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‘Great characters, great plot and a totally dazzling finish… Wonderful.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars Oxford, 1961 A family day out at Briar’s Hall ends in tragedy when a young boy goes missing – and his body is found at the bottom of a disused well in the orchard.It looks like a simple case of an eleven-year-old exploring where he shouldn’t: a tragic accident. But Coroner ‘Great characters, great plot and a totally dazzling finish… Wonderful.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars Oxford, 1961 A family day out at Briar’s Hall ends in tragedy when a young boy goes missing – and his body is found at the bottom of a disused well in the orchard.It looks like a simple case of an eleven-year-old exploring where he shouldn’t: a tragic accident. But Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday aren’t convinced. If Eddie had been climbing and fallen, why were there no cuts or dirt on his hands? Why would a boy terrified of heights be around a well at all?Clement and Trudy are determined to get to the truth, but the more they dig into Briar’s Hall and the mysterious de Lacey family who live there, the murkier things become.Could it be that poor Eddie’s death was murder? There are rumours of blackmail in the village, and Clement and Trudy have a horrible feeling that Eddie stumbled on a secret that someone was willing to kill for… Fans of Betty Rowlands, Agatha Christie and Faith Martin’s DI Hillary Greene series will not want to miss this! Readers LOVE A Fatal Secret! ‘A brilliant book! This is Faith Martin at her scintillating best!… A cracking good read… Highly recommend this book and I give it a delighted 5 stars!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars‘Gripping suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat. I was hooked from page one.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars‘Great plot, excellent main characters and I read it in one sitting! I would highly recommend this book.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars‘Gripping… Crime-busting nostalgia at its very best.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 starsThe Ryder and Loveday Series Book 1: A FATAL OBSESSION Book 2: A FATAL MISTAKE Book 3: A FATAL FLAW Book 4: A FATAL SECRET


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‘Great characters, great plot and a totally dazzling finish… Wonderful.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars Oxford, 1961 A family day out at Briar’s Hall ends in tragedy when a young boy goes missing – and his body is found at the bottom of a disused well in the orchard.It looks like a simple case of an eleven-year-old exploring where he shouldn’t: a tragic accident. But Coroner ‘Great characters, great plot and a totally dazzling finish… Wonderful.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars Oxford, 1961 A family day out at Briar’s Hall ends in tragedy when a young boy goes missing – and his body is found at the bottom of a disused well in the orchard.It looks like a simple case of an eleven-year-old exploring where he shouldn’t: a tragic accident. But Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday aren’t convinced. If Eddie had been climbing and fallen, why were there no cuts or dirt on his hands? Why would a boy terrified of heights be around a well at all?Clement and Trudy are determined to get to the truth, but the more they dig into Briar’s Hall and the mysterious de Lacey family who live there, the murkier things become.Could it be that poor Eddie’s death was murder? There are rumours of blackmail in the village, and Clement and Trudy have a horrible feeling that Eddie stumbled on a secret that someone was willing to kill for… Fans of Betty Rowlands, Agatha Christie and Faith Martin’s DI Hillary Greene series will not want to miss this! Readers LOVE A Fatal Secret! ‘A brilliant book! This is Faith Martin at her scintillating best!… A cracking good read… Highly recommend this book and I give it a delighted 5 stars!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars‘Gripping suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat. I was hooked from page one.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars‘Great plot, excellent main characters and I read it in one sitting! I would highly recommend this book.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars‘Gripping… Crime-busting nostalgia at its very best.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 starsThe Ryder and Loveday Series Book 1: A FATAL OBSESSION Book 2: A FATAL MISTAKE Book 3: A FATAL FLAW Book 4: A FATAL SECRET

30 review for A Fatal Secret

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gail C.

