Books by Peter May and Complete Book Reviews

Peter May, Author . St. Martin's Minotaur $24.95 (405p) ISBN 978-0-312-36464-9
May's well-plotted follow-up to his first mystery featuring Beijing \t\t Deputy Section Chief Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell \t\t (after 2005's The Firemaker) amplifies his \t\t vivid picture of a chaotic, vital modern-
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Peter May, Author . Poisoned Pen $24.95 (321p) ISBN 978-1-59058-335-7
In the first breezy installment of a projected new series from Scottish author May (The Firemaker ), Enzo Macleod, a Scottish forensic biologist who lives in France, bets that he can solve an old case with new science. Lonely and bored with his...
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Peter May, Author . Poisoned Pen $24.95 (290p) ISBN 978-1-59058-458-3
Oenophiles and fans of CBS's Cold Case will relish May's slightly far-fetched second outing to feature France-based Scottish sleuth Enzo Macleod (after 2006's Extraordinary People ). When the corpse of powerful American wine critic...
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Peter May, Author . Poisoned Pen $24.95 (314p) ISBN 978-1-59058-552-8
In May’s dark, intense third mystery to feature Scottish forensic scientist Enzo Macleod, Enzo takes on his third cold case described in a book by Parisian journalist Roger Raffin—the murder of a “rent boy” 16 years earlier
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Peter May, Author . Poisoned Pen $24.95 (250p) ISBN 978-1-59058-608-2
May's fine sixth entry in his contemporary China series (The Firemaker , etc.) offers some fresh variations on the catch-the-serial-killer within an autocratic society plot. A fiend is copying Jack the Ripper's m.o. almost exactly—sav
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Peter May, Poisoned Pen, $24.95 (288p) ISBN 978-1-59058-841-3; $14.95 trade paper ISBN 978-1-59058-843-7
Culinary heights, human depths, and a surprise romance await Enzo Macleod in the remote reaches of central France in May's fifth mystery to feature the Scottish forensics expert (after 2010's Freeze Frame). Scant evidence and apparent lack of motive
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Peter May. Mobius, $26.99 (496p) ISBN 978-1-78648-739-1
In May’s unoriginal seventh and final mystery featuring Enzo Macleod, once Scotland’s leading forensic investigator but now living in France (after 2017’s Cast Iron), Magali Blanc, a forensic archaeologist, persuades Enzo to help in examining the...
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Peter May, Author St. Martin’s Minotaur/Dunne $24.95 (340p) ISBN 978-0-312-36465-6
In May’s rewarding third mystery to feature American pathologist Margaret Campbell and Chinese deputy section chief Li Yan (after 2007’s The Fourth Sacrifice ), 18 women’s bodies—or at least pieces of them—turn up...
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Peter May, Author, Peter May, Author Minotaur Books $24.95 (368p) ISBN 978-0-312-34294-4
This first novel in a series that has already includes six volumes in Britain, promises more fireworks than it delivers both as romance and as melodramatic murder mystery. The nascent romance between American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell,...
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Peter May, Author Poisoned Pen $24.95 (286p) ISBN 978-1-59058-694-5 ISBN 978-1-59058-717-1
May’s excellent fourth Enzo McLeod mystery (after 2008’s Blacklight Blue ) takes the Scottish forensics wizard, who impulsively bet his daughter’s boyfriend he could solve seven cold cases, to the Ile de Groix off the coast of...
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Peter May, Author Poisoned Pen $24.95 (286p) ISBN 978-1-59058-694-5 ISBN 978-1-59058-717-1
May’s excellent fourth Enzo McLeod mystery (after 2008’s Blacklight Blue ) takes the Scottish forensics wizard, who impulsively bet his daughter’s boyfriend he could solve seven cold cases, to the Ile de Groix off the coast of...
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Peter May. Quercus, $26.99 (400p) ISBN 978-1-68144-161-0
Set in France in 2011, May’s excellent sixth and final mystery featuring forensic expert Enzo Macleod (after 2011’s Blowback) finds Enzo looking into another cold case, the strangulation of 20-year-old Lucie Martin, who went for a walk on the estate
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Peter May, Author . Poisoned Pen $24.95 (294p) ISBN 978-1-59058-670-9 ISBN 978-1-59058-708-9
Real life and the virtual world bleed into one another with dangerous results in this well-plotted mystery from May (Blacklight Blue ). Michael Kapinsky, a photographer for the Orange County (Calif.) Forensic Science Service, is fighting depression...
