TALKING TO THE DEAD by Harry Bingham

This is a splendid little police procedural, based in a gritty Cardiff, and featuring a brand new detective, DC Fiona Griffiths, who is not at all your usual detective. I’ll not spoil the story by explaining why, but suffice it to say that the blurb talks about Fi Griffiths filling a space for a new detective that nobody even realised was there until she came along to fill it, and I think that’s a fair description.
   I think some of the events are a little unlikely, even given the unusual nature of their perpetrator, and I was a little disappointed by some of the personal revelations and resolutions at the end: I would have preferred to be kept in the dark. As it is, some of the mystery of Fi Griffiths has been resolved, which might perhaps detract from the sequel – for sequel there will be.
   But all in all, this was a book I found difficult to put down, and when the sequel appears I will surely buy it. There can’t be a much better recommendation than that, can there?
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