Fi is currently investigating a ca ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
From the start, Fi ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.
...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) & a father ...more
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 ...more
Fi has no idea what it feels like to cry, and w ...more
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 ...more
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