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Summer 1960, Oxford In the glorious sunshine of Oxford, on a day when everyone should be celebrating, tragedy strikes when a university student is found floating in the river, dead. Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday finds herself paired with coroner Clement Ryder to investigate and it soon becomes clear that this case is not going to be easy. The witnesses all refuse to give a Summer 1960, Oxford In the glorious sunshine of Oxford, on a day when everyone should be celebrating, tragedy strikes when a university student is found floating in the river, dead. Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday finds herself paired with coroner Clement Ryder to investigate and it soon becomes clear that this case is not going to be easy. The witnesses all refuse to give a straight answer, each new lead sends them in a new direction and tales of other missing youngsters add further mystery to the investigation. One thing is certain though, something doesn’t seem quite right about the university’s most popular student….


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Summer 1960, Oxford In the glorious sunshine of Oxford, on a day when everyone should be celebrating, tragedy strikes when a university student is found floating in the river, dead. Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday finds herself paired with coroner Clement Ryder to investigate and it soon becomes clear that this case is not going to be easy. The witnesses all refuse to give a Summer 1960, Oxford In the glorious sunshine of Oxford, on a day when everyone should be celebrating, tragedy strikes when a university student is found floating in the river, dead. Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday finds herself paired with coroner Clement Ryder to investigate and it soon becomes clear that this case is not going to be easy. The witnesses all refuse to give a straight answer, each new lead sends them in a new direction and tales of other missing youngsters add further mystery to the investigation. One thing is certain though, something doesn’t seem quite right about the university’s most popular student….

30 review for A Fatal Mistake

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lou (nonfiction fiend)

    Having thoroughly enjoyed all of bestselling author Faith Martin's previous books, I was excited to come across this, and naturally grabbed a copy. Her critically acclaimed DI Hilary Greene series has won her many fans, so when I discovered that she was penning a new series, I was filled with both anticipation and trepidation. It's always a risk when an author starts a new series when an original series has been so successful, but I should've known that Faith wouldn't let me down! We were initial Having thoroughly enjoyed all of bestselling author Faith Martin's previous books, I was excited to come across this, and naturally grabbed a copy. Her critically acclaimed DI Hilary Greene series has won her many fans, so when I discovered that she was penning a new series, I was filled with both anticipation and trepidation. It's always a risk when an author starts a new series when an original series has been so successful, but I should've known that Faith wouldn't let me down! We were initially introduced to our shiny new heroine, probationary WPC Trudy Loveday and coroner Dr Clement Ryder in book one entitled 'A Fatal Obsession', and I have already touted this as being one of the most up-and-coming and scintillating new series' currently out there in the crime genre. The first two books have backed up my gut feelings on this. The setting is Oxfordshire, in the 1960s, and conjures up the atmospheric storyline full of intrigue. Throughout the whole duration the story conjured up images of the fictional village of Midsomer featured in Midsomer Murders. The writing, as always, flows effortlessly from one page to the next, and draws you right into the heart of the action, and ceases to relax its grasp over you until the denouement is complete and the book concluded. I am now chomping at the bit for the next book, 'A Fatal Flaw', set to be published in February 2019. I cannot wait! Although these books, and all of Faith's bibliography, work perfectly fine as standalones, but if you like to follow the progression of the recurring main characters in your novels, then go ahead and read these the series opener and this one. That way, when the third is released you'll be all clued up! I cannot imagine a crime thriller fan encountering any issues Overall, an excellent, thrilling, surprise and suspense filled plot, which will be appeal to ardent Martin fans and newcomers alike! Many thanks to HQ Digital for an ARC. I was not required to post a review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    Easy 5 stars Book one was acceptable, but nothing too special. However book two, is brilliant. The storyline, characters, general feel for the period, attitudes and realities of people's lives is described in detail. Really feel part of the story. I read in 2 sessions, but could easily have read in one but had to sleep. Can't wait for book three in Feb 2019. Must start it earlier in the day. This is going to be another great series. Easy 5 stars Book one was acceptable, but nothing too special. However book two, is brilliant. The storyline, characters, general feel for the period, attitudes and realities of people's lives is described in detail. Really feel part of the story. I read in 2 sessions, but could easily have read in one but had to sleep. Can't wait for book three in Feb 2019. Must start it earlier in the day. This is going to be another great series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Once again, Coroner Clement Ryder 'borrows" Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday to help him investigate the drowning of a young man. There was a collision of sorts among 3 boats full of University students ... was he one of the passengers that didn't make it? Questioning the other young people involved, no one can remember seeing the victim at any time .. but Ryder senses that most of them are lying throw their teeth. The question is .. Why? Once again, Trudy is at loggerheads with her superior office Once again, Coroner Clement Ryder 'borrows" Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday to help him investigate the drowning of a young man. There was a collision of sorts among 3 boats full of University students ... was he one of the passengers that didn't make it? Questioning the other young people involved, no one can remember seeing the victim at any time .. but Ryder senses that most of them are lying throw their teeth. The question is .. Why? Once again, Trudy is at loggerheads with her superior officer. He doesn't like the idea of a woman wearing a uniform so he keeps her pretty much tied to a desk .... unless the coroner needs her. One of the men that they need to question is the son of a very prominent and wealthy man. Her instructions are to leave him alone ... don't bother him .... So what does Trudy do? She may be young, but she's also fearless and right is right no matter who is involved. She doesn't believe in double standards where justice is concerned. This is the third of a most interesting series, but can easily be read as a stand alone. It's the 60s .. a time before DNA, no smart phones, no data bases to speak of. The detective work consists of a lot of knocking on doors and asking questions .... and then trying to solve the puzzle. Trudy and Ryder have a unique relationship. He's old enough to be her father and she looks at him as a mentor. There is so much she can learn from him. He loves to see the sparkle in her eyes when she's on the hunt .. and hates when he shoots her ideas down. There is much respect, even humor, between them. Many thanks to the author / HQ Digital / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    A Fatal Mistake is book two in the Ryder & Loveday Mystery by Faith Martin. In summer 1960 in Oxford probationary WPC Trudy Loveday arrived at the crime scene of young university student found floating in the river. Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday and the coroner Clement Ryder started to find out answers. However, during their investigation probationary WPC Trudy Loveday and coroner Clement Ryder found out it will not be easy to find solutions. The readers of A Fatal Mistake will follow the twist A Fatal Mistake is book two in the Ryder & Loveday Mystery by Faith Martin. In summer 1960 in Oxford probationary WPC Trudy Loveday arrived at the crime scene of young university student found floating in the river. Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday and the coroner Clement Ryder started to find out answers. However, during their investigation probationary WPC Trudy Loveday and coroner Clement Ryder found out it will not be easy to find solutions. The readers of A Fatal Mistake will follow the twist and turns of probationary WPC Trudy Loveday and coroner Clement Ryder investigation to find the killer. I was recommended to read this book by Faith Martin, and I am pleased that I did. I love the interaction between the two main characters that makes A Fatal Mistake an enjoyable book to read. A Fatal Mistake is well written and researched by Faith Martin. I like Faith Martin portrayal of her characters and the way she intertwines them together throughout this book. The readers of A Fatal Mistake will learn the procedures and the role of the Coroner and how they interact with law enforcement. The readers of A Fatal Mistake will learn about living in Oxfordshire in the 1960s. I recommend this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Diane Challenor

