In 1989 a killer dumped the body of 20-year-old Lucie Martin into a picturesque lake in the west of France.
Fourteen years later, during a summer heat wave, a drought exposed her remains - bleached bones amid the scorched mud and slime.
No one was ever convicted of her murder. But now, forensic expert Enzo Macleod is reviewing this stone-cold case - the toughest of those he has been challenged to solve. Yet when Enzo finds a flaw in the original evidence surrounding Lucie's murder, he opens a Pandora's box that not only raises old ghosts but endangers his entire family.
©2017 Peter May (P)2016 Quercus Publishing
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I think one thing that is cast in iron is that if Peter May releases an audio book with Peter Forbes narrating I am not going to regret buying it. This one takes another step to proving the rule. I would say it is actually one of the best of this particular series. McLeod's increasingly complex personal life develops apace as does the thriller of a story that his investigations bring him into. He's a great character to follow with his lack of tact and impatience with rules and procedures.
We get all the usual quality of Peter May's writing including finely described European locations and deep, multi-faceted characters plus twists and turns along the way. The depth of research that goes into this writing is self-evident. Peter Forbes as I have said previously is incredibly well suited as a narrator to May's writing and characters. In a series that in my view was never quite as consistently excellent as say the Lewis trilogy this book is a highlight.
I hadn’t realised that this was the final part of a series in which forensic scientist Enszo Macleod investigates a sequence six cold cases. While this book is mainly concerned with finding the perpetrator of the sixth and final murder victim previous cases are alluded to and I kept feeling that I was missing the significance of several back-stories. The book has many characters who have evidently figured in earlier books but meeting so many of them for the first time made the narrative confusing at times.
Actual detection and forensic science play only a small part in the narrative which is more about the life and loves of Enzo: a surprising number of the females had had a relationship with him. There’s too much unnecessary description of what even minor characters look like and what they are wearing; and every female character gets an attractiveness assessment.
It’s a complicated and long-winded story that finally reveals who killed the final victim and why. I don’t think the narrative built up the evidence satisfactorily and the denouement is perfunctory. I might have enjoyed the journey to get there more if I had read the previous five books. I don't think I’ll bother as some of the conclusions of earlier stories are referred to in this final book.
Having read a number of the author’s books I think that the Lewis trilogy is by far the best as the books have gripping stories combined with a powerful evocation of the atmosphere of the Outer Herbrides, whereas, Cast Iron, set in France didn’t create any sense of the atmosphere of the country.
Peter Forbes is an excellent narrator whose gift for creating different voices helped keep track of the different characters.
Love to listen to books at any time of the day or night when I can't sleep. Driving, dog walking and ironing better for a great crime novel
A compelling download. The story moves with pace and style. My only real criticism being the length of time between the publication of this and the prequels. Many books have come between and I couldn't recall some of the characters and incidents. To fully enjoy this book I wish I had listened again to the previous Enzo books. Not a stand alone book but exciting and beautifully performed.
A long journey to Donegal on a grey February day was thoroughly enjoyable as I listened to this book. Peter Forbes' narration was as good as ever. A definite one to listen to again,
I hadn't realised this was an Enzo book when I pre ordered, it was good, but I find this series less interesting that Peter May's other books. There are lots of characters with similar sounding names and I do tend to lose track, overall though I did enjoy the book, surprises and twists galore.
this book is not amazing but ok except for the jarringly frequent descriptions of women. PLEASE less graphic descriptions of women. this is a very annoying habit the writer has developed. the men are described factually while the women are judged . in one scene a woman who the protagonist has never met is described as having probably put on a lot of weight!!
I just love this writer/narrator combo. This is my first listen to the Enzo McLeod series, and I'm sure I will be listening to the rest. It would no doubt have been even better to read them in the correct order, and know the history, but it was a fine listen nevertheless. Can't give it five stars, because nothing compares to the Lewis Trilogy!
This is the first Enzo Macloud book I've listened to. I really enjoyed the story. The pace was good and the narrator was easy to listen to. I'm now going to start at the beginning!!
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