Excellent, as expected. No. 5 in the Fiona Griffiths series. The body of a beautiful young woman is found respectfully laid out in the bier house of a small Welsh country churchyard, in a white dress surrounded by candles. As the local constabulary is overstretched dealing with a toxic tanker accident, newly promoted Sergeant Griffiths is sent to take a look.
Operation April, a task force involved in pinning down a conspiracy of mega criminals, has ground to a halt with no new leads, despite a conviction that there are still some very evil men out there. Fiona is temporarily seconded from the Cardiff force to aid DI Burnett to get to the bottom of this mystery. Although it turns out that the girl died of natural causes, who laid her out, why, and who is she?
Fiona’s stubborn refusal to let sleeping corpses lie, and her affinity with the dead, begins to shine a light on the matter. A quiet beginning gains momentum to screw-turning tension, as DI Burnett gets to trust and respect the weird, edgy detective.
There is another ongoing mystery woven into the series – how and why, as a baby, did she wind up on the seat of the car owned by the man who adopted her, and is this connected to that man’s shady past? For this reason, I recommend that the series is read in their order to pick up on these threads, but, in any order, I am an out and out fan of Fiona’s. She will go down in literary crime history as a strong contender for the most memorable character ever.
Bravo, Harry! Keep going.