    The Ryder and Loveday series is fantastic! It’s a perfect British murder mystery for me! I had trouble putting it down. This series will be a binge read for me. “A Fatal Mistake” is book two of the series; I started it within the hour of finishing book one. And now ... I’ve finished book two, I’ve loaded down book three “A Fatal Flaw” and I’m ready to go. I feel I am securely in the hands of a master storyteller. The story is narrated by Stephanie Racine whose performance is excellent, I’d go fu The Ryder and Loveday series is fantastic! It’s a perfect British murder mystery for me! I had trouble putting it down. This series will be a binge read for me. “A Fatal Mistake” is book two of the series; I started it within the hour of finishing book one. And now ... I’ve finished book two, I’ve loaded down book three “A Fatal Flaw” and I’m ready to go. I feel I am securely in the hands of a master storyteller. The story is narrated by Stephanie Racine whose performance is excellent, I’d go further with my compliment by saying Stephanie Racine is the best female narrator I’ve heard.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and HQ Digital for an advance copy of A Fatal Mistake, the second novel to feature probationary WPC Trudy Loveday and coroner Dr Clement Ryder set in 1960 Oxford. When student Derek Chadworth is found drowned in the river after an end of term student party it is regarded as an accident until Dr Ryder gets suspicious of the witness accounts he hears at the inquest. They are all basically the same, vague and noncommittal. He secures an open verdict and Trudy's servic I would like to thank Netgalley and HQ Digital for an advance copy of A Fatal Mistake, the second novel to feature probationary WPC Trudy Loveday and coroner Dr Clement Ryder set in 1960 Oxford. When student Derek Chadworth is found drowned in the river after an end of term student party it is regarded as an accident until Dr Ryder gets suspicious of the witness accounts he hears at the inquest. They are all basically the same, vague and noncommittal. He secures an open verdict and Trudy's services to help him investigate. I thoroughly enjoyed A Fatal Mistake which is an engrossing read and it held my attention so much that I read it in one sitting, unable to put it down. It is the deceptively simple tale of a young man's death but the investigation soon takes a seedy, rather louche turn when it becomes apparent that Derek ran with a rich, dissolute crowd. I found the descriptions of their behaviour fascinating and realistic (so much has been said about the antics of these clubs in the press) and at the same time repugnant and self indulgent. The novel is mostly told from Trudy's point of view although other characters are given a voice as well. These other voices round out the narrative and give the reader a broader perspective, most interestingly in the case of Lord Jeremy Littlejohn, ringleader of the Marquis club, as one is never sure of the extent of his involvement. It is, however, Trudy's story. She is 19 and decidedly innocent about the ways of the world so she learns some unpalatable truths about it during the course of the investigation. Nevertheless she is smart, ambitious and courageous, despite the casual sexism and degradation she encounters on a daily basis (this extremely well done as it is accepted as the norm it was at the time without introducing modern sensibilities). It is good to see the curmudgeonly Dr Ryder doing his best to hone her skills and encourage her ambition as no one else does. They are a great pair of protagonists. A Fatal Mistake is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carole Gourlay

    I just love Faith Martins books, her descriptive writing and command of the English language is such a joy. You really feel as if you are there with her, and taking no part in all that’s going on, from the crimes to the wildlife. She is one excellent writer. I did wonder, because I just adore Hillary Green if this new duo would be as exciting and thrilling. I didn’t need to worry, it was such a good read, and took me back to my youth when things were so much more innocent. I did laugh a little a I just love Faith Martins books, her descriptive writing and command of the English language is such a joy. You really feel as if you are there with her, and taking no part in all that’s going on, from the crimes to the wildlife. She is one excellent writer. I did wonder, because I just adore Hillary Green if this new duo would be as exciting and thrilling. I didn’t need to worry, it was such a good read, and took me back to my youth when things were so much more innocent. I did laugh a little at the naivety of the young WPC Trudy, but I suppose it was like that when I think back without the involvement of the internet. I think Clement and Trudy make a good team and I’m looking my forward to the next one. My thanks to Faith Martin and Netgalley for the ARC.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Clare Chase

