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.
The WPC And The Vulture
A Fatal Obsession by Faith Martin is a fabulous police retro novel set in 1960. The book is evocative of a bygone age where crimes were solved by legwork, questions and a healthy dose of suspicion.
A Fatal Obsession is a ‘thinking man’s’ novel. Being set in Oxford conjured up familiar landscapes for me. As a fan of the television series Morse and WPC56, I found the novel to be reminiscent of a blend of both.
An unlikely pairing of a young WPC and an aging coroner ensured the reader was entertained as the young woman learnt about crime solving from the master.
Modern murder collided with a cold case and kept the reader intrigued as we journeyed from parlors to stately homes. The reader found that secrets resided behind locked doors, requiring digging to unearth them.