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  1. says:

    So, after reading well, listening to actually this trio of books back to back I ve reached the end After The Blackhouse and Lewis Man introduced us to Fin MacLeod, this story completes a perfectly formed trilogy The descriptions of the wild and remote Hebridean islands is ever present as is the all pervading influence of the church, but it s the individual characters that rightly take centre stage here We are introduced to quite a cast from Fin s early years and learn a good deal about how his life developed between leaving school and the beginning of his police career Lifelong male friendships were forged and girlfriends came and went.As before, there s a crime to be solved this time a body is discovered in a plane after a loch is strangely emptied by a phenomenon known as a bog burst but this is never allowed to dominate proceedings Just as interesting are the anecdotes from Fin s early years and his catch up with old friends and acquaintances And there s history here too I was fascinated by the tale of the tragic fate of nearly 200 islanders who perished when the Lolaire hit rocks close to Stornaway Harbour As the boat went down they were drowned or dashed against rocks It was the early hours of New Year s Day, 1919 and the men were soldiers returning home from fighting in the war I found the account of this real event to be heartbreaking These books are brooding and sad in places but uplifting too The bond between people on these islands feels different to anything I ve experienced in my lifetime somehow the linkage is stronger, the alliances deeply held But this can cause problems of its own in this place where everyone knows everyone and secrets are hard to keep It s been a joy to be in the company of these people for the past few weeks and I will miss them, and the islands, desperately I shall, though, be seeking out work from the author he knows how to spin a yarn, this man.

  2. says:

    The Chessmen is the last of the Lewis trilogy by Peter May Written in beautiful and brutal prose, May takes us again to the harsh Isle of Lewis, a remote island in the outer Hebrides of Scotland steeped in Gaelic culture The trilogy is centered around the life of Fin Macleod, formerly a detective inspector in The Edinburgh police force After the death of his son and a failed marriage, Fin decides to return to his bleak, menacing birthplace Now working security for an estate overwhelmed with poachers, Fin and his friend Whistler come upon an old plane crash containing the body of a famous musician and friend who disappeared 17 years ago With excellent storytelling, the novel weaves back and forth in Fin s life connecting old band friends with today s discovery The trilogy is a dark crime mystery thriller full of surprises The Blackhouse, 1 of the 3, is brilliant Definitely not a series I wish to see end The author has other series and stand alone books which I look forward to reading Highly recommend the trilogy.4 out of 5 stars

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    The Lewis Chessmen are real artifacts, discovered near Uig, Lewis in 1831 There is some speculation as to their origin, but they appear to have been crafted in the 12th century, and most historians believe they were originally created in Norway.In this book, the last of the Lewis Trilogy, replicas of the chessmen play a pivotal role in solving a murder There is another murder that is discovered one that occurred 16 years ago Again, Peter May s masterful weaving of the stories of his characters pasts with events that are currently underway is completely spellbinding.The period in Fin Macleod s life that is highlighted through this last book is just prior to his university years through to shortly after those years It is a time I could relate to well as he became the road manager during those years for a popular band named Solas and my own music career would have been occurring during the same ages At times, the shenanigans and accidents and other weirdness of the lifestyle became very uncomfortable for me to read about Someone peeked into my own past and wrote about it Through it all, I could relate most closely to Fin because even though he was part of it, he wasn t in it to the same degree the others were That is to say, his mission was to remain as authentic as possible in a wild land of illusion, smoke, and mirrors.So, to say this book struck close to my heart would be an understatement The years described are a somewhat angst ridden and uncertain time in young people s lives anyway Fresh out of high school and into a new school that is supposed to prepare one for the rest of their lives when they don t really have a clue what they want to commit to for the rest of their lives Not to mention the relationships and attempts to get those commitments sorted out and on track all while making a multitude of mistakes and errors that either get carried for life as baggage, or learned from and added to the wisdom pile There is much of this sorting out going on in the book It makes it both endearing to read, and painful at times.There were tie ins to the first two books of the Trilogy in this third outing as well, and I am so glad that I read them one after the other as some of the threads are subtle, and ones that appeared to have been resolved or were non resolvable in previous books If asked, I could not honestly say which book of the three is my favorite They are all of a piece completely congruent with each other and inter dependent on each other.I loved this series and it is going to take some doing to find another that can impress me as much as this saga I m already feeling lonely for these people and this Island.

