The second novel featuring recovering psychotic DC Fiona Griffiths opens with as intriguing a pair of murders as you could imagine. Firstly, part of a human leg is discovered in a woman's freezer, bagged up like a joint of pork. Other similarly gruesome discoveries follow throughout a cosy Cardiff suburb, with body parts turning up in kitchens, garages and potting sheds. And while the police are still literally putting the pieces together, concluding that they all belong to a teenage girl killed some ten years earlier, parts of another body suddenly start appearing, but this time discarded carelessly around the countryside clearly very shortly after the victim - a man - was killed.
Mysteries don't come much more macabre or puzzling than this. Who were the two victims, and what connection could they have shared that would result in this bizarre double-discovery? But that's only half the story. The most gruesome moments are much more about Fiona and her curious mental state. There is a complex and very clever double mystery here, and what makes the story unique is the parallel unraveling of Fiona's own mystery, and it's her voice, established precisely in the first book but given even freer rein here, that makes it so compelling.
©2013 Harry Bingham (P)2013 Orion Publishing Group and Isis Publishing
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I listened to the first in the series and immediately moved on to this one. It's even better. Fiona is an interesting character and I'm enjoying getting to know her. It's a fast moving story and I just had to keep listening. I had to find out what was going to happen next.
Same question as above. The stories are told from Fiona's PoV only, no moving around to other characters. This works really well.
Don't want to reveal too much but the part where Fiona meets Hamish and Olaf for the second time in the snow was engrossing.
Yes, needed to keep going! Now on book 3.
This is one of my favourite crime novels to date. Fiona Griffiths is a rich and engaging character with enough depth and complexity to sustain many more novels. The plot - a double murder - is original, with plenty of satisfying reveals at the end. The depiction of Cardiff and South Wales more broadly is evocative of a world I am not familiar with but which I feel I have spent much time in having read this novel.
I laughed out lout at multiple points because of how unorthodox and irreverent Fiona Griffiths is... I am loving the detective novels I have read or listened to where there is a strong female lead, and Fiona Griffiths is by far the most complex, interesting and likeable.
The narrator is wonderful - an accent which feels real, not theatrical; I get the feeling that she herself understands or recognises Fiona Griffiths' character in some way, because of how alive she made Fiona for me.
Go for it.
Once again narrator Siriol Jenkins does a superb job of bringing to life detective Fiona Griffiths as she investigates gruesome goings-on around Cardiff, in this second of the series. The story itself isn't as strong as the first book, but still good. The characters are well written and we learn a bit more about Fiona's background along the way. A very enjoyable way to spend a few hours.
This is the worst book I have ever listened to, so depressing and the storyline, what storyline, I rated it as one star as I do not think you can leave it blank.
Sorry you probably worked hard but needs to be more story than about a depressed woman who surely would not have been allowed in a police force.
Poor woman, lets hope she gets another author.
Any possibility of my money back or another credit.
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