    A FATAL SECRET by Faith Martin is the fourth in the Ryan and Loveday police procedural. This series features an unlikely pairing between women’s probationary constable Trudy Loveday, a young 19 year old from a working class family and Dr. Clement Ryder, a retired surgeon who now works as a coroner for the Oxford police. The series is set in the ‘60’s, and gives a fascinating look into the place of women in the police force at that time as well as a social system that still put more emphasis on a A FATAL SECRET by Faith Martin is the fourth in the Ryan and Loveday police procedural. This series features an unlikely pairing between women’s probationary constable Trudy Loveday, a young 19 year old from a working class family and Dr. Clement Ryder, a retired surgeon who now works as a coroner for the Oxford police. The series is set in the ‘60’s, and gives a fascinating look into the place of women in the police force at that time as well as a social system that still put more emphasis on a young woman marrying rather than having a career. As a woman in the police service, Trudy encounters a great deal of resistance from her superior officer who questions the place of women in the police force. Since he can’t refuse to have her in the precinct his solution is to assign Trudy to more menial tasks such as filing and logging personal items for people being booked into jail. Dr. Ryder, on the other hand, sees Trudy as an asset and someone with a sharp mind to be nurtured and grown. Dr. Ryder is called in to investigate when a member of the local landed gentry is unsatisfied with the conclusion brought by an inquest in the death of a child on his estate. Because there is still significant political weight afforded the gentry, his request is given the green light and Dr. Ryder is assigned the investigative duties. Because of his high regard for Trudy, he immediately requests her assistance and because he also has considerable weight within the police service, his request is granted. As WPC Loveday and Dr. Ryder begin to explore the child’s death, they become convinced he was murdered and it was made to look like an accident. There are numerous twists and turns as they question people attached to the estate, many of whom have secrets they wish to keep. Not all of these secrets refer to the child’s death and it becomes Ryder and Loveday’s job to separate out what’s relevant. In addition, there is an ongoing storyline of Dr. Ryder’s self diagnosed Parkinson’s Disease. He has noticed signs such as tremors and unsteady gait and is trying to hide this information for fear it will mean he is judged medically unfit for his position as coroner which requires he be able to pass a police physical. Trudy has noticed some of his problems and has her suspicions, but is reluctant to ask for fear of the answer. As expected, Ryder and Loveday solve the murder and identify the murderer but not before experiencing some trauma themselves. Trudy is in a quandary because she is nearing the end of her probationary period, her parents are pressing her to leave the dangerous field of police work, and the solution of this murder pressed her into actions she had never fully considered when joining the force. Her choices, as well as Dr. Ryder’s fate, are left for future books. Because the relationship between Dr. Ryder and WPC Loveday is central to this series and develops with each book, the series is probably best enjoyed being read in order. The mysteries themselves are stand alone, so that is not necessary for the enjoyment of solving the puzzle of “who done it”. My thanks to HQ Digital Publishing and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for the ARC, in exchange for an honest review.   This is the fourth in the Ryan and Loveday series, which centres around the unusual pairing of women’s probationary constable Trudy Loveday, from a working-class family and Dr. Clement Ryder, a retired surgeon who now works as a coroner. It is set in the ‘60’s, and gives an insight into the place of women in society and the police force, at that time. It is refreshing to read a police procedural with no slashing Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for the ARC, in exchange for an honest review.   This is the fourth in the Ryan and Loveday series, which centres around the unusual pairing of women’s probationary constable Trudy Loveday, from a working-class family and Dr. Clement Ryder, a retired surgeon who now works as a coroner. It is set in the ‘60’s, and gives an insight into the place of women in society and the police force, at that time. It is refreshing to read a police procedural with no slashing, blood and guts or profanity investigated without mobile communication, databases and the internet. Relying more on sifting through police records and research at the local library. Cycling around the villages as there were very few cars. Over the series the bond between Trudy and Clement is growing stronger. He doesn't treat her as a woman who should be pursuing a husband, not a career, and he respects her opinions. Whereas this book could be read as a standalone, I suggest that they are read in order, so you get the benefit of the excellent character development between these 2 as well as the progression of Dr Clements Parkinson’s Disease. Trudy has her own personal dilemmas, as she is getting closer to the end of her probationary period. And her parents, while pleased with her achievements are trying to persuade her to leave the dangerous field of police work, and settle down with a nice man, preferably one of the neighbour’s boys. Personally, this was the best of the series so far, all excellent with a slight dip with the third book.  With this book, I was hooked from page one. It is very well written, and I look forward to the fifth book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for the ARC, in exchange for an honest review. This is the fourth in the Ryan and Loveday series, which centres around the unusual pairing of women’s probationary constable Trudy Loveday, from a working-class family and Dr. Clement Ryder, a retired surgeon who now works as a coroner. It is set in the ‘60’s, and gives an insight into the place of women in society and the police force, at that time. It is refreshing to read a police procedural with no slashing, Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for the ARC, in exchange for an honest review. This is the fourth in the Ryan and Loveday series, which centres around the unusual pairing of women’s probationary constable Trudy Loveday, from a working-class family and Dr. Clement Ryder, a retired surgeon who now works as a coroner. It is set in the ‘60’s, and gives an insight into the place of women in society and the police force, at that time. It is refreshing to read a police procedural with no slashing, blood and guts or profanity investigated without mobile communication, databases and the internet. Relying more on sifting through police records and research at the local library. Cycling around the villages as there were very few cars. Over the series the bond between Trudy and Clement is growing stronger. He doesn't treat her as a woman who should be pursuing a husband, not a career, and he respects her opinions. Whereas this book could be read as a standalone, I suggest that they are read in order, so you get the benefit of the excellent character development between these 2 as well as the progression of Dr Clements Parkinson’s Disease. Trudy has her own personal dilemmas, as she is getting closer to the end of her probationary period. And her parents, while pleased with her achievements are trying to persuade her to leave the dangerous field of police work, and settle down with a nice man, preferably one of the neighbour’s boys. Personally, this was the best of the series so far, all excellent with a slight dip with the third book. With this book, I was hooked from page one. It is very well written, and I look forward to the fifth book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    This is the second book I have read in this series, and it has confirmed 2 things: I like Dr. Ryder, but I do not like Trudy Loveday. She is naive and less-than-intelligent about certain things. Having Dr. Ryder as her mentor may not be the best thing for her as she relies on him too much to explain what she should already know. I'm also not too crazy about the heavy-handed efforts to make her a heroine. I suspect this will be my last foray into this series. This is the second book I have read in this series, and it has confirmed 2 things: I like Dr. Ryder, but I do not like Trudy Loveday. She is naive and less-than-intelligent about certain things. Having Dr. Ryder as her mentor may not be the best thing for her as she relies on him too much to explain what she should already know. I'm also not too crazy about the heavy-handed efforts to make her a heroine. I suspect this will be my last foray into this series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Diane Challenor

