Steve Burrows has pursued his birdwatching hobby on six continents. The first Birder Murder Mystery, A Siege of Bitterns, won the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. The other books in the series are A Pitying of Doves and A Cast of Falcons. Steve lives with his wife, Resa, in Oshawa, Ontario.
A Cast of Falcons
The threat from above casts a dark shadow.
A man falls to his death from a cliff face in western Scotland. From a distance, another man watches. He approaches the body, tucks a book into the dead manâ€™s pocket, and leaves.
When the Scottish police show visiting Detective Chief Inspector Domenic Jejeune the book, he recognizes it as a call for help. But he also knows that answering that call could destroy the life he and his girlfriend Lindy have built for themselves in the village of Saltmarsh, in north Norfolk.
Back in Saltmarsh, the brutal murder of a researcher involved in a local climate change project has everyone looking at the manâ€™s controversial studies as a motive. But Sergeant Danny Maik, heading the investigation in Jejeuneâ€™s absence, believes a huge cash incentive being offered for the research may play a crucial role.
With their beleaguered Chief Superintendent blocking every attempt to interview the projectâ€™s uber-wealthy owners, Jejeune and Maik must work together to find their answers. But will the menâ€™s partnership survive when the danger from above begins to cast its dark shadow?
Burrowsâ€™ bird-watching expertise lends authenticity to an excellent mystery whose conflicted protagonist faces hard decisions.
Itâ€™s clear where Burrows is taking this series â€” more birds, and more murder. Thatâ€™s a good thing.
Burrows skilfully makes his birds and birding an integral part of the plot, just as he brings Jejeuneâ€™s personal drama into this suspenseful and well-constructed mystery.
His writing is gripping and the storyline will keep any reader turning the pages, but the bird-watching references woven into his prose are again a real treat for birders.
A fun crime and criminals read.
A suspenseful and well-crafted mystery ideal for the beach.
A series that continues to get better with each book.
Smart, funny and nerdy (grammar and birdwatching are among charactersâ€™ preoccupations) with the most endearing feminist bent. This third book is the best one yet.
Burrows knows how to create tension and suspense with both police and civilian characters. This books comes highly recommended.
Memorable characters play out against a web of unexpected plot twists and surprises.