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May 17, 2014

Talking to the Dead

As much as I love reading the newest book in a favorite mystery series, it's equally wonderful to discover a new set of books {maybe because it's a much rarer occurrence!)  I was just introduced to Harry Bingham's first book about Welsh DC Fiona Griffiths, and I loved it, especially as an audiobook.

The book opens with Fiona's job interview, and you sense from the conversation that there is something unusual about her (and the ending of the chapter is so well done). And there clearly is -- Fiona knows that people think she is 'weird,' and she only feels occasionally like a resident of 'Planet Normal.'  But the book's title, and its back cover copy, might lead you in the wrong direction, and we don't understand what makes her the way she is until close to the end of the book. But she's also the youngest member of the South Wales Major Crimes Unit, and she immerses herself in the case of a former cop turned embezzler, and of the murder of a young mother and her six-year-old daughter.

The author does such a good job of making quirky Fiona seem real and believable that it's a little disappointing when the book loses some of that ground at the end.  But I'm looking forward to the second book {Love Story, with Murders}even though I might wait to find it in audiobook form instead of reading the print copy I've already borrowed from the library. The audiobook's narrator, Siriol Jenkins, did such a great job of bringing Fiona to life that I'm afraid she might not be as interesting on the page.

1 comment:

JoAnn said...

So happy you've found another series to love! Funny how when you really enjoy an audio, it's hard to continue in print. Don't think I could ever go back to reading a Maisie Dobbs book.

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