It is in the silent spaces between the facts that the truth often lies.
When his most celebrated case is suddenly reopened, Detective Chief Inspector Jejeune‘s long-buried secrets threaten to come to light. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, Lindy, faces an unseen threat of her own, one from which even Jejeune may not be able to protect her. Between fending off inquiries from the internal review and an open murder case that brings more questions than answers, Jejeune will have to rely on the help of the stalwart Sergeant Danny Maik more than ever. But Maik is learning things that cause him to question his DCI‘s actions, both past and present. In the current case, and in the former one, the facts seem clear enough. But it is in the silences, those empty spaces between the facts, that the truth is to be found.
Steve Burrows has pursued his birdwatching hobby on six continents. The first Birder Murder Mystery, A Siege of Bitterns, won the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Steve lives with his wife, Resa, in Oshawa, Ontario.
This is a well-crafted, quickly paced mystery with a number of suspects and a satisfying conclusion.
A Tiding of Magpies leaves the reader wondering what will become of this detective to whom we’ve become quite attached over all of these books.
As we’ve come to expect from the series, this novel is smart and thoughtful, and rich with suspense.
A new Birder Murder mystery is a highlight of migration season for those of us who prefer our birds to be bookish.