The Nature Of The Beast
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The Nature Of The Beast

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  75 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Different people react to disasters in different ways. But why would Amy Petty want the world to presume her dead?
Fate is not alone in deciding who lives and who dies after the crash of a train travelling from Kent to London. One passenger uses the opportunity to commit a murder. Another — the blonde and beautiful Amy Petty — uses the accident as an opportunity to leave he...more
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Kathleen Hagen
The Nature of the Beast, by Frances Fyfield, B-plus. Narrated by Rula Lenska, produced by Chivers Audio, now owned by BBC-WW audio, downloaded from

This is a book full of very strange characters. Douglas Petty hires two solicitors to help him unravel a particularly vicious plot of character assassination and to file a libel suit. But this case is soon dwarfed by another incident, a catalyst that changed everything. Amy Petty, wife of Douglas, had had a particularly hard childhood, an...more
Maybe a 4.75; as I've said before 'amazing' not a word I'd use in this context, but for something so thoroughly entertaining, such high quality writing and such marvellous characters as this book has, it would be churlish to award it less.

I have found some of Frances Fyfield's book a little staid or disappointing. Others have sparkled, and this is definitely one of the latter.
I actually forgot that I'd read this and have difficulty remembering the ending. However it involved a former barrister who had been struck off for running naked through the Royal Courts of Justice and then opening a home for abandoned dogs before being accused of canine sodomy. Also his former model wife takes the opportunity of being involved in a massive train smash to sensibly fake her own death and go and live with her father - a wrongly accused paedophile who builds anarchic dolls houses....more
Anna Falbo
Here's a novel that's difficult to label: part mystery, part survival tale, part legal thriller. But above all, it's a tale of love in its many shades. Intriguing and hopeful
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This is one of those books that is not good and not bad, its interesting though. A mystery with a little action and a good plot. All Fyfields books are well written, she is an amazing author but this book is kinda strange.

The characters are odd and the way she described the Petty house, well let's just say I could have done without that visual. Overall I would say its an OK read, but not great. I didn't find myself lost or unable to put it down and it just was not that memorable. But I wouldn't...more
A most unusual novel. I struggled for awhile to get into it but eventually it drew me in.
Well written mystery set in London about a woman involved in a train crash, who takes the opportunity to escape from a brutish husband, told from the point of view of one of the lawyers dealing with his libel case. The characters are complicated, and while not an exciting story as such, the intrigue is in finding out why and how it will turn out.
Finding heavy going on this one... characters strange and disagreable. I hear the story is intriguing, but do I care?

I decided I didn't. Regretable -- I had heard good things about this author and now will probably not try her again.

Two stars for competent writing.
Karen C
I enjoy Frances Fyfield's writing but was upset that she chose to write about animal abuse/bestiality. It wasn't overly explicit but had I known this was the topic I would not have purchased the book (on my Kindle).
This was a re-read. I can do that because I rarely remember specifics about any book.

The story unfolded little by little, holding my interest very well. A satisfying read.
Not so much of a murder mystery, but a character mystery. I loved the way Amy saw everyone as an animal...
Worth a read. Fyfield's characters aren't the usual stereotypes and this plot was most unusual.
Didn't like this book.
Fairly good
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Aka Frances Hegarty.

Frances Fyfield is a criminal lawyer, who lives in London and in Deal, by the sea which is her passion. She has won several awards, including the CWA Silver Dagger.
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