The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (Fiona Griffiths, #3)

The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (Fiona Griffiths, #3)➢ [Epub] ➜ The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (Fiona Griffiths, #3) By Harry Bingham ➬ – It started out as nothing much A minor payroll fraud at a furniture store in South Wales No homicide involved no corpses Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths fights to get free of the case but loses Sh It started out as nothing much A Death of PDF Ç minor payroll fraud at a furniture store in South Wales No homicide involved no corpses Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths fights to get free of the case but loses She's tasked with the investigation She begins her enuiries only to discover the corpse of a woman who's starved to death The Strange PDF/EPUB or Looks further and soon realizes that within the first smaller crime a vaster one looms the most audacious theft in history Fiona’s bosses need a copper willing to go undercover and they ask Fiona to play the role of a timid payroll clerk so that she can penetrate the criminal gang from within Fiona will be alone Strange Death of ePUB ´ she’ll be lethally vulnerable – and her fragile grip on ‘Planet Normal’ will be tested as never before. Fiona Griffiths must be one of the most unusual detectives ever created She's not at all like other people and knows most people of the people she works with at the Cardiff police station thinks she is a bit weird As a teenager she suffered from a form of psychosis called Cotard's syndrome and while she is mostly recovered she still struggles to feel that she belongs on 'Planet Normal' and has trouble being in touch with her feelings and worries about whether she displays normal responses in public She is however a brave and resourceful detective who never gives up After attending a tough course in undercover policing in London Fiona finds herself assigned to go undercover in a case of payroll fraud It turns out to be a much bigger case than it first appeared and a lot dangerous than anyone could have imagined Fiona becomes so invested in her alter ego Fiona Grey that she starts to act and think as Fiona Grey and thinks she might prefer to be her The plot is complex with many people involved in the scam as well as in the police operation It all feels well researched in terms of the processes both groups would take to go undetected Although there are some rather gory deaths explosive violence and a building sense of danger there is also an undertone of humour to Fiona's uirkiness and thought processes that makes for a very engaging reading experience OMG I loved this book I love this whole seriesFiona Griffiths is a wonderful weird uirky character She is a remarkable thinker and doer gets herself into jams but always seems to know what she's doing She has a backstory that is intriguing She claims not to know herself but she knows herself better than she thinks Very well written stories that make for fast paced readsI've given 5 stars to the first two books and this one gets 5 stars as well I highly recommend these books Start with Talking to the Dead then Love Story with Murders and third this book There is a fourth book coming soon This is the 3rd book in the Fiona Griffiths series by author Harry Bingham The thing I particularly like about this series is that they are uirky and not uite like other book series Leadcharacter Fiona Griffiths is a fierce detective constable from Cardiff who is certainly different Fiona suffers from a rare psychosis called Cotard’s Syndrome and spent time in her youth in mental institutions She overcame the illness to attend university and succeed in joining the police force On top of all these anomalies her adoptive father is also a criminal in the area Like I say this series is a little different and uirkyIn this book Fiona works under cover posing as a payroll clerk while investigating a minor payroll fraud at a furniture store but things are never straight forward in Fiona's world She soon discovers the corpse of a woman who's starved to death and realises that this supposedly minor crime is much bigger and is actually a very bold theftIt took me a while to get back into the feel of the character and probably accounts for the 3 star rating In truth the I read the I enjoyed it and possibly would have marked higher if had of read the previous books recentlyI have the next book in the series already to read Another wonderful book about the life of Fiona Griffiths and her alter ego s Happy to report I liked the third book far better than book 2 in the Fiona series I needed something on my kindle for the train and the dental office and gave this series another try This book takes Fiona into undercover training and assignment on a complex scheme to skim payroll systems in a very big way As she takes on the identity of Fiona Grey it seems a custom made solution for this young woman who struggles to feel grounded in her own body The characters involved in this criminal enterprise are interesting and believable and the ITSystems and financial work reuired to accomplish the heist is detailed and interestingIt becomes clear toward the end that Fiona is not going to settle for what she calls Planet Normal I'M SO HAPPY THAT I FINALLY FINISHED THIS BOOK SO I CAN MOVE ON TO BETTER BOOKS This took me almost two weeks to complete because I really wasn't interested in the plot It was too technical for me and felt too draggy In Talking to the Dead Harry Bingham introduced DC Fiona Griffiths who might one day rank with Tana French's Cassie Maddox Sharon Bolton's Lacey Flint as an attractive intriguing protagonist