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Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham
on 25 June 2012
I have read a whole sackful of crime/ thriller/ police procedural novels, and Bingham's 'Talking to the Dead' is, without a doubt, one of the best. Apart from the fact that the plot zips along at just the right speed, that the writing is bloody good, he has invented a protagonist so kooky and idiosyncratic, that I would love to invite her home to dinner. It becomes apparent that D.C.Fiona Griffiths has a dark past of her own, but it is precisely her own peculiar history, coupled with her rather unique way of seeing the world, that enables her to solve the murders of Janet and April Mancini. Fiona is a real flesh and blood character. She is funny, quirky, tragic...at times, self-centred. And her peculiar slant on life, together with her modus operandi, has turned her into a character one cannot easily forget. I eagerly await Bingham's next Griffiths novel. As far as I'm concerned, it cannot come soon enough.