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A Shimmer of Hummingbirds: A Birder Murder Mystery by Steve Burrows

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

A Shimmer of HummingbirdsDetective Chief JeJeune is one of the most unusual protagonists I have run across in my reading. Canadian by birth, he fled Canada amid a family scandal which continues to threaten his new life in Norfolk, England. Jejuene, besides being a Detective Chief is also an avid birder giving these books an interesting twist. Though filled with birds, birding terms and bird facts, these are not the cozies one might expect. Make no mistake, the Domenic Jejuene books are police procedurals.

There are three main threads interwoven in A Shimmer of Hummingbirds. Jejuene has planned a birding trip to Colombia to capture as many of the varieties of native hummingbirds as he can for his life list. He also has every intention of doing a little nosing around to see if he can find out more about the legal problems his brother is facing. His superior is well aware JeJuene’s real purpose in the trip, but realizes that nothing she says will change his mind. So off Jejeune goes on his South American adventure while back home Norfolk life continues. Marvin Laraby, JeJuene’s former boss has been named JeJeune’s temporary replacement. The two men did not part on friendly terms so those who worked under Jejuene are at a loss as to how much to share with JeJeune when he calls in. When JeJuene hears of an apparent accident which injures Lindy, JeJuene’s love interest, he asks one of his colleagues to on the sly look into a particular criminal that he and Laraby helped put away. Lastly, a woman is found murdered in her home. All of the evidence points to the motive as something to do with an offer on a project involving drones and reforestation.

Burrows seems to have some environmental twist in some part of the plots in each of his books. This one has two. The obvious one is the need for there to be reforestation in England and the second concerns the natives of Colombia being put at risk by tourists and specifically birders. He includes some notes at the end concerning the second. Read the rest of this entry »

A Cast of Falcons: A Birder Murder Mystery by Steve Burrows

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

A Cast of FalconsA researcher is found decapitated along a hiking trail. Speculation is that the murder is tied to the man’s research into possible ways to capture carbon produced by industry and store in on the ocean floor. This is the sort of case that Jejeune generally digs into but just when the investigation is getting underway, Jejeune suddenly announces he needs to take a trip and heads off to Scotland. The reason given for his trip makes no sense to anyone. The true reason for his abrupt trip is that a man who fell to his death was found with a birding book on him that once belonged to Jejeune. The police wonder ed why a man that Jejeune claims to not know had Jejeune’s book. Although Jejeune isn’t saying, he recognizes it as a signal for from his brother. Bringing Damien into his life at this point threatens to destroy all that he has built for himself. But does he have a choice? With each book in the Domenic Jejeune series, readers are given a bit more of the history of the Detective Chief Inspector. We have known he came from a long line of distinguished Canadian police officers, but we had not been told why Domenic left Canada to start fresh in Norfolk, England. That piece of Jejeune’s history is finally shared with readers in this book as Damien’s story is revealed.

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