    I just love the Ryder and Loveday series I’ve given this series five stars because I love it. I’ve read four books of the series so far, one after the other; I’m just about to start book five. Faith Martin is a master storyteller. Set in the 1960s in the surrounds of Oxford, with two very likeable sleuths, a WPC and a Coroner, it’s a recipe for a clever comfort read with intriguing insights, twists, and turns; one of the best. Additionally the audio narrator, Stephane Racine, reads it perfectly.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    I find the concept of the Ryder & Loveday Mystery Series to be very original, and I enjoyed this 4th book as much as the previous ones. What sets this series apart is that it takes place in the early 1960's in Great Britain and features a former surgeon. Clement Ryder, who is in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease. He doesn't want anyone to know that he suffers from this, but knows he has to change careers, so becomes a Coroner. He meets nineteen year old Probationary Woman Police Constable I find the concept of the Ryder & Loveday Mystery Series to be very original, and I enjoyed this 4th book as much as the previous ones. What sets this series apart is that it takes place in the early 1960's in Great Britain and features a former surgeon. Clement Ryder, who is in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease. He doesn't want anyone to know that he suffers from this, but knows he has to change careers, so becomes a Coroner. He meets nineteen year old Probationary Woman Police Constable Trudy Lovejoy, and soon begins to send requests to her obnoxious supervisor for her assistance in resolving some cases. Coroner Ryder teaches her quite a bit, and is about the only person she comes across who respects her career choice and her ability. The two make a very unlikely, yet brilliant, team. In this latest installment, a young boy is found dead at the bottom of the well, and the coroner soon determines that it was no accident. Once again, he requests approval for Trudy's assistance. She is thrilled to get out of her regular, boring tasks and spend some time again with Clement Ryder on an actual investigation. The two have challenges ahead in solving this one. Fans of British mysteries should enjoy this book, as well as the earlier ones in the series. If you are already a fan of this series, you will want to read this one. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and HQ Digital for an advance copy of A Fatal Secret, the fourth novel set in early 1960s Oxford to feature WPC Trudy Loveday and coroner Dr Clement Ryder. When 11 year old Eddie Proctor is found at the bottom of a Well with a broken neck Coroner Dr Clement Ryder has no option but to declare his death an accident, until the well’s owner, local squire Martin de Lacey, asks Ryder to take a closer look. I thoroughly enjoyed A Fatal Secret which has a good mystery at it I would like to thank Netgalley and HQ Digital for an advance copy of A Fatal Secret, the fourth novel set in early 1960s Oxford to feature WPC Trudy Loveday and coroner Dr Clement Ryder. When 11 year old Eddie Proctor is found at the bottom of a Well with a broken neck Coroner Dr Clement Ryder has no option but to declare his death an accident, until the well’s owner, local squire Martin de Lacey, asks Ryder to take a closer look. I thoroughly enjoyed A Fatal Secret which has a good mystery at its heart, well drawn characters and a good insight into the preoccupations of the era. The novel is told from various points of view but doesn’t seem choppy as is often the case, rather it gives the reader a wider view of events and as it concentrates mostly on Ryder and Loveday a better understanding of their characters. The mystery of the who and why is kept well hidden, even from our plucky protagonists, so it makes for an absorbing read. The tone is light and fairly cozy but it doesn’t shy away from some of the more sordid aspects of the Cold War that was a high priority at the time. (I can’t say more than that without spoilers). It is well done, covering all the salient points without labouring them or passing judgement. It is amusing to modern readers but no laughing matter at the time. Loveday and Ryder are great characters whom I’m really coming to love as the series progresses. Ryder is smart, educated and worldly wise but hiding a life changing illness. Trudy Loveday is the star. As a probationary Woman Police Officer she has no status in the force but her association with Ryder gives her self esteem. What I really like about her portrayal is the way the mores of the time are reflected in her character. Her mum and dad want her to get married and give up her job which was the norm at the time but she’s ambitious and determined to get on - I’d love to read about her ten or twenty years down the line to see if she succeeded. The highlight of the novel for her parents is the chance to rent their first television! It’s a different, more naïve world. A Fatal Secret is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    This book was pleasant enough but I want more than pleasant in a book where there is a murder. It is set in the 1960s which I remember well but sometimes it seems to be earlier. I won't be rushing to read the next book in the series. This book was pleasant enough but I want more than pleasant in a book where there is a murder. It is set in the 1960s which I remember well but sometimes it seems to be earlier. I won't be rushing to read the next book in the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    A Fatal Secret by Faith Martin is another gripping historical crime novel. It is the fourth book in the Ryder And Loveday Mystery series but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed returning to Oxford in 1961, being reunited with the crime busting duo of probationer WPC Loveday and aging coroner Dr Ryder. They are an engaging couple with her copper’s nose and his education. A perfect blend of youth and experience. Whenever the police shelve a case, Ryder and Loveday spring into action. A terrible A Fatal Secret by Faith Martin is another gripping historical crime novel. It is the fourth book in the Ryder And Loveday Mystery series but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed returning to Oxford in 1961, being reunited with the crime busting duo of probationer WPC Loveday and aging coroner Dr Ryder. They are an engaging couple with her copper’s nose and his education. A perfect blend of youth and experience. Whenever the police shelve a case, Ryder and Loveday spring into action. A terrible crime? Or an unfortunate accident? The reader tries, alongside Ryder and Loveday, to piece together the clues, as the locals seem tight lipped. Some seem burdened with a terrible secret. Relationships are strained as lives are exposed and the questions mount up. I love these Ryder and Loveday mysteries, it is a nostalgic step back in time that is juxtaposed with what seem to us, outdated views on life. Women are seen as weak and inferior to men, good for marriage and childbearing but not for ‘real’ work. Even within the police force, women are good for making tea, filing paperwork and handing out tissues. The young, forward thinking Loveday is a breath of fresh air and perfectly paired with the crusty old coroner who sees her for what she is – a competent young woman. Together they solve the crimes of Oxford. For me, this series is reminiscent of a blend of the television series Inspector George Gently and Inspector Morse. I think Ryder and Loveday would make a fabulous television series – any producers out there please take note. I would cast Martin Shaw as Ryder and Joanne Frogatt as Loveday. Anyone want to make my dream come true? These Ryder and Loveday books are crime busting nostalgia at its very best. I love all the books. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    This is the second Ryder and Loveday historical crime mystery I've read. Although the mysteries are standalone, the relationship between the two unusual detectives develops with each book. So, if you get the opportunity, start with book one. Clement Ryder, former surgeon, now coroner, and Trudy Loveday, a probationary policewoman in the Oxford constabulary, in the early 1960s investigate cases referred to Ryder by various powerful sources. After their first meeting, Ryder sees the intelligence an This is the second Ryder and Loveday historical crime mystery I've read. Although the mysteries are standalone, the relationship between the two unusual detectives develops with each book. So, if you get the opportunity, start with book one. Clement Ryder, former surgeon, now coroner, and Trudy Loveday, a probationary policewoman in the Oxford constabulary, in the early 1960s investigate cases referred to Ryder by various powerful sources. After their first meeting, Ryder sees the intelligence and potential detecting skill in Loveday, and always requests her assistance, despite the resistance of her misogynous bosses in the police force. Loveday, is ambitious, intuitive and hard-working, the perfect police officer, yet in the 1960's she is thwarted every time she seeks practical experience in police work, by jealous and bigoted colleagues and bosses. Their attitude to a working woman reflects the societal view of women in the workplace, and society. The idea of the 1950's woman as a homemaker was challenged in the 1960s by women like Loveday and forward-thinking intelligent men like Ryder. The book showcases 1960s' society and attitude well. I was a child in the 1960s, and recognise many of the attitudes and societal norms portrayed in this series, which is well- researched. The plot is in the murder mystery style, nothing too graphic, although serious crime and issues are explored throughout the investigation. There are many suspects and numerous clues, many of which lead nowhere. The pacing is good, even though you follow Ryder and Loveday's investigative pace. This is detective work in the 1960s, so forensics and technological help are minimal. Deduction and observation are key skills used here, and it makes interesting reading. Perfect if you're a fan of 'Inspector Gently', 'Morse' and 'Prime Suspect. This series explores policing in the 1960s, with a unique partnership, astute observations of 1960's society, and a well-plotted murder mystery. I received a copy of this book from HQ Digital UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    This is the fourth book in the Ryder and Loveday series. I didn't think that Faith Martin could introduce new stories and characters that would help me get over her ending the DI Hillary Greene series, but Loveday is starting to grow on me. Dr. Clement Ryder is a coroner dealing with some potentially severe health issues. Trudy Loveday is a probationary WPC and the only female officer in the police department. The bond between Trudy and Clement is particularly strong and noteworthy; he doesn't tr This is the fourth book in the Ryder and Loveday series. I didn't think that Faith Martin could introduce new stories and characters that would help me get over her ending the DI Hillary Greene series, but Loveday is starting to grow on me. Dr. Clement Ryder is a coroner dealing with some potentially severe health issues. Trudy Loveday is a probationary WPC and the only female officer in the police department. The bond between Trudy and Clement is particularly strong and noteworthy; he doesn't treat her like a woman who should be pursuing a husband, not a career, and he respects her opinions. Trudy gets very little support or credit from her coworkers and superiors, so the fact that he is mentoring her is a welcome change. It is the growing relationship between these two that appeals to me the most in this series. In A Fatal Secret, a young boy, Eddie, is found at the bottom of a well, and what initially appears to be a tragic accident, may well be murder. Once again, I found myself following the clues as I tried to stay one step ahead of Loveday and Ryder and beat the author reveal of whodunnit and why. It wasn't a furious page flipper for me, but I did enjoy the story and it was a pleasant read at the beach. ( I didn't figure it out BTW!) I received a DRC from HQ Digital through NetGalley.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Javier

    When a young boy goes missing during an Easter hunt and his body is later found at the bottom of a well, Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday team up once again to try to find the truth. Was it a tragic accident or was it murder? In this 4th installment in the Ryder & Loveday series we get to know a little bit more about Trudy's private life, her relationship with her parents, what they expect of her, their opinion about her work in the police and her frustation about being "p When a young boy goes missing during an Easter hunt and his body is later found at the bottom of a well, Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday team up once again to try to find the truth. Was it a tragic accident or was it murder? In this 4th installment in the Ryder & Loveday series we get to know a little bit more about Trudy's private life, her relationship with her parents, what they expect of her, their opinion about her work in the police and her frustation about being "practically nothing more than a glorified clerk". The author does a good job portraying the role of women at the time, what was expected of them at home and at work, and Trudy's rebellion against that. What I particularly like about this series is the relationship between Ryder and Loveday, because he never treats her as his superior, but as an equal, seeing her, in spite of her youth, as a woman able to do anything she sets her mind on. As Trudy herself did, I found the ending a little bit unsatisfying as, in her own words, "the answer had just been thrust upon them" Thanks to Netgalley and HQ Digital for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marion

