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The Ludlows are a hard-charging family, and patriarch Carl Ludlow treats his offspring like employees—which they are. But his daughter, Fina, is a bit of a black sheep. A law school dropout, her father keeps her in the fold as the firm’s private investigator, working alongside her brothers.

Juggling her family of high-powered (and highly dysfunctional) attorneys, the cops a
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Jun 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Diet soda with syrup-coated pancakes. Diet soda with shrimp tempura. Diet soda with Mallomars. Diet soda with candy bars. Diet soda with a side of diet soda... OK, I made up that last one.

Once I finished this book, all I could think I wished I had this in a Word doc so I could count all the diet soda references. That’s not what I should remember about this book. It’s like when I finished the last Stieg Larsson book, "The Girl Who Kicked the Cashbox", where I mostly remembered people eating sandw
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Just finished Ingrid Thoft's debut novel "Loyalty" and absoutely loved it!!! :D It's a mystery novel about Boston PI Fina Ludlow who is investigating the dissaperance of her sister-in-law Melanie while working for her father & brother's "Mad Men" style lawfirm, and things just spiral out of control for her, her friends, and her family.

Fina is such an amazing character and I just loved her!!! :D She's the type of PI you want and like a grown up "Veronica Mars". Her family is so messed up but the
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wish I could remember how I first learned about this book. However that happened, I'm glad I did. I put it on reserve at the library a few months ago and just finished it. This is the first novel that the author has published. It is a crime novel with a female PI named Fina (short for Josefina) Ludlow. Fina comes from a family of very wealthy attorneys who have made a name for themselves in Boston as a firm that takes care of the little guy - the person whose doctor botched their delivery or m ...more
Jenny Boyce
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, first-reads
Received this book through Goodreads First Reads. I really enjoyed this book!

The characters were very strong throughout the story. The main character, Fina, was especially strong and likable throughout the entire story. The interactions between her and her family, as well as people she worked with, were enjoyable and realistic.

I really enjoyed the plot of this story. There was a lot of stuff going on and a lot of mystery, right up until the very end. The author has you thinking right from the b
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Although I enjoyed the plot (clues and suspense well timed; path to conclusion clear and well-defined), the best thing about "Loyalty" is its characters, with private investigator Josefina (Fina) Ludlow, who works on cases for her family, at the top of the list.

Fina oozes charisma; I loved her character. She's comfortable to be around, is admirably persistent and resilient, never gives up, has a sweet tooth, a sense of humor, a love of adventure, a crazy family she loves anyway, and she's smart.
Carole Murphy
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read about "Loyalty"in Bookpages and was drawn to it not only for its' good review but because it was a mystery and took place in MA, mostly Boston (my old homestate/residence).
Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. It reminded me of Sue Grafton's alphabet series and Parker's Spencer novels. The main character (Fina) is single, feisty and of her own mind, never bowing to her family's considerable wealth and influence. What starts out with Fina trying to locate a missing sister-in-law
Chelle Protzman
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a very well written, keep you on your toes, kind of book. Unlike a lot of movies and books where you can figure out the entire book within the first few chapters this book kept me reading until the very end. It is a rarity in this regard. The characters are well written and well defined for the most part.
The only things I did not like about this book were: 1) There was entirely too much cussing for my taste, especially from the main character, who is a woman. I would not have wanted to
Lisa Taylor
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Found this book in the small library in my apartment building. Started reading and, tried and true, couldn't put it down. This is a first book, the main character is a woman P.I. that works for her family of attorneys. She is relentless, funny, tough and believable.

Was so impressed with the book that I wrote to Ingrid Thoft and thanked her for writing something gritty instead of fluffy, and that, in my opinion, there are not enough good women mystery writers.