    Such a treat to join Loveday and Ryder for another fiendishly clever mystery. I love the way they work together and complement each other. Their complex characters and the challenges they face make them especially interesting. As ever, the 1960s Oxford setting felt wonderfully atmospheric. In conclusion, a thoroughly absorbing, gripping read – highly recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I have been a fan of Faith Martin’s books for quite a while now. I absolutely adore reading her Hilary Greene books (published by Joffe Books) and I can safely say that I adore the series featuring Dr. Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday. I absolutely loved reading ‘A Fatal Mistake’ but more about that in a bit. WPC Trudy Loveday truly is a woman trying to make her way in a man’s world. The story is set in 1960 when female police officers were not exactly welcomed with open arms. She I have been a fan of Faith Martin’s books for quite a while now. I absolutely adore reading her Hilary Greene books (published by Joffe Books) and I can safely say that I adore the series featuring Dr. Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday. I absolutely loved reading ‘A Fatal Mistake’ but more about that in a bit. WPC Trudy Loveday truly is a woman trying to make her way in a man’s world. The story is set in 1960 when female police officers were not exactly welcomed with open arms. She cops for all the rubbish and boring jobs. It’s as if they give Trudy the jobs that nobody else will do. Trudy doesn’t let that put her off though and she is still as determined as ever that she will impress her bosses and she will become a successful and well respected police officer. Trudy is one tough, feisty and determined young lady. I also loved the way in which she got on with Dr. Clement Ryder, who is the local coroner. They have worked together before and Dr. Ryder is one of the few men, who actually respect WPC Trudy Loveday and he values her opinions. Dr. Ryder did get on my nerves a bit to start with as he seemed a bit up himself but I soon changed my opinion. Dr. Ryder is just a doctor, who has a need to get to the truth of how and why somebody has died, no matter how ugly that truth might be. Together they make a fantastic working partnership and I look forward to reading many more of their joint investigations. Oh my days it didn’t take me long at all to get into this book. I picked up this book at an ideal time for me because I was suffering a flare up of my chronic back pain and I was in need of a distraction. Well ‘A Fatal Mistake’ was certainly a distraction and a half. The first chapter started a little slow but it didn’t take long for the action and investigation to take off. When it got going, boy did it get going. I soon became addicted to reading ‘A Fatal Mistake’. The more I read, the more I got into the book and the more I wanted to read. I just couldn’t put the book down. My Kindle wasn’t glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it came everywhere with me. I couldn’t bear to be parted from the book and I seriously begrudged having to put the book down, which didn’t go down well with my Labradors. The story kept me hooked from the moment I got into the book and kept my attention throughout. Usually when I read a book, my mind wanders part way through and I have to re-read certain parts but not in this case. There were twists, turns and little surprises on almost every page. Reading ‘A Fatal Mistake’ was a lot like riding a sometimes scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride. ‘A Fatal Mistake’ certainly kept me guessing. I smugly thought that I had worked out who the murderer was and what their motives were, only to realise that I was wrong and the story took me down another path entirely. In short, I absolutely loved reading ‘A Fatal Mistake’ and I can’t wait to read more cases involving Dr. Clement Ryder and WPC Trudy Loveday. Faith Martin is a fantastic writer, who is right up there on my ‘drop everything to read their next book’ favourite authors list. I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next. I adore the series involving Ryder and Loveday just as much as I adore the Hilary Greene series. I would definitely recommend this author and her books to other readers. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a well deserved 5* out of 5*.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    A Fatal Mistake by Faith Martin is a fabulous nostalgic crime novel set in 1960. It is the second book in the Ryder And Loveday Mysteries but can be read as a stand-alone. Once more the crime busting duo of elderly coroner Ryder and probationer WPC Loveday meet up to crack another crime. They are an unlikely pairing but work well together. Fresh faced and enthusiastic Loveday contrasts with the meticulous and calm Ryder. They bounce off each other much to the readers delight. 1960 was the dawn of A Fatal Mistake by Faith Martin is a fabulous nostalgic crime novel set in 1960. It is the second book in the Ryder And Loveday Mysteries but can be read as a stand-alone. Once more the crime busting duo of elderly coroner Ryder and probationer WPC Loveday meet up to crack another crime. They are an unlikely pairing but work well together. Fresh faced and enthusiastic Loveday contrasts with the meticulous and calm Ryder. They bounce off each other much to the readers delight. 1960 was the dawn of the modern era. Female police officers were a new phenomenon and faced much hostility and prejudice. They had to work twice as hard just to maintain an equal footing with their male counterparts. The reader is treated to the face of Oxford 1960. It is a fabulous trip into the past. For me, it had a curious blend of ITV's Morse and Endeavour with BBC's George Gently. I really hope these books translate onto our television screens as I would love to watch them. I would cast Martin Shaw as Ryder and Joanne Froggat as Loveday. Just perfect. A Fatal Mistake is a nostalgic thinking man's detective novel. The clues need to be observed, thought through and joined together. The crimes rely on good old fashioned policing and a copper's nose. I am absolutely loving this series by Faith Martin. Many more books please. Any TV producers out there... please look no further for the next big thing, this is it! I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    The characters are developing nicely although having seen at close quarters what happens when someone doesn't admit to those around them that they have this illness I do find Clement''s refusal to deal with it frustrating. The DI is still pompously ignoring Trudy's potential and I think there may be hints of things to come with some of her colleagues. In this tale Trudy comes up against one of those people who believes he's better than everyone else and that they should be happy to conduct thems The characters are developing nicely although having seen at close quarters what happens when someone doesn't admit to those around them that they have this illness I do find Clement''s refusal to deal with it frustrating. The DI is still pompously ignoring Trudy's potential and I think there may be hints of things to come with some of her colleagues. In this tale Trudy comes up against one of those people who believes he's better than everyone else and that they should be happy to conduct themselves purely for his pleasure or convenience. He's assisted in this by rich, titled family and isn't best pleased when Trudy gets the better of him. He doesn't, however, succeed in getting her fired and is thankful for her intervention in his life later. This is all accompanied by various high jinks involving his privileged set of students which apparently leads to the drowning of one of them during a picnic. Accident or foul play? Reading the book to find out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Set in 1960 this book is something a bit different, it evokes nostalgia of how things used to be before all the modern tools that the police have today. A young WPC has to prove herself as she is the only woman in the station and she is also on probation. Assigned to help the coroner in an open verdict case leaves her with very little doubt that being a detective is what she really want's. A really enjoyable read. Set in 1960 this book is something a bit different, it evokes nostalgia of how things used to be before all the modern tools that the police have today. A young WPC has to prove herself as she is the only woman in the station and she is also on probation. Assigned to help the coroner in an open verdict case leaves her with very little doubt that being a detective is what she really want's. A really enjoyable read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "Lost in a time-warp" I thoroughly enjoyed the first in the series and this outing was good, but not great. Observation has always been Faith Martin's strong point and her description of the various characters is always right on the money - whether they're 'town' or 'gown' - but the 1960's doesn't readily translate for a modern audience. You had to be there to appreciate many of the subtle nuances in her story. That said, I enjoyed the final unravelling of the case and the growing confidence of W "Lost in a time-warp" I thoroughly enjoyed the first in the series and this outing was good, but not great. Observation has always been Faith Martin's strong point and her description of the various characters is always right on the money - whether they're 'town' or 'gown' - but the 1960's doesn't readily translate for a modern audience. You had to be there to appreciate many of the subtle nuances in her story. That said, I enjoyed the final unravelling of the case and the growing confidence of WPC Loveday. Onwards and upwards to #3 in the series. Let's do the time-warp again.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Great start to a series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Milly

    Another enjoyable British mystery !

