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A Pitying of Doves: A Birder Murder Mystery by Steve Burrow

A Pitying of Doves

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Chief Inspector Domenic Jejeune is one of the most interesting protagonists I’ve run across in crime fiction. Though he has an excellent “solve” rate in his department, his methods are unorthodox to say the least. Sure, I know there are plenty of detectives in crime fiction that regularly run afoul of their superiors, but while Jejeune does do that, the thing that puts him in his own little category is that it is abundantly clear to everyone around him that he really does not enjoy his job. His mind, and especially his heart is out birding most of the time. Instead of being a copper, he would much prefer to be in bird research as a career. So with his overwhelming interest in the field one would think the murder of just such a person in her aviary would hold his interest. But in this case, the problem as his superiors see it, is that he can’t get past the birds.