I gave the fourth book in this series A Shimmer of Hummingbirds a 5 star rating so I was a bit disappointed to find that the main characters in A Tiding of Magpies were back to being rather too filled up with angst and anguish for my taste sigh I will likely read book 6 though as I hope the drastic cliff hanger at the end is resolved I used to really like this series but lately I wonder if I have read one too many I am beginning to weary of Jejeune the detective and protagonist I am weary of his silences and of his propensity to disengage from others for the slightest reason I enjoy the descriptions of Norfolk a place I have always wanted to visit and though I am not and probably never will be a birdwatcher I admire the breadth of knowledge Steve Burrows has about our feathered friends However I think Jejeune should uit policing and just become
"a monk he "monk He never going to marry his longsuffering girlfriend anyway His fugitive brother and Danny Maik are far interesting men And Holland should be up on harassment charges Still a good mystery series but glacial in pace and devoid of pizzazzJejeune should be a bit jejeune if ou ask me Originally published on my blog Nonstop Reader A Tiding of Magpies is the 5th book in the Birder Murder mystery series by Steve Burrows Released 6 Sept 2018 by Oneworld it s 384 pages and available in paperback ebook and audio formatsThis book "and the series in general are built up gradually There s a lot of nuance with the returning characters "the series in general are built up gradually There s a lot of nuance with the returning characters the setting and plot There s a fair bit of background which isn t really reviewed but isn t absolutely necessary to enjoy the book The hook of the series is that the main character an expat Canadian police inspector living and working in ruralish England is an enthusiastic birder and environmentalist and it s fascinating how the author manages to entertwine all the disparate threads into a cohesive whole I also appreciated the fact that the book wasn t strident or preachy This series is definitely not a thrill a minute roller coaster It s sedate I didn t find it slow at all just steady It is on the long side for a procedural but that allowed the author some leeway with development and plottingThe entry point in this book for Jejune and co is a call to investigate a grisly burned corpse I didn t find the descriptions overly graphic They are somewhat clinical but there s not anything objectionable that would offend the average modern murder mysteryprocedural readerAll in all this is a methodically and thoughtfully well written series and I enjoyed this book as "well as the previous ones I wouldn t recommend reading this particular entry " as the previous ones I wouldn t recommend reading this particular entry a standalone though it certainly is understandable by itself and the characters are well drawn and understandable enough that readers won t miss much of the plot if they ve not read the earlier booksDefinitely would recommend this one to English procedural loversFour starsDisclosure I received an ARC at no cost from the authorpublisher for review purposes I ve got to hand it to Mr Burrows each of his books seem to be better than the previous one His writing reminds me a lot of Louise Penny and her Inspector Gamache series with added birding details Both authors may allow their detective to solve the issue of each book but there is an overarching story line about the main characters that keeps the reader anxious to read the next installment Interestingly both men face uestions about their professional integrity and they tackle these issues in similar fashion by uietly working behind the scenesI m up to date now and very ready for A Dance of Cranes to be released later this month and I m number 3 on my library s hold list so that s good I ll be waiting to see if Dominic JeJeune can sort out the predicament that he s got himself into now through his own wish to withhold information from LindyIt seems to me that Burrows is enjoying the BritishCanadian interplay and the details of the two countries that he has considered home And every time I read one of these books I want to return to Norfolk it s been When his most celebrated case is suddenly reopened Detective Chief Inspector Jejeune's long buried secrets threaten to come to light Meanwhile his girlfriend Lindy faces an unseen threat of her own one which Jejeune may not be. ,
0 ears since I first visited there and I m due for a return one of these days Note I read this as an ARC from Dundurn who is also my publisher I don t write mysteries but Canadian nonfictionA Tiding of Magpies is author Steve Burrows lastest birder murder mystery I ve enjoyed the previous books in the series and "THIS ONE NO LESS ALL ARE PAGE TURNERS AND "one no less All are page turners and satisfyingCanadian DCI Domenic Jejeune is having a hard time of it as he is under investigation for one of his earlier cases and cannot unravel the current murder Lindy his partner is under threat and his DS is beginning to doubt his bossThe wild and remote parts of Norfolk in England are the setting once and as one reads one can see the vast sky and hear the wind whistling The characters are as well drawn as always Tension crackles as the frustration rises Danger lurksReaders will not be disappointed in Magpies it s as good if not better than Burrows s earlier birder mysteries Highly recommended This is a good police detective novel It s the 5th in the birder murder mystery series featuring DCI Domenic JeJeune and is set in on the east coast of England north of London Jejeune is off to a fresh start in his police career as a result of events in the previous books in the series He is presented with a new murder case when a burned body of a man is found at a construction site At the same time he is dealing with a formal review of one of his early cases which involved the kidnapping of Britain s Home Secretary s daughter and her boyfriend In addition there are some legacy issues from earlier books in the series eg his girlfriend s life is threatened by the mysterious Ray Hayes who really wants revenge against JejeuneDespite a slow start it s a busy action filled novel with all of the several storylines playing out at or less the same time Some of the activity narrative and characters will make sense to those who have read the series other books This is the first of the series I read and I learned that I missed some of the nuances To avoid that I d strongly recommend reading the previous birder murder mysteries before starting this one Outstanding for