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The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths: Fiona Griffiths Crime Thriller Series Book 3 by [Bingham, Harry]
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I thoroughly enjoyed spending time in her company, and the cleaning scenes are utterly credible. There is wit here, and warmth, and great pace. (NJ Cooper BOOK OXYGEN)

"[THE STRANGE DEATH OF FIONA GRIFFITHS] confronts the reader with profound questions about human nature in the midst of a fast-paced plot." (SUNDAY TIMES)

DC Fiona Griffiths is small, bullish and psychologically fragile - her vulnerability makes her much more interesting than the average gung-ho policewoman... A tense and unusual read." (THE LADY)

"Good thrilling stuff." (BUZZ)

"This thriller shines like a diamond." (PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH)

"A thoroughly engrossing book that is as much the story as one woman's search for an identity as it is crime thriller." (SHOTS)

"A series that started strongly but is definitely getting even better... Bingham has created a unique character, not Wales' answer to Rebus but better in a number of ways." (WESTERN MAIL)

This is a police procedural with a twist. Quirky, gripping and, rather like its lead character, utterly unconventional. That's what makes it such a delight to read. Highly recommended. (CRIME THRILLER GIRL)

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DC Fiona Griffiths 'brutal, freakish and totally original' [SUNDAY TIMES] must take on a new identity when she volunteers to go undercover - something she finds uncannily easy to do...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3171 KB
  • Print Length: 411 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (13 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FYUM554
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,907 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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This is easily the best in a great series with strange, off-kilter heroine, Fiona Griffiths. One time sufferer of Cotard's syndrome, Fiona has a special connection to people who have died, especially by untimely and violent means. Driven, fiercely intelligent and obsessive, the smallest smudge of a clue sends Fiona off in search of perpetrators. Yet for all that she is honest, likeable, irreverent and considerate. One of the greatest touches about Fiona's character, aside from her strong, compelling voice, is the way she is so insightful when it comes to sizing up people, working out what they think and feel, yet really has trouble working out what she feels herself.
This was a bit slower starting than 'Talking to the Dead' or 'Love Story with Murders', but worth the build up pacing wise. As Fiona goes undercover, we readers are likewise enveloped and smothered in this dangerous, underground world, indentity on top of identity unil we're wandering through webs of mystification. All in all a great read, well balanced, cunningly plotted, witty and with an unlikely girl heroine which makes this a crime novel unlike any other.
My only real criticism, and I'm sure Harry Bingham had a good reason for this, was an event that occurred almost at the end of the book. I was really quite put out as I wanted that minor matter to work out differently. Though not so put out that I won't be reading book four as soon as it's available. If you haven't read any of this series, line them up and take it from the top. You're in for a treat.
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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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Fiona Griffiths is by far the most original fictional detective I’ve come across. Very often, after reading crime, I’ve forgotten the lead characters’ names within a few days. Not this time! Fiona is far from a cardboard-cutout detective with alcohol issues (although she does enjoy the odd joint when undercover) because she is brilliantly complex. So, don’t expect Wales’ answer to Rebus. She’s deeply troubled yet warm and witty, a maverick without alienating superiors, fragile but courageous. She represents true characterisation mastery.

Fiona, who has only cried once in her adult life, is portrayed with great physiological depth without being dark. Even though Fiona battles with her identity and borderline psychosis, I never found her depressing. She is a strong woman. A survivor. She’s perfect for working undercover as she’s used to managing multiple forms of self and her demons give her drive. Men are attracted to her but not because she flutters her eyelashes. They’re intrigued by her. What I found particularly clever is the way that, at times, she shifts in and out of referring to herself in the third person, showing confusion rather than describing the fog. In fact, as much as this is a story of the search for a criminal mastermind, it’s a story of Fiona’s search for her identity.

As the book is written in the first person, I ask Harry what it’s like being in Fiona’s head. He tells me he enjoys writing from a female perspective although, as a result of his research, he’s now being ‘stalked’ online by adverts for damson dresses and breast enlargements. However, he tells me his biggest characterisation challenge isn’t gender but rather portraying the instability of Fiona’s mind.
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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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