Fatal Fortune - Miranda Rijks

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Official Blurb:

Is someone trying to frame psychologist Pippa Durrant for the brutal murder of a woman she’s never even met? It certainly seems that way when Pippa’s photo is found on the body of murdered lottery winner, Leanne Smith.
Pippa soon finds herself a suspect at the centre of a huge media storm. But she has an invaluable skill set – she is a human polygraph, expertly trained to spot lies and deceit. Skills she will need to help her to solve the mystery of who killed Leanne before it destroys her career - and her life.
But every cloud has a silver lining and this one arrives in the shape of DS Joe Swain. Initially suspicious of Pippa, he comes to trust her and to value her lie detection skills. Soon it’s clear there’s a definite spark between them.... Then, when another body turns up, Pippa realises her reputation isn’t the only thing in danger. Can she identify the killer before she becomes the next victim?

My Thoughts:

This is the first in the Dr Pippa Durrant series, and it was really lovely to come in at the beginning of this new collection.
Pippa, although a little morose, was a likeable character. She has been through something really terrible in her past, and I’m really hoping that gets explored more in future books. Her history was outlined in this book to whet our appetites. She does make some questionable decisions. However, I think because of her past, this has hindered her from thinking logically during this current trying time.
The book is a little bit of a mix between crime fiction and psychological thriller, but the balance worked well. I thought I had figured out who the killer was, and even though I sort of guessed correctly, there was still a brilliant twist that I just didn’t see coming. There is enough suspense to really grip you and to make sure you keep turning the pages; it is very well-written. I liked the chemistry between Pippa and DS Joe Swain, it was very subtle, and again I hope this gets explored more in future books. It certainly lightened the feel of the book somewhat, which was a pleasant relief to the intensity of the murders and the suspense surrounding them.
This is the second Miranda Rijks book that I have read, and I have to say I’m very impressed. I very much look forward to reading more about Dr Pippa Durrant!

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Fatal Fortune
by Miranda Rijks
Date Started
28th April 2019
Date Finished
30th April 2019
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