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by Point Blank, 27 September 2018. ISBN: 978-1-78607-438-6 (PB)
A burned body has
been discovered on the Norfolk building-site, and it looks like it won’t be
easy to find an identity. The investigation leads Canadian DCI Jejeune into the
local Polish community... but it also leads him into danger.
gripping police procedural begins with a hunted girl lost in the fog; we then
move to the present day, and the investigation of the body in the pit. This is
the fifth in the series, and though the main mystery is a stand-alone, there
are a number of strands from previous novels. DCI Jejeune is recently back from
his Columbian investigation to help his brother, and he’s also worried about
Ray Hayes, a man with a grudge against him who is targeting Jejeune’s
girlfriend Lindy. A ‘cold case’ investigation centres round the kidnapping of
the Home Secretary’s daughter, the case which made Jejeune an inspector, and it
seems Jejeune has something to hide in connection with it. As with the previous
novels, there’s also a conservation theme woven into the plot: in this case,
the difficulty of dealing with invasive species. The Polish men are involved in
digging up Japanese knotweed, and the dead man was a marksman licensed to shoot
non-native birds which breed with native ones. The characters are vividly
alive: reticent Jejeune and his lively girlfriend Lindy, who is still hoping
that their relationship will move closer; his Motown-loving Sergeant Danny
Maik, DCS Shepherd, who’s re-building her relationship with Jejeune, Sergeant
Tony Holland who homes in on the Met investigator, businessman Angeren and the
charming Polish leader, Sikorski. The police procedure is convincingly done and
the movement between strands keeps the plot going at a good pace and the
Norfolk landscape is beautifully described.
excellent PP set in rural Norfolk, with enjoyable characters and a strong
conservation slant. If you haven’t met DCI Jejeune yet, then the first book in
the series is A Siege of Bitterns.
Reviewer: Marsali Taylor
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
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.