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Dry Bones Audiobook

Dry Bones

What happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher at the École Nationale d’Administration, who trained some of France’s best and brightest as future prime ministers and presidents, vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. This ten-year-old mystery inspires a bet—one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France, instead of pursuing a brilliant career in forensics back home in Scotland, can ill afford to lose.
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Publisher's Summary

What happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher at the École Nationale d’Administration, who trained some of France’s best and brightest as future prime ministers and presidents, vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. This ten-year-old mystery inspires a bet—one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France, instead of pursuing a brilliant career in forensics back home in Scotland, can ill afford to lose. The wager is that Enzo can find out what happened to Jacques Gaillard by applying new science to a cold case.

Enzo goes to Paris to meet journalist Roger Raffin, the author of a book on seven celebrated unsolved murders, the assumption being that Gaillard is dead. He needs Raffin’s notes, and armed with these, he begins his quest. It quickly has him touring landmarks such as the Paris catacombs and a château in Champagne, digging up relics and bones. Then Enzo finds the actual head of Jacques Gaillard. The artifacts buried with the skull set him to interpreting the clues they provide and following in someone’s footsteps—maybe more than one someone—seeking the rest of Gaillard’s remains and reviewing some ancient and recent history. As with any quest, it’s as much discovery as detection, and Enzo, despite all his missteps, proves to be an ace investigator, scientific and intuitive, who definitely meets his goals.

Peter May is a Scottish television screenwriter, novelist, and crime writer. He has won several literary awards for his novels.

©2006 Peter May (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“This travelogue-cum-murder mystery makes for a fun puzzle.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A thoroughly engaging puzzle.” (Library Journal)

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    Susan eversdal, South Africa 02-06-15
    Susan eversdal, South Africa 02-06-15 Member Since 2014

    Curious lover of books

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    "Disappointing"

    Not in the same league as his Scottish trilogy Story was superficial and far fetched It was like an abridged version with the lack of character development and plot superficiality

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Seattle 03-31-14
    Regina Seattle 03-31-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Dry bones indeed"

    Agatha Christie did this kind of story much better. All that working from clue to clue to reach a conclusion, with the narrative serving as background for the murder-solving blueprint, is now tired. I expect characters who are complex and interesting on their own accounts. The hero rushes around and risks his life for a bet. It's not believable, and it's certainly not enjoyable.

    Simon Vance is perfect. If anyone could have saved this, it would have been he.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Janet CARY, NC, United States 08-15-13
    Janet CARY, NC, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Narration fantastic. Story long and boring."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Too much description over and over about same things.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter May again?

    Yes but he needs less detail and more thrill.


    Do you think Dry Bones needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think Enso could develop into a very interesting character.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette Lincoln, New Zealand 01-29-13
    Jeanette Lincoln, New Zealand 01-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listening intensely told"
    Where does Dry Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    right up the top


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    enzo - he is clever but so vulnerable


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    enzo


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    love - the power and the poison


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 09-07-15
    Anne 09-07-15
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    "Reader"

    Reader needs to be able to pronounce French names and cannot. A Scottish accent is appropriate for some of the characters only. Otherwise he has a lovely voice and performs very well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra J Tetreault 04-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Fat paced but a little far fetched"

    In other reviews this book is compared to Dan Brown stories due to the treasure hunt type mystery but to me, it fell way short. I like stories where the characters have to put clues together which lead to more clues, but some of these clues really were a stretch. DNA tests were done in 24 hrs and he got permission to remove a fountain and dig up a public garden in the middle of the night? In what universe? I liked the characters so I may read the next in the series, but I hope it's a little more realistic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Noah JUSTIN, TX, US 05-03-16
    Janet Noah JUSTIN, TX, US 05-03-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Intriguing story"

    Really enjoyed the story. Readers who do not have any background in French may be somewhat confused at times. This was my first Peter May novel and I'm looking forward to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Jones New Orleans, LA USA 04-21-16
    Julie Jones New Orleans, LA USA 04-21-16 Member Since 2005

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    "Story unconvincing, atmosphere good"

    The story is entirely unconvincing, but it takes place in numerous picturesque parts of France, so there is a vicarious pleasure in the protagonist's travels. Doyle is a good reader, but his rendition of the younger daughter's voice is so whiny and "precious" that it made this reader hope she'd meet a quick end. I gave the story 3 stars and the performance 4. Somehow that added up, in the Amazon scheme of things, as 4 stars, which is much too high.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chana Goanna New Jersey 04-19-16
    Chana Goanna New Jersey 04-19-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Very enjoyable"

    This was, as some reviewers mentioned, similar to The DaVinci Code, only with much better writing. If you enjoy the progression of a series of obscure clues with a side trip to France, you'll like this. I wouldn't say it's great or even gripping, but it kept me interested and entertained, and I didn't see the end coming until exactly when the author wanted me to. My only quibble is that Simon Vance (who I would listen to reading a math textbook, he's so marvelous) could use a little work on his French pronunciation. His mistakes aren't egregious, only mildly distracting to a francophone. Overall I recommend this but was sad to see that the next one available via Audible is the fourth in the series, and like most mystery fans, I prefer to listen to a series in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 04-14-16
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 04-14-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Different take for a mystery"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I only recommend books I really really like and listen to more than once. I liked that the killer is not known until the very end. It is very seldom that I do not figure out "who dun it". Another good aspect is not knowing the motivation for the murders until the end.


    Would you recommend Dry Bones to your friends? Why or why not?

    For me this was a slow start. At points the details run on and on. In some books long running details work, but not here. Eventually some of the characters grow on you and the mystery does too.


    What aspect of Simon Vance’s performance would you have changed?

