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Talking to the Dead

(Fiona Griffiths #1)

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The first novel in a powerfully original new crime series featuring a young policewoman haunted by her own dark past.

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.

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Paperback, U.K., 384 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Orion (first published 2012)
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Leslie THIS WAS A TV SERIES?? I assume it was a British TV series. I think I need to investigate further because I just adore Fiona Griffiths!
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Carolyn
Fiona Griffiths is a very unusual detective. The most junior of the Detective Constables in the Cardiff police station, she is given the most boring jobs. She has a Philosophy degree from Cambridge, is young, pretty and intelligent but there is something distinctly odd about her that stops her forming normal friendships with her colleagues. In her teens she had some sort of mental breakdown and, though largely recovered, constantly struggles to keep in touch with her feelings and live on what sh ...more
Jean
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m not the first, and I certainly won’t be the last to observe that Harry Bingham’s DC Fiona Griffiths is an odd duck. Was she born that way, or did something in her two-year “illness” as a teenager cause her to become different from her peers on the police force – or from her family or most other folks, for that matter? Talking to the Dead is Bingham’s first novel featuring the unusual DC Griffiths. She’s young and inexperienced, but incredibly intelligent and efficient. Until she assists on h ...more
switterbug (Betsey)
Fiona Griffiths, known as Fi, is a young woman in a Wales police department, a detective with good intuition and analytical skills. She is also harboring a dark past, which periodically clouds her sleep, emotional clarity, and her thoughts. Told in the first person, she states that her social skills are a bit off (but I don’t see that, only that she tells us), and that she struggles mightily with a challenging mental illness, which is revealed in gradual doses.

Fi is currently investigating a ca
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Rachel Hall
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meet Detective Constable Fiona "Fi" Griffiths of the South Wales Police.. An acknowledged work in progress according to her ex-clinical psychologist and the most endearing loose cannon readers will ever meet! A nightmare to manage for her superiors but primed with an inquisitiveness which make her a risk worth having on any team. Four years after joining the police force and now amongst the ranks of CID, DC Fi Griffiths is no more predictable and bemuses and exacerbates most of her colleagues in ...more
Maureen Carden
Since this has been out for awhile, I'll just leave a few quick words. I loved this book and I hope the rest of the series continues as it has begun. Clever plot, highly original character, and great secondary characters too. What more can you wish for? Now if only I could learn to pronounce the names and place names of Wales.
Julie
Rather late coming to this series, but I won't let that stop me.

I like Fiona Griffiths, an irreverent, cheeky DC in Cardiff, who is also a little bit mutinous, with a more-than-healthy-helping of self-doubt. She fades in and out of Planet Normal, as Bingham describes it, wrestling with a haunted past that had her institutionalized in a mental healthcare facility for two years when she was a a teen. At the same time, she is also fearless, in contradiction to her insecurities, allowing her to ach
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Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Fiona Griffiths is bored of the case she’s working on, going over the financial records of an ex-cop turned thief, when another case comes up, and it’s about much more than theft. A prostitute and her young daughter are found in a squalid house, and the manner of murder of the little girl is horrendous. Something about the case captures Fi’s attention, and she begins to insert herself into the investigation any way she can
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Linda Strong
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Another new author for me ... another author I know I will keep reading.

Talking to the Deadis all about introducing Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths who is a mystery herself. Fiona is known for her spurts of genius ... and for her need at times to not follow the rules. She is definitely a young woman of contrasts.

She is working her first case ... a prostitute and her young daughter are murdered. Found under the bodies is a credit card belonging to a man who died a year ago.

