Book Review: A Fatal Affair by Faith Martin

She was dressed in a long white gown, embroidered with tiny flowers. Her body was wrapped in colourful ribbons that floated in the breeze. But underneath the swathe of golden hair, a string of darkly smudged bruises ringed her neck.

As May Day dawns in the peaceful village of Middle Fenton, a young woman’s body is found brutally strangled, her body tied up with ribbons in the middle of the green. A week later, her boyfriend is found hanged in a local barn, and the police assume guilt over murdering his beloved has driven him to suicide – but not everyone is convinced.

WPC Trudy Loveday and coroner Clement Ryder are sent to investigate, and quickly realise that there’s a double murderer on the loose.

But the killer has already shown willingness to remove anyone who threatens to discover their identity… As Trudy and Clement circle in on the culprit, can they crack the case before they too come to a nasty end?

I saw this on Netgalley and liked the sound of it so promptly requested, it was only when I downloaded it that I realised it was several books in to a series. I decided to give it a go anyway and was pleased to find that it acted nicely as a stand alone story as well and I was easily able to fill in the bits of backstory from the information provided. having thoroughly enjoyed this book I will definitely be working by way through the previous books in the series as well.

I really like the setting and feel of this book. Setting the series in the 60’s means that the book feels quite gentle even as the crime dealt with is the murder of a teenage girl. There is no worrying about tracking mobile phone records or internet searches instead we get to enjoy our duo driving round the local area talking to people and examining crime scenes.

WPC Loveday has to work to prove herself to her male colleagues who treat her as something of an oddity and aren’t quite sure what to do with her. Ryder however has no trouble seeing her skills and potential and works easily with her.

The professional relationship and friendship between Ryder and Loveday was delightful. It’s so nice to have a ‘detective’ pairing with absolutely no suggestion of romance.

I did arrive at some of the correct conclusion before our duo but only just and at the point where the information was all available.

An enjoyable read with a well plotted crime to solve.

With thanks to HQ Digital and Netgalley for a digital copy in exchange for honest review.

A Fatal Affair is available now.

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