    This is the 4 book in the Ryder and Loveday series and once again it did not disappoint. Its Easter and the village children have been invited to an Easter Egg hunt to be held in the grounds of Briars Hall. A young village boy Eddie Proctor, special friend of the owners daughter, goes missing. Poor Eddies body is discovered at the bottom of a disused well. Dr Clement Ryder presided over the inquest and although it appears to have been a tragic accident when the squire and owner of Briars Hall asks This is the 4 book in the Ryder and Loveday series and once again it did not disappoint. Its Easter and the village children have been invited to an Easter Egg hunt to be held in the grounds of Briars Hall. A young village boy Eddie Proctor, special friend of the owners daughter, goes missing. Poor Eddies body is discovered at the bottom of a disused well. Dr Clement Ryder presided over the inquest and although it appears to have been a tragic accident when the squire and owner of Briars Hall asks him as a favour to himself and the childs father to investigate further the circumstances that led to Eddies death he naturally calls for Wpc Trudy Loveday to assist him. Throughout the course of their investigations it seems there are lots of people with secrets they`d rather keep hidden. As Ryder and Loveday sift through all the clues and secrets to discover the truth they unearth a lot more than they could have imagined. This is a well written plot, plenty clues for the reader to follow and of course the developing relationship between the two main characters. A real feel of nostalgia about the team of Ryder and Loveday and their crime solving partnership. An excellent read that left me looking forward to the next in the series. Many thanks to Netgalley and HQ Digital for the chance to read this as an ARC.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Million

    Another story with unlikely leading characters which makes it all the more believable, and in my opinion, enjoyable. I love the way that Loveday stands her ground against her parents wishes for her to be a police officer. The author conveys the sexism that was rife against women in the force and in life in general. I can't wait for the next book - I have to wait for them to come up as free on kindle unlimited! Another story with unlikely leading characters which makes it all the more believable, and in my opinion, enjoyable. I love the way that Loveday stands her ground against her parents wishes for her to be a police officer. The author conveys the sexism that was rife against women in the force and in life in general. I can't wait for the next book - I have to wait for them to come up as free on kindle unlimited!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    So much information gathered but what does it point to? As usual Trudy and Clement have several theories some more far fetched than others, then the big guns arrive and they are forced to step back. As they attempt to report back to the person who had involved them in the first place things turn violent and Trudy is left wondering if she has killed a man.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    I have enjoyed all of the Ryder & Loveday books, but this has been the best so far. There was far more of the partnership between Trudy and Dr Ryder and there was less of Trudy being the station’s dogsbody If possible I would have given 4.5 stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Herb Evans

    If you manage to climb out of the well of this plot, you have my admiration. Trudy Trudy Trudy

