A Pitying of Doves

A Pitying of Doves

Book - 2015
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When a senior attaché with the Mexican Consulate is found dead alongside the director of a local bird sanctuary, many details pique Inspector Jejeunes interest, including a vacant field research position: a full-time job studying birds. Is this the escape from policing that he has been looking for? But first there's a murder to solve.
Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781459731066
Characteristics: 364 pages ; 20 cm
Call Number: BURROWS, S


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Apr 26, 2016

This is a newish series I found thanks to my independent bookseller Christmas catalogue.

I love that the main character is a Canadian obsessed with birds and working in Britain. That he doesn't like the job he's so good at and that even on the job he's more interested in birds makes for some funny situations and a curious character.
This is not an action packed book, there are lots of things that happen but you are never in the thick of it, the story is introspective and slow, you learn a lot about the individuals investigating the case, their thoughts, opinions and foibles.
There is plenty of small town antics, city politics and murder with a whole lot of information about birds that is usually more interesting than not.

Mar 27, 2016

really liked the combination of birdwatcher with mystery.

Sep 07, 2015

I really liked the first book in this series (A Siege of Bitterns, 2014) and I think I liked this one even more. If Steve Burrows keeps writing these books - and I hope he does - I could learn the collective noun for every bird species in the world! Bonus. The main character, Domenic Jejeune, is a transplanted Canadian working as a Chief Inspector in Norfolk England where he has made a name for himself as a genius after solving some high profile cases. Unfortunately, policing is not Dom's true passion - he is obsessed with birds. We , the reader,know that Dom has the knowledge, background, and education to actually work in the field but he doesn't. Why? We don't really know but the author feeds us a few crumbs, but just enough to make us think it has SOMETHING to do with a brother dirtying the family name in the bird world. A lot of people shake their heads at Jejeune but he gets the job done.

In the following passage Jejeune's sergeant observes him as he arrives at a crime scene ....." He had seen Jejeune arrive, watched him park The Beast (his car) some way off and walk along the lane to where everyone was gathered. He had seen him pause suddenly, freeze, not once, but twice, each time straining to listen to a sound coming from the marsh that stretched beyond the bridge. Even at a time like this, thought Maik, with a suspect's car precariously balanced between the lane and the marsh ten feet below, and the suspect himself who knew where, even now Inspector Jejeune takes the time to listen to a bird call. " p170
Written by a Canadian author.

Aug 07, 2015

I really enjoyed this book and loved the profound comments and beautiful descriptions. The only thing I didn't like about it was how the main character's g/f wanted him to give up on his dream career.


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