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Peter May, Author . Poisoned Pen $24.95 (294p) ISBN 978-1-59058-670-9 ISBN 978-1-59058-708-9
Real life and the virtual world bleed into one another with dangerous results in this well-plotted mystery from May (Blacklight Blue ). Michael Kapinsky, a photographer for the Orange County (Calif.) Forensic Science Service, is fighting depression...
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Peter May. Quercus, $26.99 (304p) ISBN 978-1-68144-093-4
This competent standalone from May (Coffin Road) takes Niamh and Ruaridh, a married couple who own a small cloth business on the Isle of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides, to Paris, where they plan to exhibit their woven tweed fabric at a high-f
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Peter May, Author . Poisoned Pen $24.95 (336p) ISBN 978-1-59058-604-4 ISBN 978-1-59058-711-9
In May's engaging fifth entry in his contemporary China series (Snakehead , etc.), American-born forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell is trying to take it easy, awaiting the birth of her first child. Her soon-to-be-husband, Section Chief Li...
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Peter May, Author . Poisoned Pen $24.95 (336p) ISBN 978-1-59058-604-4 ISBN 978-1-59058-711-9
In May's engaging fifth entry in his contemporary China series (Snakehead , etc.), American-born forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell is trying to take it easy, awaiting the birth of her first child. Her soon-to-be-husband, Section Chief Li...
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Peter May, Author Simon & Schuster $22.5 (292p) ISBN 978-0-684-80085-1
In their history the Boston Celtics have hung 16 NBA championship banners from the roof of their home arena, the last won by the 1985-86 team. The team ended the 1984-85 season by losing the seventh game of the final series, and those in charge felt
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Peter May, Author Simon & Schuster $22 (288p) ISBN 978-0-671-79955-7
Only the most fanatic supporters of the Boston Celtics will want to read this account of the careers of the three men who comprised arguably the most proficient frontcourt in pro basketball history: Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish. Boston
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Peter May, Author St. Martin's Press $19.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-312-08864-4
British journalist May tells a brutal story with an unflinching eye. Former army officer Jack Elliott has hacked out a life as a soldier of fortune since he was court-martialed for a WW II massacre. Offered a huge sum of money in 1978 to rescue the...
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Peter May. Sterling/SilverOak, $24.95 (368p) ISBN 978-1-4549-0127-3
Television dramatist May’s brilliant first in a trilogy set on the Gaelic-speaking Isle of Lewis, northernmost of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, introduces Fin Macleod, a Lewis native and Edinburgh CID detective sergeant. While grieving over the...
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Peter May. Quercus, $26.99 (544p) ISBN 978-1-78206-223-3
Fans of May’s Lewis trilogy (The Chessmen, etc.) will welcome this solid standalone, which likewise involves crime on an isolated island. When the Montreal police learn of a murder on Entry Island, an English-speaking outpost of the Magdalen Islands
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Peter May. Quercus, $26.99 (368p) ISBN 978-1-62365-819-9
In May’s haunting second entry in the trilogy that began with 2012’s The Blackhouse, the last thing former Edinburgh cop Fin Macleod wants any part of is police work, but fate has other plans. Fin has returned to the remote Hebrides Isle of Lewis,...
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Peter May. Quercus, $26.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-68144-389-8
Neal Maclean, the amnesiac hero of this intriguing but overblown standalone from May (Runaway), washes up on one of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, where, unbeknownst to him, he’s been living. Neal later figures out that he’s supposedly an author who’s...
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Peter May. Quercus, $26.99 (336p) ISBN 978-1-62365-789-5
The scents of regret and squandered promise suffuse this well-crafted crime novel, about a group of senior Glaswegians attempting to make amends for past sins, from May (Entry Island). In 1965, they drove a stolen van to Swinging London to pursue...
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Peter May. Quercus, $26.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-62365-604-1
The final volume of May’s darkly lyrical trilogy, set largely on the remote Hebridean Isle of Lewis, works better as a standalone, given that plot threads and characters integral to its two predecessors, The Blackhouse (2012) and The Lewis Man (2014)
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Peter May. Mobius, $16.99 trade paper (416p) ISBN 978-1-5294-1169-0
What would a crime thriller set in the middle of a devastating pandemic look like? May (the Enzo Macleod series) provides a grim but plausible answer in this superior effort, which he wrote in 2005. In the near future, the world has been devastated...
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Peter May. Quercus, $26.99 (432p) ISBN 978-1-78429-498-4
At the start of this unpleasant crime novel from May (I’ll Keep You Safe), Spanish police arrest fugitive drug trafficker Jack Cleland on the Costa del Sol after accidently shooting his pregnant girlfriend to death. Cleland blames one officer for...
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