Got a reply from her, thanking me and
Nancy McFarlane
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Fina Ludlow is one cool, new heroine who is tough as nails. A PI for her family firm of prestigious, high-powered personal injury attorneys, Fina has to make decisions that could make her even more of a black sheep than she already is. Sassy, smart and hard hitting -- what more could you ask for in a great new PI novel?
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
A really fun read. Sure, the main character, a female PI, is somewhat of a cliché - She loves cheeseburgers and has cookies for breakfast! She eats whatever she wants and all the time, but she has the "metabolism of a hummingbird" and still stays skinny! She has multiple 'friends with benefits' but doesn't want to commit to a relationship and doesn't need a man! [Good for her, but still, ultimately, somewhat of a cliché in this genre.] However, I found Fina amazingly likable without being cloyin ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I heart Fina. I’m a female private investigator junkie. Like I absolutely love books with female PI’s. And this one did not disappoint. Fina’s character was witty, powerful and strong (just to name of few). So much action in this book. I could not put it down!! Looking forward to her next book!
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This debut novel is a page turner. It is not a "cozy mystery." Her main character, Fina, is a private detective who works for her Father's law firm. She's an aggressive determined woman.

The writer has avoided the verbose style, much in the manner of vintage Dick Francis. Perhaps she has been a newspaper reporter in her past.

I highly recommend this book and eagerly await the next Fina mystery due out next summer.

Alen Yen
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read. Fina is a great character with tremendous appeal. Last 80 pages or so are knuckle-gripping...
Sue Perry
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
When I started this book I expected to give it 4 stars, maybe 5. The set up was strong and fun. The tangle of plot threads intrigued. The family dynamics entertained. And you really can't have too many detectives with Attitude, so it was a pleasure to meet another one. Also, early on, there was an absolutely great line about how children are like NASA launches - you can invest lots of money and time in them only to see them go quickly off course. (Sorry I can't provide the actual quote - i loane ...more
Bonnie Brody
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's hard to believe that Loyalty is a debut novel. Ingrid Thoft has a way with words and dialog that makes the reader feel like she is in the company of an accomplished writer.

The book is a mystery/thriller with a great protagonist named Fina Ludlow. She is part of THE Ludlow clan, a large conclomerate of defense attorneys in the Boston area all working for Fina's father Carl. Fina flunked out of law school and became a private investigator. She usually does work for her fathers or brothers and
Bruce Hamilton
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fina Ludlow is a great new hot,tough,pull no punches PI in the book Loyalty by Ingrid Thoft.

Fina's Father and her three Brothers are lawyers,worse they are personal injury lawyers which means very few people are what you would call friendly to the firm. When Fina fails law school she goes to work for the family firm as a private investigator.

When her sister-in-law disapears she is told to solve the case and solve it fast.Fina plows into the case with her very unique style.The style is Oh thet lo
3.5 stars

Josefina Ludlow, Fina to her family and friends, is the youngest in a sibling set of four. She has four older brothers who all followed their domineering father into the legal profession and who now all work in his powerful, personal injury law firm. Fina, having flunked out of law school, still contributes to the family business by working as the private investigator for many of their cases. But this time around, when a member of the family goes missing, things get personal really quic
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-mystery
This was the first in the series featuring Fina Ludlow, private investigator, a quirky character who is employed by her family's personal injury law practice. I love this series. Fina is a hard-drinking, hard-loving, moody and quirky detective. She's funny and her relationship with her father and brothers who run the firm is often at odds.

This was her first book and I've read books 3 & 4 and loved them all. I also loved that they were set in Boston, 30 miles from me and I recognize so many of t
Shannon Lynne
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. its a smart, edgy novel written to keep the reader on the edge of their seat!. A tale of engrossing family drama at its with a style all its own.
Luanne Ollivier
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 Loyalty is Ingrid Thoft's debut novel.

Fina Ludlow lives and works in Boston for the family firm. Law firm that is. Her father and three brothers are all attorneys but Fina bucked tradition and became the firm's private investigator.

When Fina's sister-in-law Melanie goes missing, patriarch Carl Ludlow sets Fina on the case. The police department's prime suspect is her brother Rand - Melanie's husband. But there's no way Rand would have killed Melanie. Right? As Fina digs into Melanie's li
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2014
I was skeptical about reading this because the reviews on here were mostly so/so. I'm so glad I read it anyway because it was a great mystery.
I couldn't put the book down after I got to the middle, and while the mystery may have been a little predictable there were so many sub-plots that I was intrigued up until the end. Overall a great first book by a new author, I hope more Fina books will follow.

