An unidentified corpse is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. News of the discovery soon reaches Fin Macleod. However, since swapping his life in Edinburgh for a quiet existence on Lewis, such mysteries are no longer a concern for the former Detective Inspector. Or so he thought. The sequel to the Blackhouse which was selected for the WH Smith Richard and Judy Bookclub, and the second book in the Lewis triology.
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I've been a fan of Peter May's Enzo series, but never listened to one. I was delighted to see a new series and downloaded Lewis Man because the first in the series was abridged (why??).
This is a fantastic listen. The reader has a Scottish brogue, just enough to fit the characters, and his reading is seamless and clever. The mystery itself sounds like a conventional body in the bog, but it is anything but. Sad stories abound, but the characters are more than the troubled pasts they reveal. And the descriptions of the Hebrides makes me think that despite the rain and fog, it's my next vacation destination!
Can't recommend highly enough!
The Lewis Man is the second book in a trilogy and is every bit as entertaining as the first. There is no real benefit to reading them in order except for a few details but I love to follow characters. Peter Forbes is wonderful. The Isle of Lewis is definitely on my travel wish list.
I don't normally go in for reviewing stuff online, but feel compelled in this instance. Peter May's evocative character portraits and empathetic storytelling, coupled with Peter Forbes' gentle and thoughtful interpretation of it, make this the finest book I have ever listened to.
An old man with dementia is my new literary hero!
The wonderful reader; each character was so real
The writer tells the tale through two different people. Fin who is trying to solve the mystery with no knowledge of the past. And Tormod MacDonald who is losing his memory to dementia. The story is told in two parts cleverly intertwined. Fin's investigation and Tormod's tale of the past through his erratic and emotional memory . It is incredibly moving - you are part of this person's deterioration but you are also so aware of his life and all that he felt as a young man. Peter May has nailed this and I wonder if he has had some personal experience of the disease.
Each character he portrays is believable and I was particularly impressed with his rendition of Tormod - he was a confused old man. It was an excellent performance
Where you fill feel compassion for a murderous past......
You will see and almost smell the places May describes and you will be transported to the Islands he writes about - read it.
I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.
The second of the The Lewis Trilogy. The third story The Chessmen will be out in a couple of months. Must be enjoyed in order.
Peter Forbes read of this Peter May book is "superb". The pronunciation of the very difficult Gaelic words throughout the book are delivered perfectly. His performance makes this complex story line live.
"Another excellent book set in the Hebrides"
Great narration. It's a thriller but Landscape is the star brilliantly described. Interesting background to the story which is never heard of. Stand alone story but best if read 1st to understand some of the references.
"Great story beautifully told"
Performance was splendid and pulled you into the story. Different voices for the various characters makes it easy to follow along. Story was laid out beautifully, jumping between past and present, dishing out the background information at the right time and amount.
"The Two Peters; An Excellent Combination"
Peter May is an excellent author who writes with sensitivity and compassion, as exemplified by his sympathetic portrayal of a man with dementia in this story. His writing is enhanced by the superb narration of Peter Forbes who captures each character perfectly.
It's an intriguing story which slowly unravels with the help of the central and highly credible character, Fin
As with his previews works, this is more than just a murder mystery;it invites you into the culture of the islands,and to an understanding of dementia and child abuse with humanity and empathy.
"Simply a wonderful book."
Poignant in its description of the character who suffers from dementia. Beautiful descriptions of the Outer Hebridean islands. An excellent storyline, well written and narrated perfectly. I whole heartedly recommend this book.
"Weaker than the first novel of the series"
Didn't enjoy the story as much as the first book in the series. It was a little disjointed (deliberately I think) in the first half and ended up feeling very rushed in the last quarter as the author seemed to know where he wanted to end up and suddenly had to introduce many short cuts to get there as rapidly as possible.
Still a worthwhile read and a nice progression of the main character's story.
"A powerful story beautifully told"
At one point I thought I'd be giving this story 4 stars but that would have been very unfair. The story is told as a present day investigation and flashbacks of memory to a young persons life which was really grim and cheerless. I found myself longing for those passages to end and a return to the present day. But having completed the book now I think it was superb. The story is beautifully crafted, the characters completely believable and the atmosphere of the island existence, past and present is revealed in sharp focus. I must congratulate the narrator - his voicing of the parts was excellent and he brought the story to life. I especially loved his voicing of the old man. Highly recommended if you like a good whodunnit and don't mind it being a bit grim at times
Another great story. Can't wait to read the third installment. Love all his books. Fab
"My favourite yet"
I think this is my favourite audio book so far. Beautiful read and an engrossing story.
Read this book after finishing The Black House. So pleased to have come across Peter May's books. He writes like no one I've ever read before. looking forward to reading The Chess Men next.
I think this is the best of the Peter May books - the way he captures the mind of someone suffering with dementia is amazing
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