  16. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    A so-so story. I wasn't all that impressed with Loveday. She seemed incredibly naive and submissive to her parents. I did like the doctor. Unlikely to read more in the series. A so-so story. I wasn't all that impressed with Loveday. She seemed incredibly naive and submissive to her parents. I did like the doctor. Unlikely to read more in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Another great read

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jan Bassier

    Another good read by Faith Martin Faith Martin's DI Hillary Greene series is very enjoyable, and now I can add WPC Trudy Loveday's stories to my list of fun reads. Both characters are interesting and believable as women in the male dominated police world. Loveday's youth in these stories, set in the early 1960's, is endearing, but her quick mind and developing abilities are a joy to watch. I look forward to new releases in both series. Another good read by Faith Martin Faith Martin's DI Hillary Greene series is very enjoyable, and now I can add WPC Trudy Loveday's stories to my list of fun reads. Both characters are interesting and believable as women in the male dominated police world. Loveday's youth in these stories, set in the early 1960's, is endearing, but her quick mind and developing abilities are a joy to watch. I look forward to new releases in both series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Niki

    second instalment, and as good as the 1st - let's hope it goes on like this second instalment, and as good as the 1st - let's hope it goes on like this

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jane Irish Nelson

    Probably a little more than three stars. Oxford, England, 1960. The school year is drawing to a close and college students gather at (and on) the river to celebrate. After an accident involving several overloaded punts, one student is found drowned. But was is an accident? And was he really part of the celebrating crowd? Coroner Clement Ryder isn't sure, so once again he enlists the help of young probationary WPC Trudy Loveday to help him investigate. But they must tread carefully, as these stud Probably a little more than three stars. Oxford, England, 1960. The school year is drawing to a close and college students gather at (and on) the river to celebrate. After an accident involving several overloaded punts, one student is found drowned. But was is an accident? And was he really part of the celebrating crowd? Coroner Clement Ryder isn't sure, so once again he enlists the help of young probationary WPC Trudy Loveday to help him investigate. But they must tread carefully, as these students are mostly from wealthy or titled families, who are used to making trouble go away. Fascinating and fast-paced, this story includes interesting characters, and it is very enjoyable watching Trudy as she matures. One slight quibble, however — despite being English, the author in frequently incorrect in her usage of British titles.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I enjoyed this murder mystery story and look forward to reading the next in series. In the main I think the 60s setting works well. I'm not too sure if the author has everything right though, I don't think it would take a young WPC 'months' to save up for a driving licence. I'm also not sure if the Mods and Rockers were causing trouble in 1960, I thought it was later in the decade 65 or 66, just being picky!! I enjoyed this murder mystery story and look forward to reading the next in series. In the main I think the 60s setting works well. I'm not too sure if the author has everything right though, I don't think it would take a young WPC 'months' to save up for a driving licence. I'm also not sure if the Mods and Rockers were causing trouble in 1960, I thought it was later in the decade 65 or 66, just being picky!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    so good my mom stole it from me before i could read it and send it by express mail after finishing it for me to read it ASAP

