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This is the 3rd book in the Enzo series and another very good story. This time it is personal for Enzo, someone is setting out to destroy him and everyone close to him. With strong evidence making him the prime suspect for a local murder he has some fast work to do to try and clear his name and keep his daughters safe. Great location, strong characters and a wonderful plot, a very good book - start with book one in the series if you are new to Peter May.
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful... I have a confession to make and if there was such a thing as a PMA Group I would stand up and say, "I am Annik and I am a Peter May Addict." The New York Times reviewer said "Peter May is an author I'd follow to the ends of the earth" and I would agree with him/her wholeheartedly.
I was originally captivated and entranced by the Lewis Trilogy which I happened upon by chance and thought could not be surpassed. I waited with bated breath for "The Chessmen". My husband and I had been due to go on holiday to the Outer Hebrides a couple of years ago when the Australian great friend who was to accompany us died ten weeks after diagnosis from a very rare cancer on the day we would have taken the ferry. My husband and I couldn't bear to go through with the trip but the Outer Hebrides and all the research I'd done about the place still fascinated me. I thought Peter May was a master writer and couldn't imagine how he could repeat the fabulous trilogy.
Then after a significant time, I decided to read the Enzo series, having been put off by his name and thinking they would be about Italy – not France. My husband and I now live in France for six months of the year and have had our house in the Creuse, on the brink of the Massif Central, for 20 years. I devoured the five Enzo books in a fortnight and appreciated all the nuances about French life that Peter May wove into his series. Enzo is a fascinating character, his personal life is rivetting and the cold crime puzzles he tackles are intriguing; I am bereft that apparently there is only going to be one more title in the series. (What happened to the seventh mystery?)
I then read four of the six Chinese-based books and although the heroine is impossibly annoying, loved them too. I even recommended them to a friend whose son works in China as an English teacher to kindergarten age children. I knew almost nothing about China before reading the books but now feel I have learned a tiny but significant amount.
I have just finished "Entry Island", which I thought was brilliant. I am now going to read all his "other" works. As a former journalist I am looking forward to the very early titles, "The Reporter" and "The Standard". I hope there will be enough to keep me going for a few months, anyway...
All I can say about Peter May's work is that he is a genius and YOU MUST READ HIM!
Peter May's standard maintained in this novel. Totally enjoyed the novel and it's characters. In this one there are not so many descriptive passages as the others I have read but the research into the background is his usual mastery.
Out of all PM's books, these are the best of the lot in my opinion. Even beating the great Lewis trilogy. You just can't help liking the big Scotsman as he trundles along through life in France solving what has become a personal quest to him, murders that happened years before and were never solved. His on/off love life and family quarrels are always in the back of his mind always, but add to the reality of what he is going through personally as well. Hope PM writes more of these in the future. Once started you just can't put it down.
Simply excellent. The plot and backstory were complex - you need a good memory to hold all the characters in your head! But the pace and intrigue are your reward. And the ending is one of the cleverest I've come across, with twist after twist. A brilliantly written book that had me gripped from the start. The foreign place names, however, I did struggle with, not being familiar with French. That aside, it's a hugely entertaining combination of love, power, crime and clues - what's not to like?!
This novel is more gripping and fast moving than 'The Critic'-and that is very good. The narrative pace is maintained throughout and the characterization is excellent. The inclusion of French terms-easily understandable with basic knowledge of French-creates the atmosphere of France with the story set in France. It ends with a hint that more excitement is in store in the remaining two novels. Very worth while reading if you enjoy intrigue and a good mystery.