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A Fatal Secret

(Ryder & Loveday Mystery #4)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,010 ratings  ·  64 reviews
‘Great characters, great plot and a totally dazzling finish… Wonderful.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Oxford, 1961

A family day out at Briar’s Hall ends in tragedy when a young boy goes missing – and his body is found at the bottom of a disused well in the orchard.

It looks like a simple case of an eleven-year-old exploring where he shouldn’t: a tragic accident. But Coroner

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Gail C.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A FATAL SECRET by Faith Martin is the fourth in the Ryan and Loveday police procedural. This series features an unlikely pairing between women’s probationary constable Trudy Loveday, a young 19 year old from a working class family and Dr. Clement Ryder, a retired surgeon who now works as a coroner for the Oxford police. The series is set in the ‘60’s, and gives a fascinating look into the place of women in the police force at that time as well as a social system that still put more emphasis on a ...more
Alan Cotterell
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, read-2019
Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for the ARC, in exchange for an honest review.


This is the fourth in the Ryan and Loveday series, which centres around the unusual pairing of women’s probationary constable Trudy Loveday, from a working-class family and Dr. Clement Ryder, a retired surgeon who now works as a coroner. It is set in the ‘60’s, and gives an insight into the place of women in society and the police force, at that time. It is refreshing to read a police procedural with no slashing,
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Alan Cotterell
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for the ARC, in exchange for an honest review.

This is the fourth in the Ryan and Loveday series, which centres around the unusual pairing of women’s probationary constable Trudy Loveday, from a working-class family and Dr. Clement Ryder, a retired surgeon who now works as a coroner. It is set in the ‘60’s, and gives an insight into the place of women in society and the police force, at that time. It is refreshing to read a police procedural with no slashing,
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Betsy
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the second book I have read in this series, and it has confirmed 2 things: I like Dr. Ryder, but I do not like Trudy Loveday. She is naive and less-than-intelligent about certain things. Having Dr. Ryder as her mentor may not be the best thing for her as she relies on him too much to explain what she should already know. I'm also not too crazy about the heavy-handed efforts to make her a heroine. I suspect this will be my last foray into this series.
Christa
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
I find the concept of the Ryder & Loveday Mystery Series to be very original, and I enjoyed this 4th book as much as the previous ones. What sets this series apart is that it takes place in the early 1960's in Great Britain and features a former surgeon. Clement Ryder, who is in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease. He doesn't want anyone to know that he suffers from this, but knows he has to change careers, so becomes a Coroner. He meets nineteen year old Probationary Woman Police ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and HQ Digital for an advance copy of A Fatal Secret, the fourth novel set in early 1960s Oxford to feature WPC Trudy Loveday and coroner Dr Clement Ryder.

When 11 year old Eddie Proctor is found at the bottom of a Well with a broken neck Coroner Dr Clement Ryder has no option but to declare his death an accident, until the well’s owner, local squire Martin de Lacey, asks Ryder to take a closer look.

I thoroughly enjoyed A Fatal Secret which has a good mystery at
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Julia
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Fatal Secret by Faith Martin is another gripping historical crime novel. It is the fourth book in the Ryder And Loveday Mystery series but can be read as a stand-alone.
I enjoyed returning to Oxford in 1961, being reunited with the crime busting duo of probationer WPC Loveday and aging coroner Dr Ryder. They are an engaging couple with her copper’s nose and his education. A perfect blend of youth and experience. Whenever the police shelve a case, Ryder and Loveday spring into action.
A terrible
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Jane Hunt
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is the second Ryder and Loveday historical crime mystery I've read. Although the mysteries are standalone, the relationship between the two unusual detectives develops with each book. So, if you get the opportunity, start with book one.

