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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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    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    His gee-whiz depiction of the wonders of google and cell phones seems more outdated than the old stories of detectives searching for phone booths.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
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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 2017
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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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    Akela 03-02-17
    Akela 03-02-17
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    "irritably fast forwarding at the end"
    Would you try another book from Peter May and/or Simon Vance?

    Bought because Vance )) And finished only for the same reason, even though the last five or six chapters I fast forwarded like crazy.
    It's a sloppily done quasi-detective story (as investigation starts with no more reason than a cheap bet) with a stupid irresponsible main hero (when it becomes clear that the investigation proves unexpectedly dangerous he never stops to think it might put in danger not only himself but his family members as well. He rarely thinks - he mostly reacts to smth. Not smart). The overall is repetitive, cliche and ultimately boring with a glaringly predictable final. I had a nagging suspicion that the author himself recognized some of the problems and tried to lighten the mood with a bit of comic element - hence the country girl with big boobs (by the time her richesse was mentioned for the fourth time I was very much bored with it) and ducklings.
    Some intriguing lines are simply dropped without even an attempt of explanation (men on the bridge? what was that all about?).
    Supposedly brilliant computer searches sound utterly pathetic - it's just some very basic googling)).
    Overly sentimental, sloppily written, no logic and tons of deus ex machina solutions. No respect for an intelligent reader at all.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter May again?

    No. I was very much unimpressed with the first book, there is no need to chew this particular cactus any longer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The beginning was o'k and actually promising. More the pity.


    Any additional comments?

    Simon Vance is very good as always.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 12-11-16
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 12-11-16 Member Since 2011
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kildonan
    10/8/15
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    "A man with new tech to get blood out of stones."


    Enzo Macleod has made a bet, to resolve a crime that has been left open by the french police, he will use new forensics, to get blood out of stones.

    I loved the character, he is charming and distinctive, with his family and lady complications. The ambiance of Paris and the french idiosyncrasies of privilege and politics, make and excellent scenario for our scottish friend; but I did not enjoy the clue laden crime as much.

    An ok beginning to a good series, that improves with the next parts of the next mysteries. Entertaining and charming if a little too heavy on the complexity of the crime.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Friday Caswell
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    "kept me interested from start to finish."

    very different to the China thrillers but still great. it had the same intricacies of detail about the locations and the plot was original and thoroughly enjoyable.
    I didn't have any problems with the accents that other people seem to have had. they were consistent and easily differentiated between the different characters.
    I would definitely recommend and will be listening to the next in the series.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
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    3/17/16
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    "Not my favourite Peter May"

    I do love Peter May's books, but I found this one to be too complicated and too 'clever', I did still enjoy it - I do agree with Peter May in his recent interview - Peter Forbes is the best narrator for his books, Simon Vance was OK - but - he wasn't quite the voice for the book.

    I enjoyed it sufficiently to encourage my reading the second of the trilogy!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Kristian Magnusson
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    "Superb!"

    Great rounded characters, and ingenious plot. Well read with good careful pace and voice. Peter May appeared to know his setting intimately, and this shone through the narrative. Highly recommended.

    7 of 11 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
  • katimac
    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.....

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sainte Colombe Sur Loing, France
    11/5/15
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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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • wammy46
    10/25/17
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    "Dry bones"

    Not his best book,but fairly enjoyable.. I got a bit lost at times,but that dosent take much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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