Monday, December 29, 2014

Book Review: The Chessmen by Peter May


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Quercus, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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And now for the final book in the Lewis triology from Peter May.

the chessmen cover

Synopsis:

Living again of the Isle of Lewis, the ex-Detective Inspector Fin McLeod is working as a security officer for a local landowner. While investigating illegal activity on the estate Fin encounters the elusive poacher and former childhood friend Whistler Macaskill. 

But while Fin catches up with Whistler, the two witness a freak natural phenomenon--a 'Bog Burst'--which spontaneously drains a loch of its water, revealing a mud-encased light aircraft with a sickeningly familiar moniker on its side.

Both men immediately know what they will find inside: the body of Roddy Mackenzie, a friend whose flight disappeared more than seventeen years before. But when Whistler's face appears to register something other than shock, an icy chill of apprehension overtakes Fin. What secret has Whistler been hiding from him, and everyone else on the island? Fin is unprepared for how the truth about the past will alter the course of the future.

Check out Peter's research video for the book on his website!

Review:

This book picks up where The Lewis Man left off, and for the reader, that is an excellent thing. You feel like you are back in the Outer Hebrides and back with the characters. This tale goes once again back into the character's lives and history, and the secrets from then, that are influencing their lives now. The back and forth from past to present in many ways helps to end the triology and bring everything full circle. I highly recommend reading all 3 books in the series! Peter is an excellent writer and his characters draw you in, and his story line keeps you glued to the page!


About the Author: 

Peter May is the multi award-winning author, who has also had a successful career as a television writer, creator, and producer.

Born and raised in Scotland, May lives in France. One of Scotland's most prolific television dramatists, he garnered more than 1000 credits in 15 years as scriptwriter and script editor on prime-time British television drama. He is the creator of three major television drama series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels. After being turned down by all the major UK publishers, this novel was published in France as L'Ile des Chasseurs d'Oiseaux, where it was hailed as "a masterpiece" by the French national newspaper L'Humanit√©. His novels have a large following in France. The Lewis trilogy has won several French literature awards, including one of the world's largest adjudicated readers awards, the Prix Cezam. 

 Peter May is the multi award-winning author of the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland; the China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell; the critically-acclaimed Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo MacLeod, which is set in France; and . One of Scotland's most prolific television dramatists, he garnered more than a thousand credits in fifteen years as scriptwriter and script editor on prime-time British television drama. He is the creator of three major television drama series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels. Check out his website for more.

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