Nostalgic Crime Busting
A Fatal Truth by Faith Martin is a marvellous historical murder mystery. It is the fifth book in the Ryder And Loveday Mystery series which I am loving.
This series has a wonderful retro feel to it, combined with a cosy murder mystery. It would make a perfect prime time television series. This book is set in 1961. It feels very much like Inspector Morse meets Endeavour meets Inspector George Gently. I can easily picture Martin Shaw as the erasable Dr Ryder.
Once more the reader is treated to the crime busting duo of aging coroner Dr Ryder and young WPC Loveday who is a breath of fresh air. Together they aim to solve crimes and keep the streets of Oxford safe.
Faith Martin has created well thought out storylines that have the reader intrigued and guessing. I am familiar with the Oxford streets and landscapes (having visited and also watched all episodes of Morse, Endeavour and Lewis), so it was easy to picture the action.
Good Old Fashioned Policing
A Fatal Secret by Faith Martin is another gripping
historical crime novel. It is the fourth book in the Ryder And Loveday Mystery
series but can be read as a stand-alone.
I enjoyed returning to Oxford in 1961, being
reunited with the crime busting duo of probationer WPC Loveday and aging
coroner Dr Ryder. They are an engaging couple with her copper’s nose and his
education. A perfect blend of youth and experience. Whenever the police shelve
a case, Ryder and Loveday spring into action.
A terrible crime? Or an unfortunate accident?
The reader tries, alongside Ryder and Loveday, to piece together the clues, as
the locals seem tight lipped. Some seem burdened with a terrible secret.
Relationships are strained as lives are exposed and the questions mount up.
Nostalgic Crime Busting At It’s Best
A Fatal Flaw by Faith Martin is a gripping
historical crime novel set in Oxford in 1960. Once again the reader gets caught
up in the crime solving exploits of unlikely duo of an aging experienced coroner
and a probationary WPC. The book is a thrilling read as I tried to piece
together the clues to solve the crime.
This Ryder and Loveday series is a fabulous
one. The books are very reminiscent of ITV’s Endeavour and Morse. Definitely a
thinking man’s novel as the clues are cleverly laid out.
1960 is the dawn of a new era for women as they
try to break out of their traditional roles. WPC’s are new to the force and
often seen as only good for making tea and comforting women. WPC Loveday proves
she has brains and ambition, much to the astonishment of her superiors.
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.