Book Review: A Fatal Night by Faith Martin

New Year’s Eve, 1962

As a snowstorm rages outside, Oxford high society gathers to ring in the new year at the city’s most exclusive party. This is a soiree no one will forget… not least because a guest is found dead in his car the next morning.

It seems the young man tragically froze to death overnight after crashing into a snowdrift – but when WPC Trudy Loveday and coroner Clement Ryder are called in to investigate, they discover a tangled web of secrets that plainly points to murder.

With everyone telling different stories about that fateful night, only one thing is clear: several people had reason to want the victim dead.

And if Trudy and Clement don’t find the cracks in each lie, the killer will get away with the perfect crime…

The next in the Loveday and Ryder series by Faith Martin, I managed to snag a digital copy from Netgalley. I have a soft spot for this relatively cosy although high crime rate series.

This time our intrepid pair are finding themselves battling against the weather as much as Oxford’s criminals as they race to solve a murder before WPC Loveday is removed from the case by her Superintendent who still has a hard time trusting in her capabilities as a female officer.

The descriptions of the weather conditions throughout this book evoked a real feeling of how cold it was at the time and the difficulties it created for everyone. It make me want to put on a giant fluffy jumper and cuddle up with a mug of hot chocolate.

This time round we get to meet Clement’s grown up son, who has been mentioned in pervious books but not seen. After being initially suspicious of the nature of the relationship between his father and Trudy, Vincent soon came to realise that it was exactly what it was – a close working relationship between a mentor and his young protégé, rather than anything else and he quickly becomes fascinated with the case as well.

Vincent appearing also takes the side story of Clement’s health to the next level as he tries to hide his gradually deteriorating condition from those around him. Will he be able to hide it from family as well though?

Another entertaining case for Loveday and Ryder and as always a lovely working relationship between the two of them.

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

A Fatal Night will be published 11 November 2021