The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths

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“Exceptional… absorbing… Fiona’s narrative sears the page.” — KIRKUS REVIEWS

Strange Death in 100 words

A Cardiff superstore has suffered a payroll fraud: phantom employees, siphoning cash. It’s an assignment that Fiona hates – no corpses – but she’s lumbered with it anyway. Then she finds the dead body of a woman who starved to death. And it becomes clear that within the first, smaller crime, a vaster one looms: the most audacious theft in history. The Serious Organised Crime Agency need a copper who can go undercover and they ask Fiona to take on the role.

She’ll be alone, she’ll be lethally vulnerable – and her new ‘colleagues’ will stop at nothing to get what they want.

This thriller shines like a diamond. There’s alchemy in the storytelling and our flaky-but-feisty heroine… is bliss… Fiona is funny and made me laugh out loud, but she’s fearless… The climax is nail-biting.


Aside from the clever plot, and the mesmerising main character, Bingham’s style of prose deserves mention. It’s rapid fire, and pulls you along with strings of three-, four- or five-word sentences. To create a character who is sexy, funny, vulnerable, slightly unhinged yet totally credible is a feat that most novelists would never even attempt. Bingham not only tries, but succeeds. This writing is brilliant, and it hits spots that other crime fiction simply doesn’t.


What makes the novel an exceptional piece of work are its characters, particularly the absorbing protagonist… Fiona’s narrative sears the pages.


The easiest five stars I’ve ever awarded a book. Fiona Griffiths is by far the most original fictional detective I’ve come across… brilliantly complex.


From strength to strength! This, the third in the Fiona Griffith series, is the most gripping crime novel I have read, maybe ever… DON’T read The Strange Death if you have a weak heart, unless you are bent on suicide by thriller.