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Summary

The next gripping Ryder and Loveday mystery from million-copy best seller Faith Martin!

As the Hughes family celebrates bonfire night, a terrible accident leaves the garden shed in flames - and father and grandfather Thomas trapped inside.

Tragic though it is, Thomas’ death passes without suspicion - until a local journalist makes accusations of a police cover-up in the press. WPC Trudy Loveday is sent to investigate and asks Coroner Clement Ryder to help.

But the more questions the two ask the less clear the case seems. There’s no evidence of foul play, and yet the dead man’s family is obviously hiding something. Then there are Thomas’ dubious business practices - was someone out for revenge?

All Trudy and Clement know for sure is that everyone is lying - and that they must find the truth....

Perfect for fans of Betty Rowlands, LJ Ross and Agatha Christie, you won’t be able to put this down until you’ve cracked the case! 

©2020 Faith Martin (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Uninspiring

This book took a lot of time to get nowhere and it left me with a feeling of time wasted. The plot is very weak and the writing is contrived and stilted, making the story very difficult to listen to despite a reasonably good narrator. There were a number of jarring inaccuracies in the story that detracted from my enjoyment.

This will be my final Faith Martin book. It is a bit like Midsomer Murders in book form, if you like crime novels to have far fetched plots, no satisfactory ending and no regard for police procedures you may have fewer problems with this book, but there is much better writing than this available on audible.

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Most enjoyable

A murder mystery/who done it set in the early 1960s. Trudie is a WPC and her male colleagues consider that her “place” is to type and make tea. When she joins forces with the local Coroner she shows them what proper policing is all about! Most enjoyable.

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enjoyable

good story but felt slightly like a filler to the series. looking forward to the next in the series

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Heartwarming

I loved this book as well as the rest of the series. The relationship between the two main characters is believable and the story lines are great.

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This has been a first class story, well up to the standard set by the previous books in the series. I hope there will be more.

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A welcome addition to my collection!

I love this series of Trudy and Clement and though a slightly worrying start, the story unfolds just as it should. I love Stephanie Racine’s voice which is soothing and very ‘listenable to’ (did I just make up a new word?!). Can’t wait for my next credit!

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Fabulous Five!

I have now listened to all 5 stories in the Ryder & Loveday series and I am incredibly fond of the two main characters and their stories.
I found this book the harder of all 5 to follow as there seemed to be so many more characters to keep up with, which confused me at times, but still I found this a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining story.
What am I going to do now there's no more to listen to...

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  • 12-03-21

Not my favorite

This is the fifth book in the series starring WPC(as women police constables were called back in the 60s) Trudy Loveday and city coroner Dr Ryder. I have enjoyed the previous books but I am sad to say this one was a tad disappointing. I was glad to see Trudy becoming more self-confident and reaching conclusions on her own. But the story itself was a bit dull with a story line that went nowhere.

It was a fairly quick read/listen just not my favorite.

The ending was a letdown so I look forward to seeing where the next book in the series goes.

The narration by Stephanie Racine was delightful.

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  • 26-06-20

Constable Loveday Does It Agaon

Another great story in the collaboration of Constable Loveday and Clement Ryder.

Faith Martin gives us a great story and the narrator, Stephanie Racine, does an excellent job.

I hope there will be more in this series.

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  • 26-06-20

A Captivating Detective Story

I loved the story line and all the interesting characters. It was read with such emotion it was almost unbearable to stop listening.
I am definitely going to listen to all Faith Martins books.

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 13-06-20

Book five, Unsatisfactory

This edition is not up to the entertainment value of the first four books in this series. If you are a fan of Ryder and Loveday, you might want to read the first crime solved by Loveday as a full fledged officer. The story was missing something. It needed just a little spice. Perhaps Martin is saving the reporter for another storyline, but really at the end of the last chapter there was nothing. I hope this is a one-off, I will give the next book a try, but it better be a little bit exciting.