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CM9CJWY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,938 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I came new to Fiona Griffiths, though I have now ordered the first book in the series, and I loved her and the novel.
The Welsh setting, Cardiff and surrounding areas, makes an interesting change, the story is interesting, fairly gory, and shows the frustrations as well as the successes of police work, especially where politics and big business are concerned. Body parts are found in several home freezers and a more recent corpse is spread over a wide area - can the cases be connected?
It is no spoiler to say that yes, of course they can, but the main joy for me in this book is Fiona Griffiths herself. A detective constable who does her own thing, she neither resents her male colleagues, except individually, nor accepts their superiority or tries feminine wiles on them, which tend to make some police women in fiction a bore. She has a boy friend, another police officer, but she has personal problems which make commitment hard. An unexplained abandonment as a small child led to adoption by a noted but uncatchable criminal, and mental problems in adolescence and later make you wonder how she got into the police in the first place (no doubt the first book will sort that out). Using her own intelligence and computer skills she goes her own way and this leads her into trouble, but she is not fazed. She's a truly quirky, original character who rather leaves the rest of the cast in the shade, but DI Rhiannon is also quirky, the boy friend is reasonably steadfast and the whole book was a pleasure to read.
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Just how many problems can one gal have? Fiona Griffiths seems to have more that her share. First there is the question of her identity. As a child, she was abandoned in a car owned by a dangerously competent small time criminal named Tom Griffiths who, with his wife, adopted Fiona as their own. Tom is the "father" whose shady operations and questionable lifestyle have create several problems for Fiona on both a personal level and in her approach to her job as a Detective Constable in Cardiff, South Wales. Next, there is Fi's Cotard's Syndrome, a mental condition that left her institutionalized through many of her teen years and even now her skewed thought processes plague her ability to relate to others in a normal fashion. Her female boss, nicknamed the Ice Queen, is a hard and demanding taskmaster who continually holds Fi's feet to the fire, and her understand boyfriend happens to be a co-worker so they are forced to keep their relationship on the `down low". Now, to add to her already complicated life, she is dealing with two murder cases in which the victim's body parts have been turning up in various places throughout the countryside as well as in the kitchens, garages and potting sheds of unsuspecting homeowners.

With her extraordinary and unorthodox thought processes her investigative methods deviate from those of her "by the book" superiors and have led her into a miasmic state of affairs where murder, drug deals, corporate wrongdoing and a prison suicide appear to have a potential connection.

If you relish a touch of the macabre and appreciate uniquely complex puzzles that challenge your grey matter then LOVE STORY, WITH MURDERS promises to be a compelling read.
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Oh yes. Thoroughly, totally, wonderfully satisfying, as a story, as a follow-up to the first and as an example of so-clean-it-just-keeps-echoing writing, this was superb.

I put it down only to sleep and when impelled to utilise the rhythms it created in my head to improve my own writing.

Have to say I really liked how the ending was handled. Felt all-too-real.
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Certainly dark and gory storytelling with multiple themes of mental illness, serial murder, evisceration and randomly discovered body parts. I enjoyed the Cardiff setting because it's a place I know well which added a level of believability and gave me a nice platform into the story.

DC Fiona Griffiths has demons in her past and, through the machinations of her father, possibly more to discover in the future. As a variety of body parts are discovered in the most obscure of locations in and around the City it becomes apparent there's a serial killer on the loose and the plot follows the police, and private, investigation into the who, what and why.

There's a good level of suspense and mystery throughout the novel and some decently worked twists and turns to keep the reader hooked. The police procedural elements are well written and I enjoyed the slow peeling away of secrets to reveal the real Fiona Griffiths and her deeply, dark past. In reality she's far too flawed to be given charge of a police enquiry of this size but; I'm willing to forgive it. I particularly enjoyed how the situation is seen from the different perspectives of both Fiona and her partner DS Brydon. Nicely worked angle that adds even more texture to a detailed plot.

Generally a decent thriller with enough darkness and gore to suit most fans of hard boiled police fiction. I'm happy to recommend.
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By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jun. 2013
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I didn't read book 1 featuring 'recovering psychotic' DC Fiona Griffiths but feel sure there is enough in this second book to fill me in with the background. The initial premise was not initially to my liking; I expected pages of bad dreams, halucinatons and weird trips. Thankfully, the book turned out to be a good crime detective work with only a little bit of the above.

Fiona Griffiths is the adopted daughter of a hardened Cardiff criminal, though erring on the nicer side of bad. Some of the book finds her trying to trace her biologogical parents with little success. A glimpse here, a suggestion there so I suppose we'll need a few more books before this investigation runs its course. But, thankfully, she does get to do a bit of detective work when pieces of a young lap dancer turn up in an assortment of household freezers, garden sheds, roof cavities dotted around the town. These pieces are five or six years old so when a completely different set of body parts also turn up randomly dumped around the town and very current, is there a connection?

Well, yes there is and the story is well told so it's not until we near the end of the book that much is revealed. The DC has her moments. Some may say she's accident prone but a good knowledge of martial arts, a desire to bend the rules provide the reader with an entertaining immersion into the life and times of DC Fiona Griffiths.

She's not one to back off, despite the best efforts of some unsavoury people, some in high places though, thankfully, in this book, her superior officer is not completely at loggerheads with her as Fiona's delving into the motives behind the murders bring her close to termination.

I enjoyed her routine, her slightly quirky way of dealing with things in both her personal life and the other, serious part so much so that I would like to see how she progresses in book 3 whenever that appears.
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