A Fatal Mistake – Book Review



A Fatal Mistake. By Faith Martin

This is the second in the Ryder and Loveday series and is set in 1960’s Oxford.

A young Oxford student is found drowned after a student picnic and an accident with their punt’s. No one is sure whether the student, Derek Chadworth had been at the picnic or not and suspicions are raised.

Dr Clement Ryder is the coroner, and during the inquest an open verdict is made, which means he can investigate the issue further and asks for a PC to assist him. This is where WPC Trudy Loveday joins him, doing some undercover work and gathering further information. Was this an accident or murder?

There’s a privileged, indulgent Lord, Lord Littlejohn, and his Marquis Club, many impressionable girls, blackmail and threats. There’s some twists and a great ending. 

Faith Martin gets the atmosphere of 60’s Oxford really well, including the way women were treated in the police force at that time. I love the gentle relationship between Ryder and Loveday and can see this as being another great series of books like the Hillary Green novels and I’m already looking forward to the next one. 

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review