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    His gee-whiz depiction of the wonders of google and cell phones seems more outdated than the old stories of detectives searching for phone booths.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

    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 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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    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.

    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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    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 11-12-16
    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 11-12-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Sorry but I can't recommend: sex, f-bombs"

    I bought this as a Daily Deal, mostly because Simon Vance was the narrator and was hoping for a good story. It was a decent story, but f-bombs, use of Jesus name in vain, and sex don't allow me to recommend it. I thought the premise was interesting, but what i liked about it was outgunned by what I didn't , sorry. Just too rough for my taste.

    Vance as usual was wonderful.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Charlie
    Perth, Australia
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • MikeS
    Manchester
    5/14/13
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    "Murder below the Streets of Paris"

    An exciting and quick paced novel which is a cross between a Dan Brown plot in that it gives a geographical/historical backdrop to the mystery - in this case Paris; and the popular forensic scientist model who acts like Sherlock Holmes making the police look like fools!
    I enjoyed it and look forward to the second in the series.

    5 of 7 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"?

    11 of 16 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.

    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
    Leicestershire UK
    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
  • 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
  • Michael
    Ireland
    5/21/17
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    "Fairly Dated But A Good Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Dry Bones the most enjoyable?

    The storyline was engaging throughout and the characters were well developed. This was also helped with an excellent narrative by Simon Vance.

    There is a seriously outdated aspect to the book however regarding the "new science" being used to solve an old crime. One reviewer believes this new science was "getting blood out of a stone" but this was far from new at the time of writing and is certainly not what the author had in mind when writing the book.

    I can understand how the reviewer came to this conclusion though as he was probably pushed to find something that fit the "new science" label ...because this "new science" is now so commonplace that there are people old enough to read this book who were not yet born before it existed.

    The new science is, of course, the Internet (more on this later).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo. I can tell why the author has written numerous books with this character as the protagonist.


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

    I've read some reviewers scoff at Vance's attempt at accents and I really don't know why. I thought he did a very good job and I am one of the most critical people who could meet when t comes to such things. I have an auditory memory and can usually identify a speaker within a few short words even if I have only met that person once or twice. I say this merely to reinforce my statement that Vance did a good job with his accents.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the book is somewhat dated in the fact that the hook - Enzo was "applying new science to a cold case" in order to solve it - now no longer applies. The new science is the Internet. And, of course, the internet is no longer new. The fascination with how certain websites work and having to actually hire an assistant just to use the world wide web are seriously outdated concepts in a decade where we have instant access to the "net" on our mobile phones.

    However, the story has such a strong pull and such a firm foundation that the internet doesn't even have to be a major player in it at all. It would be quite easy to relegate it to a mere investigative tool within the story.

    I feel a quick rewrite could easily solve this problem; just make the protagonist computer-phobic and remove any references to the internet being new - at the end of the book, it is actually mentioned by a pivotal character that the crime was committed at a time when the "new" internet didn't exist and it could never have been solved without it - a completely unnecessary admission in this day and age which could easily be removed or it could just as easily be left in with a slightly different spin on it.

    All-in-all this is a very worthwhile listen, with excellent narration and a very descriptive style of writing that is so good it overcomes the outdated nature of key aspects of the storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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