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Love Story, With Murders (Fiona Griffiths #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,690 Ratings  ·  250 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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Rachel Hall
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talking to the Dead introduced the unmistakeable 5' 2" Cambridge philosophy prize-winning graduate, DC Fiona (Fi) Griffiths, with her lack of social skills, affinity for the dead and familiarity with the mental health services of Cardiff. Focusing on one of the most distinctive and endearing characters at a relatively lowly level of policing was a marked contrast to the familiar jaded characters who usually direct the day to day running of an investigation. The first novel in this series detaile ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and Fiona Griffiths! Harry Bingham made her into a very special heroine. It was humorous too.
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
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
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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
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beyond reason Fiona survives encounters with professional killers without police support. She does end up in the hospital with third degree burns. I will likely read more of these Welsh police procedurals but not right now. There are some ongoing investigations of her own that will likely continue (such as where did she com from?), but I'm not invested.
I am missing things like appreciation of nature and life. Fiona seeks solace in darkness and opening an empty refrigerator.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't tell Buzz but I'm in love with Fi. She is smart, smarter than she knows, cute, vivacious, tenacious, and she cares even when she thinks she doesn't. Thomas, her father is one of the most loving characters I've found in a book such as this series.

This book could be gruesome but Bingham is a poet and can take things like a young girls decapitated head being pulled out of a can of old oil and make them readable. You can lose yourself in his prose at times.

This book is complicated with too ma
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Fiona's narration of this series. She's less mysterious to the reader than in the first book and I'm looking forward to her further self-discovery in future books. There's cold weather fighting in this story....reminiscent of Lisbeth Salander. I don't think I noticed the character similarities in the first book, but Fi is a deeply odd, kick-ass heroine; it's a natural comparison.
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013, reviewed
"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
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 06, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very quirky Fiona Griffiths is such a lovable character! There's a lot going on in her life. Her internal search and growth, the investigation of murders and suicide, and her increasing knowledge of her father's past all combine for a satisfying read.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Fiona Griffiths is a wonderful creation by the author. I love the character and writing style. I love following along with her and her interactions with the living and the dead. I can't wait for the next one The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths.
Claire H
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Paradoxically, this was both well-written, and a book I regret reading. It's extremely bleak, and while I have a high tolerance for that - I love Jo Nesbo, enjoy Lisa Gardner, etc. - there's something about this book that gets under the skin and plunges you into the dark mindset of the protagonist. That's largely because it's written in the first person and the narrator is a deeply mentally troubled individual with a dark psychological history. She's a compelling voice, and the plot is gripping ...more
Maureen Carden
Again, just a few words since this has been out a few years. Fiona is a bit less creepy but the murders are more creepy, so it evens out. It's quite the puzzle and for these murders, even Fiona's beloved dad is drawn in to the investigation. Thems the breaks when you are the daughter of Cardiff's formerly biggest gangster. Also, dress warm, very warm when you settle down to read this one.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not only is the murder mystery interesting and engaging but so is the main character, a young, female detective.
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
Mike Gabor
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-mystery
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
Cathy Cole
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first encounter with DC Fiona Griffiths was in Harry Bingham's Talking to the Dead, and it became one of my Best Reads of 2012. Love Story, With Murders is now one of my Best Reads of 2014, and it has everything to do with Fiona... Fi.

While in her teens she suffered an unusual sort of breakdown, and it has colored everything in her world: how she relates to people, how she thinks, how she copes with stress. She's almost the idiot savant of the Cardiff police force-- one moment disobeying ord
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I grew tired of DC Fi Griffiths in the follow up to the intriguing 'Talking to the Dead', in her first outing she was fresh, exciting and deeply troubled, in this outing she was downgraded to bland and cumbersome. The first half of the novel was just a little too slow for my tastes and Fi griped far too much about her condition and her inability to 'connect' with both herself and other people, the story faded into the background too much to keep it sensibly paced.

This does, thankfully, improve a
Marie Jenkinson
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marie by: myself :)
Loved Talking to the Dead, so was quite pleased to pick up the 2nd copy here. Crime novels can be so formulaic, but the character of Fiona Griffiths breaks through those traditional cliched cops. Former mental health patient who manages her condition with illegally grown weed, a family who adopted her while young, no knowledge of her past / her former family, and her adoptive father is a former crime boss who the cops never managed to nick.

Beginning with the random find of a severed leg in a wom
Trev Twinem
Feb 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The problem with the writing of Harry Bingham is you either enjoy his style, his quirky and somewhat detached 1st person adventure or you struggle and find the whole experience tedious and irritating.

Having previously read and enjoyed "Talking to the Dead" I was eager to learn more about the life of DC Fiona Griffiths and her daily battle with the depressive and psychotic disease known as Cotard's Syndrome. Body parts have been discovered and it is the job of our intrepid and courageous Fiona to
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is more than just a crime novel. It is also the story of a victim with a difference. Fiona Griffiths has the rare mental condition Cotard's Syndrome and lives in constant questioning of whether she is, in fact, dead. The author's handling of Fiona's life intertwined with the plot of the crime novel side of things, is ingenious and beautifully handled. In this second volume concerning Fiona, we find her trying to live a 'normal' life and interact with her family, her boyfriend and her work c ...more
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ha ha I can see how the Fiona Griffiths character might annoy some people but I like her. She's a refreshing change from the standard, hard-as-nails female detectives.

Two cases of dismembered corpses have detectives baffled as the crimes appear to have been committed years apart and there is no apparent connection between the victims. But Fiona, crazy girl that she is, revels in hard work and poring through reams of mind numbingly boring reports, statements and whatever.

She follows her instincts
Kevin Parsons
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, the story really picked up speed and I flew through the last half of the book - something I don't normally do. I also like that this book moved along the characters and developed and expanded on their relationships - making me look forward to where things go from here. I also found myself angry when I finished - because the type of people that Bingham is writing about here exist and somehow manage to live with themselves. Anyhow, I enjoyed this book so much that ...more
Judy Hilvers
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Eileen Goudge
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welsh detective, Fiona Griffiths, is as quirky a character as they come. That's what makes this detective series so compelling. She gets cozy with the dead in a way that's strangely not as weird as it sounds. She's also tough and fearless and, ultimately, resourceful. When faced with seemingly certain death in a climactic scene she digs down deep and finds the wherewithal to survive. I admire her grit and enjoy the author's style. I look forward to reading further adventures of Fiona as she face ...more
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