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  • Series Keeps Getting Better

    The fifth in the Ryder and Loveday series, this one was worth the wait. The plotting is excellent, the storyline of Dr. Ryder’s struggle with Parkinson’s deepens in a logical way, and Trudy matures a bit. All these combine to make this an excellent addition to an interesting series that highlights policing in the 1960’s. The period is accurately depicted without rancor, so that the end result for many readers is more likely to be a thought that it’s good to see how we’ve progressed in terms of accepting women on the police force as well as allowing them more independence in general. Trudy is assigned the task of re-investigating a death ruled a suicide when a reporter writes an article indicating the police got it wrong. DI Jennings, Trudy’s chauvinistic supervisor, decides this is a great case to assign Trudy as he is convinced there is nothing to the allegations and the necessary follow-up will be a waste of time. Trudy, who is still trying to recover from a near-disaster on her last case, reluctantly accepts the assignment and the prospect of once again working with Dr. Ryder. As the case progresses, Trudy’s confidence and her skill as an investigator increase and she begins to rely more on herself and less on Dr. Ryder. The experience helps her conquer her fears associated with the previous case and develop a stronger self-confidence which is seen as a positive result by both Trudy and Dr. Ryder. Still, she has some stumbles and Dr. Ryder steps in to ensure she isn’t led astray by the reporter in his zeal to further his desires regarding the outcome of the case. The pacing of the novel is excellent, as is the norm in most Faith Martin novels, and the ending is satisfying on both the case level and Trudy’s maturity level. There are still issues revolving around Dr. Ryder’s health. Martin does not fall into the trap of an annoying cliff-hanger here, but rather leaves it vague enough to satisfy most readers and not affect their enjoyment of this mystery. Most fans of the series can expect to be satisfied and at the same time waiting impatiently for the next book. While this novel, as others in the series, is a stand-alone mystery; it is highly recommended the reader start with the first novel and progress in order through the series. Both primary characters, Trudy and Dr. Ryder grow throughout the series and being privy to this growth enhances the reader's enjoyment. The biggest frustration for most readers is likely to be having to wait for the next book. My thanks to H O Digital/Harper Collins and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Great Suspense

    Another great Trudy Loveday novel. Trudy once again finds herself seeking answers with Dr. Ryder. When a freak accident claims the life of a rich businessman, Mr. Hughes, it is almost immediately ruled an accident. But then a newspaper article is published suggesting that the police acted in haste in closing the case and should take another look. To appease the public, Inspector Jennings assigns Trudy to look into the family and the death and see if she can close the case once and for all. But what Trudy and Ryder uncover leaves them both with a moral decision. Because if the truth comes to light, a young, innocent girl may pay the ultimate price. Can they let a killer get away with murder to clear their conscience or will they follow the law? Love the twist at the end of this story. Great addition to the series. I received and advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Good characters

    law-enforcement, England, murder-investigation Have to admit that I was disappointed with this one as the author is one of my favorites and I had expected to love it. I felt that it plodded along in a rather lackluster fashion and never really got off the ground. The characters, however, were very well presented and easy to imagine as they moved about and asked/answered and generally delved into things. The publisher's blurb is very good. I requested and received a free ebook copy from HQ Digital via NetGalley.

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  • Engaging and Entertaining

    A man burns to death in his shed on Guy Fawkes night in 1961, victim of an errant firework. This pretty much happens on page one of “A Fatal Truth,” Faith Martin’s latest Ryder and Loveday Oxford historical mystery. Well, that would make for a mighty short book, wouldn’t it? So, we know that’s not all there is to it, no siree. Faith Martin has much more to tell us about in this, the fifth in the series. So, when a “death by misadventure” verdict is brought in, that’s thought to be the end of it. But when one of the local newspaper reporters starts having “trouble with the verdict,” well, Trudy Loveday’s put on the case, because she’s “safe” and won’t cause much of a fuss when she won’t find anything. Well, we know that’s not happening. Because with Ryder’s help, there’s bound to be “something,” or the book WOULD really be short. So they’re going to work together again, even though Loveday is somewhat wary of it, for reasons carried over from the earlier book – no spoilers here, you need to read the earlier entries. Best to start from the beginning, anyway, it will help with character development and you’ll find out what’s going on with Clement Ryder – that’s important to know. Come to find out the murdered man had a list of enemies – and most of them are in his family – handy, that. But they’re keeping quiet. Very quiet. And with the fire, there’s no evidence. The newspaper reporter – who’s cozying up to Trudy – is trying to cause trouble; he’s got a really good reason. There’s not a great sense of time or place here, although one does feel that we are in a quieter time frame, not the modern era we’re used to. But we do get the idea that Trudy is being overlooked, as a female policewoman in the early days of such a position, and there is that degree of naivete that we’ve come to know. And with that newspaper reporter that’s introduced in this story – I hope he’s not going to cause any trouble in future books. At least Ryder’s been alerted. Finally, it becomes obvious why the man had to die. Trudy and Clement figure it out. To give it even more credence, they take their findings to Trudy’s boss, explaining, in a nutshell, “a horrid man, who cared only about money.” Always a good idea to take it to a higher authority, whatever it is. “A Fatal Truth” will keep you engaged until the last pages, when it will be up to you to be that higher authority. Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for a copy of this book, in exchange for this review.

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  • A good interesting read

    So was it just a simple accident that killed Thomas Hughes? DI Jennings thinks that there is more to the case but who is lying in the family? So he passes the case onto WPC Loveday as she did solve the case not too long ago with the help of Dr Ryder and hopefully this will keep her busy. Trudy knows why the case was passed onto her but she will do her best to solve it and that means going to see Dr Ryder but she isn't too sure what to expect as the last cases almost got them both killed. Clement knows that he should be wary of getting involved with any of Trudy's cases again as they last one almost ended badly for both of them but she is his young protege and he will do whatever he can do to help her. The more they learn about the victim the more they find that he wasn't a really nice man and that many people would want him dead. But did it as there are so many suspects Will Trudy be able to find the answers with the help of Dr Ryder again to find out the truth? A good read. Love that Trudy gets to shine in book as she has the guts to continue on no what her personal feelings are. I was lucky enough to receive a copy via Netgalley & the publishing house in exchange for my honest review.

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