A Fatal Mistake by Faith Martin

Good Old Fashioned Policing

A Fatal Mistake by Faith Martin is a fabulous nostalgic crime novel set in 1960. It is the second book in the Ryder And Loveday Mysteries but can be read as a stand-alone.

Once more the crime busting duo of elderly coroner Ryder and probationer WPC Loveday meet up to crack another crime. They are an unlikely pairing but work well together. Fresh faced and enthusiastic Loveday contrasts with the meticulous and calm Ryder. They bounce off each other much to the readers delight.

1960 was the dawn of the modern era. Female police officers were a new phenomenon and faced much hostility and prejudice. They had to work twice as hard just to maintain an equal footing with their male counterparts.

The reader is treated to the face of Oxford 1960. It is a fabulous trip into the past. For me, it had a curious blend of ITV’s Morse and Endeavour with BBC’s George Gently. I really hope these books translate onto our television screens as I would love to watch them. I would cast Martin Shaw as Ryder and Joanne Froggat as Loveday. Just perfect.

A Fatal Mistake is a nostalgic thinking man’s detective novel. The clues need to be observed, thought through and joined together. The crimes rely on good old fashioned policing and a copper’s nose.

I am absolutely loving this series by Faith Martin. Many more books please. Any TV producers out there… please look no further for the next big thing, this is it!

I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

JULIA WILSON

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