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The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (DC Fiona Griffiths Book 3)

The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (DC Fiona Griffiths Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Harry Bingham
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In her third outing in this acclaimed series, DC Fiona Griffiths' damaged psyche is given its sternest test as she volunteers to go undercover.

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When DC Fiona Griffiths says 'yes' to her policeman boyfriend, it's an affirmation that she wants finally to put her psychological breakdown behind her, and become a resident of 'Planet Normal' like everybody else. But she still can't resist the challenge of an undercover policing course, and finding it remarkably easy to assume a new identity, she comes top of the class. So when an ingenious payroll fraud starts to look like the tip of a huge criminal iceberg, Fiona is selected to infiltrate the fraudsters' operation. Posing as a meek former payroll clerk now forced to work as a cleaner, Fiona Griffiths becomes Fiona Grey, hoping the criminals will try and recruit her - knowing that if they discover her real identity, she's dead meat. But as Fiona penetrates deeper into their operation, coming closer to identifying the mastermind behind it, she faces another, even more frightening danger - that her always fragile grip on her sense of self has now been lost and she may never find her way back.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 946 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (13 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FYUM554
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,438 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Harry is the author of the Fiona Griffiths series of crime novels, set in Cardiff and featuring a heroine described by the Sunday Times as 'The most startling protagonist in modern crime fiction ... brutal, freakish and totally original.' Harry - slightly less freakish than his creation - lives in Oxford with his wife and young family. He also runs The Writers' Workshop, an editorial consultancy for new writers. His books on Getting Published and How to Write are among the leading titles in their field.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is the third book in the DC Fiona Griffiths series and it's the best yet. Fiona goes under cover as Fiona Gray and she is so convincing she starts to lose connection with her real persona. The Stieg Larsson Dragon trilogy introduced us to a vulnerable yet feisty heroine. Fiona Griffiths fits that description. She is spectacularly vulnerable and at the same time intelligent, resourceful and endearingly brave. Fiona loses her sense of self but gains something that might well end up strengthening her tenuous grip of planet normal. I recommend this book highly. I love the immediacy of the writing. There is not a single word wasted and every page steadily contributes to a very satisfying read. It will be a long wait until book 4.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Progress all round 2 April 2014
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In my review of the previous Fiona Griffiths novel, Love Story, With Murders, I noted that it would be good to see how this character develops.

And so we have book 3 which is better than book 2 for which I also gave 5 stars. FG in this story goes undercover and becomes Fiona Grey which just about sums up her place in the system. A superstore has a payroll mystery, money paid to invisible people, so FG is sent in to see if there are any clues as to who is doing this.

From this point, we have a deep and sometimes dark police procedural but based mainly on the activities of FG.

In this book, she is much harder, even more determined to see the job through and even more beholden to her almost schizophrenic self. It is this illness which determines, more or less, how she plays out her undercover role.

The payroll theft is just the start; one store becomes many leading up to a mega heist of such complexity to the layman but so easy to an expert in IT Payroll that you have to keep reading to see how it is made to work.

FG is still chasing her birth parents, still much adored by her adoptive parents but for this book, there is little time to progress. We know, of course, that sooner or later this will feature more to the fore and we know , thanks to this book, that an individual such as FG will not leave any stone unturned to achieve closure.

It's a good read, for sure. FG moves almost seamlessly into her second life, becoming involved with the main criminal, still finding time to become engaged to 'Buzz', her policeforce lover, keeping one step ahead of a paranoid security check almost daily. We know that she will have to face these contradictions at some point, so when the finale does arrive, the outcome is fairly certain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gripping 8 April 2014
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I have read all three Fiona Griffiths books in the last week, and I enjoyed the first two. Fiona's Cotard's syndrome is an original and fresh take on the damaged detective trope and I liked the Welsh setting and her growing relationship with. Buzz.

