Monday, September 13, 2010
by Peter May
Peter May has an interesting premise for this series. His character, Enzo McLeod is a forensic scientist who made a bet with his friend Roger Raffin. Raffin is a freelance journalist who wrote a book about seven unsolved murders in France. Enzo bet Roger that he could solve all of these cold cases. Enzo tackles one of the crimes in each book. In this, the fourth book in the series, Enzo investigates a twenty-year-old murder. Two decades ago Adam Killian told his daughter-in-law, Jane, that if something happened to him his study was to remain untouched until his son, Peter, arrived home to receive a secret message. Shortly after Adam talked to Jane he was shot and killed in his living room. Peter flew home from Africa when he heard about his father's death. He was killed in a car accident on the way home from the airport. Jane kept her promise to Adam and did not let anyone touch his study until Enzo asked her if he could investigate the crime. She allows him to examine the study to try to decipher the enigmatic message. Besides creating an engaging plot the author paints life on Ile de Groix in broad strokes that gives the reader a sense of the isolation that the residents feel. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try the works of Barbara Cleverly or Martin Edwards.] -- recommended by Donna G. - Virtual Services Department
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