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Extraordinary People: A stunning cold-case mystery from the bestselling author of The Lewis Trilogy (The Enzo Files Book 1)

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The lead character, a supposed genius with credentials as a forensic scientist-- acts like an idiotic buffoon. Enzo, our sleuth, an ex-pat Scotsman living and teaching in France, has wagered that he could solve a cold case crime. The stained glass rises all around, its colours turned to black by the dead light of the nearly full moon. The police have been trying for the last ten years to solve this mystery and are none too impressed with Enzo’s discovery. Enzo Macleod is determined to see if he can succeed where others have failed and, as a result of a possibly rather ill-advised bet, he has 2,000 Euros he can’t afford to lose riding on the outcome.

And as he rises and turns, the last thing he sees at the far end of the nave, before red turns to black, is a sign commanding him to SILENCE. The neighbouring chapel has been given over to noticeboards pasted with announcements that he will never read. Enzo finds that beneath the tranquil facade of French viticulture lurks back-stabbing community riddled with rivalry - and someone who is ready to stop him even if they have to kill again.Having wagered that old murder cases could be solved using modern science, forensics expert Enzo Macleod must tackle the ‘cold’ case of Jacques Gaillard – but finds himself in danger when the investigation leads deep into the catacombs below Paris. By pure coincidence Enzo’s Scottish daughter is now living in Paris but she has made it perfectly clear that she wants nothing to do with her father or her half sister. With buried body parts, cryptic clues and a chase around the French countryside, the book is a slightly odd mix of police procedural and Dan Brown-style conspiracy thriller.

Fourteen years later, during a summer heatwave, a drought exposed her remains - bleached bones amid the scorched mud and slime. This is not intended to be a full statement of all your rights under the Distance Selling Regulations. She is the most recent lover of his fellow investigator Raffin, which provides added tension to an already frayed relationship. The main character, Enzo, has already enjoyed an amazing life with two daughters by different mothers, a divorced wife, a dead mistress and a drastic career change resulting in moving to another country.He grew up in Scotland, son of an Italian mother and a Scottish father and had a successful career as a Forensic Scientist with a wife and young daughter. The thought of his two daughters meeting and becoming best friends proves to be more difficult than he could have imagined. These clues are in the form of physical riddles left by the killer for reasons which do not become clear until the crime is solved. It is still a good read, it is still four stars, but it was not as mind blowing as the Lewis Trilogy or quite as enjoyable as Entry Island.

it wouldn’t do any harm at all if you applied your very particular talents to unraveling a few more of those unsolved cases…. The quest will enable Macleod to put to use his background as a forensic scientist and apply modern techniques in assessing the evidence, such as it is.

Deep in the catacombs below the city, he unearths dark clues deliberately set - and as he draws closer to the killer, discovers that he is to be the next victim.

If you have never read one of his books before I would suggest starting with the Lewis Trilogy, but make sure you come back to this one. Peter May’s Lewis Trilogy was one of my first crime loves and is still one of my favourite crime series. There is a lot by way of coincidence, with things being stretched too far at times, yet you are pulled in.The investigative journalist Roger Raffin is the one who has tempted him, with a sizable bet, to brush off the dust from this old case and apply his special skills to finding out the truth. Without revealing the plot, it is has some of the best aspects of the tradition “cozy” mystery salted with bits of puzzles, romance and sexual situations for entertainment.

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