A while back, I posted a list of books I’d recently added to my TBR. One of them, A Siege of Bitterns, I’d happened upon from one of our partner publishers, Dundurn, while perusing the books on offer at Talewind Books. I finally picked it up a few weeks ago and, friends, I’ve already read the second and third (still unpublished books, A Pitying of Doves and A Cast of Falcons. I LOVE THESE BOOKS.
Unlike a lot of modern murder mysteries, these books are low on blood and gore. They remind a lot of Dick Francis mysteries I used to read as a kid, where all the murders centered around an equestrian theme.
Being a lover of birds myself, I’ve not only enjoyed the characters of Inspector Jejeune and Detective Maik, but also the descriptions of the birds. The pages are littered with exhaltations of larks, pityings of doves, and parliaments of owls. The characters are intelligent, thoughtful, imperfect. They have the same human struggles as you, but at the same time they brilliantly solve crimes. I ask you: what could be better?!
These are books that not only have I enjoyed, but I think my father would enjoy, my friends. They would make a great gift for that person whose reading taste you aren’t completely sure of. They are light, but also intelligent. In short, everyone should read them.
I’m ready for Book 4. Steve Burrows – what happens next?