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Fiction Police Procedural

A Pitying of Doves

A Birder Murder Mystery

by (author) Steve Burrows

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
May 2015
Police Procedural, International Mystery & Crime, Traditional British
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With murder, everyone pays a price ...

Why would a killer ignore expensive jewellery and take a pair of Turtledoves as the only bounty?

This is only one of the questions that piques Chief Inspector Domenic Jejeune’s interest when an attaché with the Mexican Consulate is found murdered alongside the director of a local bird sanctuary. The fact that the director’s death has opened up a full-time research position studying birds hasn’t eluded Jejeune, either. Could this be the escape from policing that the celebrated detective has been seeking? Even if it is, Jejeune knows he owes it to the victims to solve the case first. But a trail that weaves from embittered aviary owners to suspicious bird sculptors only seems to be leading him farther from the truth. Meanwhile, Jejeune is discovering that diplomatic co-operation and diplomatic pressure go hand in hand.

With two careers hanging in the balance, the stakes have never been higher for Inspector Jejeune. And this time, even bringing a killer to justice may not provide the closure he’s looking for.

About the author

Steve Burrows has pursued his birdwatching hobby on five continents, while researching articles on a wide range of environmental issues. He is a past editor of the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society Magazine, and his first book in the Birder Murder series, A Siege of Bitterns, was released in 2014. After travelling the world together, Steve and his family now live in Oshawa, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

A murder plot built around birdwatching doesn’t, at first, seem plausible or even possible. But Oshawa author Burrows pulls it off in a dazzling debut novel sure to make the shortlist for next year’s Arthur Ellis. . . Riveting from first page to final line.

Globe and Mail, for A Siege of Bitterns

Finally, a solid, well-constructed murder mystery that happens to involve a subject with which many mystery readers might not be familiar.

Booklist, for A Siege of Bitterns

A cleverly written novel that proves A Siege of Bitterns wasn’t just an offbeat one-off. This blend of procedural and cozy is just right for followers of M. C. Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth.


... a fun, smart and satisfying read just like its predecessor.

While Jejeune may not be too enthusiastic about his profession, it’s easy to be enthusiastic about Burrows’ first mystery, and I’m looking forward to more fowl play in the future.

National Post, for A Siege of Bitterns

This second mystery is as engaging as the first.

London Free Press

You don’t have to be a bird watcher to enjoy Burrows . . .

The Sun-Time

[T]his second book in the birder mystery series is sure to delight.

Halifax Chronicle Herald

Filled with clues, dead ends . . . and blinding moments of 'Eureka!'

Sun-Times, for A Siege of Bitterns

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