Fina, the black sheep of an all lawyer personal injury family is the firm's PI. He
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
"The Ludlows are a hard-charging family, and patriarch Carl Ludlow treats his offspring like employees—which they are. But his daughter, Fina, is a bit of a black sheep. A law school dropout, her father keeps her in the fold as the firm’s private investigator, working alongside her brothers. Juggling her family of high-powered (and highly dysfunctional) attorneys, the cops and Boston’s criminal element is usually something Fina does without breaking a sweat. But when her sister-in-law disappears ...more
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
As the title would suggest, there is extreme loyalty amongst the members of the Ludlow family. Loyalty to themselves, each other, and most importantly to their father, Carl. But this loyalty goes far beyond the ties of family. Besides being their father, Carl is also their boss. He heads a high-powered law firm where each of his children work. His three sons all partners at the firm, follow a strict diet, religious exercise routine, and do everything in their power to keep their father happy. Fi ...more
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fina (Josefina) Ludlow is a private investigator. Much of her work comes from her family's massively successful personal injury-oriented law firm, where her father and three brothers hustle nonstop for money and clout. Fina's family is an empowered mess. (One person says, and Fina agrees, that growing up in the Ludlow clan was like being raised by wolves.) Now one of her sisters-in-law is missing, or worse, and Fina is put on the case by her father. Butr is her primary task to find the missing w ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, first-reads
Fina Ludlow is from a family of lawyers, but she isn’t cut from the same cloth as her siblings and her father. Instead, she works as a private investigator for the family law firm. She is aggressive and at times abrasive, a loner who pushes the envelope. Fina has an additional problem on her newest case. She must investigate her brother, who is accused of murder. Her father expects her to act in the best interest of the family, but some of what she learns leads her to question where her loyalty ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loyalty is a debut novel that introduces Fina Ludlow, a Boston PI--who flunked out of law school--and is from a family of high octane attorneys that focus on profits, not right or wrong. Early on we meet Fina and her family--some pleasant, but most irritating louts. Chaos reigns when Fina's sister-in-law is missing and Fina is asked to find her. The best parts of the book are when Fina is chasing clues to find her sister-in-law and not interacting with her family. The novel is an entertaining pa ...more
Really 3.5 stars, but I rounded up.

I first heard about Ingrid Thoft when she joined one of my favorite blogs, Jungle Red Writers, a blog dedicated to a group of women who write crime fiction (other "cozy" members include Rhys Bowen, Jenn McKinlay, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Lucy Burdette). Soon after she joined the blog, I picked up a copy of her first book at a used book store and it's sat on my shelf since. I was wanting a faster-paced mystery this weekend, so I decided to pick up this book, and
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fina Ludlow, a law school dropout, works as a private investigator for her high-powered family of Boston lawyers. When her sister-in-law, Melanie, disappears, Fina unexpectedly finds herself forced to choose between family loyalty and the truth.

With strong characterizations, a family that gives new meaning to dysfunctional, and a tough, take-no-prisoners woman investigator, there is much to appreciate in this first book in a new series. The only detractor in this intriguing narrative is Fina’s o
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I had never heard of author Ingrid Thoft before this past March until seeing her in a panel discussion at Tucson's Festival Of Books held yearly at the University of Arizona. I was immediately impressed by most of the comments from the audience regarding her 'Fina Ludlow' series of thrillers. Luckily I was able to track down the first three books (Fourth newly out as a hardback) before returning to Pennsylvania. "Loyalty", the first Fina series book was a wild roller coaster ride of suspense tha ...more
Colleen Estep
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A new female PI is on the scene in Boston, and she is something else. Josefina Ludlow was born into a family of high dollar attorney's and being the only daughter she quickly learned to swim with the sharks.
She works for her father's law firm, as do her brothers, except she was not a good fit for law school but made one tough investigator. She will be the first to tell you that she was never a girl scout, in fact was booted out as a brownie.
When her brother Ryan's wife Melanie goes missing an
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INGRID THOFT was born in Boston and is a graduate of Wellesley College. Her interest in the PI life and her desire to create a believable PI character led her to the certificate program in private investigation at the University of Washington. She lives in Seattle with her husband.

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