What I’m reading now: The Enzo Macleod Mysteries

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When I travel, I like to visit the local bookstores. I’ve found some great stuff in UK bookstores that I’d never find in the US. This past summer, I came across a mystery series written about a Scottish forensic biologist, Enzo Macleod. The author’s name is Peter May. I bought the first two in the series.

I hadn’t gotten around to reading the first one – Extraordinary People – until now. I was disappointed to find that the books don’t actually take place in Scotland, but in France. Enzo Macleod has moved to France and is teaching at a university. It’s not that I don’t like books set in France. I just like books set in Scotland better. 😀

But other than that, it was terrific. Macleod has bet some local officials that he can use new forensic techniques to solve old crimes. A reporter has published a book about the seven most famous unsolved murders in France, and the bet is that Macleod can solve them. The first unsolved murder was of a well-known political figure and TV personality. At least, it’s assumed he was murdered – the body was never found. Macleod’s quest takes him all over France, and the story kept me guessing until the end.

I’m about to begin the second in the series, The Critic. The victim in this case was a wine critic. That’s all I know so far.

If you enjoy a well-plotted mystery with well-drawn characters, regardless of where it takes place, you’ll enjoy these.

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5 responses to “What I’m reading now: The Enzo Macleod Mysteries

  1. Sharon Cox

    As I’m always on the lookout for good mysteries I checked these out and will be buying them. However, have you checked out his Lewis Trilogy? The main character is from Edinburgh and is set in the Outer Hebrides I think. The series could be set in Scotland but I have to investigate further.

    • Sharon Cox

      I should learn to edit – book one is possibly in the Outer Hebrides. I don’t know about the other 2 books in the series.

  2. Oh, those sound good. I saw that series listed at the start of the book and wondered if it was set on the island of Lewis. I’ll have to check them out.

  3. Sharon Cox

    I’ll shut up after this but another author suggestion is Ann Cleeves. She writes a series set in the Shetland Islands. Book 1 is Raven Black and there are a total of 6 books in the series. The books have also been made into a tv series called Shetland. I’ve just been watching series 1 as I own the disks. Series 4 will be shown later this year.

  4. Oh yes, I have read the first four books of that series, I think. I agree, definitely a recommendation!

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