- format: Amazon (Kindle)
- File Size: 1025 KB
- Print Length: 353 pages
- Publisher: Dundurn (March 31, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 31, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CMPEXVI
- Globe and Mail 100: Best Books of 2014
- 2015 Arthur Ellis Award — Winner, Best First Novel
- 2015 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize — Shortlisted, Best Mystery
Newly appointed police inspector Domenic Jejeune doesn’t mind ruffling a few feathers to flush out suspects in the brutal murder of a renowned ecological activist.
Inspector Domenic Jejeune’s success has made him a poster boy for the U.K. police service. The problem is Jejeune doesn’t really want to be a detective at all; he much prefers watching birds.
Recently reassigned to the small Norfolk town of Saltmarsh, located in the heart of Britain’s premier birding country, Jejeune’s two worlds collide when he investigates the grisly murder of a prominent ecological activist. His ambitious police superintendent foresees a blaze of welcome publicity, but she begins to have her doubts when Jejeune’s most promising theory involves a feud over birdwatching lists. A second murder only complicates matters.
To unravel this mystery, Jejeune must deal with unwelcome public acclaim, the mistrust of colleagues, and his own insecurities. In the case of the Saltmarsh birder murders, the victims may not be the only casualties.
Many thanks to the blog reader who recommended this title, the winner of the 2015 Arthur Ellis award for best first novel.
I have concluded that this is certainly an author worth following. The plot of A SIEGE OF BITTERNS was satisfyingly complex, full of twists and turns, as well as red herrings.
My rating: 4.7
About the Author (see website)
Steve Burrows has pursued his birdwatching hobby on five continents. He is a former editor of the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society Magazine and a contributing field editor for Asian Geographic. Steve now lives in Oshawa, Ontario.
Burrows has three titles in the Birder series, not all published yet
1. A Siege of Bitterns (2014)
2. A Pitying of Doves (2015)
3. A Cast of Falcons (2016)