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Freeze Frame (2010)

von Peter May

Reihen: Enzo Files (4)

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Forensics ace Enzo Macleod, a Scot who's been in France for many years, has rashly boasted he could solve seven classic cold cases written up in a best-selling book. He successfully solved the first three and now is facing the fourth. A promise made to a dying man leads Macleod to the man's study, which has been preserved for nearly twenty years by his heir. The dead man had left several clues there designed to reveal his killer's identity to his son, but, ironically, the son died soon after the father. The case takes Enzo to a tiny island off the coast of Brittany in France, where he must confront the hostility of locals who have no desire to see the infamous murder back in the headlines. An attractive widow, a man charged but acquitted of the murder, a crime scene frozen in time, and a collection of impenetrable messages make this one of Macleod's most difficult cases.… (mehr)
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My husband gave me this book 2 years ago for my birthday because I really liked Peter May's Lewis Man trilogy. He didn't realize this was the fourth book in a series when he bought it but he agreed with me that I should probably read the previous books before I delved into this one. So that's why it has taken me 2 years to get to reading this birthday gift but I am glad I did because I know lots more about the main character, Enzo Macleod, than was covered in this book and it's those little details that add to the pleasure of reading a series.

Enzo is off to an island in the Bay of Biscay off the coast of Brittany to try to solve another cold case from a book written by a journalist. This case is pretty cold as it occurred twenty years ago. However, since the victim urged his son's wife just before he was shot to leave his study just as it was until his son could get home from Africa and solve the clues, nothing has been touched because the son was accidentally killed in Africa just after his father was murdered. The victim was an amateur entomologist; we know from the beginning of the book that he obtained a sample of blood from the person he thought would kill him by having a mosquito bite the killer and then the mosquito was smashed on the pages of a book. Will Enzo find that clue and decipher all the rest or will he get sidetracked by the man everyone on the island thinks committed the murder? I had to keep reading in order to find out. Enzo is also contending with some women problems. His on and off Paris girlfriend wants to talk to him and the daughter-in-law of the murder victim is giving him unmistakeable hints that she would like to join him in bed. Wherever Enzo goes he seems to find lovely and smart women wanting to sleep with him. Quelle probleme! ( )
  gypsysmom | Nov 17, 2020 |
Another very readable and puzzling cold case taken on by Enzo Macleod. Who killed an Englishman on a small island off of Brittany 20 years before, and why? A man has been acquitted, but the clannish villagers still believe he did it. It's up to Enzo to find the killer and the motive. He does not believe the original suspect did it. The victim was an amateur etymologist, who left enigmatic clues for his son--to what? Or whom? The son has passed away. Very clever mystery and fascinating detective and forensic work. The author is one of my favorite mystery writers.

Highly recommended. ( )
  janerawoof | Feb 24, 2019 |
I have read numbers 1, 3 and now 4 in this series. This one had a fantastic ending with an unexpected twist that raised it to nearly the same level as the other two I read. The only negative was that the first 3/4 of the book was a bit slow paced and there was a lot of time when nothing much happened, partly because Enzo was on a wild goose chase at first and it wasn't until the last 25% of the book when he finally got on the right track. The pace picked up then with an exciting ending, worth reading even though the pace and suspense didn't really arrive until later in the book. ( )
  MitchMcCrimmon | Apr 27, 2018 |
This is the fourth instalment in Peter May's 'Enzo Files' series in which expatriate Scot Enzo Macleod attempts to solve infamous 'cold cases' that have, hitherto, baffled the French authorities. In this case, the victim had been Adam Killian, a Englishman who had lived in Brittany on the Ile de Groix, a small, close-knit community, until his murder twenty years ago. He had known that he was about to be murdered and had phoned his daughter in law. Sadly she was not there, but he had left a frenzied message on her answering machine to explain that he thought he was about to be killed, and that he had left clues in his in his study which Peter, (his son, her husband) would immediately understand.

His son was never able to investigate the murder because he himself died in a freak (and totally unconnected) car crash before he could return home. Jane, Peter's wife, had, however, left her father in law's study unchanged from that fateful night. Enzo is, therefore, able to make a fairly sound start in his investigations.

There had been a clear suspect at the time, who had been tried but subsequently acquitted, though this was popularly believed to be a consequence of an amateurish prosecution rather than that he was genuinely innocent. This suspect is still living on the small island where he is widely reviled. Enzo is disappointed to find that his arrival on the island is expected - Jane had, injudiciously, mentioned his imminent investigation to a number of people on the island, and it had featured on the front page of the local newspaper. As a consequence, Enzo finds himself being challenged, and threatened, by the prime suspect before he has even made it to the Killian household.

May develops the plot very adeptly. The basic scenario may stretch plausibility, but the investigation itself is developed very adroitly. Enzo is more empathetic in this novel than in some of its predecessors. All in all, a well-developed and engrossing thriller. ( )
  Eyejaybee | May 3, 2015 |
really enjoy the enzo mccloud stories. ( )
  magentaflake | Jan 7, 2013 |
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Forensics ace Enzo Macleod, a Scot who's been in France for many years, has rashly boasted he could solve seven classic cold cases written up in a best-selling book. He successfully solved the first three and now is facing the fourth. A promise made to a dying man leads Macleod to the man's study, which has been preserved for nearly twenty years by his heir. The dead man had left several clues there designed to reveal his killer's identity to his son, but, ironically, the son died soon after the father. The case takes Enzo to a tiny island off the coast of Brittany in France, where he must confront the hostility of locals who have no desire to see the infamous murder back in the headlines. An attractive widow, a man charged but acquitted of the murder, a crime scene frozen in time, and a collection of impenetrable messages make this one of Macleod's most difficult cases.

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