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ‘Great characters, great plot and a totally dazzling finish… Wonderful.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars Oxford, 1961 A family day out at Briar’s Hall ends in tragedy when a young boy goes missing – and his body is found at the bottom of a disused well in the orchard. It looks like a simple case of an eleven-year-old exploring where he shouldn’t: a tragic accident. But Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday aren’t convinced. If Eddie had been climbing and fallen, why were there no cut ‘Great characters, great plot and a totally dazzling finish… Wonderful.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars Oxford, 1961 A family day out at Briar’s Hall ends in tragedy when a young boy goes missing – and his body is found at the bottom of a disused well in the orchard. It looks like a simple case of an eleven-year-old exploring where he shouldn’t: a tragic accident. But Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday aren’t convinced. If Eddie had been climbing and fallen, why were there no cuts or dirt on his hands? Why would a boy terrified of heights be around a well at all? Clement and Trudy are determined to get to the truth, but the more they dig into Briar’s Hall and the mysterious de Lacey family who live there, the murkier things become. Could it be that poor Eddie’s death was murder? There are rumours of blackmail in the village, and Clement and Trudy have a horrible feeling that Eddie stumbled on a secret that someone was willing to kill for… Fans of Betty Rowlands, Agatha Christie and Faith Martin’s DI Hillary Greene series will not want to miss this! Readers LOVE A Fatal Secret! ‘A brilliant book! This is Faith Martin at her scintillating best!… A cracking good read… Highly recommend this book and I give it a delighted 5 stars!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘Gripping suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat. I was hooked from page one.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘Great plot, excellent main characters and I read it in one sitting! I would highly recommend this book.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘Gripping… Crime-busting nostalgia at its very best.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars The Ryder and Loveday Series Book 1: A FATAL OBSESSION Book 2: A FATAL MISTAKE Book 3: A FATAL FLAW Book 4: A FATAL SECRET (less) GET A COPY Kindle Store $0.99 AmazonStores ▾Libraries Kindle Edition Published September 6th 2019 by HQ Digital ASINB07NCRB4X5 Edition LanguageEnglish SeriesRyder & Loveday Mystery #4 Other Editions (3) A Fatal Secret (Ryder & Loveday Mystery, #4) A Fatal Secret (Ryder & Loveday Mystery, #4) A Fatal Secret (Ryder & Loveday Mystery, #4) All Editions | Add a New Edition | Combine ...Less DetailEdit Details FRIEND REVIEWS Recommend This Book None of your friends have reviewed this book yet. 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This series features an unlikely pairing between women’s probationary constable Trudy Loveday, a young 19 year old from a working class family and Dr. Clement Ryder, a retired surgeon who now works as a coroner for the Oxford police. The series is set in the ‘60’s, and gives a fascinating look into the place of women in the police force at that time as well as a social system that still put more emphasis on a flag16 likes · Like · 4 comments · see review Alan Cotterell Sep 04, 2019 Alan Cotterell rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-2019, arc Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for the ARC, in exchange for an honest review. This is the fourth in the Ryan and Loveday series, which centres around the unusual pairing of women’s probationary constable Trudy Loveday, from a working-class family and Dr. Clement Ryder, a retired surgeon who now works as a coroner. It is set in the ‘60’s, and gives an insight into the place of women in society and the police force, at that time. It is refreshing to read a police procedura flag12 likes · Like · comment · see review Alan Cotterell Sep 04, 2019 Alan Cotterell rated it it was amazing · review of another edition Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for the ARC, in exchange for an honest review. This is the fourth in the Ryan and Loveday series, which centres around the unusual pairing of women’s probationary constable Trudy Loveday, from a working-class family and Dr. Clement Ryder, a retired surgeon who now works as a coroner. It is set in the ‘60’s, and gives an insight into the place of women in society and the police force, at that time. It is refreshing to read a police procedural with flag9 likes · Like · comment · see review Christa Aug 26, 2019 Christa rated it really liked it Shelves: ebook-arc I find the concept of the Ryder & Loveday Mystery Series to be very original, and I enjoyed this 4th book as much as the previous ones. What sets this series apart is that it takes place in the early 1960's in Great Britain and features a former surgeon. Clement Ryder, who is in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease. He doesn't want anyone to know that he suffers from this, but knows he has to change careers, so becomes a Coroner. He meets nineteen year old Probationary Woman Police Consta flag4 likes · Like · comment · see review Elaine Tomasso Sep 05, 2019 Elaine Tomasso rated it really liked it I would like to thank Netgalley and HQ Digital for an advance copy of A Fatal Secret, the fourth novel set in early 1960s Oxford to feature WPC Trudy Loveday and coroner Dr Clement Ryder. When 11 year old Eddie Proctor is found at the bottom of a Well with a broken neck Coroner Dr Clement Ryder has no option but to declare his death an accident, until the well’s owner, local squire Martin de Lacey, asks Ryder to take a closer look. I thoroughly enjoyed A Fatal Secret which flag3 likes · Like · comment · see review Julia Sep 06, 2019 Julia rated it it was amazing A Fatal Secret by Faith Martin is another gripping historical crime novel. It is the fourth book in the Ryder And Loveday Mystery series but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed returning to Oxford in 1961, being reunited with the crime busting duo of probationer WPC Loveday and aging coroner Dr Ryder. They are an engaging couple with her copper’s nose and his education. A perfect blend of youth and experience. Whenever the police shelve a case, Ryder and Loveday spring into action. flag2 likes · Like · comment · see review Jane Hunt Sep 06, 2019 Jane Hunt rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley-read-and-reviewed, sept-19-blog This is the second Ryder and Loveday historical crime mystery I've read. Although the mysteries are standalone, the relationship between the two unusual detectives develops with each book. So, if you get the opportunity, start with book one. Clement Ryder, former surgeon, now coroner, and Trudy Loveday, a probationary policewoman in the Oxford constabulary, in the early 1960s investigate cases referred to Ryder by various powerful sources. After their first meeting, Ryder sees the int flag2 likes · Like · comment · see review Renee Aug 08, 2019 Renee rated it really liked it · review of another edition This is the fourth book in the Ryder and Loveday series. I didn't think that Faith Martin could introduce new stories and characters that would help me get over her ending the DI Hillary Greene series, but Loveday is starting to grow on me. Dr. Clement Ryder is a coroner dealing with some potentially severe health issues. Trudy Loveday is a probationary WPC and the only female officer in the police department. The bond between Trudy and Clement is particularly strong and noteworthy; he does flag1 like · Like · comment · see review Javier Aug 19, 2019 Javier rated it really liked it When a young boy goes missing during an Easter hunt and his body is later found at the bottom of a well, Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday team up once again to try to find the truth. Was it a tragic accident or was it murder? In this 4th installment in the Ryder & Loveday series we get to know a little bit more about Trudy's private life, her relationship with her parents, what they expect of her, their opinion about her work in the police and her frustatio flag1 like · Like · comment · see review Marion Aug 25, 2019 Marion rated it it was amazing · review of another edition This is the 4 book in the Ryder and Loveday series and once again it did not disappoint. Its Easter and the village children have been invited to an Easter Egg hunt to be held in the grounds of Briars Hall. A young village boy Eddie Proctor, special friend of the owners daughter, goes missing. Poor Eddies body is discovered at the bottom of a disused well. Dr Clement Ryder presided over the inquest and although it appears to have been a tragic accident when the squire and ow flag1 like · Like · comment · see review Erin Britton Sep 07, 2019 Erin Britton rated it really liked it A Fatal Secret is the fourth book in Faith Martin’s excellent Ryder and Loveday mystery series (the earlier books being A Fatal Obsession, A Fatal Mistake and A Fatal Flaw). Her detectives are an unusual pair – Trudy Loveday is a young probationary Woman Police Constable (WPC), while Clement Ryder is a retired surgeon turned coroner – who have a charming and undeniably effective working relationship. The series is set during the 1960s, which means that their investigations follow a decidedly dif flagLike · comment · see review Cozy Cat Reviews Sep 08, 2019 Cozy Cat Reviews rated it it was amazing This is the 4th in series . Thank you to Net Galley and to the publisher for the opportunity. I have read the previous in series and enjoyed the entire series. The author has a talent for writing a gripping mystery that holds the reader entranced until the last page. This was my favorite in series and I highly recommend this for your reading enjoyment. I loved the setting of 1960's Britain and good old fashioned crime solving techniques prior to technology. The detectives are an unlikely pair – flagLike · see review Lynda Birch Aug 11, 2019 Lynda Birch rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery, cozy-mystery, 2019 The more I read of the Ryder and Loveday series the more I enjoy it. The relationship between the two is one of friends and respected co-worker, each learns from the other. They are intrepid in their search for the truth and persistent and secretive about their personal problems. The search for the murderer of young Eddie Proctor leads them to a family full of secrets and international espionage but remains essentially a story about the fragility of human nature. The class system and sexism are flagLike · comment · see review Debra Dowling Sep 06, 2019 Debra Dowling rated it liked it · review of another edition The story is set in the 60's, and Trudy is paving the way as the only female police officer. She is not usually taken very seriously and is working hard to prove herself. Dr. Clement is her ally. He is the county coroner, and generally likes to do some investigating when possible. The two join forces to find out what happened to Eddie, a 10 year old boy found dead at the bottom of a well on Easter Day. The initial findings are that he fell and broke his neck, but the pieces do not all add up. As flagLike · comment · see review Carol Bisig Sep 03, 2019 Carol Bisig rated it liked it · review of another edition This has the potential to be Faith Martin's good new series. Set in the early sixties, it is the story of the first female WPC Trudy Loveday, her mentor, a famous former Surgeon, now the head Coroner for Oxford. The problem is, this has already been done and made famous on the BBC. I liked the Mystery, somewhat. I do not like the killing of children stories, real, or imagined. The story is very well written, good depth to both new characters, her parents seem very credible, in fact, too credible flagLike · comment · see review Susan Jul 31, 2019 Susan rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: netgalley April 1961 and the police are called out to Briar's Hall. An Easter Hunt in the grounds for the local children has resulted in one boy - Eddie Proctor - gone missing. Unfortunately his body is discovered. His father unhappy with the Coroner's verdict asks the Squire to intervene, resulting in Dr Clement Ryder and probationary WPC Trudy Loveday investigating. What secrets with they uncover, but what about the personal lives of Ryder and Loveday. The book is easily read as a standalone story flagLike · comment · see review Kalima Sep 15, 2019 Kalima rated it it was amazing This is a pitch-perfect rendition of attitudes young women in the 1960’s encountered as they took what were regarded as men’s jobs. I worked as a Wilderness Ranger in the US Forest Service in the early 1970’s, and at times while reading A Fatal Secret I found my stomach clenching in memory as Trudy navigated conversations with her boss and other policemen — and I so appreciated Ryder Clement and the more progressive officers. And this is a well-plotted mystery, reminiscent of the older British o flagLike · comment · see review Vickie Aug 17, 2019 Vickie rated it really liked it I have read and enjoyed some of this author’s DI Hillary Green novels. This is the fourth in the Ryder/Loveday series, although it works well as a standalone. I like the books that have been published under the author’s pen name, Faith Martin. They have solid stories; more substantial than “cosy” mysteries yet still pleasant reads. This one takes place in 1960, back to a time before cell phones and internet; it seems an appropriate setting for an English country mystery and a young woman trying flagLike · see review Terri Sep 17, 2019 Terri rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley Another enjoyable read from Faith Martin. Set in the 1960s the story features Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday and Coroner Clement Ryder. A young boy disappears during the annual Easter egg hunt at Briars Hall. His body is found in a disused well in the grounds and it seems to be a tragic accident. The boy’s family are not convinced and the Coroner is asked to look into the circumstances surrounding his death, ably assisted by Trudy. flagLike · comment · see review OK