The book is full o
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Gary
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 1st book in the Detective Fiona Griffiths series by author Harry Bingham.
I have read a few of this series but not in any particular order which to be honest hasn't made any difference to my enjoyment of the series.
Fiona Griffiths is an interesting complex character, haunted by a dark past, lots there for any author writing a series to develop. This book serves as an introduction the both the character and the series which promises to be a very good one. A detective with a dark past and not t
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CarolineFromConcord
I loved this book. As I closed the cover, I was sure I'd give it my first five, but after thinking about it, I realized there was one thing that didn't quite work for me. It didn't make sense that the clearly loving parents of troubled Welsh police detective Fiona Griffith didn't tell her a family secret until she guessed it in her mid-20s. They thought she hadn't been ready for it, and she agreed, but I can't believe that during the two teenage years when Fiona suffered a dramatic puzzling brea ...more
Christine
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I heard about this series last year and was rather intrigued about Fiona. Essentially the book is very reliant on the rather strange and fascinating DC Fiona Griffiths. Fiona is a Cambridge educated detective constable in the police force in Cardiff. She is a maverick and has her own peculiar way of viewing the world. Quickly you start to understand that Fiona will go out of her way to solve a crime. She puts herself in danger, yet she is incredibly vulnerable at the same time.

From the start, Fi
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Val
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars rounded up to 4

What can I say about Fi? Det. Constable Fiona Griffiths has social awkwardness and intensity that makes her unpopular among her fellow officers in Cardiff, Wales. She's a few steps beyond quirky ... make that a few leaps! Yet, she fascinated me. This book is more than a crime thriller. Talking to the Dead is first and foremost the tale of a courageous, vulnerable, compassionate, and intelligent young woman who is trying to succeed in a procedure-dominated police force. F
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Lainy
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Time taken to read - 9 days

Publisher - Orion

Pages - 384

Blurb from Goodreads

The first novel in a powerfully original new crime series featuring a young policewoman haunted by her own dark past.


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
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Zoeytron
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Oh, I like this Fiona Griffiths character. The most junior on the investigative team of a Welsh detective unit, she became a copper because she wanted to make sense of things. Fiona is blitzkrieg fast on a keyboard, 'a one-woman work monster', and she thinks a civil question deserves a civil answer.

The murder mystery is okay, but far more intriguing is learning what it is that makes Fiona tick. She becomes numb at times, she cannot cry, her habitual default attitude is prickly - she refers to
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Kristen
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
What an astonishing book. I absolutely loved it. Fiona Griffiths is a complex, amazing character. Her voice, characterized by her dry, and irreverent humor, is also removed. I guess what I mean by that is that the author tells us this story through Fi's voice, but although it is told in first person, and there is still a distinct feeling of separation. Bingham has done an utterly brilliant job of immersing the reader into a character almost impossible for average people to immerse in. What feels ...more
Bill Kupersmith
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My five stars are a little generous but I liked this book much better than any of my four star choices. I have been trying to find a book featuring a police detective as fascinating as Tana French's Cassie Maddox and S. J. Bolton's Lacey Flint, and Fiona Griffiths in Talking to the Dead belongs in their league. She has a most unusual back story, though I wish the author had not waited to the end to unload most of it, and a rare mental condition which enables her to communicate with dead crime vi ...more
Rich Stoehr
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon-vine
Let's keep it simple - I think Fi Griffiths would appreciate that.

Fiona Griffiths is one of the most compelling investigators in recent memory, right up there with John Rebus. What makes Detective Constable Griffiths so interesting is something best left discovered, like most of what makes Talking to the Dead such a worthy novel. Suffice it to say that she's a multilayered, occasionally frustrating, often surprising, and fully realized character, and I loved reading her voice, crafted to perfect
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Katy
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mystery, thrillers and suspense
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Book Info: Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of mystery/suspense/thrillers novels with great characters.

Disclosure: I received an ARC galley paperback from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: SHE KNOWS WHAT IT’S LIKE. . . .

At first, the murder scene appears sad, but not unusual: a young woman undone by drugs and prostitution, her six-year-old daughter dead alongside her. But then detectives find a strange piec
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Cathy Cole
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First Line: Beyond the window, I can see three kites hanging in the air over Bute Park.

The crime scene is a sad one: a woman killed after a short life ruined by drugs and prostitution... and her small six-year-old daughter lying dead beside her. The only thing that marks this crime scene as unusual is one small piece of evidence. Why would a drug addicted prostitute have the debit card of a very wealthy man who's been dead for months?

