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 Pitying of Doves
2015 Dewey Diva Pick
With murder, everyone pays a price ...
Why would a killer ignore expensive jewellery and take a pair of turtledoves as the only bounty?
This is only one of the questions that piques Chief Inspector Domenic Jejeune’s interest after a senior attaché with the Mexican Consulate is found murdered alongside the director of a local bird sanctuary. The fact that the director’s death has opened up a full-time research position studying birds hasn’t eluded Jejeune either. Could this be the escape from policing that the celebrated detective has been seeking? Even if it is, Jejeune knows he owes it to the victims to solve the case first. But a trail that weaves from embittered aviary owners to suspicious bird sculptors only seems to be leading him farther from the truth. Meanwhile, Jejeune is discovering that diplomatic co-operation and diplomatic pressure go hand in hand.
With two careers hanging in the balance, the stakes have never been higher for Inspector Jejeune. And this time, even bringing a killer to justice may not provide the closure he’s looking for.
A cleverly written novel that proves A Siege of Bitterns wasn’t just an offbeat one-off. This blend of procedural and cozy is just right for followers of M. C. Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth.
[T]his second book in the birder mystery series is sure to delight.
This second mystery is as engaging as the first.
... a fun, smart and satisfying read just like its predecessor.
A murder plot built around birdwatching doesn’t, at first, seem plausible or even possible. But Oshawa author Burrows pulls it off in a dazzling debut novel sure to make the shortlist for next year’s Arthur Ellis. . . Riveting from first page to final line.
While Jejeune may not be too enthusiastic about his profession, it’s easy to be enthusiastic about Burrows’ first mystery, and I’m looking forward to more fowl play in the future.
Filled with clues, dead ends . . . and blinding moments of 'Eureka!'
Finally, a solid, well-constructed murder mystery that happens to involve a subject with which many mystery readers might not be familiar.
You don’t have to be a bird watcher to enjoy Burrows . . .