me is the cast of supporting characters Sgt Danny Maik and Constable Holland are great recurring characters Maik is definite star material and Holland plays the class clown The perfectionist medical examiner Dr Mansfield Jones and the super intelligent Empowered Investigator Constable Des Gill who abruptly disappears from the novel add colour to the story Several other characters sprinkled throughout the book like the Polish count make for interesting colour too On the other hand "Jejeune is a bit of an enigma we are told that he s "is a bit of an enigma we are told that he s whiz kid but there s little demonstration of his superior abilities Lindy Hey s character is really under developed and s difficult to see any spark between her and Jejeune Perhaps that was dealt with earlier books before this oneThe ending is total melodrama although it brings the novel to a soft landing The stage is set for the next birder murder mystery there s plenty of scope to move the series along in new directions if the author chooses to do soFinally there s clever use of the birding theme throughout the story The magpie s role in the kidnapping story is interesting and the government sponsored bounty hunting of the ducks is bittersweet The birding is the educational portion of the story and provides local colour In the final analysis this is an enjoyable read although it s a challenge to follow the story at times It s heavy on plot with some weakness on character development RecommendedThanks to the publisher and Netgalley for a review copy of this book The views expressed above are my own So much happens in this episode from the emergence of doubts and new ideas about the wrap up of the case that made Jejeune s career and fame with the MET to the threat posed by the release of a man convicted due to Jejeune s police work which now poses threats to his and Lindy s happiness and safety to the current crime a person male found shot and burned with no other infor. Able to protect her from Between fending off inuiries from the internal review and an open murder case to solve than ever Jejeune will have to rely on the help of the stalwart Sergeant Danny Maik But Maik is learning things .
Summary ¹ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Steve BurrowsMation available There are so many twists and turns in this novel Loyalties are seen fraying and tested and relationshipswill they recoverAs this is a part of the birder mystery series there are the reuisite references to expected and surprising species in this north of England setting The descriptions of the natural world are evocative of mood place They reflect and sometimes foretold the future Jejeune is a detective who lives much of his life in his head He is not an action hero but cerebral although the last book involved a lot of physical action in South AmericaI continue to recommend this series to mystery readers While this can be read as a stand alone it would likely be better appreciated if ou were to read one of the earlier books perhaps the lastA copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review Book 5 in the Birder Murder MysteryNo doubts reading this book The Infernal you will soon see how the author s passion for birds is the driving force throughout the mystery Mr Burrows knows how to spin a very intricate web of intrigue and weave the threads in a very particular way It may take some time to get familiar with his style I admit to have had a bit of trouble staying focused with A Tiding of Magpies and by the end this story never truly gelled To enjoy this book and series at its maximum I highly suggest reading the previous installments in order first I haveet to read book 2 and "3 and I must say I missed out and was a bit lost at time not to have done so This "and I must say I missed out and was a bit lost at time not to have done so This the main reason I did not enjoy the story to the max The author barely goes back in time so The Divers' Game you are left outThis latest continues the saga in Detective Chief Inspector Jejeune when his most celebrated case is suddenly reopened and his long buried secrets threaten to come to light Skillfully written neatly constructed police procedural and a mystery centered on an inexplicably confounding murder of aoung man At the
"same time his "time his Lindy faces th This novel is beautifully written Descriptions evoke sights smells sounds feelings even tastes Emotions thoughts conflicts joys and sorrows fill this series with deep appreciation for the immense talent of Steve Burrows writing That being said parts of this particular addition to the ongoing saga of DCI Domenic Jejeune seem to drag Plus I didn t think some of DCI Jejeune s decisions made sense But as this story ends with a cliffhanger I look forward to reading the next in the series to discover if his decisions turn out to be wise This is book 5 in the Birder Murder Mysteries series I must admit that I m always fearful to read books in a series especially when I haven t read the previous books Occasionally books can stand on their own and ou don t really need to have read the previous books Unfortunately that was not the case with this novel What first attracted me to this book was the fact that I m also a bird watcher and I thought it would be cool to read a mystery that brought together both of my passions The book starts with Detective Chief Inspector Domenic Jejeune working together with Sergeant Danny Maik to resolve a murder of a oung man in a Polish community in Canada The positive aspects of this book are the fact that the mystery starts off strong and really picks up midway through the book The extensive descriptions of birds and I particularly enjoyed the explanation on Eurasian magpies Unfortunately the fact that most of the important characters had been introduced in previous books really made understanding and even sympathizing with them extremely difficult to me Jejeune seemed flat and unrealistic as a character and I spent most of the book trying to understand the references to events from previous books It is almost unfair to properly rate a book that I could have enjoyed better had I read at least one of the previous books My advice is to read the other books in the series to get a better appreciation for this novel I d like to thank NetGalley for providing me with a free early copy of this book in exchange for my honest revie. N his own that have caused him to uestion his DCI's actions both past and present In the current case and in the former one the facts seem clear enough But often the most insidious lies hide behind the most honest seeming trut.