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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2014
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!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2013
Admittedly it took me a while to warm to Enzo, a little too chauvinistic on first sight, but there's more to him than that and the French setting (for all the books so far) is enormously appealing. His family, two daughters and the younger daughter's boyfriend, coupled with the slightly mysterious journalist whose book on unsolvable crimes is providing Enzo with all his cases, spread the interest appeal beyond Enzo himself.
This is a really cleverly worked out plot, full of suspense, scares and twists, which seems to use a variation on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann as a starting point and where the final denouement raises new concerns for Enzo. If you like detective/thrillers, this is well worth a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2014
My previous awareness of Peter May as a crime novelist rested solely on having read 'The Blackhouse' (the first of his trilogy set on the island of Lewis and Harris) and then run aground on its successor, 'The Lewis Man' (though that was more a consequence of alarming personal resonances within the plot
than any reflection on its standing as a novel).

He had, however, written a clutch of other novels including the series known as 'The China Thriilers' and a sequence featuring retired forensic expert Enzo Macleod. This particular book is the third of the Enzo Macleod novels, and it soon became evident that it followed on fairly closely from its predecessors, though this didn't pose any problem.

As the novel opens, we met Enzo Macleod on his way to an appointment with an oncological expert, from whom he receives a particularly gave prognosis. Almost immediately after this blow he learns that someone has attempted to murder his daughter. As if his week is not going poorly enough already, he soon finds himself arrested as prime suspect in the murder of a female acquaintance.

This may all sound rather implausible, but May carries it all off superbly. The novel fairly fizzes along, and the reader's attention never wanes. He doesn't expend much energy on developing his characters' personalities, but they are all perfectly credible.

I shall definitely be going back to read the earlier episodes in the sequence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2013
Another piece of brilliant writing by this author. It head me enthralled, hard to put it down!! Looking forward to the next one
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2014
I'm not even finished reading it but I just love the way May weaves such intricate plots and keeps the reader intrigued from page 1 onwards, especially his use of tension, or light-hearted relief or jaw dropping cliff hangers at every chapter.
I started with May's Lewis Trilogy and knowing the Scottish Western Isles as well as some Gaidhlig, I could clearly picture every location and understand his lapses into the local language. I was hooked. I started the Enzo novels after spending 2 weeks in a gite in the Touraine in France and find them so intriguing and full of familiar images. Maybe being a Scot who can make himself understood in both French and Spanish also adds something to my enjoyment of May's novels and characters. I love the way he throws in the odd word in French, or in Blacklight Blue a little Spanish too, and not needing to read on a few more lines to obtain the translation.
Must get back to the book now to read the final few chapters!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2013
Excellent crime story/thriller. Enzo is a great character & the books are well written & very readable. Can't wait for more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2014
Enzo returns to solve another cold case. Once again, a great story set against the fabulous backdrop of France with a pulse-raising denouement.
that, combined with all the characters that have been in the other Enzo files, it really feels like you are on an adventure with old friends. Please Mr May, don't retire Enzo, keep him going. : )
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2013
A bit slow and heavy going to start with but liked it more as I got into it. Worth persevering with!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2012
Good but not as good as The Vintage Corpse. The Isle of Lewis titles by Peter May are also good
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2014
As usual Peter May produces a stylish thriller with plenty of twists and turns. Some a little contrived but on the whole a thoroughly enjoyable read. May really does know how to write a story and his research into location and winemaking makes this story interesting and informative.
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