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Love Story, With Murders (Fiona Griffiths #2)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  808 ratings  ·  164 reviews
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. A ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 20th 2013 by Hachette U.K. (first published 2013)
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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 ...more
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
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 five year ...more
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 ...more
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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 however I will
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 ...more
Maine Colonial
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 ...more
Love Story With Murders
Harry Bingham

What it's all about...

Hmmm...body parts are sort of popping up all over little towns around London...a leg in a freezer, a head in a barrel, a hand on the lawn...and much much more. DI Fiona Griffiths is working on this case.

My thoughts after reading this book...

This 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
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 ...more
"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 ...more
A wonderfully skewed vision of life, death and policing in South Wales. Love Story, with Murders reintroduces us to DC Fiona Griffiths (the extraordinary protagonist of the brilliant Talking to the Dead). An enjoyable read with some beautifully written sentences and a strong sense of place. Makes me want to head back up to the Welsh hills again.
Susan Stonesifer
Oh, Fiona. Yet again, her story draws you in and takes over.
The main character's whole "I have no idea what other people feel like because I'm so quirky" affect gets a little old over the course of the book, BUT the storyline is enough to keep you reading to the end. Also, there are some really heart pounding, suspenseful bits that kept me hooked as well. Overall, a three star, but I really wish I could give it four.
Eustacia Tan
I managed to borrow another two Fiona Griffiths novels before I left, but due to general packing and busy-stuff, I only got to posting my review of the second book now. Contrary to what I thought, the Love Story in the title doesn't actually refer to the budding romance between Fiona and the normal policeman Buzz, but between two bodies.

What two bodies? Oh yeah. Ok, so one day, Fiona gets called to the scene of a now-dead old widow (not the victim), where she finds a leg. A leg complete with a p
Judy Hilvers
Harry Bingham has created one of the most interesting and multi- layered characters I can recall in Fiona griffiths. Her life is series of dichotomies and she utilizes all of these mysteries, her own dysfunction (primarily caused by a disease called Cotard's), and her love of family, a few friends, and true compassion for victims of crime to solve mysteries. She is highly intelligent and quite lovable, always exactly when you think things will start spiraling out of control. Really enjoyed this ...more
LOVE STORY, WITH FEATHERS. (2014). Harry Bingham. ***.
This is the second novel in the author’s series featuring D.C. Fiona Griffiths, based in Wales. Unfortunately, I haven’t read the first in the series, “Talking to the Dead,” but it would have been a good idea if I had done so. It is a multiple murder mystery, told in the first person. Fiona is a conscientious cop, but with a medical condition that affects her spontaneously with blackout-type spells where she goes into another state. Sometimes
How to review/rate this book? It's not your traditional crime thriller, although there is aobviously a crime to solve it's not the core focus of the story. That belongs to Cotard's syndrome suffering detective Fiona Griffiths whose internal dialogue is as arresting as the story. i particularly enjoyed this as I live in South wales and it was so lovely to recognise the places mentioned even if they were dump sites!! (unendingly childish but always secretly thrilled with the 'I've been there!' rec ...more
De boeken van Fiona hebben allebei (tot nu toe) een hele aanwezige kaft. Een blik die heel doordringend voelt. De kaft vind ik op die manier erg bijzonder. Het grijpt je aandacht gelijk. Toen ik laatst in de boekenwinkel was met mijn moeder zag ik het boek (het was uitgelicht op een stand) al vanaf de andere kant van de winkel. Deze kwaliteit is voor een boek erg belangrijk. Het grijpt niet alleen mijn aandacht maar geeft ook een heel spooky gevoel. Het gevoel wat je wilt krijgen van een detecti ...more
Vera VB
Fiona Griffiths zegt in dit boek hetvolgende over zichzelf: 'Een maffe rechercheur met een labiel stel hersenen, die het helemaal niet erg vindt als een lijk midden in de nacht bij haar komt buurten.' En zo is ze inderdaad.
Fiona lijdt aan het syndroom van Cotard maar ze heeft dat gedeeltelijk overwonnen al is ze heel angstig dat het terugkomt. Mensen die dit syndroom hebben denken dat ze dood zijn, voelen niets meer (koud of warm), voelen niet dat hun hart klopt. Depressies en zelfmoorden komen
Off-piste: skiing on virgin snow off the regular runs. (Had to look that up.) When Welsh Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths says she's going off-piste she's not referring to anything snow related. She's veering way away from the sanctioned investigation to undercover clues on her own. Which usually means no one knows she's doing it -- except maybe some nasty characters who don't want her off- or on-piste (I may have made up that last word). They just want her dead.

