A TIDING OF MAGPIES by Steve Burrows
When DC Desdemona Gill, Empowered Investigator for the Met’s Department of Professional Standards, is brought in to audit the case of the kidnapping of the Home Secretary’s daughter (the case that earned Jejeune his promotion), what has always been assumed to be a straight-forward case, turns out to be anything but. With a new murder to investigate, along with fending off questions about the kidnapping and a resurgence in the threats to Lindy, Jejeune’s partner, Jejeune must count on Sergeant Danny Maik more than ever.
Burrows has written an intense mystery with many twists and turns and occasional “laugh out loud” moments. As the team assembles the final pieces in the puzzles that are these cases, Jejeune makes a decision that will have an dramatic impact on everyone in his circle. Where the story goes from here, I don’t know, but I’ll be waiting with baited breath to find out!
Joanne gives this “4 daggers out of 5”!
Check out Joanne’s other Birdie Murder Mystery reviews: A Shimmer of Hummingbirds, A Siege of Bitterns, and A Pitying of Doves
Damien’s manslaughter case weighs heavy on Chief Inspector Dominic Jejeune to the point where he decides to travel to Colombia to untangle the story that has his brother running, a fugitive from justice. Under the guise of taking a birding tour, Jejeune joins the same group that Damien had been a part of when the incident in question took place.
Meanwhile back in Norfolk, an accountant has been murdered in her home. Marvin Laraby, Jejeune’s former boss, is brought in to work the case and his approach soon endears him to all and sundry. Jejeune, who’s kept apprised of the goings on by both Lindy and Maik, isn’t easily fooled by Laraby. There was never any love lost between these two during the time they worked together so Jejeune is more than wary of Laraby’s approach to working a case.
Danger stalks Dominic in Colombia and he soon learns that danger is stalking Lindy in Norfolk. Jejeune feels that the truth to both cases is within his grasp and knows that many relationships could be sacrificed if he gets it wrong.