    I would buy another book performed by Vance.


    Did Dry Bones inspire you to do anything?

    No


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    Sainte Colombe Sur Loing, France
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    "Best Peter May story I have listened to so far"
    If you could sum up Dry Bones in three words, what would they be?

    Very gripping plot


    What other book might you compare Dry Bones to, and why?

    The Girl nwith the Dragon Tatoo. The author's complete mastery of susspense and twists and turns, together with his evident knowledge of France, and the places where he sets the plot, makes this story a great one.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will search him out in future.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when Kirstie was at risk of drowning, and her father and her sister's boyfriend were trying all they knew to save her.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a fabulous "read" , read by a very good narrator, look no further.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eileen Bagshaw
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    "Dry Bones, dry story"

    Too many unnecessary street / place names as though to prove that the author had done his research and knew France

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms E. McNaughton
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    "Good murder mystery for Francophiles/Francophones"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend, but would tell them I found the book entertaining, if a little predictable at times, and it went at a good pace with enough excitement to make me stay in bed one Sunday morning to listen to the last 6 chapters! Peter May writes about women from a man's perspective - I don't mean sexist, but more how he would like women to be than how they really are! (Work this out, men!) Nevertheless, I enjoyed his story and enjoyed his wry humour - maybe because I am a Scot and it is such a Scottish thing. Other writers criticise the accents - well, one narrator can only produce so many accents - as a Scot I found it quite authentic (West of Scotland). Also a lot of French used - seems logical to me as it was first printed in French, from what I can gather from internet, and why change those bits when it helps you to learn a bit more of the language of the country in which it is set. Good for those interested in France and happy to learn a bit about the language and country. I've spent a bit of time in France and found it all quite authentic, en fait.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Kinda guessed half way through who the main perpetrator was/would be, but found the ending quite exciting - as mentioned above. The 'changes' in the family relationships were also quite predictable - but perfectly believable.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favourite?

    Oh, Enzo! And it seemed to me that Simon Vance enjoyed being Enzo and tried very hard to get his character right - and I thought the accent was fine.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Maybe the loss of his second wife. He appeared to have discarded the first one easily enough but he didn't have time to get tired of the second one. Nor did he seem to have struck up any other long-term relationships in the 18 or so years since she had died, so maybe it was the real thing. (I'm a cynic!)


    Any additional comments?

    Peter May is not Georges Simenon or Ian Rankin, but I thought the book might be of interest to readers of these two authors. It was well written and I enjoyed all the bits of 'education' e.g. Champagne production; and the catacombs of Paris.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit
    Cornwall
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    "dreadful narration"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A different narrator - the one who did Entry Island was much better.


    Has Dry Bones put you off other books in this genre?

    possibly


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The accents were dire - I tried to proceed but I just couldn't get past them.


    Any additional comments?

    Do try other Peter May books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon Frater
    Cheshire England
    8/28/14
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    "First and last in the series for me"

    Bought this as I loved the Lewis Trilogy but was quite disappointed with this. Wasn't sure what I was listening to really. It was a cross between Dan Brown, Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie and at times it was like an Enid Blyton famous five novel. Didn't do it for me and although it brightened up half way through I won't be bothering with the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie
    Perth, Australia
    7/7/14
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    "A thrilling race across France!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is another in a series about Enzo McLeod, his family ties, and the solving of mysteries that he does so well.


    What other book might you compare Dry Bones to, and why?

    "Black Light Blue" is another of the Enzo McLeod series where the main character has moved from one solution to the next in a series of unsolved crimes.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favourite?

    Enzo takes us with him, into the undeground tunnels below Paris and the ski slopes elswhere in France. We are "feeling" his fears and joy as he searches for the solution to the current unsolved crime.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it is too long, but there is time to develop the characters well.


    Any additional comments?

    We have enjoyed listening to many of Peter May's Books and found each one to be different, but with some common sequences, depending on the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Audrey BEVAN
    7/26/15
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    "First disappointment from Audible"

    The story was ridiculous. The performance was disappointing - poor French accent made me grind my teeth - there must be actors who can reproduce a decent accent. There was far too much detail of the Parisian road system and the 'trail' was more like more like France by GPS. Sadly, I couldn't even be bothered to finish this book. The author should stick to the Police series, he's on surer footing there.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    6/26/15
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    "oh lala the accents!!"
    What would have made Dry Bones better?

    the original narrator from the first book reading this one!having just listened to book one, then moved on to book two the accents were just too bad to keep listening to it.


    What could Peter May have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    stuck with the same narrator


    How could the performance have been better?

    lose the over the top French accents and the English Scotsman.....


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    didn't listen to it all, returned it to Audible and bought book 3 instead, (original narrator returns yippee) best feature was after chapter one returning it and getting a credit back on my account, nice touch.


    Any additional comments?

    delighted with audibles returns policy, made it sufferable.....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • nigelbaker@nbaker.freeserve.co.uk
    UK
    4/16/14
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    "Dry Bones oh how sad"
    What would have made Dry Bones better?

    A different reader


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter May again?

    I have listened to blackhouse and the other two books in the trilogy and they were great


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The reader has the most appaling fake scottish accent [and I am an englishman] that makes the character sound totally implausable, and his other foreign accents are bit suspect as well.I would rank this on the level of Dick Van Dykes accent in Mary Poppins


    What character would you cut from Dry Bones?

    the reader


    Any additional comments?

    I persevered for a couple of hours and then gave up. When playing a character, either make your accent sound convincing or speak in your normal voice. For me this book is unlistenable, which is a shame as I enjoyed the other Peter May booksCan I have my money back please?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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