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5.0 out of 5 starsBest of the series; could not put it down
Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2017
Oh My! If this is the end of the Enzo Investigations series, it finished strong. Enzo is back investigating a cold case murder, this time of Lucie whose body was found in a lake when the water level dropped due to prolonged drought. This book is the best in a very fine series, but do not read it if you have not read the previous volumes in the series. You will not understand it or know the significance of events. The continuing characters are all back in this volume and their back stories are crucial to the plot and impact of this story. The continuing characters are a strength of the series and I was glad to have them back in full force. Enzo is an interesting character as a Scotsman who has lived in France for 25 years. He is a specialist in forensic science and teaches at a university near Cahors. The premise of the series is that Enzo made a bet that he could use his knowledge of modern forensic science to solve the cold case murders in a book written by Raffin, a journalist. A lot has happened to Enzo and the continuing characters over the course of the series. These books are all fairly fast paced thrillers. In this book, even more than the others, there comes a point where it would be impossible to stop reading. Female characters have been weak link in the series, but that is not as true in this book. I cannot tell more of the plot or it would spoil everything that leads up to the climax. These are not books that will change the world or your life, but they are entertaining and this volume was terrific. This series is one that we pre-order and compete to see who gets to read it first like the books by Martin Walker, Mark Pryor, Paul Doiron, Elly Griffiths, and a few others. The entertainment value justifies the purchase price. We will be sorry if this is the end of the series.
The long awaited ending to Peter May's 'Enzo Files' series! I purchased the earlier books in this series several years ago and waited patiently to find out who-done-it while Peter gave us a number of other satisfying mysteries such as the Lewis Trilogy and Coffin Road. All the while, I thought I knew who the ultimate culprit would be in this series and I formulated my own theory for why he did it. Turns out I was dead wrong! No one but Peter May could have wrapped up this series with such heart-pounding action, plot twists and a satisfying conclusion. If you are tempted to purchase this book, please do yourself a favor and begin at the beginning of the series with Extraordinary People. Now that I have read Cast Iron, I plan to go back to the beginning myself and take that wild ride all over again. Thanks, Peter, for another great mystery!
This is the last of Peter May's Enzo Macleod investigations and I consider it the most satisfying of the five book series. It continues with known characters from prior books and an equally compelling murder investigation but brings an appealing closure to the story of the recurring characters' narratives as well as Macleod's current and final? case. All of May's novels are rich and compelling reads and are finally being made available by American publishers so we no longer must buy them from the UK or Europe. May has proven to be one of my favorite and most satisfying authors and I highly recommend his standalone novels as well as his multiple series which can be read as standalone stories as well.
This one was a cracker. Nicely plotted, well written & the characters as good as ever. Although I did suss out who was behind it all, I didn`t want to finish this book as i knew it was the last Enzo book & I have enjoyed them all. Whats next Peter May because I`m feeling a bit bereft now
3.0 out of 5 starsThe plot was complex with some nice climatic surprises
Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2018
The plot was complex with some nice climatic surprises. The final chapter, in attempting to wind up the series, was forced, a bit boring, and decidedly out-of-character sweet. The penultimate chapter entirely dropped the hero's younger daughter and her husband (who played a major role in the plot) without mention. Where was the editor when needed? "Yeah, I think you should rework the endings before we go to press on this one..."
This is by far the best of the SW France novels by Peter May. I assume he wrote these as an adjunct to his life there. The first three were dreadful, the last two better. His Lewis Trilogy (plus one) is wonderful, and I fully recommend it. May is a talented writer, and the occasional lapses are well worth it.
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2017
I have enjoyed every book in this series as well as many of Peter May’s other novels. I think what I enjoy the most is the fact that you actually can make an educated guess at the outcome without detracting from the suspense of the plot. I would recommend this book and The Enzo Series to anyone who enjoys a god, complicated plot. The only bad thing I could say is that I hated to see it end.
3.0 out of 5 starsThe Enzo files finally concludes
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2018
I'm a fan of Peter May but this is my least favorite of his books, the Enzo file ends on a down note I'm afraid. Too much repetition of previous plot lines and predictable 'coruscations' etc. I am now looking forward to the Scottish islands again!
I have loved every minute of the Enzo Files and I am bereft that I am at the end. How I would love to see this televised. Peter May has long been one of my favourite authors, The Blackhouse remains a classic that few can surpass. The final outing with Enzo sees him on the trail of another cold case, a girls body found in a lake and doubt as to who the real killer is. Enzo's love life is as tangled as ever, family life has its shocks and surprises and then the final twist where we learn everything we needed to know from following the enigmatic Mr Macleod. I must say I had my thoughts but on this one Peter did surprise me. The mark of this series is that I will read them again in the future. Four and a half stars for me. The Blackhouse set the bench mark at a perfect five and remains at the top. Well worth reading this series.
5.0 out of 5 starsFabulous ending to the Enzo MacLeod series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 3, 2020
Having read the rest of the Enzo Macleod series I had high expectations for the final book. They were surpassed and then some. Cast Iron is a fantastic novel in its own right with all the characters that you have come to know through the earlier books but Peter May accelerates the tension, the pace and excitement ten fold in this fabulous climax to Enzo's challenge. I hear that Enzo may be coming back in the future and I look forward to reading about him again
Personally, I like what Peter May writes. Thrillers, I suppose, but always with a sense of the probable about them; nothing too far-fetched, and believable characters acting believably in believable situations. This one's a wee touch out on the believable margins though - This Enzo geezer has already solved 5 cases the police couldn't close, and he seems to have had a wide array of wives and a fair brood of weans o' varying ages and nationalities. The Enzo "collection" would probably make a half decent 9pm Mondays TV series.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2017
Having read the previous books in this series, I couldn't wait to read the grand finale. This book didn't disappoint. It kept me guessing to the end. I'm only sorry that it's the last in this series because it wanted it to go on and on. Maybe Peter May could bring him back in another stand-alone book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 22, 2017
Really good read the only downside being that its the last in the series. I hope that a series will start shortly and be as entertaining as the last two, i.e.. this one and the Lewis trilogy. I really enjoy Peter Mays writing and look forward to lots more in the near future.