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Talking to the Dead: A Novel (edition 2012)

by Harry Bingham

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Title:Talking to the Dead: A Novel
Authors:Harry Bingham
Info:Delacorte Press (2012), Hardcover, 352 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, mystery, Wales, detectives, murder, prostitution

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So this is the book I mentioned when I said that Julia and Joe were discussing this series (over on Joe's thread, I am thinking), and it sounded good, so I looked up the first one on Amazon, only to realize that I already had it in the stacks. It was offered for free on Kindle back in November. It's a contemporary murder mystery set in Wales, and featuring Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths, a very unusual person who we will slowly discover has suffered a traumatic past. Fiona is smart and spunky and resourceful but does not follow directions well. She is outspoken and tends to think on her feet, not always to her best advantage. The writing here is good, and so is the pacing. For that I could put up with a few holes in the plot and a bit of unevenness with the storyline. I will definitely read the next one. ( )
1 vote Crazymamie | Jan 11, 2017 |
This is a really gripping, really moving book -- a fine novel as well as a terrific thriller. The central character, Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths, is a new recruit to the Cardiff police department, and there is something a little odd about Fiona. It's not that she's stupid (she is in fact very bright) and it's not that she doesn't work like a demon (when it suits her), it's just -- odd. Anyway, Fiona gets caught up in the investigation of the murder of a prostitute and the woman's six-year old daughter, which spirals into an enquiry involving big money, dirty cops, and really dirty -- and dangerous -- dealings. The story won't let go, and neither will the parallel plot, which tells us more and more about Fiona. I almost never give thrillers five stars, but this one merits it. The characters are compelling -- so compelling that you end up caring a lot about them. The writing is vivid and exciting. And the story is terrific. Read it an enjoy: I'm off to start number two ( )
  annbury | Jul 2, 2016 |
I did like this book but found that I could easily put it down between readings. Fiona Griffiths is a rookie detective constable and works and thinks very differently from her co-workers. Her great attention to detail makes her either an excellent detective or not so good, depending on what her boss expects of her. The story starts with the murder of a prostitute and her six year old daughter. It gets more intense when the debit card of a very rich man (now dead) is found in the house where they died. Fiona also has 2 years missing from her work history that creates the background of this main character. This makes for another very interesting mystery running along side the main story. ( )
  Dianekeenoy | May 2, 2016 |
Detective Fiona Griffiths has trauma in her past and inner demons she battles with on a daily basis. Her social ineptness combined with her maverick nature provides much opportunity for her to get herself into sticky situations. This book is the story of Fiona's first murder case. She is drawn in by the murders of Janet, a part-time prostitute, and her six year old daughter April. Fiona is convinced that Janet and April were in hiding at the time they died, but what were they hiding from? It would be a more mundane case except a bank card bearing the name of a wealthy businessman is found with the body. Unfortunately, that man is also dead.

We know from the very beginning that there is something rather odd about Fiona Griffiths. More than anything she wants to be accepted in "Planet Normal". Obviously there is a gimmick to this book. Fiona has something psychologically off kilter, and we don't learn what it is for quite a while. I thought the author did a great job building up the tension until it's revealed.

The book is well written and Fiona is very interesting. I enjoyed spending some time in Wales too. I would definitely give the next book in the series a try. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
I wasn't sure at first if I could relate to the strange character of Fiona Griffiths or care about solving the mystery of the murders. However, I stuck with it and soon began to care very much as I got to know Fiona and it became evident how much she cared and acted to make a difference in the lives of women on the fringes of society and trapped in a life they didn't necessarily choose. It was interesting to learn about the very strange Cotard's syndrome, and I'm very much looking forward to the next book in the series. ( )
  Scrabblenut | Jun 2, 2015 |
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Rookie cop Fiona Griffiths, on the cusp of breaking her first big case, uncovers a dire conspiracy that takes her into a dark underworld that threatens her with her own personal demons.

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