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cactus

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My first read of author; it got me in! I took lots of notes for Bookclub! We all enjoyed it. INTRO: excellent re setting & place, time & season (Summer, end-of-exams/uni students on river-punts/lawns) etc. A retired milkman along river notes a red-haired man off to side of group which starts the cog of suspicion turning and pre-empting a murder to come! A new mum, sees a body in water...floating, bloated...a vivid description! She notes he’s good looking, app 20yrs; tells an old man nearby. Plot My first read of author; it got me in! I took lots of notes for Bookclub! We all enjoyed it. INTRO: excellent re setting & place, time & season (Summer, end-of-exams/uni students on river-punts/lawns) etc. A retired milkman along river notes a red-haired man off to side of group which starts the cog of suspicion turning and pre-empting a murder to come! A new mum, sees a body in water...floating, bloated...a vivid description! She notes he’s good looking, app 20yrs; tells an old man nearby. Plot begins, no characters names at this stage; then a scene change: names, characters begin to unfold. HEARING: Indoor judicial enquiry begins with “an older surgeon” thinking that the younger men questioned were more opinionated & conveyed facts too concisely. Time of death 8am-2pm. Presumably drowned as water in lungs with sediment churned up, froth in mouth. No other significant signs (scratches, bruises, fractures etc). Younger doctor found alcohol in system; made good impression on the jury. Coroner Clement Ryder, the “older surgeon”, keen to make it to golf by 4pm, as schedule is “kicking along”. We learn, via him, jurors are either: 1) anxious (suicide) 2) afraid (horrific evidence) 3) excited (scandal, suspicion), but are often good & honest with common sense prevailing for sound verdict. However, if confused, bamboozled, it’s the Coroner’s job to steer on right path. Suicide less likely with witnesses verifying the deceased & the day he died. A tutor questioned, then parents of victim, Derek Chadworth, Law student, “not strong swimmer”. Thus, a misadventure case or death by accident? But next few witnesses changed that! Police Report: young PC; 50 students, Pt Meadow, after-exams party: A) 15 came by car, bus; women, food etc. B) 2 punts: a 3rd one accidentally collides with one, tipping few into river C) Champagne & beer consumed provided by Duke Littlejohn whose son, Lord Jeremy (LJ), was in the crowd, hired 2 punts. D) half swimming, half laying around as punts collided. E) Students thought it was “funny” as many clambered off, stripped. Some climbed back onto punts, others swam to shore. F) The 3rd random punt claimed that the other 2 were overloaded & took over the river width on corner & 3rd punt had nowhere to go. Derek Chadworth (DCH) not on 3rd punt as all were Engineering students; he was Law, hence must have been on Lord LJ’s “where there was not an inch of space...all crammed on”. Dr Ryder thought there was something untoward different but had the jury also sensed it? The fact that nobody noticed anybody, or DCH, was an issue; too much to drink? Specific Witnesses: Theology student, Lionel Gulliver, takes oath, questioned earnestly as a “man of the cloth” in court of law: had little to drink, though he pales, stiffens, shows angst! Clement suspicious as he did not see Derek like all previous witnesses too; all refrained from drinking too, as a cover? Italian Fine Arts student; a sombre-looking student, Maria DeMarco. All evasive! Opens suspicion in reader. Littlejohn was next on stand but we don’t hear that part interestingly. HOSPITAL, POLICE STATION: Scene change, sub-plot: Introduces 20 yr old PC, Trudy Loveday, ready to talk to a car accident victim, but she’s called immediately to the station by her boss, Inspector Jennings. He’s a grumpy, unhappy character, especially as the Coroner, Clement Ryder, has asked, yet again, for Trudy’s assistance in DCH’s case, “an open verdict; not shut” Coroner states in his office. Trudy ecstatic! Tried not to show Jennings. She’d helped Clement 6 mths prior in solving a murder case. Ryder sees an intelligent girl with skills. Tells Jennings, angrily, about his dislike of Duke’s son, Lord Littlejohn, when on stand. Thinks all students possibly lied on stand, giving vague answers; this is a “stain on their futures” too, all agreed in office. His instincts tell reader that there is something going on, a big cover-up. Trudy persists, “did they agree to murder Derek, deliberately”? Coroner is excited by her thoughts, “how is it likely”? May explain the vague answers; even if they saw a murder committed, why keep quiet, unless? Jennings doesn’t like to ruffle the Duke’s of the land. Is annoyed by Coroner “borrowing” Trudy. Friction felt. ST BEDE’S: At the student house where DCH lived, they question the Porter. DCH mixed with young gents. Theology student, Lawrence Gulliver, says DCH in several clubs; Marquis club (fighting) which Lord LJ in. Clement notes his nervous demeanour; “startled”, but says that “perhaps he was on one of the punts after all”! After, Clement tells Trudy that “he’s been ‘got at’ to keep quiet”! Plot thickens. He wants Trudy to go undercover at the College, talk to average students who are not in LJ’s circle. She was excited; heart beating! No uniform restrictions; casual! She “loves this meaty stuff” & the reader does too. Her aim is to work in CIB. That night she tells her family who are concerned about her night work. SUB-PLOT: Trudy notes Coroner’s limp on stairs; Parkinson’s? Would he lose his job? You suspect he needs assistance in his work & Trudy might be the answer. She’s very observant though. COLLEGE: Coroner with Italian girl, Maria DeMarco, who says she feels “like a stranger” & wants to leave College. She described the Marquis Club. Warns him that LJ is “not a nice boy, from remarks I heard”. Coroner’s face ‘very thoughtful indeed’; his mind is processing this info. Trudy, meanwhile, sits with 3 girls. Discovers Derek was a photographer in the White Knights group; swaps info with Clement. ADDITIONAL FACTS: REGIE REDHAIR (RR): character introduced at start, on river, off to side, but now inserted with his own thoughts. He aims to “stalk LJ” as his little sister Becy, now gone to London, was involved with him! RR hates him; keeps notes & has a motive to kill LJ but DCH? NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: civic duty brings forth witnesses, info gained in puzzle. Clerk Clyde posted letter. CEMETERY: Celia Morrison at daughter’s grave; only child, Jennifer, 17 yrs, died a year ago, 1959 (sets time). How is this connected? LORD LJ: drinking in room re death threats over past weeks. Plot thickens! Assume RR! LOCAL PUB: Trudy in dress, boy speaks to her. DCH had girlfriend, “city-girl, not in the ‘set’, absent a month, probably searching for modelling jobs. Becy? A red-haired guy was asking questions too, “a weirdo” who DCH was too. Later, Trudy takes notes. Like me! Complex plot. ST BEDE’S: next morning, RR upped the anti against LJ to make him aware of his presence; “that upstart Lord; I’ll make his life a misery”! LJ’s unexpected visitors: Dr Ryder with Trudy. Attitude of LJ, “oh they let women in”! She notes her anger, “a cheeky, cruel cat she thought, to purr & charm her; sneering”. Insolent man, she wants to kick his shins or elsewhere! LOL. Ryder looked down on LJ as he asked questions about DCH. But LJ tried to fob them off with lunch date to get to. Clement not easy to budge. “Was Derek in the Marquis club”? LJ: “No! He was a nobody” CR: “Did you invite him to your punting picnic”? LJ: “I have no idea man. I didn’t issue him a card with an RSVP, not that sort of event”. CR: “What sort then”? LJ: “ A group of us planned it, names added, spontaneous, come what may”. LJ mocks Trudy’s surname, mentions handcuffs! And “Your working class mind”! Coroner’s thoughts sum LJ up. “he’s play-acting with indolence..what had got the blonde-haired adonis in a knot”? Lol. Trudy, naturally, fuming! Clement got her under control by saying that’s exactly what LJ wanted! LJ CHARACTER: The pompous, rich bastard! Reader’s will detest too. This character, time, era, place, attitude, cultural, social, hierarchy, contrast etc in plot is stirred up! Good addition! Reader is drawn in. SUB-PLOT: After LJ visit, Trudy notices Coroner’s trembling hand; he sees her looking. He has a gait also, he knows she’s thinking that he’s probably a drinker. Why doesn’t he just tell her? But he’d lose his job? Such a good mind. OTHER ADDITIONS: -Witnesses saw a red-haired man; who? -Jennifer’s death: happy, good equestrian; took friend’s mother’s sleeping tablets; no note or reason! -Regie questioning Becy’s friend; she hated her brother! Interesting! Why? TIME, ERA: 1960: new motorway to London; car “did up to 60mph”! Readers, like Trudy & Coroner, have established facts; the elite boys group at punting party attitudes; lounging around drinking & leering while girls prepare food. Women not in police force nor driving much. DEREK’S PARENTS: photos seen, he has money to take them to a French Restaurant? A casual photographer for money. BERRY’S GYM: Marquis Club meets here; lockers. Quiet. Regie sees LJ at his; thinks “a turd in there later would work”. Ooh! COLLEGE GROUNDS: Trudy asks LJ if Derek joined club? LJ: DCH was a son of a second-rate solicitor, “only in it for the money...it held a fascination”. LJ more attracted to Trudy’s “prettiness & innocence..sex-appeal in uniform”! So asks, “PC Loveday, why are you so drawn to me”? LJ: “she was so clueless, it was so delicious” he thinks! Placing his fingers over her knees, boldly asks if she was “wearing regulation knickers”? She instantly is offended & insulted! (Me: I’d smash his hand down!) LJ pulls her in, puts hand over left breast, adding pressure. She’s revulsed with fear & anger! Immediately her knee hits him in the privates which Aunt Margaret taught her after her time away at war with soldiers. Good on her! LJ: “You bitch”! says puce-looking Lord. Trudy: “Keep your hands to yourself”! She walks away, LJ “swore savagely..walked stiffly off, or rather, limply”! She smiled; “she’d aggravated his superior calm”! Great stuff! She felt triumphant in defending herself yet panicked about his venomous tone. Police-teachers taught her that criminals make constant threats but seldom follow through. LAW TUTOR: DCH’s Tutor, Pettigrew, tells Clement that he was bright & ambitious, put in the hours, an interest in criminal law & would have succeeded. “His trouble was that he grew up without enough money”, middle-class family compared to the elitist Cambridge friends, “oh how the rich can really live” Tutor says, referring to the Marquis Club & LJ’s group; Derek was attracted to it but not aristocratically. “To be king of his own particular heap...he’d sail close to the wind, not having any scruples on how he’d come by the money”. A Robin? Yes! Mmmm... SUB-PLOT: Tutor pulls away from Coroner. Is his breath smelling? He felt humiliated. “Damn disease”. REGIE PORTER ‘REDHAIR’: He didn’t like his father, “beer & fists” & his mother sided with her children. Lived in Council home. Neighbours scared of ‘Stanley the hardman”, known to police. Regie thumped dad at 15 but father never touched his daughter, but Regie? Father suspicious. Did dad know where Becy was? She’d have written to him for sure Regie thinks. Her friends were no help; said she’d gone off to be a star. Regie’s character is mixed up emotionally it seems; desperate for sister to return, why? Protection? Incest? Father says “ We know why you want her back...you molly-coddled her...made demands on her...you never cared”! Fists come out, a chair is tipped over; mum in garden, stays put, anxious. Father had envelope with demands made of him. Regie looks inside: what? We aren’t told; tension mounts! POLICE STATION: Re assault charge. Jennings’ office. Loveday told that Lord LJ has made complaint & demands re Trudy’s position following her “physical assault” on LJ! Trudy responds like Ryder taught her in these situations; not to show fear, force back feelings within, as Jennings states that “it’s the only way to bring the situation under control & not my station into disrepute”. Trudy responds with “err..he made a public assault on me, grabbed me...err...my upper torso, before an undignified scuffle broke out. I did not want to arrest him in public. I disabled him as quietly & quickly as I could. There were few witnesses; I was coming straight back here to tell you. I’m surprised by LJ”. Jennings stunned by her Ryder-style questioning. Trudy typed out report. How dare LJ wanting her to be sacked! What a nasty piece of work he is! Readers want to see this character fall from grace, and by Trudy, no less. She tells Ryder her hatred for Duke’s son; he warns her to leave him alone! Can she? Does he sense danger? SUB-PLOT: Trudy queries a colleague, Walter, about alcoholics, hidden drinkers. She learns about their slow, careful speech, bad breath, mints to cover it. Dr Ryder? It’s easy to see how assumptions are made! CAFE: Uni students frequent. Trudy sits with English Lit group, “Derek was the last person you’d expect to drown”. She gets response to statement, a good opener. Derek went out with Jenny Morrison (oddly, name of present Aust PM’s wife!), before dropping her for the next one, Becy. She learned that Derek played around & left a few broken hearts in his tracks. This time Trudy returned to the station & not to Ryder. OTHER WITNESSES: Enid Claves, nervous, in Coroner’s office. She saw the “teddy-boys” passing the shop, youth of the day, mopeds, pointy shoes, slicked back hair. Good social description. She had tea given to her; in good china. Coroner’s ploy. LOL. Enid: At river, she saw students, but one fisherman, not 2 as James Roper saw. A red-haired man was watching them, with manners, kept his distance. Intrigue! Trudy back to Coroner to tell him about the student gossip. They head to Morrison parents place. Mother, Celia, unwell. Grief. Jenny’s father, Keith, produced the Morris Moped’s! Was an only child, did not know Derek, they felt. Olympic dressage was her aim. The father was “aggressive & testy”; had warned Jenny about the “toff’s & snobs”. Seems she hadn’t told them she went out with Derek. Mmm... COLLEGE: A bottle, with small hole in top, found at Lord LJ’s. Must be Regie out to get him. STUDIO: Clement & Trudy get tip-off on Derek’s photography place; one of porn with girls faces, bodies everywhere, including Jenny & Becy. Trudy sickened, leaves for station to report. Coroner remains until Vice Squad & Jennings arrive (he wants to protect the elite). Though what does LJ have to do with this? There’s a picture of a blonde-guy with girls but it’s a back view; looks suspiciously like LJ. Let’s hope so! He’s going down! CAFE: Trudy shows photo of Becky to Uni girls, confirming her ID (taken from family home). PORTER HOME: Father admits being blackmailed with her pictures in envelope & after that, she upped & left. Red-haired Regie, in all family pics, “was too close to her”, Stanley Porter says. INTERVIEW AT STATION, LJ: Regie had followed LJ in car; a fight. Brought to station. Jennings says to Trudy, who suggested she be allowed in on the interview, to leave the facts to him. “Keep quiet”. She just wanted to see the aristocrat get his comeuppance! Did Regie stop LJ from leaving town? She took notes in the corner, at last “in on things”. LJ’s annoying, snooty, privileged, upper-class drawl droned on! He demands his solicitor! Smug superior look on his face. Outside room, through the glass, other blue-eyed, male PC, sees Trudy & is shocked. Ha! Note attitude of day! LETTER: Coroner shows Trudy another witness’s letter who saw a fisherman, a chair & a Blue Riley vehicle on the day of ‘drowning’. It’s Morrison’s! Sediment in DCH’s lungs from Keith’s pond he’d recently built, which drained into the river...and he has a reason for killing! Plot heightened by suspense. Despite the punting accident the revelry of students is still a focus; real-life has a way of being unpredictable & messy the Coroner says. “Your job is to keep your eye on the evidence”! She heads to LJ’s College. Coroner notes that Trudy is growing up fast but she needs to get tougher! SUB-PLOT: Trudy notices in the car, the ‘evidence’, his minty breath, probably washed after lunch. LJ’s ROOM: Will he be the second victim? LJ is drinking in his room, there’s a knock. Trudy arrives after peddling over, and tells herself that she will not lose her temper. Her mantra from now on. Door ajar, scuffling & gargling sound. Stunned, Trudy sees a puce/purple, eyes bulging, mouth gaping open, Lord LJ. Ugly sight! A second man with large hands around LJ’s throat. She lunged forward, using her shoulder, as trained to, in order to break the clasp. She gave him a put-down blow in the solar-plexus. Keith Morrison was swaying & wrenching, trying to breathe, as was LJ. He got air into his lungs. What next? Do nothing! A report, so she phoned Jennings. LJ “got spectacularly sick” with satisfaction to Trudy. Morrison stuttered that he was sorry! “I never meant to frighten you...the same age as my daughter would have been...I didn’t hurt you”? Painful breaths. Trudy asks, “You did kill Mr Chadwick”? CONFESSION: “OH YES...I don’t regret it...even now...I’d paid blackmail money for photos which arrived in the post, vile photos...he as good as murdered her...got the name from the PO drop”. Trudy took notes. “I lured him to my place for the final payment...to the garden, safe, rocky...I was just ahead of him...the pond behind...I just made a grab for him & like a rat in a barrel, I got him”! He’d bought a second-hand wheelchair. Derek had told him about the party he was then going to, when “...my girl was cold in the grave”. How callous was Derek then! His character not appealing. “It was meant to be, an opportunity, it felt right. Trudy thought, poetic justice? LJ listening intently as Morrison continued. “It was easy; he yelled, I put my hand over his mouth, held his head under water; he was kicking but I had more muscle.” LJ wrenching now. “I lifted my hand off. Derek begged for his life, that his high-up friend, LJ,encouraged it all & was behind it...a parasite”! LJ froze & was aghast. Morrison took a chance on a second murder as many people would have had a reason to kill the Duke’s son. Morrison began crying as police arrived. SOLVED BUT WHERE TO NOW? Coroner noted that Trudy looked washed out at realising Morrison may be hung. The poor mother, Celia. A daughter, now a husband. Tragic. Clemente said there could be a deal; the Duke is powerful man. Won’t want his son to be involved in a porn story; his future would be grim. There could be an insanity plea for Morrison. Derek’s parents might kick-up a fuss but they may not want their son known as a “grubby pornographer”, leave his life intact & to rest in peace. Did Derek deserve what he got? Trudy worried about Morrison because it was, in some way, through her, that he confessed. Did she do her job properly? Clemente asks her, “are you re-evaluating your career”? Trudy responds instantly, “No! I’m not a child. I just don’t like the grey areas”. Most people don’t. A difficult job. Working with the Coroner was a 1000 times better than the ‘make-do’ jobs of Jennings. But Trudy cant see DI Jennings allowing her to work with the Coroner again. But the Coroner replies that he wouldn’t be surprised if Jennings changes; police medal for bravery, tackling a dangerous criminal on her own. “But I wasn’t” Trudy says. Clement tells her that people would disagree, to just accept the accolades, if you want to be a Detective one day. he notes a sparkle in her eyes! Jennings found out that Becy was in London & did not succeed in becoming a star. She was wanting to come home. He sends Trudy back to the hospital, to the hit-run victim. It kept her out of his way. He was surprised with her positive response, “I’m so glad”! He glowered at her; though bemused. The reader feels that Trudy will rise through the ranks, against all odds of the culture of the day, when women don’t have a place in the workforce. This plot is a theme on the ethics of that culture & the worth of women, young girls particularly, in society, & the male-attitudes/boys club mentality, they had to challenge. Well done author! And the red-hair suspect was really a red-herring!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bucks, Books & Beyond

