A promise made to a dying man leads forensics ace Enzo Macleod (a Scot who's been teaching in France for many years) to the study—a place the man's heir has preserved for nearly 20 years. The dead man left several clues there designed to reveal his killer's identity to the man's son, but ironically the son died soon after the father.
So begins the fourth of the seven cold cases written up in a best-selling book by Parisian journalist Roger Raffin that Enzo rashly boasted he could solve (he's been successful with the first three).
The case takes Enzo to a tiny island off the coast of Brittany in France, where he must confront the hostility of locals who have no desire to see the infamous murder back in the headlines. An attractive widow, a man charged but acquitted of the murder—but still the viable suspect, a crime scene frozen in time, a dangerous hell hole by the cliffs, and a collection of impenetrable messages make this one of Enzo's most difficult cases.
©2010 Peter May (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Some cases are better left swept under the rug…
“Excellent….With its intricate plot, compelling characters, and bombshell denouement, this unsettling Enzo Files installment is a must-read.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
“The author of the much acclaimed China Thrillers surpasses himself here in misdirection, placing clues in plain sight and leaving the reader anticipating the fifth entry in this outstanding series.” (Library Journal)
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Unlike previous installments, Enzo is on his own to solve this next cold case from Raffin’s book. He goes to an isolated community that is not pleased with their notorious murder being rehashed. In fact, the inhabitants “know” who killed the victim. Unfortunately he was tried and acquitted long ago. The crime scene has not been disturbed for 20 years. The clues, left by the victim for his son (that died before he saw them), are yet to be decoded. Enzo must make sense of the clues, untangle changed identities, endure the uncooperative locals, and juggle a new female attraction with the reappearance of Charlotte. He does succeed in finding the true killer, but not before another local is murdered.
This was an enjoyable listen. It’s somewhat linear and predictable, but it did hold my interest until the end.
Simon Vance is always an excellent narrator.
It is in the top 15% of books that I have listened to.
It is not a cliff hanger but the plot moves and you do want to keep listening!
All of his performances that I have listened to are excellent. He is one of my favorite readers.
I would have if I could have.
I love the way Peter May combines mysteries with his love and knowledge of France. It is the next best thing to being there!
I really enjoy the characters in this series and all the books read well. But this one, Freeze Frame, is the most beautiful. The story captured my attention with some little clues in the beginning that fooled me into thinking I knew what was going to happen. Surprise! I was wrong. But best of all is May's ability to put me on that gorgeous island. I could visualize the ocean and villages and the houses. It makes me really want to visit there.
Simon Vance does he usual great job on the reading.
Love the Enzo books. Characters that you can relate to and care about.Very well written and love Simon Vance.
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