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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4 out of 5 stars
By Colette on 18-12-14

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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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Anne on 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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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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