    The story is mainly told from Trudy Loveday’s point of view with brief parts being told from Dr Ryder’s perspective and some of the other featured characters. Trudy is a young 19 year old girl trying to make her way within the police force in the 1950’s. She struggles in what is a male dominated career and with her young age working against her she feels as if she will never be able to learn the skills needed to progress up the ranks. This is where Dr Ryder makes an entrance. He is the coroner t The story is mainly told from Trudy Loveday’s point of view with brief parts being told from Dr Ryder’s perspective and some of the other featured characters. Trudy is a young 19 year old girl trying to make her way within the police force in the 1950’s. She struggles in what is a male dominated career and with her young age working against her she feels as if she will never be able to learn the skills needed to progress up the ranks. This is where Dr Ryder makes an entrance. He is the coroner tasked with investigating the death of the Oxford Student and enlists Loveday’s help. He sees a spark in her work ethic and wants to help her hone her skills and become the best she can be. The bond between Ryder and Loveday is really touching. It is a classic example of a mentor and student relationship when it works at its best. Ryder clearly sees the potential in Loveday and in return, Loveday clearly respects Ryder and his knowledge. About three quarters of the way through I had a sneaky suspicion I knew who the killer was and I was right. However, I didn’t enjoy the book any less because of this as there were still many aspects of the how and why I hadn’t figured out which all became apparent at the end. The author throws in lots of twists and turns and writes a few people into the picture as suspects which made for an enthralling read. I’m intrigued to know what the prior case Ryder & Loveday worked on together and i’m intrigued to see how these characters develop. I will be seeking out the first book in this series and I eagerly await the next one to see what these characters get up to next! Highly recommend this book for anyone who likes a book with a classic ‘who done it’ theme.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marion