Clement Ryder, former surgeon, now coroner, and Trudy Loveday, a probationary policewoman in the Oxford constabulary, in the early 1960s investigate cases referred to Ryder by various powerful sources. After their first meeting, Ryder sees the intelligence
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Renee
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth book in the Ryder and Loveday series. I didn't think that Faith Martin could introduce new stories and characters that would help me get over her ending the DI Hillary Greene series, but Loveday is starting to grow on me. Dr. Clement Ryder is a coroner dealing with some potentially severe health issues. Trudy Loveday is a probationary WPC and the only female officer in the police department.
The bond between Trudy and Clement is particularly strong and noteworthy; he doesn't
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Javier
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
When a young boy goes missing during an Easter hunt and his body is later found at the bottom of a well, Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday team up once again to try to find the truth. Was it a tragic accident or was it murder?

In this 4th installment in the Ryder & Loveday series we get to know a little bit more about Trudy's private life, her relationship with her parents, what they expect of her, their opinion about her work in the police and her frustation about
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Marion
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 4 book in the Ryder and Loveday series and once again it did not disappoint.

Its Easter and the village children have been invited to an Easter Egg hunt to be held in the grounds of Briars Hall.
A young village boy Eddie Proctor, special friend of the owners daughter, goes missing.
Poor Eddies body is discovered at the bottom of a disused well.
Dr Clement Ryder presided over the inquest and although it appears to have been a tragic accident when the squire and owner of Briars Hall asks
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Herb Evans
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
If you manage to climb out of the well of this plot, you have my admiration. Trudy Trudy Trudy
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Gary Van Cott
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I don't think this book was quite as good as the previous books in this series.
Debra Dowling
The story is set in the 60's, and Trudy is paving the way as the only female police officer. She is not usually taken very seriously and is working hard to prove herself.
Dr. Clement is her ally. He is the county coroner, and generally likes to do some investigating when possible.
The two join forces to find out what happened to Eddie, a 10 year old boy found dead at the bottom of a well on Easter Day. The initial findings are that he fell and broke his neck, but the pieces do not all add up. As
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Erin Britton
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Fatal Secret is the fourth book in Faith Martin’s excellent Ryder and Loveday mystery series (the earlier books being A Fatal Obsession, A Fatal Mistake and A Fatal Flaw). Her detectives are an unusual pair – Trudy Loveday is a young probationary Woman Police Constable (WPC), while Clement Ryder is a retired surgeon turned coroner – who have a charming and undeniably effective working relationship. The series is set during the 1960s, which means that their investigations follow a decidedly ...more
Amanda
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Faith’s books for a couple of years now. I have read each and every book that she has released via Joffe Books and via HQ. My favourite series written by Faith is the series featuring Detective Inspector Hilary Greene although the series featuring Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary Woman Police Constable Trudy Loveday is a close second. ‘A Fatal Secret’ is the latest book in the Ryder and Loveday series and it was released a few days ago. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘A ...more
Lainy
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Pages - 384

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Oxford, 1961

A family day out at Briar’s Hall ends in tragedy when a young boy goes missing – and his body is found at the bottom of a disused well in the orchard.

It looks like a simple case of an eleven-year-old exploring where he shouldn’t: a tragic accident. But Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday aren’t convinced. If Eddie had been climbing and fallen, why were there
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Alan Snow
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth in the Ryder and Loveday series that I have read and, while it was a good and easy book to read, I found it a little underwhelming compared to the previous three.

The series continues on the working relationship of the odd couple and you can see that Trudi is learning all the time from the old vulture. It did appear to me, however, that this book in the series concentrated on Trudi’s inner thoughts and her future rather than the details of the case in hand. If you had not read
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Bill Wehrmacher
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Faith Martin is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors, as are Ryder & Loveday two of my favorite characters.

Trudy Loveday is a probationary WPC (Woman Police Cadet) at a time when they were given no respect, especially by her superiors. As a result, and to get her out of her superior, she is shuttled off to work with the crochety old coroner. No one gets along with him, except the smart young dedicated WPC. Together they solve crimes no one else can tackle, or, as in this case, no one
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Lel Budge
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is #4 in the Ryder & Loveday series and it can easily be read as a stand-alone, but I feel you will be missing out if you haven’t read the other 3…

19 year old Trudy Loveday is a probationary police constable with the Oxford Police force. She works closely with the local coroner, Dr Clement Ryder, a retired surgeon and her friend.