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gary Van Cott

    3.5 stars. I don't think this book was quite as good as the previous books in this series. 3.5 stars. I don't think this book was quite as good as the previous books in this series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Debra Dowling

    The story is set in the 60's, and Trudy is paving the way as the only female police officer. She is not usually taken very seriously and is working hard to prove herself. Dr. Clement is her ally. He is the county coroner, and generally likes to do some investigating when possible. The two join forces to find out what happened to Eddie, a 10 year old boy found dead at the bottom of a well on Easter Day. The initial findings are that he fell and broke his neck, but the pieces do not all add up. As The story is set in the 60's, and Trudy is paving the way as the only female police officer. She is not usually taken very seriously and is working hard to prove herself. Dr. Clement is her ally. He is the county coroner, and generally likes to do some investigating when possible. The two join forces to find out what happened to Eddie, a 10 year old boy found dead at the bottom of a well on Easter Day. The initial findings are that he fell and broke his neck, but the pieces do not all add up. As Trudy and Clements delve deeper into the case, lies are uncovered, true characters are revealed, and they end up in a dangerous situation neither could have predicted. I did enjoy the story, but felt the middle dragged on a bit. Felt almost repetitive, and then the mystery was solved and the story suddenly ended, Good book if want a light, easy mystery. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

    I have read and enjoyed some of this author’s DI Hillary Green novels. This is the fourth in the Ryder/Loveday series, although it works well as a standalone. I like the books that have been published under the author’s pen name, Faith Martin. They have solid stories; more substantial than “cosy” mysteries yet still pleasant reads. This one takes place in 1960, back to a time before cell phones and internet; it seems an appropriate setting for an English country mystery and a young woman trying I have read and enjoyed some of this author’s DI Hillary Green novels. This is the fourth in the Ryder/Loveday series, although it works well as a standalone. I like the books that have been published under the author’s pen name, Faith Martin. They have solid stories; more substantial than “cosy” mysteries yet still pleasant reads. This one takes place in 1960, back to a time before cell phones and internet; it seems an appropriate setting for an English country mystery and a young woman trying to be accepted as a serious police officer.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin Britton

    A Fatal Secret is the fourth book in Faith Martin’s excellent Ryder and Loveday mystery series (the earlier books being A Fatal Obsession, A Fatal Mistake and A Fatal Flaw). Her detectives are an unusual pair – Trudy Loveday is a young probationary Woman Police Constable (WPC), while Clement Ryder is a retired surgeon turned coroner – who have a charming and undeniably effective working relationship. The series is set during the 1960s, which means that their investigations follow a decidedly dif A Fatal Secret is the fourth book in Faith Martin’s excellent Ryder and Loveday mystery series (the earlier books being A Fatal Obsession, A Fatal Mistake and A Fatal Flaw). Her detectives are an unusual pair – Trudy Loveday is a young probationary Woman Police Constable (WPC), while Clement Ryder is a retired surgeon turned coroner – who have a charming and undeniably effective working relationship. The series is set during the 1960s, which means that their investigations follow a decidedly different process to contemporary criminal cases (for example, conducting research in the public library and biking to the crime scene) and also allows Martin to explore a number of interesting social issues in addition to the central crime (for instance, WPCs are not dispatched to any potentially unpleasant or distasteful crimes). Ryder and Loveday’s latest case starts with the disappearance of a young boy. Eleven-year-old Eddie Proctor was last seen taking part in an Easter egg hunt in the grounds of Briar’s Hall in Briar’s-in-the-Wold, a village on the outskirts of Oxford. WPC Loveday and her fellow officers are dispatched to help look for the boy, but their search ends in tragedy when they find his body at the bottom of a well in a nearby orchard. The boy’s death is ruled to be an accident but his father isn’t satisfied with that finding – Eddie was a sensible lad who happened to be scared of heights; he wouldn’t have been messing around near the top of a well. Vincent Procter asks his boss, Martin de Lacey, owner of Briar’s Hall, if anything further can be done to look into Eddie’s death and, in turn, Martin de Lacey asks his good friend the chief constable for help. The chief constable knows just who to turn to in a sensitive case such as this: Clement Ryder, a coroner with a knack for solving crimes that the police consider to be unsolvable. Ryder jumps at the chance to investigate Eddie’s death and requests that WPC Loveday be released from her normal duties so that she can assist him. Loveday’s boss, DI Jennings, doesn’t know whether to be pleased to be rid of her for a few days or annoyed that Ryder is interfering in police matters again, but he can’t argue with the will of the chief constable, so Ryder’s request is granted. Ryder and Loveday head to Briar’s Hall to investigate, troubled by the knowledge that if Eddie’s death wasn’t an accident, then is must have been murder. But who would want to kill the young boy? Is it possible that he stumbled on a secret that someone was desperate to keep? They have a horrible feeling that the case is going to prove both difficult and tragic. A Fatal Secret is another intriguing case that would have quickly fallen off the police radar if not for the intervention of Ryder and Loveday (with a little prompting from concerned members of the public, of course). Although the signs do point to Eddie’s death having been an accident, there is still something decidedly odd about the whole business, and their initial investigations in both the village and the big house suggest to Ryder and Loveday that there a number of dodgy dealings going down in Briar’s-in-the-Wold. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that there are a fair few potential suspects for them to pursue in the village, even if they are still unsure exactly what Eddie might have discovered that could have led to his murder. Martin de Lacey has told his family and his servants to cooperate with the investigation, but it seems that many of them have secrets to hide. Ryder and Loveday are going to have to work their way through plenty of red herrings before they get close to the truth. Although it is the fourth book in the series, A Fatal Secret can certainly be read as a standalone story. The mystery surrounding Eddie’s death can be enjoyed (and solved) without prior knowledge of the series, but certain issues do unfold concerning the characters of Ryder and Loveday and their working relationship that relate back to the earlier books, especially in terms of Ryder’s health and Loveday’s struggle to balance her professional life with her personal life. Saying that, Faith Martin provides enough clues and information regarding past events that readers new to the series shouldn’t become confused. This fourth outing actually feels like a particularly important stage in the evolution of Ryder and Loveday as a detective duo – they both arrive at important personal realisations over the course of their investigation and they are both forced to recognise the limits of their abilities with regards to bringing criminals to justice. At the heart of A Fatal Secret is an intriguing mystery featuring plenty of twists and turns, and Martin has managed to work in a good number of suspicious characters and potential motives for murder. Ryder and Loveday continue to work really well together and it is a pleasure to follow their investigation, although it’s also a bit of a concern that secrets might be pushing them apart somewhat. It will certainly be interesting to see what the next book in the series has in store for them.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I have been a fan of Faith’s books for a couple of years now. I have read each and every book that she has released via Joffe Books and via HQ. My favourite series written by Faith is the series featuring Detective Inspector Hilary Greene although the series featuring Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary Woman Police Constable Trudy Loveday is a close second. ‘A Fatal Secret’ is the latest book in the Ryder and Loveday series and it was released a few days ago. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘A I have been a fan of Faith’s books for a couple of years now. I have read each and every book that she has released via Joffe Books and via HQ. My favourite series written by Faith is the series featuring Detective Inspector Hilary Greene although the series featuring Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary Woman Police Constable Trudy Loveday is a close second. ‘A Fatal Secret’ is the latest book in the Ryder and Loveday series and it was released a few days ago. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘A Fatal Secret’ but more about that in a bit. What can I say about Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary Woman Police Officer Trudy Loveday? At face value they are a bit of an odd pairing. Ryder is a distinguished older gentleman, who has been the area’s Coroner for a fair while now. It’s a role that he enjoys and he finds extremely interesting. Ryder has a way of getting people to talk and to extract information from them without them realising what he is doing. Ryder treats everybody the same irrespective of their social standing. Ryder is determined to get to the truth no matter what obstacles are placed in his way. Ryder has a soft spot for Loveday and he has worked with her a few times now. Both of them work really well together and there is a lot of mutual respect going on. Ryder knows that Loveday doesn’t exactly have it easy with her other police colleagues but when they work together Ryder allows Loveday a chance to shine and to reach her full potential. Loveday is full of youthful enthusiasm. She throws herself into her work and endeavours to do the best she can. She knows that she is looked down on by several of her colleagues and she is given the crappy jobs to do but she doesn’t let it get her down. Loveday is feisty, determined, stubborn, compassionate and sensitive to the needs of others. Both come across as slightly rebellious and I could definitely see why they got on with each other as well as they do. I loved the Ryder and Loveday partnership and I felt as though I was reuniting with old friends whilst reading this book. In fact, I felt as though I was the invisible third member of their gang or team. It didn’t take me long at all to get into this book. As I mention above, I felt as though I was reuniting with old friends in Ryder and Loveday. As soon as I began to read, that was it. I just knew that I would not be able to put the book down and so it proved to be. I picked the book up only intending to read a couple of chapters and the first time I looked up to check how long I had been reading for, I was staggered to learn that I had actually been reading for a couple of hours and I had read a lot more than a couple of chapters. I just couldn’t put the book down. The book wasn’t glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it came everywhere with me. The book had definitely developed a hold over me and I didn’t want to break that hold. Plus I didn’t want to miss a single second of the story as I feared missing some vital clue or a crucial piece of gossip. As a result of this addiction to ‘A Fatal Secret’ , I finished the book far quicker than I had anticipated- within 24 hours in fact. ‘A Fatal Secret’ is well written but then all of Faith’s books are well written. She certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and she keeps that attention throughout the book by keeping the story fresh and the characters interesting. Faith writes so realistically and she uses such vivid descriptions that I really did feel as though I was part of the story myself. I even found that I was trying to interact with the book in the sense that I was ‘talking’ to the characters as if they could hear me. I know it’s not real but if I enjoy a book to the extent that I enjoyed this one then I tend to ‘live’ the story as if it were real. ‘A Fatal Secret’ is a cozy sort of mystery, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I would definitely recommend this book, this series and the rest of Faith’s books to other readers. The Ryder and Loveday series just goes from strength to strength. I can’t wait to read the next case in the Ryder and Loveday series. Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lainy

