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on 9 February 2016
This book is slightly different to the first three Enzo stories because he is almost entirely on his own. His on/off girlfriend pays him a visit - she Has News - but mostly it's Enzon on the Island.
The (fictional?) Breton island is brought to life with great colour, both landscape and people are described with skill.
But - and it's a big But - there is a real problem with the plot. In three prequel scenes, we know that the victim has left a clue in his study. When Enzo arrives 20 years later, he sees the clues scattered around on Post-It notes (so you can't miss them). He then spends 60% of the novel ignoring the clues completely and chasing off on a wild goose chase. When he does start thinking, he solves it very quickly - so not too difficult then. Because the reader knows he's barking up the wrong tree, a lot of the book is frustrating, spent waiting for Enzo to get with the programme.
This could be a very good novel, but the flaws take too much out of it.
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on 18 September 2014
Another fascinating Enzo book ! Have already downloaded the next one , Blowback, and can't wait to start it, but the only thing is that it's the last of the series for the moment! The setting of Freeze Frame this time mainly on the small Breton Island was fascinatingly different from previous , but the book worked well for me on so many levels. May researches so thoroughly that you are really drawn into the layers and there is so much to work over and 'chew on' when you put your book down for a while during the course of your reading. Once again I was also not disappointed with the time devoted to Enzo's personal , romantic dilemmas, but May never makes the mistake of over doing this aspect of his work ; on the contrary it is always seemless and essential to understanding how Enzo's mind works. Ending is never overdone, and you are left with plenty to think on and ponder. A very satisfying book. Will be so disappointed when this series ends! ( I've read that there is to be one more after Blowback! I hope he finds more cold cases to work on!)
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on 11 November 2015
Enzo Macleod is back to breaking down clues frozen in time a promise made over the telephone.
Peter mays fascination with islands is explored on an island in Brittany, France.
Where the locals and and the past hide a secret that is part of historical events and chance encounters, that have deadly consequences for the few that know or figure it out.
A deduction and puzzles story, that takes Enzo to the edge, and a widow that leads him astray as expected, poor Enzo he can not help it, but his philandering is catching up to him.
Good entertainment even if you just let him figure out the puzzles, while you enjoy the story.
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on 18 July 2015
A Guardian correspondent said he would follow Peter May to the ends of the earth.........well I would be there with him! His writing is nothing short of superb. His descriptions are wonderful...almost poetic , the characters are great and the stories gripping. My only problem is that the stories make you want to read quickly and you have to stop yourself so that you do not miss the wonderful descriptions! If you haven't discovered Peter May yet.........start now! The Enzo Files series starts with Extraordinary People and it's best to read them in sequence so that you get to know the characters as they build.
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on 29 September 2013
Having now read all the Enzo books and feel bereft that there don't appear to be any more - I followed all the books on a large road map and appreciated finding the set places. Like the Hebrides trilogy the Enzo books are so evocative of the places and scenery. When is the next one coming out - Peter May's brief appearance at the Edinburgh Book Festival was sold out straight away when is coming back to Scotland? - listening to him on Radio Scotland was good but would prefer to actually see and hear him in person. Wonderful Author and sounding so Scottish - thankyou for the happy hours of reading. Alison
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on 5 June 2015
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.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 29 August 2014
This is more like it. With the action taking place predominantly on an island off the Breton coast the parallels with the Lewis trilogy are there to be drawn. The claustrophobic island atmosphere is beautifully described and the sense of place is palpable. I think that confining the action to one location allows the author more scope to describe place and character which assists to create the dark mood that presides over what is a very decent whodunit. Great stuff.
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on 3 December 2017
Peter may is one of my favourite authors..thoroughly enjoyed lewis trilogy...this series has got better book by book..eah book is completely different with a fine collection of characters..looking forward to reading last of the series...then onto china series
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on 23 July 2015
I wasn't drawn to the the Enzo Maclead series like I was to the Black House etc. but much to my surprise enjoyed this book, althoug I don't like Enzo very much - how could he just abandon his wife and child when he found his "soul mate" and then expect his daughter to want a relationship with him. Apart from that the story was very good follow up to Extraordinary People, and I expect I will get the next Cold Case story featuring him.
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on 20 September 2016
I really enjoy these books, the storyline brings you in and it is fun trying too solve them. Most things are quite involved and not always easy to get to solve. The only easy thing to work out is that Enzo is going to bed at least one person if not more in each book!!!
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