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Extraordinary People: A stunning cold-case mystery from the bestselling author of The Lewis Trilogy (The Enzo Files Book 1)

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The early exchanges find our hero solving a crime that has left the Parisian gendarme flummoxed for the past decade. Enzo McLeod as the main character, a half Italian , half Scottish former forensics expert living in France, gives a lot of scope for character development. His emotional maturity, although it did seem to grow through the novel, felt adolescent to me at times.

He introduced blending to the Champagne region, and was the first person to successfully contain local sparkling wine in reinforced glass bottles with Spanish corks. Forensic expert Enzo Macleod takes a wager to solve the seven most notorious French murders, armed with modern technology and a total disregard for the justice system. Deep in the catacombs below the city, he unearths dark clues deliberately set - and as he draws closer to the killer, discovers that he is to be the next victim. It is still a good read, it is still four stars, but it was not as mind blowing as the Lewis Trilogy or quite as enjoyable as Entry Island. Having wagered that old murder cases could be solved using modern science, forensics expert Enzo Macleod must tackle the ‘cold’ case of Jacques Gaillard – but finds himself in danger when the investigation leads deep into the catacombs below Paris.Competently written, but full of the improbable leaps of logic that bedevil a lot of wilder detective fiction. This was really a page turner for me, I loved Enzo and the complicated relationships he had with his daughter(s) and everyone else in his life. There was a marked absence of those small, personal items that clutter up people’s homes providing clues to their character.

It’s not my normal fare when it comes to crime teccy but Im sure it’ll appeal too many with its easy going ways. The quest will enable Macleod to put to use his background as a forensic scientist and apply modern techniques in assessing the evidence, such as it is. This is a well mapped-out and fascinating mystery involving a series of trunks holding various obscure clues that Enzo must put together to lead him to the next trunk of clues. a rendezvous with the French Minister of Justice, otherwise known as the Garde des Sceaux, literally the Keeper of the Seals….She is the most recent lover of his fellow investigator Raffin, which provides added tension to an already frayed relationship. Peter May’s series featuring former forensics expert Enzo Macleod, a Scotsman living in France, started with Extraordinary People, first published in the USA in 2006 and now brought to a UK audience by Quercus. Half-Scottish, half-Italian Enzo MacLeod used to be one of the top forensics experts in Scotland, and now he lives in Toulouse, working as a university professor. When DNA confirms the skull is Gaillard’s, Enzo examines the items accompanying it for clues to the whereabouts of the rest of the body. When the unusual opportunity arises for him to go to Paris to investigate the famed disappearance and presumed death of the brilliant, high flying academic and political advisor Jacques Gaillard, he jumps at the chance.

It quickly has him touring landmarks such as the Paris catacombs and a chateau in Champagne, digging up relics and bones.We are given to understand that he has recently accepted a bet with the local Préfet’s that he could be able to solve a ten year old cold-case. For forensic expert Enzo Macleod, the key to this unsolved murder lies in decoding Petty's mysterious reviews - which could make or break a vineyard's reputation.

They want him off the case; the “powers that be” are embarrassed that Enzo Macleod has turned a convenient disappearance into a confirmed murder. Deep in the catacombs below the City of Light, MacLeod unearths disturbing clues deliberately left behind by a killer. The truth is, Macleod could use the money from the bet, and he has another reason to want to come to Paris to work for a while. The plot is undeniably cleverly-constructed, and although I didn’t make any serious attempt to follow the clues or check any of the workings out, it had a reasonable ring of authenticity.

The wager is that Enzo can find out what happened to Jacques Gaillard by applying new science to an old case. But between Enzo and his student assistant, aided by the Internet and forensics, logic and plain good luck, they triumph.

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