Police headquarters in Cardiff, Wales, has more important case
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Suzy
I have mixed feelings about this book, so 3 stars is about right. DC Fiona Griffiths is being hailed as the next edgy, outsider crime novel protagonist. Fi, as she's called, is odd, isn't understood by her co-workers, is constantly questioned by her boss and hints at some sort of break with reality in her teenage years. She's a rogue cop, striking out on her own in the cases she's working on. She is on an embezzlement case and works her way into a case of murdered prostitutes. One of the murder ...more
Pat
May 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I just could not get into this book. I would find myself reading a part and not understanding at all how I got there so I would go back and re-read sections to see if I missed something. I almost stopped reading because it seemed to be so disjointed and the main character, Fiona Griffiths, seemed to be so erratic. At the very end, the author presents the why's and what-for's that help to better understand Fiona but by then it was too late. I did not care and was glad to have the book done.
LENA TRAK
2,5 stars for this book!

It's not that I hated it, I just prefer psychological thrillers and mysteries with serial killers. Drug dealers and sex trafficking is not the crime book I would normally choose. I liked the character, Fiona. The revelation towards the end as well as some other parts of the plot seemed quite unrealistic.
Overall, it was okay but I don't think I will be reading another book of the Fiona Griffiths series. Too many good reads, too little time.
Kira
DNF @ 21%

This is definitely a case of it's me not you. It's okay, but I'm soooo bored. I just can't bear to read the rest. And Fiona creeps me out since she is very comfortable around dead bodies.
Tammy
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fiona Griffiths defies every female detective I've ever read and it's refreshing.
I might not like many of her action and decision but it's her character and somehow weirdly entertaining. The crime and investigation were good but mostly the story was introducing Fiona and her viewing of the world.
Plum-crazy
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A crime you'll always remember...a detective you'll never forget


...well the blurb was spot on with those two statements!
I like my "heroes" to be mavericks, to walk on the wild side, to take risks ....& of course, a problem with authority goes hand-in-hand with these traits... & it was great to meet a female detective that for once ticked all the boxes.


Like all "good" detectives Fi Griffiths has a chequered history. A debilitating illness in her past (details revealed by the end) &
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Janebbooks
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Water. Duck's Back. Paddle On.

Paddle on. And that's what Bingham's quirky female detective does.

We meet Bingham's new rookie copper at her job interview with the Cardiff, Wales police department. Fiona Griffiths, age 26, recent Cambridge graduate with a degree in philosophy, gets the job. Her boss thinks she's bright enough and may be "a couple of cases away from being a phenomenal officer or a right pain in the arse." D. C. Griffiths is different: she "works like a bluebottle" and she's probabl
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Hallie
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With Detective Constable Fiona “Fi” Grffiths, Harry Bingham, author of “Talking to the Dead,” finds a sweet spot in crime fiction — a female protagonist with stunted emotions, a passion for protecting women (think Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander), outsider status (think Denise Mina’s “Paddy” Meehan), sheer guts, and an unstoppable drive to follow her own instincts even when it means breaking every rule in the book (think Lee Childs’s Jack Reacher).

Fi has no idea what it feels like to cry, and w
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Lynn
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talking to the Dead is the first book in the Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths series that is set in Cardiff Wales. A prostitute and her six year old daughter are found murdered in a run down drug house. A out of date credit card was found on the site that belonged to a deceased millionaire that died in an airplane crash. What was the card of a deceased person doing in this seedy location? Why were the murder victims living there as this wasn't their home? Fiona is on the case which is called ...more
Maureen DeLuca
This is a very hard book for me to rate. Sometimes I think it is a 4 , going on 5 - other times a 3 going down to 2. Odd.... just like the main character in this book, Fiona Griffiths. "odd" is only one word to describe Fiona.

Fiona is hired as a detective constable which is the lowest rank in the Wales police department. She is working on one case, where a 'cop' or 'copper' as they say is being charged with embezzlement- then another case pops up where a woman dies of a drug overdose and her you
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Kathy
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My brother recommended I try this series, another Kindle Unlimited offering on Amazon. This first book is a minimal purchase price and then the following books fall under Kindle Unlimited for now. The author says he has been writing for 20 years and this is his favorite series to date. I have visited Cardiff and enjoyed myself tremendously, so I am happy to have a Welsh police procedural for a change.
The main character, Fiona Griffiths, is on the outside of normal. The syndrome she suffers from
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