    Time taken to read - 1.5 days Pages - 384 Publisher - HQ Stories Source - Review Copy Blurb from Goodreads - Oxford, 1961 A family day out at Briar’s Hall ends in tragedy when a young boy goes missing – and his body is found at the bottom of a disused well in the orchard. It looks like a simple case of an eleven-year-old exploring where he shouldn’t: a tragic accident. But Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday aren’t convinced. If Eddie had been climbing and fallen, why were there Time taken to read - 1.5 days Pages - 384 Publisher - HQ Stories Source - Review Copy Blurb from Goodreads - Oxford, 1961 A family day out at Briar’s Hall ends in tragedy when a young boy goes missing – and his body is found at the bottom of a disused well in the orchard. It looks like a simple case of an eleven-year-old exploring where he shouldn’t: a tragic accident. But Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday aren’t convinced. If Eddie had been climbing and fallen, why were there no cuts or dirt on his hands? Why would a boy terrified of heights be around a well at all? Clement and Trudy are determined to get to the truth, but the more they dig into Briar’s Hall and the mysterious de Lacey family who live there, the murkier things become. Could it be that poor Eddie’s death was murder? There are rumours of blackmail in the village, and Clement and Trudy have a horrible feeling that Eddie stumbled on a secret that someone was willing to kill for… My Review We open with a nice day and someone pondering over the fact they need to kill, there is no other option, how is that for a wee opening! A boy is reported missing and the search is on, the police aren't overly concerned but sure enough they find the lad and it isn't good news. Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday are asked to look into it, on behalf of the family whose grounds it happened on. Not everyone likes people poking around in their business and of course when investigating one matter others tend to arise and someone has much to hide, enough to kill a child over! So this is book 4 in the series, I haven't read anything by this author and can honestly say I don't feel at a disadvantage starting here. There is reference to things gone past in the previous book(s) and I think haven't my interest piqued I will absolutely be checking out the previous books. Means I will also get to know the characters better. A chunk of the story is obviously the "investigation" into what happened to the wee boy, who was around, anyone who knew him. However we also have a huge focus on WPC Trudy, her personal life, her family and how important the job is to her. I do enjoy when a book has depth to the characters and a bit of meat in the story, not just the police procedural parts. Ryder and Loveday seem to have a tight friendship which is unusual for both the time, opposite sexes and job differences but it works. I look forward to going back to the beginning of this series and seeing how their friendship comes about. I like how it highlights how unusual Trudy's choice is to focus on a career, despite being good/successful at it. It reminds us of just how apt that was for that time and I do like books that capture a different time period and how things are so very different now! 4/5 for me this time, it may be my first dance with this author but it won't be my last, it also kept me guessing, I had no idea who the baddie was!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alan Snow

    This is the fourth in the Ryder and Loveday series that I have read and, while it was a good and easy book to read, I found it a little underwhelming compared to the previous three. The series continues on the working relationship of the odd couple and you can see that Trudi is learning all the time from the old vulture. It did appear to me, however, that this book in the series concentrated on Trudi’s inner thoughts and her future rather than the details of the case in hand. If you had not read This is the fourth in the Ryder and Loveday series that I have read and, while it was a good and easy book to read, I found it a little underwhelming compared to the previous three. The series continues on the working relationship of the odd couple and you can see that Trudi is learning all the time from the old vulture. It did appear to me, however, that this book in the series concentrated on Trudi’s inner thoughts and her future rather than the details of the case in hand. If you had not read any of the previous books in the series, I suspect you would be completely baffled. The book had a strange conclusion resulting in a solution by accident rather than good old investigative deduction and that had some interesting drama attached to it that was quite well depicted. The conclusion certainly, ensured that the reader was not going to put the book down during the final few chapters. The backdrop of the role of policewomen in the early 1960s was well put together as in the previous books in the series. There seemed to be a lot if innocuous side-plots that did not seem to go anywhere – e.g. the mutual breakup with the boyfriend who wasn’t anyway but set u for a war with Mum. While the book was not a page turning thriller (but none in the Ryder and Loveday series are), it did continue on nicely from Book 3 and sets the scene for the next book when Trudi comes off probation. So in short –Did I enjoy it? Yes – but not as much as books 1 to 3 Will I read the next book in the series? – Yes – if only to find out if she tells Mm where to go.

