I am always looking for new books in the mysteries and thrillers category. I tried this on a whim and am so glad that I did.
This is not the ..Show More »formulaic finding gruesome crime scenes and trying to put together the clues to find the killer. It's a cold case based on some dry bones and scavenger hunt type clues that lead to more bones with more clues. During the process of solving the old crime, there are some new victims and an array of potential perpetrators.
Enzo himself has an interesting professional background and personal life. He is challenged to this seemingly impossible task both intellectually and monetarily. He is urged on and abetted by the (good guy) challenger. However, he is also led astray by the bad guys.
I found this a delightful change in the murder mystery genre. I look forward to listening to all of the other Enzo Files books.
This book was recommended to me by a friend who had read the paper version. It is, however, on of only two Audible books I have had to trash before fi..Show More »nishing. What disappointment!
The initial problem was that the narrator, who would be quite good if he was reading a book about upper-class, stiff-upper-lipped British characters was reading a book in which the hero is half Scot and half Italian and who lives in France.
The accents were most unconvincing even though the narrator seems to pride himself on his pronunciation of French nouns. He no doubt does it well... for an upper-class Englishman.
The writing seemed to me to be trite and, therefore, painful. I had just finished listening to "Diamond Dust" which is well written and well read (British) and then moved to "Stranger in Paradise" (Robert B parker) which also captures the way people might really speak (USA) and the contrast with "The Critic" cause me to review/complain about the latter.
I first read Black House and was totally enthralled with the story and characters so I moved on to the Enzo Files. Peter May is an outstanding writer..Show More ». The story of a Scottish forensic scientist, Enzo MacLeod, working in France engages the reader right from the start. The plot twists and turns, the characters are so real and powerful and do not take secondary roles to the story line, the ending is always a surprise and just as importantly for me, each scene is painted with the skills of a great artist so much so that, at the risk of a cliche, you are at Enzo's elbow.
Finally, the quality and level of enjoyment of an audio book depends greatly on the narrator. I can't imagine Anne Perry's novels without Davina Porter or James Lee Burke without Will Patton. Simon Vance gives an incredible performance as the story-teller. The voices of each character are distinctive and convincing. How delightful to hear the conversation between a Scotsman and a French woman; it is amazing to realize that the voices belong to the same person.
Blacklight Blue, Book 3 is a summer must-read.
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..Show More » 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.