Love Story, With Murders

Harry Bingham


Love Story, With Murders

Love Story, With Murders

  • Title: Love Story, With Murders
  • Author: Harry Bingham
  • ISBN: 9781409140894
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Hardcover



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 AThe 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 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 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.


Recent Comments "Love Story, With Murders"

Talking to the Dead introduced the unmistakeable 5' 2" Cambridge philosophy prize-winning graduate, DC Fiona (Fi) Griffiths, with her lack of social skills, affinity for the dead and familiarity with the mental health services of Cardiff. Focusing on one of the most distinctive and endearing characters at a relatively lowly level of policing was a marked contrast to the familiar jaded characters who usually direct the day to day running of an investigation. The first novel in this series detaile [...]

I loved this book and Fiona Griffiths! Harry Bingham made her into a very special heroine. It was humorous too.

Oh, when the shiny apple of a new book starts out delicious like a honeycrisp & then devolves into something mushy like a Fuji. I had such high hopes for Fiona Griffiths in this book. I got ten pages in & started telling co-workers that this was knocking my socks off. I asked B how the boring history thing he's reading was going just so I could smugly tell him that my book was going awesome. I even, in my most secret literary heart, started maybe thinking that Griffiths could make a run [...]

What a brilliant follow up to Talking To The Dead, we find DC Fiona Griffiths still the odd ball of the South Wales Police CID still managing to get to the guts of the inquiry and solving two fiendish murders and mixed in with arms trade double dealing.When we are reunited with Fiona she is happy in a relationship with Buzz a fellow detective in the force who has come to accept Fi the way she is with her mental health issues and all her strange quirks.DC Griffiths is on her way back to Cathys Pa [...]

My View:Quirky protagonist with a sense of humour, intelligence and a mental illness – great read!I found this novel refreshing, intriguing and delightful to read. I enjoyed the quirky character that is DC Fiona Griffiths – her honest commentary, her sense of humour, her wit and attempts to stay “normal”. This protagonist will not be easy to forget –a unique character that I enjoyed meeting in this the second Fiona Griffiths mystery which can most certainly be read as a standalone howe [...]

I enjoyed this second entry in the Fiona Griffiths series. Fiona is truly an unique main character. She is a DC in South Wales. She tries to be on Planet Normal in order to fit in. She has a practice run with timing her Christmas meal. She has a boyfriend and works at being a girl friend. Her dad was a famous crime boss who the police could never find proof that he was breaking the law. He is suppose to be legitimate now. Fiona just turned up as a toddler in the front seat of his convertible. Sh [...]

Don't tell Buzz but I'm in love with Fi. She is smart, smarter than she knows, cute, vivacious, tenacious, and she cares even when she thinks she doesn't. Thomas, her father is one of the most loving characters I've found in a book such as this series. This book could be gruesome but Bingham is a poet and can take things like a young girls decapitated head being pulled out of a can of old oil and make them readable. You can lose yourself in his prose at times.This book is complicated with too ma [...]

This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.--- For me, these things aren’t only about finding the killers, but about giving peace to the dead. It’s not primarily a question of justice. The dead don’t care about that. The murder investigation, arrest and conviction are just part of the funeral rite, the final acts of completion. Gifts I bring the dead in exchange for the peace they bring me.The peace of the dead, which passeth all understanding.DC Fiona Griffiths continues her eff [...]

Beyond reason Fiona survives encounters with professional killers without police support. She does end up in the hospital with third degree burns. I will likely read more of these Welsh police procedurals but not right now. There are some ongoing investigations of her own that will likely continue (such as where did she com from?), but I'm not invested. I am missing things like appreciation of nature and life. Fiona seeks solace in darkness and opening an empty refrigerator.

Oh goody - it's even better than Talking to the Dead, which was pretty darned good. Cardiff DC Fi Griffiths is a supremely engaging character, bright, damaged, driven, capable and self-aware. The Cotard's syndrome which caused her a two year breakdown often makes it easier for her to relate to the dead than to the living but she is constantly working at establishing her place on Planet Normal, connecting with family and co-workers in ways that she hopes are appropriate though she's not always su [...]

I really liked this second in the Fiona Griffiths series, following up Bingham's debut Talking to the Dead. Fiona continues to be edgy and a rogue in the police department, but she is moving more toward Planet Normal (as she describes it). Her ability to sense the dead continues to help her in the quest to solve murders, two in this case. She is also trying to solve the mystery of where she came from - she was found in the convertible of the man who would become Dad when she was a small child. O [...]

I enjoy Fiona's narration of this series. She's less mysterious to the reader than in the first book and I'm looking forward to her further self-discovery in future books. There's cold weather fighting in this storyminiscent of Lisbeth Salander. I don't think I noticed the character similarities in the first book, but Fi is a deeply odd, kick-ass heroine; it's a natural comparison.

In this second novel in an engrossing series, DC Fiona Griffiths is once again challenged to apply her strange talents to solving a case or maybe it’s two cases. This DC is not like others and this is one of the winning formulas that Harry Bingham gives to the character.With her personality traits being at times psychotic, the first person POV works as we discover more and more about Fiona’s past and about the cases. She has more than murder to handle and she needs to act off-piste to get th [...]

Ne yazık ki tüm beklentim boşa çıktı. Kitapta olan hiçbir şey beni tatmin etmedi.Fiona’ya ısınamadım. Buzz’ı sevmedim. Watkins çok kafa karıştırıcıydı. Kızın sanrıları beni çok sıktı. Belki sonunda beni çok şaşırtan bir olay olur dedim o da olmadı. O yüzden tam bir hayal kırıklığı oldu benim için.