  26. 5 out of 5

    William Wehrmacher

    Faith Martin is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors, as are Ryder & Loveday two of my favorite characters. Trudy Loveday is a probationary WPC (Woman Police Cadet) at a time when they were given no respect, especially by her superiors. As a result, and to get her out of her superior, she is shuttled off to work with the crochety old coroner. No one gets along with him, except the smart young dedicated WPC. Together they solve crimes no one else can tackle, or, as in this case, no one eve Faith Martin is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors, as are Ryder & Loveday two of my favorite characters. Trudy Loveday is a probationary WPC (Woman Police Cadet) at a time when they were given no respect, especially by her superiors. As a result, and to get her out of her superior, she is shuttled off to work with the crochety old coroner. No one gets along with him, except the smart young dedicated WPC. Together they solve crimes no one else can tackle, or, as in this case, no one even believes there has been a crime. A young boy is found dead in an abandoned well and it is assumed he died by accident, and coroner Ryder reluctantly agrees. His parents think there is something amiss and asks the lord of the manor to ask the police to investigate. While never really clear, I believe it's set in 1960s England where "lords-of-the-manor" still pull some weight. So, Ryder & Loveday go on a mission to get to the bottom of the mystery. It's an excellent ride. Take it, and you will not be disappointed. My only disappointment is that Ryder & Loveday Mystery, #5 won't be available until February. Rest assured, I have it preordered.

  27. 5 out of 5

    James Oates

    This series of books continues to be a very good read. I rate it 4 stars only because I compare this series to the Hillary Greene series (Faith Martin) and that series is a notch above Ryder and Loveday This book like ALL of the Faith Martin books followed the same theme. The murder, investigation/interview of all the suspects and the murder solved. However in this book they really don't solve the murder but rather back into "it". This book revolves around a boy found dead in the bottom of well w This series of books continues to be a very good read. I rate it 4 stars only because I compare this series to the Hillary Greene series (Faith Martin) and that series is a notch above Ryder and Loveday This book like ALL of the Faith Martin books followed the same theme. The murder, investigation/interview of all the suspects and the murder solved. However in this book they really don't solve the murder but rather back into "it". This book revolves around a boy found dead in the bottom of well where at first it's classified as an accident but because of Dr Ryder's instincts is found to be a murder. What further makes this books and all of the other books in this series good, is two main characters Ryder/Loveday. One an old coroner sufferings from Parkinson disease, and Loveday a newbie police officer a women trying to make it in a man's world (this is the 1960's) where a women's place was thought to be in the home not work. Though each book stands on it's own, there is so much that moves from book to book it would be in your best interest to start with book 1 and move forward from there. You won't be disappointed.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lel Budge

    This is #4 in the Ryder & Loveday series and it can easily be read as a stand-alone, but I feel you will be missing out if you haven’t read the other 3… 19 year old Trudy Loveday is a probationary police constable with the Oxford Police force. She works closely with the local coroner, Dr Clement Ryder, a retired surgeon and her friend. Set I. 1961, Trudy has to deal with the general everyday sexism at work, she is seen as a girl just suited to the more menial tasks. However, Dr Ryder treats her as This is #4 in the Ryder & Loveday series and it can easily be read as a stand-alone, but I feel you will be missing out if you haven’t read the other 3… 19 year old Trudy Loveday is a probationary police constable with the Oxford Police force. She works closely with the local coroner, Dr Clement Ryder, a retired surgeon and her friend. Set I. 1961, Trudy has to deal with the general everyday sexism at work, she is seen as a girl just suited to the more menial tasks. However, Dr Ryder treats her as a person, someone with a quick mind and a definite asset during their investigations. When a young boy, Eddie, is found dead Dr Ryder is not so sure this is an accident and so the investigation begins. This is a great series and I love how the friendship between Loveday and Ryder gets better with each book. Its part historical fiction as set in the 60’s and part police procedural and is thoroughly entertaining. Thank you to HQ for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book and this is my honest, unbiased review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    Another good book from Faith Martin. These are what I refer to as cosy mystery stories. Good plot, no violence, and great characters. An easy read. ************************************ Oxford, 1961 A family day out at Briar’s Hall ends in tragedy when a young boy goes missing – and his body is found at the bottom of a disused well in the orchard. It looks like a simple case of an eleven-year-old exploring where he shouldn’t: a tragic accident. But Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy L Another good book from Faith Martin. These are what I refer to as cosy mystery stories. Good plot, no violence, and great characters. An easy read. ************************************ Oxford, 1961 A family day out at Briar’s Hall ends in tragedy when a young boy goes missing – and his body is found at the bottom of a disused well in the orchard. It looks like a simple case of an eleven-year-old exploring where he shouldn’t: a tragic accident. But Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday aren’t convinced. If Eddie had been climbing and fallen, why were there no cuts or dirt on his hands? Why would a boy terrified of heights be around a well at all? Clement and Trudy are determined to get to the truth, but the more they dig into Briar’s Hall and the mysterious de Lacey family who live there, the murkier things become. Could it be that poor Eddie’s death was murder? There are rumours of blackmail in the village, and Clement and Trudy have a horrible feeling that Eddie stumbled on a secret that someone was willing to kill for…

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Birch

    The more I read of the Ryder and Loveday series the more I enjoy it. The relationship between the two is one of friends and respected co-worker, each learns from the other. They are intrepid in their search for the truth and persistent and secretive about their personal problems. The search for the murderer of young Eddie Proctor leads them to a family full of secrets and international espionage but remains essentially a story about the fragility of human nature. The class system and sexism are The more I read of the Ryder and Loveday series the more I enjoy it. The relationship between the two is one of friends and respected co-worker, each learns from the other. They are intrepid in their search for the truth and persistent and secretive about their personal problems. The search for the murderer of young Eddie Proctor leads them to a family full of secrets and international espionage but remains essentially a story about the fragility of human nature. The class system and sexism are challenging aspects of their investigation but are simply an accepted part of life that Ryder and Loveday have learned to navigate and sometimes play to their advantage. The unravelling of the story is skilfully done and kept my interest but it is the characters of Ryder and Loveday that keep me wanting to read more. Thank you to HQ Digital and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book.

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