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Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham

Talking to the Dead

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One of our Books of the Year 2013.

A favourite author of mine changes tack. He used to write sweeping, Jeffrey Archer-esque sagas (wonderful), now he turns to crime and introduces a new series detective, Fiona Griffiths. She is the reason for reading this - and read it you must. A strange, clever woman with an honours degree in Philosophy from Cambridge, she suffers from Cotard's Syndrome, a rare condition on which the author includes a note. It is an intricate, complex novel with an absorbing plot but, as I've said, it is the character of Fiona (Fi) that drives it. Don't miss it for as it begins a series you do need to know Fi from the start. Brilliant addition to the genre.

April 2013 Book of the Month.

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Welcome to the world of D.C. Fiona Griffiths. This new pacey, compelling series, set in Cardiff, is told purely from the point of view of Fiona – seriously good detective but with a shed load of issues and haunted by her own dark past. In this opening book a brutal murder of a mother and child, that on the surface looks like an open and shut case, leads to a much darker mystery. We know Harry has already written more in this series which we can’t wait to read when they are published.

If you like Harry Bingham you might also like to read books by Sidney Sheldon, Belinda Bauer and Wilbur Smith.

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Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham

It's DC Fiona Griffiths' first murder case - and she's in at the deep end. A woman and her six-year-old daughter killed with chilling brutality in a dingy flat. The only clue: the platinum bank card of a long-dead tycoon, found amidst the squalor. DC Griffiths has already proved herself dedicated to the job, but there's another side to her she is less keen to reveal. Something to do with a mysterious two-year gap in her CV, her strange inability to cry - and a disconcerting familiarity with corpses. Fiona is desperate to put the past behind her but as more gruesome killings follow, the case leads her inexorably back into those dark places in her own mind where another dead girl is waiting to be found...


Compelling...a new crime talent to treasure -- DAILY MAIL Fresh and compelling. The best thing coming out of this gem of a crime story is the promise of another -- NY DAILY NEWS This is on one level an orthodox, if expertly written, police procedural. But the character of Fiona lifts it to an altogether different, extraordinary level. She is childlike, brilliant, courageous and utterly loopy all at the same time - as well as devastatingly real and human and alone...She'll haunt you long after you finish this book, and send you scurrying to find what else Bingham has written. -- YORK PRESS Gripping...Fiona Griffiths kept me hooked to the last page and left me hungry for more -- RACHEL ABBOTT Fiona Griffiths is one of the most unusual and engaging characters in British crime fiction. Those who haven't yet encountered Fiona will be drawn into a beautifully crafted world -- SINEAD CROWLEY One of the most interesting and complicated protagonists in current UK crime fiction. Truly unforgettable -- MICK HERRON Compelling and claustrophic, Without a doubt, Fiona Griffiths is one of crime's most memorable heroines -- SARAH HILARY In a word - brilliant. One of the most enjoyable crime novels I've read in a while -- JAMES OSWALD Intriguing and compelling - I love Fiona Griffiths -- SHARON BOLTON Praise for gripping, atmosphere Fiona Griffiths crime thriller series:Chilling, atmospheric and so gripping it hurts. You won't read a better crime novel this year -- MARK EDWARDS

About the Author

Harry Bingham

Harry Bingham is a successful author as well as running The Writers' Workshop, an editorial consultancy for first-time writers, and organising the York Festival of Writing. He lives near Oxford.

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28th March 2013


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Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


384 pages


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