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Freeze Frame by Peter May

Freeze Frame (2010)

by Peter May

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A promise made to a dying man leads forensics ace Enzo Macleod, a Scot who's been teaching in France for many years, to the study which the man's heir has preserved for nearly twenty years. The dead man left several clues there designed to reveal the killer's identity to the man's son, but ironically the son died soon after the father. So begins the fourth of seven cold cases written up in a bestselling book by Parisian journalist Roger Raffin that Enzo rashly boasted he could solve (he's been successful with the first three). It takes Enzo to a tiny island off the coast of Brittany in France, where he must confront the hostility of locals who have no desire to see the infamous murder back in the headlines. An attractive widow, a man charged but acquitted of the murder--but still the viable suspect, a crime scene frozen in time, a dangerous hell hole by the cliffs, and a collection of impenetrable messages, make this one of Enzo's most difficult cases.

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This was another great installment in Peter May's Enzo Files. Loved reading about the Ile de Groix off the coast of Brittany, France and Agadir, Morocco. The characters were interesting and the suspects were plenty. Thought I knew who the murderer was only to be surprised with an added twist in the end. The plot was fascinating and with Peter May's descriptive talent you feel like you are right where he is describing. I'm now looking forward to reading the 5th book of the series and highly recommend this series to those who love mystery thrillers. ( )
  EadieB | Dec 28, 2016 |
This is the fourth instalment in Peter May's 'Enzo Files' series in which expatriate Scot Enzo Macleod attempts to solve infamous 'cold cases' that have, hitherto, baffled the French authorities. In this case, the victim had been Adam Killian, a Englishman who had lived in Brittany on the Ile de Groix, a small, close-knit community, until his murder twenty years ago. He had known that he was about to be murdered and had phoned his daughter in law. Sadly she was not there, but he had left a frenzied message on her answering machine to explain that he thought he was about to be killed, and that he had left clues in his in his study which Peter, (his son, her husband) would immediately understand.

His son was never able to investigate the murder because he himself died in a freak (and totally unconnected) car crash before he could return home. Jane, Peter's wife, had, however, left her father in law's study unchanged from that fateful night. Enzo is, therefore, able to make a fairly sound start in his investigations.

There had been a clear suspect at the time, who had been tried but subsequently acquitted, though this was popularly believed to be a consequence of an amateurish prosecution rather than that he was genuinely innocent. This suspect is still living on the small island where he is widely reviled. Enzo is disappointed to find that his arrival on the island is expected - Jane had, injudiciously, mentioned his imminent investigation to a number of people on the island, and it had featured on the front page of the local newspaper. As a consequence, Enzo finds himself being challenged, and threatened, by the prime suspect before he has even made it to the Killian household.

May develops the plot very adeptly. The basic scenario may stretch plausibility, but the investigation itself is developed very adroitly. Enzo is more empathetic in this novel than in some of its predecessors. All in all, a well-developed and engrossing thriller. ( )
  Eyejaybee | May 3, 2015 |
really enjoy the enzo mccloud stories. ( )
  magentaflake | Jan 7, 2013 |
Freeze Frame is Peter May's 4th Enzo Files cold case series novel. Enzo MacLeod is a Scotsman living in France, as is May himself. While Enzo is a forensics professor, he takes up unsolved murder cases on the side, does his own investigation and, of course, solves the crimes. Freeze Frame is the best in the series to date.

The cold case being investigated in Freeze Frame took place in a small island off of the coast of Brittany, Ile de Groix. Enzo travels there to solve the 20 year old murder of Adam Killian, a man who collected and preserved mosquitos as a hobby. On the day he died Killian left his home in a hurry, called his daughter-in-law Jane and makes her promise not to move anything in his study until his son Peter could return from Africa and find the message he left. Peter died a few weeks later before he was able to come home. When Enzo arrives at the family home, the study has still not been disturbed. This is where Enzo begins his investigation.

The Enzo Files' usual characters were absent, with the exception of Enzo obviously. His 2 daughters and their significant others are not involved. In the prior books of the series I felt that the time spent on these relationships took something away from the plot. However, I found that I missed them in Freeze Frame. That said, the plot moved forward more smoothly and quicker because of their absence. ( )
  Violette62 | Oct 30, 2010 |
[I certainly hope this title and the 3 that precede it are made available for Kindle - at present they aren't.]

#4 in a series in which forensic biologist Enzo MacLeod attempts to solve a number of cold cases. In FREEZE FRAME the crime scene has been perfectly preserved for 20 years on a remote island off the northwest coast of France by the daughter-in-law of the victim. Adam Killian knew he was going to die and he left his son Peter a number of clues about the identity of his murderer. Unfortunately Peter himself died before he had a chance to solve the puzzles.

Enzo MacLeod has apparently successfully solved the first 3 of the cases, the result of a challenge to solve a number of cold cases written about in a book by friend Roger Raffin. Roger has a considerable amount of background for each case, and in particular material that didn't make it into his book.

FREEZE FRAME is entertaining and very readable. The main character Enzo MacLeod is not without blemish and has a lot in common with detectives who put their work before personal relationships. In the publisher's supplementary material Poisoned Pen editor in chief Barbara G. Peters says "FREEZE FRAME is sure to please fans looking for an escape, but who still want to learn something about some unusual settings." She says it will appeal to readers of Jon Jefferson, Simon Beckett and Dan Brown. For me it was redolent of P.D. James. I think I found Enzo very like Adam Dagliesh.

I'm anxious to get my hands on the earlier titles in the series as well as whatever comes after. FREEZE FRAME is apparently #4 in a 7 title series.

Enzo Files

1. Extraordinary People (2006)

aka Dry Bones

2. The Critic (2007)

3. Blacklight Blue (2008)

4. Freeze Frame (2010) ( )
  smik | Apr 13, 2010 |
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Ile de Groix, France. A Frozen Island. This tiny isle off the coast of Brittany is the scene of a murder left shrouded in mystery and grief. A Frozen Crime. Adam Killian's study has been left intact since his death - the perfect state for Enzo Macleod's forensic investigation. A Frozen Heart. Killian's widow is still hoping; the first suspect is still hiding; and the treacherous island itself still has a revelation for Enzo.… (more)

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