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by Point Blank, April 2018. ISBN: 978-1-78607-233-7 (PB)
A murder has been
committed in Saltmarsh, Norfolk, but DCI Domenic Jejeune is on holiday in
Columbia, birdwatching – and trying to discover the truth about his brother’s
conviction for manslaughter.
third-person dual narrative moves between the investigation in Norfolk, led by
Jejeune’s former colleague, Laraby, and Jejeune’s expedition to the Columbian
rainforests. Both locations are vividly described, with the added bonus – this
is a ‘birder mystery’ series – of lyrical, but not too lengthy, descriptions of
the exotic humming birds Jejeune sees. Jejeune is a likeable but enigmatic
character; we see him more through the eyes of others, his lively journalist
girlfriend, Lindy, and his loyal sergeant Danny Maik. The murdered woman was
part of an investment company interested in drones capable of re-seeding
woodland, and Jejeune’s brother was convicted of killing members of an
indigenous tribe in Columbia, so both plotlines have a strong environmental
theme. The novel had good incidents and a satisfying finish.
PP whodunnit with a strong sense of place, both Norfolk and Columbia. This is
the fourth book in the series featuring DCI Domenic Jejeune.It is most certainly very enjoyable as a
stand-alone, but earlier books in the series are, A Siege of Bitterns. A Piting of Doves, andA Cast of Falcons.
Steve Burrows has pursued his birdwatching hobby on
five continents. He is a former editor of the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society
Magazine and a contributing field editor for Asian Geographic. Steve now lives with
his wife in Oshawa, Ontario.
Marsali Taylor grew up
near Edinburgh and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is
currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her
husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is
fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive
dialect, as well as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a
keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of
her local drama group.Marsali also does
a regular monthly column for the Mystery People e-zine.