    In this new series from Faith Martin we are 60`s Oxford where probationer WPC Trudy Loveday, who we met in the first book A Fatal Obsession,is once again called on to assist the coroner Dr Clement Ryder looking into a death by drowning of a student from St Bedes college. Derek Chadsworth was discovered floating in the river following a student end of term party and though it was thought to have been an accidental death when Dr Ryder hears the witness accounts at the inquest his suspicions are aro In this new series from Faith Martin we are 60`s Oxford where probationer WPC Trudy Loveday, who we met in the first book A Fatal Obsession,is once again called on to assist the coroner Dr Clement Ryder looking into a death by drowning of a student from St Bedes college. Derek Chadsworth was discovered floating in the river following a student end of term party and though it was thought to have been an accidental death when Dr Ryder hears the witness accounts at the inquest his suspicions are aroused. He has an open verdict brought in and sets about discovering the truth. The atmosphere of the 60`s is caught well and without access to technology and forensics that we have today Trudy has to be even more determined and resourceful in order to get to the truth. Using her initiative she manages not only to unearth clues but to get herself into some sticky situations. I loved how she and Dr Ryder worked together and his support of Trudy when it seems all her colleagues see her as surplus to requirement. We get introduced to a colourful cast of characters connected to the victim, learn about their lives and their secrets. Finally presented with all the evidence, which has thrown up more than one suspect, Trudy and Dr Ryder finally reveal the murderer. This is an effortless and enjoyable read and I am looking forward to reading more of Trudy`s mission to become a detective.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    I was a huge fan of Faith Martin's DI Hillary Greene series, so when I saw a new series from her, I was excited to read it. It's in a slightly different vein—still in Oxford, still involving elements of the police—but this is set in 1960, with two main characters: Dr. Clement Ryder, a coroner suffering from Parkinson's, and Trudy Loveday, a nineteen-year-old probationary constable. The world they live in isn't interested in accommodating physical impairments like Parkinson's, and it's not intere I was a huge fan of Faith Martin's DI Hillary Greene series, so when I saw a new series from her, I was excited to read it. It's in a slightly different vein—still in Oxford, still involving elements of the police—but this is set in 1960, with two main characters: Dr. Clement Ryder, a coroner suffering from Parkinson's, and Trudy Loveday, a nineteen-year-old probationary constable. The world they live in isn't interested in accommodating physical impairments like Parkinson's, and it's not interested in treating women fairly. But the coroner and the officer soon find themselves paired to investigate open cases. A Fatal Mistake is the second book in this series, and I found it a more interesting and engaging read than the first—which I liked quite a bit. Martin paints the two main characters very well, as well as their motivations and aspirations. They're fully-fleshed out characters, and I enjoy rooting for both of them. Sometimes, their misunderstandings can be almost Shakespearian (or Three's Companyian) but it doesn't detract from either the characters or the story. Indeed, the way they work the system to their advantage is delightful. While the plots provide a decent number of red herrings, it wasn't difficult to guess the killer. But even though I knew what was coming, I was on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to read the next one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lel Budge