In Harry Bingham, "Love Story
West Mus
Een cover die voor mij onmiddellijk vertrouwen schept met het gezicht van Fiona erop,dit is ze helemaal. Ik herinner mij nog de discussie op FB over de cover van het tweede deel waarin de meerderheid van de lezers ging voor de foto van Fiona. Zeker aanhouden voor het derde deel.
Ik hou enorm van de beschrijvende schrijfstijl van Harry Bingham. Het boek zit vol mooie vergelijkingen, heerlijke schetsen van de omgeving en sublieme karakterbeschrijvingen van Fiona. De korte hoofdstukken zorgen ervoor
Mike Gabor
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 ...more
Heath Henwood
Love Story, with Murders
By Harry Bingham

A crime, mystery novel with a real twist. That DC Fiona Griffiths is the heroine is not the twist, but just how twisted she is. As well as smoking pot from her own small crop, she puts herself through all sorts of punishment, usually reserved for male counterparts.

This is the second novel featuring detective Fiona Griffiths, although I was unaware that there was a first until sitting down to write the review. It sits perfectly well as a stand-alone book.
Hypothermia as murder weapon. Young Cardiff detective Fiona Griffiths almost gets iced in Love Story, with Murders (Random House, digital galley), Harry Bingham's crafty follow-up to Talking to the Dead, one of my favorite crime novels from last year. This procedural is more complex as narrator Fiona details her part in investigating two grisly murders, dubbed "Operation Stir-fry'' by her colleagues (although not within hearing of frosty DCI Rhiannon Watkins). Soon after Fiona discovers well-pre ...more
This is such an enthralling novel. I can't wait to recommend and share it with my friends. Please, please, please give me the chance to own this gripping novel and share it with the wonderful world of readers!
"Love Story, With Murders" is the second book (after "Talking to the Dead") starring Fiona Griffiths, a Wales police constable with Cotard's Syndrome who sees things in a different way from everyone else, including co-workers, family, friends, enemies. "Love Story" does a decent job of filling in the basics about Fiona for those readers who have not read the first in the series, but if you don't read the first book, you miss a lot about Fi - particularly details about her Cotard's and growth she ...more
While the first book of the series was all about Fiona, her affinity for the dead, and her difficult life, this book is solidly about the mysteries. Two different murders at two different times occur, but the bodies show up at the same time and in a similar manner. Fiona, as usual, wants justice for the victims and so launches herself feet-first into the investigation. Along the way, she also investigates her father's criminal activities and attempts to solve the mystery of her own early life. M ...more
Ray Palen
Cotard's Syndrome is a rare mental disorder that causes the unfortunate recipient to believe they are dead (figuratively or literally), do not exist, or are decaying/putrefying in some fashion. Not a pleasant delusion to have.

The protagonist of Harry Bingham's second novel, Detective Constable (D.C.) Fiona Griffiths is stricken with this disorder. In fact, she has no idea how she came into existence. The first two years of her life are non-existent for her and she does not know who her mother an
n de plaats Cyncoed, bij het Llanishen reservoir, is een oude vrouw overleden. Tijdens het leeghalen van haar schuur wordt er in een vrieskast iets vreemds gevonden. Bij nadere inspectie blijkt het een menselijk been te zijn, compleet met roze pump.
Tijdens de zoektocht naar de andere lichaamsdelen worden er lichaamsdelen van een tweede slachtoffer gevonden.
Fiona en haar collega's gaan op zoek naar het verband tussen beide vermoorde mensen.
Met Fiona verloopt dit onderzoek niet altijd volgens de
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Harry Bingham writes novels and non-fiction. His latest fiction project is the FIONA GRIFFITHS crime series - mystery novels, where the detective is almost as much of a mystery as the crimes themselves.

Harry's latest novel (and, in his opinion, the best) is THE STRANGE DEATH OF FIONA GRIFFITHS, available in the US from Jan 29 (and available on pre-order now.)

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