but who still needed further development as a character an officer The seuel Love Story with Murders let me down badly But I'm pleased to find that in The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths she fulfills her earlier promise earns promotion to join the team Well done HarryThe aspects of Love Story with Murders that most annoyed me are mostly gone; the stereotypical Russian bore Lev doesn't appear Fiona's ex gangster with a heart of gold father plays but a minor role we hear Fiona throwing F bombs about mostly only under stress and her relationship with Buzz achieves what I at least found a very satisfactory resolution We also get a very smooth very evil villain a resourceful very able heroine facing deadly perilsA really good book is not just a pleasure in itself but illuminates its entire genre This is not only a great story about an undercover detective but helped me better understand Tana French's The Likeness other stories with characters with multiple identities a theme that fascinates me Fiona not only assumes a new identity she lives it so completely that it becomes her real self something that also seemed to happen with CassieLexie in The Likeness Bingham is not as subtle perceptive as French or Bolton but no fan of British detective fiction should miss this one If someone set out to write a novel just for accountants this would be itI liked the first two books in this series Fiona Griffiths is at once truly weird but oddly compelling as a protagonist She takes some getting used to but ultimately the reader is completely on her side Until book threeThe first two novels had plots that engrossed the reader The first two novels were peopled with interesting supporting characters These novels dished out at a great pace events tensions and ultimately the truth about the protagonist's past The third novel however seemed stranded in an overabundance of uninteresting reality when Fiona goes undercover as both an office cleaner and a low level accountant The author trudges his reader painstakingly throughaccounting tricks heavy on the numbers and computerfinancial details better suited to a business classroom It made this English major tremble in fright at all the MATH of it I read mystery novels to escape hum drum everyday I resent getting plopped down in someone else's The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths is the third book in the series about a young police officer who suffers from Cotard’s Syndrome While highly competent and driven Fiona lives almost outside herself and has trouble identifying emotions or how people expect her to behaviour constantly second guessing what she should do or say in any situation This gives her a vulnerability yet at the same time she pushes boundaries and is not easily managed She’s a wonderful literary creation an engaging complex multidimensional and often surprising character In this outing she trains to go undercover and then penetrates a sophisticated careful and ruthless criminal gang who are perpetrating an enormous accounting fraud against several companies The undercover work is challenging and places her fragile identity under pressure The plotting is excellent with Bingham spinning a multi layered tale that also twists and turns and creates plenty of tension The hook is a crime that is relatively unusual in crime fiction and is ingenious in its conception and implementation The police procedural elements are very nicely done – rather than the formulaic boss and sidekick Bingham provides the full panoply of units forces personalities roles procedures and politics that operate during a major investigation The undercover training and deployment instinctively feels realistic Indeed just about the whole book feels steeped in realism though Fiona’s family life with her father formerly being a major crime lord has the feel of a plot device and the denouement is also somewhat souped up to be a dramatic finale Nonetheless this is a superb read and I’ve a keen sense of anticipation for reading the next instalment 45 stars Fiona Griffiths is one of the genre's interesting charactersDear oh dear Fiona Griffiths gets herself into some situations She has passed her undercover course with flying colours and is investigating a spot of payroll fraud She can't get into too much trouble with this right? Wrong When an elderly woman is found dead of starvation in her home Fiona realises there are unintended victims from this fraud and vows to see justice doneHer undercover skills are put to the test to infiltrate the payroll fraudsters Fiona soon realises that the scale of the operation is far bigger than anyone thought As she excels at infiltrating targeted computers the fraud gang trust her with and After attending a 'retreat' at a remote location it dawns on her how vast this fraud actually is and that anyone who threatens the business is expendable Including possibly herselfThe 'strange death' in the title is about Fiona totally living the role she is playing In fact she seems to enjoy being Fiona Grey the cleaner than her real life This is all to do with her strange affliction Cotards which sometimes has her feeling pretty unreal Fiona has also learnt that her parents are not her real parents that she was found at the age of two and a bit in the back seat of her father's Jaguar She thinks some trauma before then may be what has caused her mental condition In this book she takes further steps to find out where she really came from who her real parents are in the hope of becoming a permanent member of 'planet normal' as she refers to it Fiona is uite an engaging character and really puts herself on the line in this story A fantastic series