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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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    Julie Jones New Orleans, LA USA 04-21-16
    Julie Jones New Orleans, LA USA 04-21-16 Member Since 2005

    Julienola

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Denver, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-20-15
    Mary Denver, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-20-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Tedium"

    Improbably silly plot that tries to show how familiar the author is with those arrogant French intellectuals.

    His gee-whiz depiction of the wonders of google and cell phones seems more outdated than the old stories of detectives searching for phone booths.

    As much as I usually enjoy narrator Simon Vance, his attempts at a French accent were good enough to dazzle and/or confuse English speakers and bad enough to truly annoy French speakers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sherri Minnetonka, MN, United States 05-05-12
    Sherri Minnetonka, MN, United States 05-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Enzo solves another cold case in France"

    Enzo McLeod, a big Scott who now lives and teaches forensic science in France, has a bet with a friend that he can solve a number of cold cases using modern forensic science. He tackles one case per book. Naturally, lots of people do not want them solved and so mayhem ensures.

    Enzo has a cast of interesting recurring characters and is written with good humor. Entertaining and interesting books.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 07-02-13
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "A Fun Scavenger Hunt"

    I am noticing that more and more mysteries seem to go with the "cold case" instead of current crime story. I find that most cold cases are enjoyable, as long as you realize that most of the action will be at the end of the book instead of a steady pacing of it throughout the book. That doesn't mean that "cold cases" are boring and slow, just different. In fact, the writer has to be so much more clever in offering clues that are found many years after the crime.

    For this story, the clues are offered as a scavenger hunt made possible with matching the found relics at crime sites with internet searches. I enjoyed the race around France finding the next set of bones and clues as I enjoyed the actual mystery story. The only reason I rated the story 4 stars is that the final motive is less than satisfying.

    The detective, Enzo Macleod, is actually a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France instead of pursuing a career in forensics in his Scottish homeland. Peter May did an excellent job of building Enzo's character throughout the book. However, Simon Vance was a master of bringing Enzo and all the other wonderful characters to life. How does Simon Vance do such distinctly different voices and accents for each character without a single glitch? Simon Vance even voices women so well without the high falsetto voice that so many other narrators do. Simon Vance kept my interest up as much as Peter May did for this audio book. Thanks for a fun experience with this audio book.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Gallatin, TN, United States 03-27-13
    Deborah Gallatin, TN, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I have found a new author to love!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, absolutely. Absorbing story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, This story was never boring. All of the clues and how Enzo and the other piece it all to gether was very interesting.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There are few narrators better than Simon Vance. He moves effortlessly from French accents (male and female) with Scottish. Very convincing in all.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    oh yes. both laugh and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't want this book to end. I will immediately get the next in the series and explore the others written by Peter May.

    9 of 12 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.

    11 of 15 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.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 12-11-16
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 12-11-16 Member Since 2011

    A man's got to do what a man's got to do..

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    "Too many stereotypes"

    The book moves along the logic of the Da Vinci Code. An esoteric setup with the smart investigator/scientist uncovering step by step the clues that will lead to the final revelation of the TRUTH. Characters not well developed and story ultimately predictable.
    Disappointing

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    Amazon Customer 12-08-16
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    "Great narrator"

    Really enjoyed this book. Interesting characters and the narrator was wonderful. I would listen to more books with this author and narrator combination.

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    Jill 12-06-16
    Jill 12-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "suspenseful & in lighting "

    Well written kept me interested, and intrigued enjoyed it alot. I love mysteries. Enjoy, I did.

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  • 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

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 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!

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    London, United Kingdom
    5/10/15
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    "Easy Listening"

    I was put off starting this series from Peter May because of rather lukewarm reviews. I did however finally take the plunge and I'm glad I did because I actually quite enjoyed. No this is nothing like the tremendous Lewis series - but then this isn't a dark,brooding tale. No it isn't as atmospheric as the Chinese detective series either - in fact the reviewer that said it was a cross between Dan Brown & the Famous Five wasn't actually far off the mark. For a bet Enzo is investigating a number of unsolved murders using today's forensic science (well loosely anyway) - and the books are just nice easy listening. Enzo does have a tendency to fluctuate between sounding like BIlly Connelly and Sean Connery, but he's a likeable enough character and the plots and clues a lot more probable than some books I have read or listened to. I cannot understand the complaints about Peter Vance's accents, I think the reading is excellent with just enough accents thrown in to easily recognise the cast of characters. No this may not set the world alight but its a decent enough series and well worth a listen.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Kathy
    Cornwall
    4/20/13
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    "Back to the islands for me"

    I just didn't get this. In comparison to the Lewis trilogy the book was a pale shadow. Characters not brilliant and the plot didn't answer the most basic question "why bother"?

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Kathleen
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    12/13/12
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    "Oh Dear - the accents"

    What a disappointment! After listening to the 2 Hebridean novels my hopes were high but this book did not engage me. As a print book it may have been better although the constant use of words like ‘sejours’ is an irritating and useless device in creating a feeling of France. However, it was the narration which really spoiled it for me. The narrative was very pleasant to listen to but the dialogue was almost unbelievable. Both French and Scottish men ‘growled’ out a tortured transposition of vowel sounds – ‘Allo, ‘Allo meets Hey Jimmy.

    The pace of the story was good until the last section where it was very drawn out. Descriptions of areas of France were fascinating but characters are quite shallow

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • M
    WARRINGTON, United Kingdom
    11/18/13
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    "Not bad but not in same league as Lewis trilogy"

    My title says it all, this isn't a bad book but I have definitely been spoilt by the Lewis series. This book is not as good. All that said, I found the book ok. I did have the rest of the Enzo series on my wish list but will only consider buying them if they are in a future 3 for 2 deal or other offer.

    5 of 7 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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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