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A CAST OF FALCONS
by Steve Burrows
Dundurn, May 2016
384 pages
$15.95
ISBN: 1459732146


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A researcher is found decapitated along a hiking trail. Speculation is that the murder is tied to the man's research into possible ways to capture carbon produced by industry and store in on the ocean floor. This is the sort of case that Jejeune generally digs into but just when the investigation is getting underway, Jejeune suddenly announces he needs to take a trip and heads off to Scotland. The reason given for his trip makes no sense to anyone. The true reason for his abrupt trip is that a man who fell to his death was found with a birding book on him that once belonged to Jejeune. The police wondered why a man whom Jejeune claims to not know had Jejeune's book.

Although Jejeune isn't saying, he recognizes it as a signal for from his brother. Bringing Damien into his life at this point threatens to destroy all that he has built for himself. But does he have a choice? With each book in the Domenic Jejeune series, readers are given a bit more of the history of the Detective Chief Inspector. We have known he came from a long line of distinguished Canadian police officers, but we had not been told why Domenic left Canada to start fresh in Norfolk, England. That piece of Jejeune's history is finally shared with readers in this book as Damien's story is revealed.

Because this is the way things tend to go, readers will not be surprised to find that there is a connection between the researcher's death and the man who fell to his death in Scotland. The mysteries are both interesting and well-plotted. They are twisted together in an interesting way that involves the gyrfalcons of the book title. As with the other books in the series, there is quite a bit of birding and bird facts included. There is a good bit on the art of falconry in this book as well. As with the previous books, the author includes a note at the end with more specific information on the featured bird. I like to read this first so I understand the bird in play throughout the book. In this case, I would have liked to have had a little information on the actual science behind the carbon capturing research at the center of one of the murders as well.

This is a series that continues to get better with each book. I am anxious to see what is in store for Jejeune next.

Caryn St.Clair resides in University City, Missouri and is a former elementary school media specialist, President of the Parks Commission and a docent at the St.Louis Zoo.

Reviewed by Caryn St Clair, May 2016

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