Set I. 1961, Trudy has to deal with the general everyday sexism at work, she is seen as a girl just suited to the more menial tasks. However, Dr Ryder treats
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Cozy Cat Reviews
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 4th in series . Thank you to Net Galley and to the publisher for the opportunity.
I have read the previous in series and enjoyed the entire series. The author has a talent for writing a gripping mystery that holds the reader entranced until the last page. This was my favorite in series and I highly recommend this for your reading enjoyment.

I loved the setting of 1960's Britain and good old fashioned crime solving techniques prior to technology.
The detectives are an unlikely pair –
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Lynda Birch
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The more I read of the Ryder and Loveday series the more I enjoy it. The relationship between the two is one of friends and respected co-worker, each learns from the other. They are intrepid in their search for the truth and persistent and secretive about their personal problems. The search for the murderer of young Eddie Proctor leads them to a family full of secrets and international espionage but remains essentially a story about the fragility of human nature. The class system and sexism are ...more
Denice Langley
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Faith Martin has written very many great mysteries but some of my favorite ones are these Ryder and Loveday stories. These two characters have grown into an outstanding investigative team while still managing to find themselves running for cover at times. While this is the 4th in the series, each story is unique and written so as to have a beginning and ending that will satisfy your craving to see justice done. Investing the time to read the first books will give you more background on the ...more
Carol Bisig
This has the potential to be Faith Martin's good new series. Set in the early sixties, it is the story of the first female WPC Trudy Loveday, her mentor, a famous former Surgeon, now the head Coroner for Oxford. The problem is, this has already been done and made famous on the BBC. I liked the Mystery, somewhat. I do not like the killing of children stories, real, or imagined. The story is very well written, good depth to both new characters, her parents seem very credible, in fact, too ...more
Susan
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
April 1961 and the police are called out to Briar's Hall. An Easter Hunt in the grounds for the local children has resulted in one boy - Eddie Proctor - gone missing. Unfortunately his body is discovered. His father unhappy with the Coroner's verdict asks the Squire to intervene, resulting in Dr Clement Ryder and probationary WPC Trudy Loveday investigating. What secrets with they uncover, but what about the personal lives of Ryder and Loveday.
The book is easily read as a standalone story but I
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Jasmine
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5/5

This is the fourth book in the Ryder & Loveday mystery series.A Fatal Secret can, however, be read as a standalone!

I'll dive right in and say that I loved the connection between Ryder and Loveday. This felt very much NCIS inspired - Ryder was such a Ducky figure, with Trudy appearing as your typical McGee in female form (I truly hope someone out there understands my NCIS references and that I'm not just an old at heart 21-year-old).

I really liked Trudy's character - I've seen a lot of
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Kalima
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a pitch-perfect rendition of attitudes young women in the 1960’s encountered as they took what were regarded as men’s jobs. I worked as a Wilderness Ranger in the US Forest Service in the early 1970’s, and at times while reading A Fatal Secret I found my stomach clenching in memory as Trudy navigated conversations with her boss and other policemen — and I so appreciated Ryder Clement and the more progressive officers.

And this is a well-plotted mystery, reminiscent of the older British
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Vickie
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read and enjoyed some of this author’s DI Hillary Green novels. This is the fourth in the Ryder/Loveday series, although it works well as a standalone. I like the books that have been published under the author’s pen name, Faith Martin. They have solid stories; more substantial than “cosy” mysteries yet still pleasant reads.

This one takes place in 1960, back to a time before cell phones and internet; it seems an appropriate setting for an English country mystery and a young woman trying
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Terri
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Another enjoyable read from Faith Martin. Set in the 1960s the story features Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday and Coroner Clement Ryder. A young boy disappears during the annual Easter egg hunt at Briars Hall. His body is found in a disused well in the grounds and it seems to be a tragic accident. The boy’s family are not convinced and the Coroner is asked to look into the circumstances surrounding his death, ably assisted by Trudy.
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