Saturday, March 09, 2013


Author:  Harry Bingham
Genre:  Police Procedural,
Fiona Griffiths Series #1
Published:  2012
Personal Rating:  3.5/5 (good)
Format:  eBook 
Yearly Count:   17

From NetGalley:

A mesmerizing and thrilling novel-perfect for fans of Tana French and Stieg Larsson-that introduces a modern, unforgettable rookie cop whose past is as fascinating and as deadly as the crimes she investigates.


At first, the murder scene appears sad, but not unusual: a young woman undone by drugs and prostitution, her six-year-old daughter dead alongside her. But then detectives find a strange piece of evidence in the squalid house: the platinum credit card of a very wealthy-and long dead-steel tycoon. What is a heroin-addicted hooker doing with the credit card of a well-known and powerful man who died months ago? This is the question that the most junior member of the investigative team, Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths, is assigned to answer.

But D.C. Griffiths is no ordinary cop. She's earned a reputation at police headquarters in Cardiff, Wales, for being odd, for not picking up on social cues, for being a little overintense. And there's that gap in her past, the two-year hiatus that everyone assumes was a breakdown. But Fiona is a crack investigator, quick and intuitive. She is immediately drawn to the crime scene, and to the tragic face of the six-year-old girl, who she is certain has something to tell her . . . something that will break the case wide open.  

Ignoring orders and protocol, Fiona begins to explore far beyond the rich man's credit card and into the secrets of her seaside city. And when she uncovers another dead prostitute, Fiona knows that she's only begun to scratch the surface of a dark world of crime and murder. But the deeper she digs, the more danger she risks-not just from criminals and killers but from her own past . . . and the abyss that threatens to pull her back at any time.

The jury is still out on how much I like Fiona Griffiths.  That's important because in this book she was the focus -- more so than the case.  However, I loved the ease of the writing.  It was very conversational, and Fiona was interesting to get to know through her interactions with others and what she personally shared.  I enjoyed the build up to discovering what was actually wrong with her.

The case was good, but I didn't care for the climax.  It was too dramatic and unrealistic.  So were other actions by Fiona throughout the book.  Even though I'm not sure where I stand on Fiona, I do know that I am interested in reading more by this author and would like to peek into Fiona's life again.

My thanks go to Random House Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing me with this eGalley.


  1. Was her writing even remotely close to Tana French's style???

    1. Staci ~ "Harry" is a female?!? I'm sorry, Staci, but I don't know. I don't remember. :( I know I liked the writing, so that's a good thing.

  2. Anonymous10:55 PM

    Maybe I'll wait til you read more before I decide ;)

    1. Stacybuckeye ~ If I were you, I'd do the same. :)

  3. Yikes, I misread there but if you liked the writing then I feel fairly confident I would like this story.

    1. Staci ~ Yes, I did enjoy the writing. I'll read more.


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