Freeze Frame : Enzo Macleod 4 Paperback
by Peter May
Part of the The Enzo Files series
ENZO MACLEOD TACKLES ONE OF FRANCE'S MOST NOTORIOUS UNSOLVED CASES, IN THE FOURTH OFFERING FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING MASTER OF CRIME. ILE DE GROIX, FRANCE. A Frozen Island. This tiny isle off the coast of Brittany is the scene of a murder left shrouded in mystery and grief.
A Frozen Crime. Adam Killian's study has been left intact since his death - the perfect state for Enzo Macleod's forensic investigation.
A Frozen Heart. Killian's daughter-in-law is still hoping; the first suspect is still hiding; and the treacherous island itself still has a revelation for Enzo.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 23/04/2015
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781782062110
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Review by Eyejaybee
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.