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A Tiding of MagpiesThe threads in a very articular way It may take some "time to get familiar with his style I admit to have had a bit of trouble staying focused with A Tiding "to get familiar with his style I admit to have had a bit of trouble staying focused with A Tiding Magpies and by the end this story never truly gelled To enjoy this book and series at its maximum I highly suggest reading the revious installments in order first I have yet to read book "2 and 3 and I must say I missed out and was "and 3 and I must say I missed out and was bit lost at time not to have done so This is the main reason I did not enjoy the story to the max The author barely goes back in time so you are left outThis latest continues the saga in Detective Chief Inspector Jejeune when his most celebrated case is suddenly reopened and his long buried secrets threaten to come to light Skillfully written neatly constructed olice Sugar in the Social Life of Medieval Islam procedural and a mystery centered on an inexplicably confounding murder of a young man At the same time his girlfriend Lindy faces threat of her own and Jejeune needs to go all out torotect herThis is one convoluted mystery that unfolds through the eyes of a bird loving Canadian detective extraordinaire He is still unenthusiastic about his work but solving uzzles is his forte and Jejeune this smart detective will get his man at any costor will heI have mixed feelings about this book my fault I should have read the installments I missed no excuses I have them in hands and I should definitely have read them sooner I felt lost at times and often uestioned where things came from although I finally understood where all of this was going Slow in acing this story trots along like a tired but stubborn old mule and like the mule needs a good ush and less fuss The characterization is good but trying to remember where they fit in is a challenge some are recurring layers The lot is interesting suspenseful in its own way and has some surprises some are recurring layers The Eumenes of Cardia: A Greek Among Macedonians plot is interesting suspenseful in its own way and has some surprises twist things around Creating a captivating story around birds is an enterprise not all can master and weaving it into an entertaining mystery is a feat in itself Mr Burrows does hold up as an expert in both This book may not have been myreferred by this author but I am not giving up on himoh yes I will catch up before the next installment comes outI received this ARC for review by the The Battle of Borodino: Napoleon Against Kutuzov publisher Dundurncom via NetGalleys I ve got to hand it to Mr Burrows each of his books seem to be better than therevious one His writing reminds me a lot of Louise Penny and her Inspector Gamache series with added birding details Both authors may allow their detective to solve the issue of each book but there is an overarching story line about the main characters that keeps the reader anxious to read the next installment Interestingly both men. N his own that have caused him to uestion his DCI's actions both Religion in the Ancient Greek City past andresent In the current case and in the former one the facts seem clear enough But often the most insidious lies hide behind the most honest seeming trut. ,
This is book 5 in the Birder Murder Mysteries series I must admit that I m always fearful to read books in a series especially when I haven t read the The Polemical Works of Al Al- Abar previous books Occasionally books can stand on their own and you don t really need to have read therevious books Unfortunately that was not "THE CASE WITH THIS NOVEL WHAT FIRST ATTRACTED ME "case with this novel What first attracted me this book was the fact that I m also a bird watcher and I thought it would be cool to read a mystery that brought together both of my A Companion to Vittoria Colonna passions The book starts with Detective Chief Inspector Domenic Jejeune working together with Sergeant Danny Maik to resolve a murder of a young man in a Polish community in Canada Theositive aspects of this book are the fact that the mystery starts off strong and really icks up midway through the book The extensive descriptions of birds and I articularly enjoyed the explanation on Eurasian magpies Unfortunately the fact that most of the important characters had been introduced in revious books really made understanding and even sympathizing with them extremely difficult to me Jejeune seemed flat and unrealistic as a character
I spent most of the trying to understand the references to events from revious books It is almost unfair to roperly rate a book that I could have enjoyed better had I read at least one of the revious books My advice is to read the other books in the series to get a better appreciation for this novel I d like to thank NetGalley for roviding me with a free early copy of this book in exchange for my honest review This is a good olice detective novel It s the 5th in the birder murder mystery series featuring DCI Domenic JeJeune and is set in on the east coast of England north of London Jejeune is off to a fresh start in his Reduced Laughter: Seriocomic Features and Their Functions in the Book of Kings police career as a result of events in therevious books in the series He is resented with a new murder case when a burned body of a man is found at a construction site At the same time he is dealing with a formal review of one of his early cases which involved the kidnapping of Britain s Home Secretary s daughter and her boyfriend In addition there are some legacy issues from earlier books in the series eg his girlfriend s life is threatened by the mysterious Ray Hayes who really wants revenge against JejeuneDespite a slow start it s a busy action filled novel with "All Of The Several " of the several laying out at or less the same time Some of the activity narrative and characters will make sense to those who have read the series other books This is the first of the series I read and I learned that I missed some of the nuances To avoid that I d strongly recommend reading the revious birder. When his most celebrated case is suddenly reopened Detective Chief Inspector Jejeune's long buried secrets threaten to come to light Meanwhile his girlfriend Lindy faces an unseen threat of her own one which Jejeune may not be. Murder mysteries before starting this one Outstanding for me is the cast of supporting characters Sgt Danny Maik and Constable Holland are great recurring characters Maik is definite star material and Holland lays the class clown The erfectionist medical examiner "Dr Mansfield Jones and the super intelligent Empowered Investigator Constable Des Gill who abruptly disappears from the "Mansfield Jones and the super intelligent Empowered Investigator Constable Des Gill who abruptly disappears from the add colour to the story Several other characters sprinkled throughout the book like the Polish count make for interesting colour too On the other hand Polish count make for interesting colour too On the other hand is a bit of an enigma we are told that he s a whiz kid but there s little demonstration of his superior abilities Lindy Hey s character is really under developed and it s difficult to see any spark between her and Jejeune Perhaps that was dealt with in earlier books before this oneThe ending is total melodrama although it brings the novel to a soft landing The stage is set for the next birder murder mystery there s lenty of scope to move the series along in new directions if the author chooses to do soFinally there s clever use of the birding theme throughout the story The magpie s role in the kidnapping story is interesting and the government sponsored bounty hunting of the ducks is bittersweet The birding is the educational ortion of the story and rovides local colour In the final analysis this is an enjoyable read although it s a challenge to follow the story at times It s heavy on lot with some weakness on character development RecommendedThanks to the ublisher and Netgalley for a review copy of this book The views expressed above are my own I used to really like this series but lately I wonder if I have read one too many I am beginning to weary of Jejeune the detective and rotagonist I am weary of his silences and of his Frںuhzeit Des Ostslaventums propensity to disengage from others for the slightest reason I enjoy the descriptions of Norfolk alace I have always wanted to visit and though I am not and Forbidden Knowledge probably never will be a birdwatcher I admire the breadth of knowledge Steve Burrows has about our feathered friends However I think Jejeune should uitolicing and just become a monk He s never going to marry his longsuffering girlfriend anyway His fugitive brother and Danny Maik are far interesting men And Holland should be up on harassment charges Still a good mystery series but glacial in Whose Life Is It Anyway?: Living through your 20s on your own terms pace and devoid ofizzazzJejeune should be a bit jejeune if you ask me Book 5 in the Birder Murder MysteryNo doubts reading this book you will soon see how the author s The Rumsfeld Way: The Leadership Wisdom of a Battle-Hardened Maverick passion for birds is the driving force throughout the mystery Mr Burrows knows how to spin a very intricate web of intrigue and weave. Able torotect her from Between fending off inuiries from the internal review and an open murder case to solve than ever Jejeune will have to rely on the help of the stalwart Sergeant Danny Maik But Maik is learning things