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Dry Bones Audiobook

Dry Bones

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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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    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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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 07-13-16
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 07-13-16 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "10 Year Old Case and 50 Something Scottish Prof"

    Very interesting mixture of atmosphere, mystery and clues, as Enzo searches for the killer of Jacques Gaillard who went missing over ten years ago in Paris . . . Enzo MacLeod, having left a career in forensics back in his native Scotland, now teaches at university in Toulouse, France . . . when Enzo begins digging up the bones of Jacques, each body part comes with a clue . . . the story is captivating, leading into the darkest and strangest places in France . . . could've been a five star if it weren't for the silliness of Enzo's affair with Charlotte and the description of their antics in bed . . . good resolution to the murder . . .

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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 2016
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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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    Regina Seattle 03-31-14
    Regina Seattle 03-31-14 Member Since 2016
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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 10 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Challenor Australia 03-04-15
    Diane Challenor Australia 03-04-15 Member Since 2010

    Blogger of accidental discoveries through books

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    "GoodRead"

    Peter May can really tell a story. I loved his Lewis trilogy and now I've discovered the Enzo Files. Lots of good reading to look forward to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan eversdal, South Africa 02-06-15
    Susan eversdal, South Africa 02-06-15 Member Since 2016

    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

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    bg 07-17-16
    bg 07-17-16
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    "A little like DaVinci Code"

    It isn't quite as intense or adventurous, more cerebral until closer to the end. The puzzle- solving is a little far-fetched at times. But great characters and potential. I will definitely be following this series!

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    Mik0Sp 05-31-16
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    "Great crime drama."

    May doesn't get stuck in the Jason Borne-type of thriller where there are more chase scenes and death-defying escapes than chapters. May's hero is a fairly normal guy who has interesting skills and an engaging professional quest. Great solid book!

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  • Elaine
    7/30/16
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    "Narration"

    As a Scot, I found the narrator's ' Scottish ' accent grating and difficult to listen to. This spoiled my enjoyment of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rosie Nice
    5/22/16
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    "Dreadful narrator"

    Love Peter May's books. Great story only spoiled by narrator whose Scottish accent was about as good as Dick Van Dyke's cockney one in Mary Poppins. Peter Forbes is so much better at bringing Peter May's books to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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
    4/14/15
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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
    Edinburgh UK
    2/1/15
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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
    1/30/15
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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

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