Review of The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham

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British author, Harry Bingham, blew critics and readers away with his crime debut, Talking to the Dead. His second novel, Love Story, with Murders, established DC Fiona Griffiths as the most compelling heroine in crime fiction. With this, the third novel in the series, comes Fiona’s darkest, strangest and most challenging assignment yet . . .

It started out as nothing much. A minor payroll fraud at a furniture store in South Wales. No homicide involved, no corpses. Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths fights to get free of the case, but loses. She’s tasked with the investigation.

She begins her enquiries, only to discover the corpse of a woman who’s starved to death. Looks further, and soon realizes that within the first, smaller crime, a vaster one looms: the most audacious theft in history.

Fiona’s bosses need a copper willing to go undercover, and they ask Fiona to play the role of a timid payroll clerk so that she can penetrate the criminal gang from within.

Fiona will be alone, she’ll be lethally vulnerable – and her fragile grip on ‘Planet Normal’ will be tested as never before …

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harry binghamHarry Bingham Bio:

Harry is currently writing a crime series, featuring a young Welsh detective, Fiona Griffiths. The series has sold to publishers in the UK (Orion), the US (Random House), as well as FranceGermanyItalySpain, the Netherlandsand elsewhere. The first novel was televised by Bonafide and broadcast onSky Living. The novels are notable mostly for the strong voice and strange character of their protagonist. The first three titles in the series are Talking to the Dead, Love Story with Murders, and The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths.


The books have had nice reviews in the BooksellerPublishers Weekly,KirkusNew York TimesNew York Daily NewsBoston GlobeSeattle Times,Washington PostDaily MailTelegraph, Times, Sunday Times, Western Mail (all behind paywall) Shelf Awarenesscrimefictionlover, and many more fine publications.






You know I’m so glad that I read other books that aren’t associated with romance.  Don’t get me wrong, I love romance books but every once in a while I need to read something that I wouldn’t normally read and The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths certainly filled that bill.  Crime Thriller, mystery, suspense and not a lick of romance.  Oh and did I mention that the setting is Wales?  No.  You are in for a treat then.  Great location written by a brilliant author.

Everything about this book is brilliant.  A little slow in the beginning but once I got into the story you will not be able to put it down.  Fiona isn’t normal at all.  She has mental issues that make her seem almost robotic and unfeeling but trust me, keep reading.  It will all make sense in the end.  Absolutely fascinating character and Mr. Bingham lets the reader slowly into her mind and what makes her normal.  She’s a misfit in a way but it works.  Being a detective isn’t the easiest job but she makes it seem easy.  I would almost put her on the level as Sherlock Holmes in terms of her temperament and the ability to connect with the victim and NOT her co-workers.

The plot is sick and twisted so don’t let the blurb fool you.  🙂  Fiona finds herself in one situation after another and you will definitely be holding your breath until the bitter end.  Word to the reader, it is written in first person (I love).  Personally, I don’t think it could have been any other way.  Mr. Bingham has a written a character that with all of her “quirks”, you will fall in love with her.

I will say that I didn’t read the first two books in the series but you can read this one has a standalone.  Of course, since I have found a different kind of character to read and follow, I will be getting the first two books in the series.  Yes, the book is that good but will grab you is the writing.  Taunt, thrilling, and perfectly paced.  I know, I said it was slow in the beginning but that’s the point.

Do yourself a favor dear readers.  Read outside your romance comfort zone.  Oh yes, I still read Clancy (RIP) and Grisham.  Plus, I still read Danielle Steele.  Shoot me.  As you know, I don’t conform to most romance bloggers read and The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths is proof of that.


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