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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - The Chessmen


This is a weekly event that highlights a book that we can't wait to be published.  It's hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Here's my pick for this week:




by Peter May
Publication Date in US - February 3

Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times raved: "Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth." Among the many honors received, The Blackhouse, the first novel in May's acclaimed Lewis trilogy, won the Barry and Crime Thriller Hound awards.

Now in The Chessmen, Peter May gives us a dramatic conclusion to his award-winning Lewis trilogy. Living again on the Isle of Lewis, the ex-Detective Inspector Fin McLeod is working as a security officer for a local landowner. While investigating illegal activity on the estate Fin encounters the elusive poacher and former childhood friend Whistler Macaskill.

But while Fin catches up with Whistler, the two witness a freak natural phenomenon--a 'Bog Burst'--which spontaneously drains a loch of its water, revealing a mud-encased light aircraft with a sickeningly familiar moniker on its side.

Both men immediately know hat they will find inside: the body of Roddy Mackenzie, a friend whose flight disappeared more than seventeen years before. But when Whistler's face appears to register something other than shock, an icy chill of apprehension overtakes Fin. What secret has Whistler been hiding from him, and everyone else on the island? Fin is unprepared for how the truth about the past will alter the course of the future.

20 comments:

  1. I read the first book in the series, The Black House, and thought it was utterly brilliant. But for some unknown reason I never got around to The Lewis Man. I even have it waiting on my Kindle! I must shift myself and read it.

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    1. Oh, Cath, you have to read THE LEWIS MAN. It's really, really good.

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  2. Loving the list. This author is pretty popular. :D
    I also loved how you put your list this week.

    My waiting on Wednesday!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. If you like mysteries, this trilogy by Peter May is excellent.

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  3. I do not know this series. But that has never stopped me from adding to my request list at the library. I love library requests. :) Living in a suburb of a major for mean that the main library has lots of branches - which means I'm more likely to get a library request. I've written them down and will be reading the previous ones as soon as they can find them. Thanks for sharing. I love a good mystery.

    And thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

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    1. Marsha, these books have a unique setting and that plays a big part in the storyline. I hope you try them and that they suit.

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  4. gah - my finger got lost behind my mind on that one .. should say "Living in a suburb of a major city for me mean..." sorry about that :)

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  5. What about this book attracts you the most? It sounds good. Have you read the other 2 in the trilogy? Thanks for coming by my WoW The Dead Play On

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    1. Laura, I have read the other 2 books in the series. What attracts me most - well, the setting is very important, some of those bleak islands off the coast of Scotland. And I just like the way that Peter May tells the story. I will admit that I am a bit partial to British crime novels.

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  6. This sounds good! I haven't read anything by Peter May before.

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    1. If you decide to try these, Wendy, start with THE BLACKHOUSE. That's the first in the trilogy.

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  7. I ordered this from the UK when it came out there, but I still haven't read it! I think after loving the first two, I was almost hesitant for it to end. Must read it soon!

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    1. I know what you mean. I keep hoping maybe he will continue to write about this area of the world.

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  8. Thanks for introducing me to a new author. I must check him out soon.

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    1. Good luck and hope you like them.

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  9. Sounds good! I never heard of this one before.

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  10. I really enjoyed The Black House but I haven't gotten around to reading the second book. This is one series though that I definitely want to catch up on. So I wonder if he will keep this as just a trilogy. It seems like the series has been successful so I'm curious if he won't continue with the series.

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    1. I've wondered the same thing. Most seem to have really liked the setting and the characters. The second book is really good as well.

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  11. Oh I'm glad you've highlighted this one! I'm a huge fan of Peter May, and this one was my favourite out of the brilliant Lewis Trilogy. I don't think he's going to do any more of these, but his next one, Entry Island, also had a connection with Lewis, although in an earlier time period.

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    1. I saw something about ENTRY ISLAND and meant to put it on my list. Yay! Even more Peter May goodies.

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