- Series: Fiona Griffiths (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 337 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (January 1, 2012)
- ISBN-10: 0345533747
- ISBN-13: 978-0345533746
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
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I found the story very interesting and believable. All characters were well developed and the writing caused me to feel I was part of it all. I didn't want it to end. This book is the authors U.S. debut and entirely readable from beginning to ending. It is totally unique. And Mr. Bingham is already engaged writing another installment. I can't wait.
Fi is hired as a detective constable which is the lowest rank in the Wales police department. Her first case involves a murdered woman, Janet Mancini, and her daughter, April. Janet is dead of a heroin overdose and six year-old April has had a sink drop on her head. The murder is gruesome and Fi becomes obsessed with the dead victims, especially April, the little girl.
Interestingly, the ATM card of a very rich citizen is found in the dead woman's room. He was supposed to have been killed in a plane accident quite a while ago and Fi wonders why this card is there. Is he really dead? Did the victim have a relationship with Rattigan, the rich man? Was she a prostitute? These questions go round and round Fi's brain.
The case is called 'Lohan' after Linsay Lohan, the American actress who has had a drug-filled background. It is possible that Janet died from an overdose but it is also possible that she was killed. Though Fi is supposed to be working on an embezzlement case, she can't get her mind off of the Lohan case and she spends every free moment on it.
Another prostitute is murdered and the case goes into full gear. Fi is busy investigating this case without the permission of her superior. Her obsession won't let her do anything else.Read more ›
To say the least Talking to the Dead is well plotted, suspenseful and exciting. It truly succeeds on all levels and heald my attention from start to finish. I would recommend it to all interested in an offbeat mystery thriller. I'm looking forward the second installment.
That is how the book starts and introduces, Cambridge educated, pot smoking, ambisexual, rookie Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths, originally assigned to the case just peripherally but who ends up unraveling the mystery. Like most other mystery thrillers of the last few years by Joe Nesbo, Stieg Larsson etc. Griffiths has her own idiosyncrasies and personality traits that add spice to the story.
My most favorite contemporary mystery writer is Henning Mankell and his Kurt Wallander based mysteries because they do not have the gory violence and brutalities of some of the other writers like Joe Nesbo, Jussi Adler-olsen and others.
At times this book drags details of Fiona's personal life and mundane details of police procedures, but overall the book is well written, absorbing for the most part, and has a good pace. I enjoyed it. So if you like Henning Mankell books, you will probably like Harry Bingham.
I look forward to more books in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a good read. Fiona has her share of issues but kicks ass and takes names. I will give the next one in the series a read. A lot of open questions to be followed up on.Published 10 days ago by Kevin J O'Connor
Excellent book! I love the setting in Wales. The characters are extremely well done. Each of them a person in their own right, not just an appendage to the story. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Rebecca Beasley
Worst book I've read in years. Well actually it was so horrible I couldn't even finish it.Published 15 days ago by LISA BERNAUER
Harry Bingham, you are my new favorite author. (Well, all right, you and Louise Penny may have to arm wrestle for the title in a 2-out-of-3 match. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Pax Deo
I love British police procedurals. I hardly ever read police procedurals set in America. This is a great series! Read morePublished 19 days ago by thelisalisa
I'm a fan of mystery series in which you get to know a set of characters and the world they inhabit. I also tend towards British landscapes--think Ann Cleeves and Ellie Griffiths. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Mary Horne
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... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Anne Mills