"Bingham has gotten inside the mind of his clever, neurotic heroine so well as to make her seem entirely credible... An interesting, unusual and in some ways even moving crime novel." (LITERARY REVIEW
This cleverly plotted police procedural introduces a likeable, maverick detective destined for a bestseller following. (CHOICE
"A cracking, well-executed debut." (PETERBROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH
If you're looking for a punchy narrative based in good old Wales where Newport isn't Newport Rhode Island - for once - and seeking a multi layered protagonist in DC Fiona Griffiths then this is the book for you. I for one can't wait to see what Bingham comes up with next for Griffiths! (MILORAMBLES.COM
"The book is beautifully written. It's a tour de force, and for me the book of the year so far, without question. The plot is plausible without being predictable, and the dialogue is terse and smart as a tack. The book ends with one final, rather sweet, surprise, but as Fi's efforts to unravel the mystery gather pace, the standard elements of the action thriller are handled expertly.
Make no mistake - this is much, much more than a crime thriller. Talking to the Dead is first and foremost the tale of a courageous, vulnerable, slightly crazy, but compassionate and intelligent young woman who is trying to succeed in a pedestrian and procedure-dominated organisation."
(CRIME FICTION LOVER
"This is on one level an orthodox, if expertly written, police procedural. But the charactar of Fiona lifts it to an altogether different, extraordinary level. She is childlike, brilliant, courageous and utterly loopy all at the same time - as well as devastatingly real and human and alone....She'll haunt you long after you finish this book, and send you scurrying to find what else Bingham has written" (Stephen Lewis YORK PRESS
"TALKING TO THE DEAD is an innovative book that tackles the crime novel from a different angle. That is to be applauded and I am sure that Griffiths is certainly a detective that will appeal to many readers of the crime genre. Exceptional." (Chris Simmons CRIMESQUAD
The mystery-thriller genre is already so staffed with masterminds that it's hard to make room for yet another. But along comes a book like TALKING TO THE DEAD
, by Harry Bingham, and suddenly an unadvertised opening is filled...has the feel of something fresh and compelling. The best thing coming out of this gem of a crime story is the promise of another." (NY DAILY NEWS
Bingham renders a sympathetic heroine and a crackerjack mystery. Happily for readers, he's already
working on the next series installment.
The promising first installment in a new series, this book is so good it has you wondering who should play Fiona on the big screen. (KIRKUS REVIEWS
Fans of Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander will cotton to the heroine of British author Bingham's highly entertaining U.S. debut....An insightful look at a damaged unusual woman trying to fit...enhance the brisk, realistic plot. (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
With Detective Constable Fiona "Fi" Grffiths, Harry Bingham finds a sweet spot in crime fiction - a female protagonist with stunted emotions, a passion for protecting women (think Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander), outsider status (think Denise Mina's "Paddy" Meehan), sheer guts, and an unstoppable drive to follow her own instincts even when it means breaking every rule in the book (think Lee Childs's Jack Reacher) [...] The writing is terrific, just literary enough to make you catch your breath but not so eye-catching that it detracts from the storytelling (BOSTON GLOBE
This is realism and social commentary immersed in a procedural unlike any other you are likely to read this year (USA Today