But I have neglected everything I should have been doing for the past three hours to finish the third book - it was so gripping and tense. In a strange way (because Fiona is the polar opposite of Reacher) it reminded me of the best Jack Reacher books. I recommend reading the books in order because the first two lead so well to the third. Can't wait for the fourth - write like the wind, Harry!
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I loved the first two Fiona Griffiths books, so was eager to read this one. I wasn't disappointed. I love it when a seemingly-banal crime turns into something far more exciting, as is the case here: a few tax fiddles in an accounts department turns into a series of murders, with Fiona going undercover as cleaner and clerk. The chemistry between Fiona and her quarry is well-handled, and the plot is resolved to everyone's satisfaction - with one exception (but I won't give that away here!)

The description of Fiona's undercover life makes this as much an espionage thriller as a murder mystery. Bingham keeps you turning the page at speed. However, he doesn't skate over the conflicts Fiona feels as she lives a double (or is it a triple?) life, and the problems she encounters trying to re-integrate.

The only weakness with this series is her father's role in events - it seems too convenient that he is a big noise in that half-hidden Cardiff that's not quite criminal but not quite legal either. Would a cop really be accepted for undercover work if her father's background was that dodgy, with all the conflicts of loyalty that might present?

No matter, this is a great book - although I'd suggest starting with the first in the series rather than starting with this one, to appreciate Fiona's back story, the better to appreciate how she's struggled to get a toe-hold on Planet Normal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Can't read another. 21 May 2014
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I loved the first two books in the series. I began this one with enjoyment, but it turned to despair. Why do so many detective authors give their characters an unhappy love/home life? Just for once I wanted to read a story where they get to have a, at the risk of sounding sentimental, 'happy' ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book, lots of tension 29 Jun 2014
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"The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths" (SD) is clearly the best book of an excellent series. I had some concerns when early on it became clear that this was to be about uncover work by Fiona. I had some misgivings because I was never a fan of the TV series "The Wire" and gave up on it after 7 or 8 episodes. But SD worked well for me from the opening pages to the very end. There was tension throughout, obvious to anyone watching me grip the book so tightly as I read. First Fiona takes the police training course; she is one of the few who doesn't drop out midway through and one of the 15% or so who pass. But we all know Fi - she is someone who can slip out of her 'true identity' easily, because she doesn't really understand who she is anyway. Once back at the station she is offered a case, a very dangerous case, given the tortured death of one of its victims. Now the tension really ramps up, and the reader awaits for that small accidental tell which will tip the perpetrators to her mission. She is of course being monitored and watched very closely by a large team of field and staff officers, ready to pull her out at the first sign of imminent danger. But then the gang manages very cleverly to sever all those connections. Fi is missing, totally on her own. The usual and very good cast of supporting characters is there - Dad and family, Buzz; Lev is mentioned but doesn't make an appearance. And the whole series makes a somewhat unexpected turn ( can you spot the hint?) at the end which makes Book 4 all the more intriguing....Don't miss this series and read it from #1
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4.0 out of 5 stars Police Procedural in A Great City!
DC Fiona Griffiths is physically and has psychological issues, not the usual brute of a male policeman, then. Read more
Published 1 day ago by G. J. Oxley
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant!
Had me gripped from beginning to the end. In fact I was gutted when it ended and what a twist. Didn't see that coming. Can't wait for the next one. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Rosie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (DC Fiona Griffiths Book 3)
Brilliant books.
Published 19 days ago by Seven1945
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
This just has to be the best series being written in the genre (although it's pretty unique and not easily categorised). I loved the first two and this is probably even better. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the bunch so far
Book one was great, book two was even better, and this one was gripping and totally absorbing. I can't wait for the next one.
Published 1 month ago by Funkstar
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I ordered this novel because I was intrigued by the underpinning premise for the series. Although this didn't turn out to be as intriguing as I'd hoped it's still an intriguing . Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. P. Mankin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I enjoyed this but I did have a few reservations. It wasn’t as good as the last book in the series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Emperor
4.0 out of 5 stars The 3rd Fiona Griffiths books and still as good
This is not normally my genre but a friend recommended the 1st in the series and I've gobbled up all 3 now. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. E. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Tight, tense tale that goes in some very dark places, literally and...
I really looked forward to reading this and I wasn't disappointed. We're back with one of the most original characters in detective fiction, Fiona Griffiths. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. I. McCulloch
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic detective series
I'm hooked on the Fiona Griffiths series, however the title of this one almost made me not want to read it because I didn't want her to die. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michelle P.
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