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Newly appointed police inspector Domenic Jejeune doesn't mind ruffling a few feathers. Indeed his success has elevated him into a poster boy for the police. The problem is Jejeune doesn't really want to be a detective at all; he much prefers watching birds. Recently reassigned to the small Norfolk town of Saltmarsh, located in the heart of Britain's premier birding country, Jejeune's two worlds collide with the grisly murder of a prominent ecological activist. His ambitious police superintendent foresees a blaze of welcome publicity, although doubts soon emerge when Jejeune's best theory involves a feud over birdwatching lists. A second murder does little to bolster confidence. Jejeune must call on all his birding knowhow to solve the mystery and deal with unwelcome public acclaim, the mistrust of colleagues and his own insecurities. For, in the case of the Saltmarsh birder murders, the victims may not be the only casualties...
Steve Burrows has pursued his birdwatching hobby on five continents. He is a former editor of the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society Magazine and a contributing field editor for Asian Geographic. Steve now lives in Oshawa, Ontario.
"Filled with clues dead ends [...] and blinding moments of "Eureka!""
– The Sun-Times
"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
"[...] with its bird-focused cop and crimes, it has also located a natural audience: besides environmentalists in general, the novel's basic passion will ring bells for the world's considerable contingent of bird-watchers."
– London Free Press
"The debut of a major new Canadian talent."
– Globe and Mail
"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
"Finally, a solid, well-constructed murder mystery that happens to involve a subject with which many mystery readers might not be familiar."