Love Story, with Murders

Delacorte. Feb. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780345533760. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780345533777. F
In the follow-up to Bingham's acclaimed debut, Talking to the Dead, diminutive Welsh detective Fiona Griffiths is investigating an unusual harvest in a remote country village. The leg in the freezer, the arm in the drainpipe, and the head in the vat of oil soon fit together to form two victims, connected only in manner of disposal. Is this the work of a single killer, or is there a copycat in the mix? The investigation will lead the idiosyncratic detective one step closer to solving some mysteries of her own.
VERDICT A character-driven thriller as heavy on charm as it is on grisly crime scenes and close escapes. Followers of Fiona Griffiths are sure to delight in her newest adventure, and newcomers will also enjoy the novel, which can be appreciated as a stand-alone. With its frosty settings and offbeat detective, Bingham's latest might be welcomed by fans of Peter Høeg, Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. [See Prepub Alert, 8/19/13.]
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