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Summary

For rookie detective constable Fiona Griffiths, her first major investigation promises to be a tough initiation. A young woman and her six-year-old daughter have been found brutally murdered in a squalid flat, the single clue a platinum credit card belonging to a millionaire businessman who died in a plane crash six months before. For her fellow cops, it's just another case of a low-rent prostitute meeting the wrong kind of client and coming to a nasty end, but Fiona is convinced that the tragic lives and cruel deaths of this mother and daughter are part of a deeper, darker mystery.

Fiona, however, has secrets of her own. She is still recovering from a crushing psychological breakdown, and the feelings that haunt her are constantly threatening to undermine the mask of normality she has learned to wear. As she begins to piece together a bizarre and terrifying conspiracy, Fiona finds that what makes her vulnerable also gives her a unique insight into the secrets of the dead, and in solving the murders she can begin to start solving the riddles of her own past.

Read by Siriol Jenkins: Siriol was a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company and has appeared extensively on BBC Radio 4. She has won several awards including the Radio Times Drama and Comedy Award for Best New Actress for her role as Judy in Unreasonable Behaviour, a Bronze Sony Award for BBC Radio Wales' Comedy Series The Ll Files, and a Mind Media Award for Sunbathing in the Rain by Gwyneth Lewis. She has also read a variety of stories and books for radio including Jon-Jin by Rose Tremain and Nia Wyn's Blue Sky July. She has narrated many documentaries for both BBC and ITV including A Garden in Snowdonia and Bellamy's African Dream. She lives in South Wales with her husband and two children.

©2012 Harry Bingham (P)2012 Isis Publishing

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Loved this one

Would you listen to Talking to the Dead again? Why?

Yes, eventually. Fiona is an interesting character and I've enjoyed getting to know her,

What did you like best about this story?

It's a good solid crime story which is well paced and kept me interested right up to the end. I really like the main character, Fiona Griffiths, and wanted to know how she was going to deal with what was going on around her.

What does Siriol Jenkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She reads it very well. I wouldn't have had a clue how to pronounce all the Welsh place names.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I raced through it, listening to it at every possible opportunity.

Any additional comments?

I downloaded book 2 in the series as soon as I finished.

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  • Anne
  • Oldham, United Kingdom
  • 21-02-17

Too much tedious detail

when i read the overview for this novel I was really looking forward to listening to it. I was very disappointed by the amount of focus placed on the detectives mental health and not the crime. Not sure if I will listen to others in the series. Great narrator.

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A hidden gem!

Siriol Jenkins' wonderful narration is the real star of this audiobook. Her beautiful, lilting Welsh accent guides the listener through gruesome crime scenes and police procedure with a quiet detachment that's 100% in tune with the character of DC Fiona Griffiths.

This series was recommended, and I was hooked early on. It's pretty popular these days to write a detective with peculiar habits and a mysterious past, and this follows that trend. Like most fictional detectives, she doesn't follow the rules, and there are many times when you can't believe she hasn't been fired by now. And, of course, frequent wild hunches turn out to be true. But I liked the character and the book enough that I didn't mind at all.

The well-crafted writing focuses more on character than crime; in some ways, it's more like a regular novel than a thriller. It's a really good listen, and I'm surprised this series isn't better known.

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Great Read/ Hear

What was one of the most memorable moments of Talking to the Dead?

Love the Figthing and the 'Material Arts' Teacher

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The story is well paced and goes deeply into the emotions or non emotions of our fascinating detective.
A good Krimi with some interesting twists. Sensitive Storytelling

I needed to get used to the Storyteller (female) but now I have warmed up to the voice.
Still -1 Star because of the 'Geting used to Period' and not beeing able to Jumpstart instantly with her

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good story with a great plot

a great plot with great characters , which have huge depth and interest. slow in places but worth it

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Fiona Griffiths

Love you. What a great character. Fabulous reading. Unusual but very compelling story. Highly recommended.

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Far fetched

Little research into police work - they would not be allowed to do this far fetched stuff!

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A very original story of a young detective with a high intellect who is coming to terms with a serious illness.

Well written book describing the emotional problems of trying to be normal whilst feeling very abnormal and attempting to work in a stressful job. The young detective is brave, strong and rebellious and you quickly find yourself willing her to succeed.

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Fantastic!

Incredible book in a wonderful series. Be warned you will be buying the rest of the series too. Its totally addictive!

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Oh, so good you could roll it and smoke it

Lucked into this series thanks to a buy 2 for 1 offer. Listened to it in one day, then bought lots of extra credits to download the other 5 in the series. In terms of the actual murder/mysteries, they are decent stories. Kind of standard fare, but how many ways can you bump people off? What makes this stand out for me is the sheer brilliance of the main character, Fiona Griffiths (well done Harry Bingham), and the the excellent narration (well done Siriol Jenkins). Truly a first class listen, and one I will no doubt return to many times.