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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (450 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry Bingham Narrator: Siriol Jenkins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Fiona Griffiths Series Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9780449011737
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At first, the murder scene appears sad but not unusual—a young woman undone by drugs and prostitution with her six-year-old daughter dead alongside her. But then detectives find a strange piece of evidence in the squalid house: the platinum credit card of a very wealthy—and long dead—steel tycoon. What is a heroin-addicted hooker doing with the credit card of a powerful man who died months ago? This is the question that the most junior member of the investigative team, Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths, is assigned to answer.

But DC Griffiths is no ordinary cop. She’s earned a reputation at police headquarters in Cardiff, Wales, for being odd, unsociable, and overly intense. And there’s that gap in her past—a two-year hiatus that everyone assumes was a breakdown. But Fiona is a crack investigator; she’s quick and intuitive. Drawn to the crime scene, and to the tragic face of the six-year-old girl, Fiona is certain that the girl has something to tell her—something that will break the case wide open.

Ignoring orders and protocol, Fiona begins to explore far beyond the rich man’s credit card and into the secrets of her seaside city. And when she uncovers another dead prostitute, Fiona knows that she’s only begun to scratch the surface of a dark world of crime and murder. But the deeper she digs, the more danger she risks—not just from criminals and killers but from her own past and the abyss that threatens to pull her back at any time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gritty, compelling…A procedural unlike any other you are likely to read this year.”

    USA Today

  • “With Detective Constable Fiona ‘Fi’ Griffiths, Harry Bingham …finds a sweet spot in crime fiction…The writing is terrific.”

    Boston Globe

  • “The mystery-thriller genre is already so staffed with masterminds that it’s hard to make room for another. But along comes a book like Talking to the Dead and suddenly an unadvertised opening is filled…[This] has the feel of something fresh and compelling.”

    New York Daily News

  • “A stunner with precision plotting, an unusual setting, and a deeply complex protagonist…We have the welcome promise of more books to come about Griffiths.”

    Seattle Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nevermore | 2/15/2014

    " A lot better than I thought it would be. Didn't rock my world or anything but it was a quick, interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Errol Hess | 2/4/2014

    " Once in a while I stumble across a writer I haven't heard of and am impressed with the quality of their writing. Bingham has written several books, but this police procedural is one which draws the reader in and doesn't let go. I remember when a child I would stay up most of the night because I couldn't put a book down. This is one of those. Not too happy with mystery writers' need to lean toward the absurd and create superhuman characters--a la Dragon Tattoo. But this is only a 3 on that scale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 1/26/2014

    " It took me a while to get into this book. I found it confusing at first, but some where along the way I feel in love with Fiona and her "I'll just go ahead and do it because it needs done and nobody is listening to me" attitude and now I can't stop thinking about her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/25/2014

    " Imagine Lizbeth Salander had been brought up in a nice family. Still off, still doesn't play by the rules but not as violent and angry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 1/24/2014

    " Could not get into would give it a 2.5 at the most. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 1/16/2014

    " Complex, amusing, enjoyable murder mystery that catches your interest early on. Also a plus when I learn something new from what I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pattie | 12/9/2013

    " Compelling like Tana French. The ending of the case was a little "big" for me - too much like TV or a movie, but the writing was excellent, and the narrator's voice kept me turning the pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 10/5/2013

    " You can read my thoughts here. (3.5/5) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeri | 9/24/2013

    " Odd book. Odd heroine. Slow to get into. Set in Wales with weird difficult to pronounce(even to yourself, reading without moving your lips!) names and places. But still, I could not quite put it down. I would actually give it 3.5 stars. Probably won't read the next one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Cavosie | 9/24/2013

    " Yet another fictional character I wish were real. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 8/28/2013

    " just didn't love it. The main character was kind of annoying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 8/14/2013

    " Interesting character....interested in knowing more about her. I seem to be hooked on British police mysteries...not sure how I got here! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 3/9/2013

    " This was just okay. I didn't care enough about the main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 1/29/2013

    " I love the main character Fiona Griffiths and the book was a real page turner. I can't wait for the next one. This is now one of my favorite books ever. "

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About the Author

Harry Bingham is an author and literary consultant who runs the UK’s largest literary consultancy firm, The Writers’ Workshop. He has been longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and shortlisted for the WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award. He currently resides in Oxfordshire.

About the Narrator

Siriol Jenkins is an actress voice-over artist who has worked in television, animation, and film. Her acting credits include the feature film A Way of Life and the television shows Stella and Testament: The Bible in Animation