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Talking to the Dead: Fiona Griffiths Crime Thriller Series Book 1 Paperback – 28 Mar 2013

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (28 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409137228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409137221
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for gripping, atmosphere Fiona Griffiths crime thriller series:

Chilling, atmospheric and so gripping it hurts. You won't read a better crime novel this year

(MARK EDWARDS)

Intriguing and compelling - I love Fiona Griffiths (SHARON BOLTON)

In a word - brilliant. One of the most enjoyable crime novels I've read in a while (JAMES OSWALD)

Compelling and claustrophic, Without a doubt, Fiona Griffiths is one of crime's most memorable heroines (SARAH HILARY)

One of the most interesting and complicated protagonists in current UK crime fiction. Truly unforgettable (MICK HERRON)

Fiona Griffiths is one of the most unusual and engaging characters in British crime fiction. Those who haven't yet encountered Fiona will be drawn into a beautifully crafted world (SINEAD CROWLEY)

Gripping...Fiona Griffiths kept me hooked to the last page and left me hungry for more (RACHEL ABBOTT)

This is on one level an orthodox, if expertly written, police procedural. But the character 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. (YORK PRESS)

Fresh and compelling. The best thing coming out of this gem of a crime story is the promise of another (NY DAILY NEWS)

Compelling...a new crime talent to treasure (DAILY MAIL)

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The first novel in the powerful Fiona Griffiths mystery series - a detective who will break every rule in the book to crack her case.

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Well this is something different! Really well written, character driven, and what a character. Little, feisty, vulnerable Fiona is a fabulous, many dimensioned creation and I loved her. As she says herself, she isn't quite like the rest of us. I won't spoil a moment of your enjoyment by saying how but Mr Bingham really gets inside her particular difference in a very compelling way.. The plot is complex and it works and the story moves along briskly but leaves space for insight and compassion. There are horrific scenes of brutality but there lovely balancing moments of tenderness and triumph. Certainly one of the best crime thrillers I've read and I have already bought the next in the series. Can't wait to read it.
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those of us who like crime thrillers tend to read a lot of them. I also tend to delete a lot of them from my kindle, as not being worth my time. This one is different, the heroine, the secondary characters, the writing... for the record I am an Acquisitions Editor for an independent publisher as well as an author in my own right, so - I know good and bad writing when I see, even if it does have the IMO attached to it...and this is GOOD writing, sharply observed people, surroundings, cities, landscape help make the story even better. I was sorry when the book finished but grateful I found this series late enough that I can go straight into the next one without waiting for Mr Bingham to write it.

Harry Bingham has found himself a heroine worth working with. At times the book was in danger of tipping over into her world, and boring the reader by going on too long about the way she feels, but then something happens and it is back on course, that being Fiona finding her muddled way through the complex and highly unpleasant case she is confronted with. What is outstanding is her reaction to her first corpse. So many books have the detective completely detached from finding a body. (Morse never is... and on that topic, I liked the reference to Morse, shows that the great detective is still right up front in the detecting world!)

Buy with confidence. It's a good book.
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Lots of reviews - lots of superlatives, all of them deserved.

It's hard to write something original in this review, so imagine the work and talent that went into this book, because it's such an original and it's so well written. This author is destined to be a major force in English crime writing, unless you already rate him a such, in which case it's been my misfortune to have missed his debut and the reception that went with it!

A superb creation, I've read two in the series, plus two novellas, and I'm hooked. I shall be buying the rest, one by one and look forward to more.
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What an excellent tale from Mr Bingham as we join Fiona Griffiths at the start of her police career and follow a tale of prostitution and violent deaths

Despite dreadful odds Fiona wins through, her survival aided by her strange mentor who is a man of extreme violence and as much a loner as Fiona is, yet always willing to give Fiona guidance when it comes to survival.

For me this was a most enjoyable book, beautifully written, and yes, she does talk to dead bodies!.
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I read a lot of crime fiction and Harry Bingham's Talking to the Dead is the best I've read for a long time. Fiona Griffiths is possibly the weirdest Detective Constable I've ever come across but she has her reasons, though they're a bit weird too. But weird works in this book because Fiona has an enormous capacity for compassion, she's honest, she's tenacious and she's brave. And when you understand what it is she's hiding behind her weirdness, you'll understand why this is a big deal for her. I couldn't help but be drawn to her and her quirky view of the world. What makes this book really great is that, aswell as a unique main character, the plot is fast-paced, compelling and tragic but also finds room for (dark) humour, friendship and love - and there are plenty of twists to keep the pages turning. Can't wait for the next in the series!
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Decided to read this as I live in Cardiff and thought it might be fun to read a crime novel set there. However, there is far, far more enjoyment to be hand in this series than just the novelty of them being set in Cardiff. The plot in this book is clever, gripping and satisfying, Fiona is a really different and compelling character and getting to know her, and her family & colleagues, is a joy. I throughly enjoyed the book, immediately downloaded the rest of the series and am about to start on no.5 with genuine anxiety that it's the last in the series (so far!). With each book, we get to know (and love!) Fiona better and the plots are always intricate and exciting. I've been a big fan of crime novels for many years, and it's been a long time since I've felt so connected with a character. I can't wait to read more and am crossing fingers for more from Harry Bingham.
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Fiona Griffith's is my new best friend! What an amazing character, made even more bizarre due to the fact she is in the police. This book came from nowhere and despite loving a police procedural, this is nothing like your usual story! The crimes were interesting but the way Fiona goes about her life is just fascinating. I want more!
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