    This is the second in the Ryder and Loveday series and is set in 1960’s Oxford. A young Oxford student is found drowned after a student picnic and an accident with their punt’s. No one is sure whether the student, Derek Chadworth had been at the picnic or not and suspicions are raised. Dr Clement Ryder is the coroner, and during the inquest an open verdict is made, which means he can investigate the issue further and asks for a PC to assist him. This is where WPC Trudy Loveday joins him, doing som This is the second in the Ryder and Loveday series and is set in 1960’s Oxford. A young Oxford student is found drowned after a student picnic and an accident with their punt’s. No one is sure whether the student, Derek Chadworth had been at the picnic or not and suspicions are raised. Dr Clement Ryder is the coroner, and during the inquest an open verdict is made, which means he can investigate the issue further and asks for a PC to assist him. This is where WPC Trudy Loveday joins him, doing some undercover work and gathering further information. Was this an accident or murder? There’s a privileged, indulgent Lord, Lord Littlejohn, and his Marquis Club, many impressionable girls, blackmail and threats. There’s some twists and a great ending. Faith Martin gets the atmosphere of 60’s Oxford really well, including the way women were treated in the police force at that time. I love the gentle relationship between Ryder and Loveday and can see this as being another great series of books like the Hillary Green novels and I’m already looking forward to the next one. I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alan Snow

    Loveday and Ryder ride again. This is the second of the series that I have read, and I really enjoyed it. It built on the first in the series very nicely. I was kept guessing to the end who the perpetrator actually was, and I was kept in the dark until the end, as all good whodunnits should be. The author builds into the period in the early fifties very nicely with some interesting insights into what life was like in England in that period, particularly for budding new policewomen. The area where T Loveday and Ryder ride again. This is the second of the series that I have read, and I really enjoyed it. It built on the first in the series very nicely. I was kept guessing to the end who the perpetrator actually was, and I was kept in the dark until the end, as all good whodunnits should be. The author builds into the period in the early fifties very nicely with some interesting insights into what life was like in England in that period, particularly for budding new policewomen. The area where Trudy is considering learning to drive is very interesting. The story starts with depicting the scene where the incident took place and ends with revisiting the scene and describing what actually took place, all the clues were there if you knew what you were looking for. I was a little surprised when Ryder solved the mystery and there were still a couple of chapters to go but there was a nice sting in the tail that brought the story together – a nice writing style by Faith Martin. I will be hopping straight into the next of the series to see if the male police actually give here a fair go.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gail Gassen

    Twists and turns in this one! I'm always certain that any of Faith Martin's books are going to be a hit before reading one. So I'm always confident that they'll be a five star. Of course once in awhile I'll give the a four star, but usually because of either spelling or a grammar issue. Although I'm happy to say that the grammar is hardly ever an issue, and neither is the spelling. Meaning the they are edited extremely well, or her fans catch the odd misspelled or punctuation mistake and quickly Twists and turns in this one! I'm always certain that any of Faith Martin's books are going to be a hit before reading one. So I'm always confident that they'll be a five star. Of course once in awhile I'll give the a four star, but usually because of either spelling or a grammar issue. Although I'm happy to say that the grammar is hardly ever an issue, and neither is the spelling. Meaning the they are edited extremely well, or her fans catch the odd misspelled or punctuation mistake and quickly let's them know. So this will be a five stars, again! This story is based on a drowning that seems accidentally. Of course Dr Ryder is suspicious of the testimony's the college students are giving, & decides to look into it more before a final verdict is given. The whole story around the victim gets into a very twisted and surprising end. Well worth the five stars, and hard to put down till all the answers are filled in truthfully! I'm sure you'll agree its a winning book once you've also read it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    JJ

    I enjoyed the first in the WPC Loveday/Dr Ryder book which set up the pairing of a probationer PC and the local coroner. Martin writes about a time when women in the police force were few and far between and barely tolerated by most of their colleagues. They were given menial tasks to keep them out of the way and such is the case with our Trudy. A young, not quite 20 year old policewoman, bright and eager with a DI who wishes her anywhere but in his police station. So DI Jennings is happy to palm I enjoyed the first in the WPC Loveday/Dr Ryder book which set up the pairing of a probationer PC and the local coroner. Martin writes about a time when women in the police force were few and far between and barely tolerated by most of their colleagues. They were given menial tasks to keep them out of the way and such is the case with our Trudy. A young, not quite 20 year old policewoman, bright and eager with a DI who wishes her anywhere but in his police station. So DI Jennings is happy to palm her off on the annoyingly well-connected coroner Dr Ryder when he wants to delve further into a case that has come before him. This case involves some well to do Oxford students and the unexplained death of one of their numbers. Ryder and Trudy work very well together but Ryder has a secret he wants kept hidden. Trudy begins to suspect something is wrong though she is off on the wrong tack and that could prove embarrassing later. Characters are well fleshed out and place and time well conveyed. The author is good at getting right into the seemingly ordinary lives of her characters and showing the sadnesses, hypocrisies and violence they live with.

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