Fiona Griffiths, a young detective on the South Wales police force, feels a strong affinity with the dead. Not surprising since she suffers from Cotard’s Syndrome, an illness that causes its sufferers to think they are dead (I looked it up. Turns out, that’s a real syndrome). So when a human leg is discovered among some rubbish, she couldn’t be happier. Well, at least not until she discovers the head in a vat of old motor oil. It turns out to be parts from a college student missing for fiv [...]

"Love Story, With Murders" is the second novel in a series featuring Fiona ("Fi") Griffiths, a British police officer who suffers from Cotard's Syndrome, a rare mental disorder which causes the sufferer to believe that he or she is dead. Fiona was hospitalized for several years in her teens, and still has to remind herself that she is alive. Her life is characterized by her constantly wondering if she is acting normal, and reassuring herself that by eating, sleeping and interacting with people s [...]

Ok, so I picked up this book because the title had my attention. I love a good "love story with a murder". The first murder was a piece of work. Yes, I do not piece or should I say pieces. This is because the victim was found chopped up in many pieces in a lock box freezer. What I did like was Fi and her way of thinking. She picked up on the littlest of details. However after a while the magic of this ability that Fi had grew old quickly. Because the story got bogged down with all of the details [...]

Again, just a few words since this has been out a few years. Fiona is a bit less creepy but the murders are more creepy, so it evens out. It's quite the puzzle and for these murders, even Fiona's beloved dad is drawn in to the investigation. Thems the breaks when you are the daughter of Cardiff's formerly biggest gangster. Also, dress warm, very warm when you settle down to read this one.

Very quirky Fiona Griffiths is such a lovable character! There's a lot going on in her life. Her internal search and growth, the investigation of murders and suicide, and her increasing knowledge of her father's past all combine for a satisfying read.

Fiona Griffiths is a wonderful creation by the author. I love the character and writing style. I love following along with her and her interactions with the living and the dead. I can't wait for the next one The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths.

In this second novel in an engrossing series, DC Fiona Griffiths is once again challenged to apply her strange talents to solving a case or maybe it’s two cases. This DC is not like others and this is one of the winning formulas that Harry Bingham gives to the character.With her personality traits being at times psychotic, the first person POV works as we discover more and more about Fiona’s past and about the cases. She has more than murder to handle and she needs to act off-piste to get th [...]

Paradoxically, this was both well-written, and a book I regret reading. It's extremely bleak, and while I have a high tolerance for that - I love Jo Nesbo, enjoy Lisa Gardner, etc. - there's something about this book that gets under the skin and plunges you into the dark mindset of the protagonist. That's largely because it's written in the first person and the narrator is a deeply mentally troubled individual with a dark psychological history. She's a compelling voice, and the plot is gripping [...]

Second book featuring DC Fiona Griffiths of the Cardiff Police - survivor of a debilitating psychotic syndrome, adopted in mysterious circumstances by a major criminal of the 1980's. A really different lead character for this police procedural following discovery of body parts of two different corpses from two different time periods - Griffiths is not a team player, a loner who takes the law into her own hands.

Not only is the murder mystery interesting and engaging but so is the main character, a young, female detective.

Fiona Griffiths is a quirky, endearing new protagonist in crime fiction The first thing you should know about the Fiona Griffiths books is that they're told in the first person by a a very unusual young woman, a Detective Constable in the Cardiff, Wales, police force.Sometime in her childhood, Fiona suffered a deeply traumatic event, but exactly what happened is buried deep in her subconscious. Like a virus, though, it flares up from time to time, and in an unusual way. Fiona's post-traumatic st [...]

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 [...]

My first encounter with DC Fiona Griffiths was in Harry Bingham's Talking to the Dead, and it became one of my Best Reads of 2012. Love Story, With Murders is now one of my Best Reads of 2014, and it has everything to do with Fiona Fi. While in her teens she suffered an unusual sort of breakdown, and it has colored everything in her world: how she relates to people, how she thinks, how she copes with stress. She's almost the idiot savant of the Cardiff police force-- one moment disobeying orders [...]

Love Story With MurdersBy Harry BinghamWhat it's all aboutHmmmdy parts are sort of popping up all over little towns around Londona leg in a freezer, a head in a barrel, a hand on the lawnd much much more. DI Fiona Griffiths is working on this case.My thoughts after reading this bookThis is the second book with DI Fiona Griffiths as it's central character. She is odd and quirky, has a mysterious unknown past and doesn't always do what she is supposed to do. She has a boyfriend and a familybut it' [...]

I grew tired of DC Fi Griffiths in the follow up to the intriguing 'Talking to the Dead', in her first outing she was fresh, exciting and deeply troubled, in this outing she was downgraded to bland and cumbersome. The first half of the novel was just a little too slow for my tastes and Fi griped far too much about her condition and her inability to 'connect' with both herself and other people, the story faded into the background too much to keep it sensibly paced.This does, thankfully, improve a [...]

Loved Talking to the Dead, so was quite pleased to pick up the 2nd copy here. Crime novels can be so formulaic, but the character of Fiona Griffiths breaks through those traditional cliched cops. Former mental health patient who manages her condition with illegally grown weed, a family who adopted her while young, no knowledge of her past / her former family, and her adoptive father is a former crime boss who the cops never managed to nick.Beginning with the random find of a severed leg in a wom [...]


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