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    I hate to say this but the concluding book in the trilogy left me somewhat disappointed if you had removed the epilogue, and this wasn t the concluding chapter in the trilogy, I might have felt differently I.e if this was a series of books like the David Hewson Nic Costa series , I wouldn t have felt that the entire story was compromised My main issues would be I do not understand why the new character of Whistler was introduced He had never been mentioned prior to this and given the relationship that was described it seemed inconceivable that a he wouldn t have been mentioned as part of Fin s childhood in the first book and b that Fin wouldn t have visited him before this point I.e upon his return to Lewis.The character of Marsaili wasn t even a secondary character in the plot Given that this was the concluding book of the trilogy I had anticipated that the characters we had come to know would be part of the plot structure Fins relationship with Marsaili and his son were key to the previous books and both individuals were conspicuous by their absence A lot of complex issues were introduced in the first two books which were not even touched upon I understand the need for each book to be stand alone but for the readers who had followed this story from the beginning, I couldn t help but feel a little short changed.The death of Fins son was a theme throughout the first two books and I had anticipated that this would form a large part of the concluding book Therefore the epilogue felt and read very much like an after thought.Hated the conclusion of the Donald Murray story Seemed incredibly rushed and not at all well considered.

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    This completes the trilogy of murder mysteries set on Lewis Island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland Fin left this rural backwater 18 years before when he went to college on the mainland and subsequently became a police detective in Edinburgh But the death of a child and the break up of his marriage has him looking for self repair from his roots in this remote Gaelic speaking community In the prior book, we learned he has a special connection in the form of a son he didn t know about being raised by the high school girlfriend he left behind after an infidelity he regrets This book starts with him working security for an estate manager and sharing the discovery of a body in an old plane crash when a bog suddenly drains The body is believed to be that of an old classmate who had begun to achieve fame and success as the leader of a Gaelic folk pop group, for which Fin had served as the roadie At the scene of the discovery is a reclusive poacher nicknamed Whistler who was a former member of the band who dropped out supposedly over jealousy over love for the group s sexy vocalist This book satisfied my love of books that work as biographies of place and special rural communities It also taps into my fondness for crime procedurals in which the personal life, character flaws, and moral quandaries to the hero are bound up with the tale For a great overview of the series, see this review by fan Harry Roolaart Link.

  6. says:

    The final book in this trilogy and it did its job of wrapping up all the loose ends very well.As with the previous two books the best part was the whole atmosphere of the island, the bogs, the mist, the rain and the way the people seem to live in a slower, old fashioned way I actually liked this book a little less than the first two as it bounced around a bit too much into a past which did not really interest me Nevertheless it was still very good, very readable and a great conclusion to an excellent series.

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    This is the third book in what is an excellent trilogy Centred around Fin Macleod, the novels have taken him from an Edinburgh DI, grieving the loss of his young son and the breakdown of his marriage back to his childhood home on Lewis in the Outer Hebrides to reconnect with his old friends and lost loves Now resigned from the police and employed to manage security on a large estate, he is living with his childhood sweetheart and coming to terms with being a father to a son he didn t know he had, but still feeling that something inside him is missing.The novel opens with the discovery of a body, another cold case for Fin to solve but one that will drag up memories and people from his past to collide with the present It s a tale of lies, jealousy and deception that has repercussions for Fin and his group of friends from his high school days What I love most about these books is the strong sense of place I have never visited the Hebrides but with Peter May s fine writing I can visualise the eerie and windswept landscape of craggy mountains, grasses and boggy peat, the inland lochs and the cliffs along an often angry sea I can also feel the insular, almost stifling feeling of living on an isolated island, one where little has changed over time and everyone is linked in some way I also enjoyed learning the story of the Lewis Chessman, 78 beautifully carved ivory chess pieces made in the 12th century in either Norway or Iceland and found on a Lewis beach in 1831 for further information see wikipedia is a photo of one of the chess pieces in the British Museum, a beserker infantryman seen biting his shield prior to going into battle isn t he gorgeous

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    Rating 3.5 of fiveThe series is complete My relief is genuine.I ll find something to say in due course DUE COURSE HAVING ELAPSED Peter May cut his storytelling teeth in Scottish television, creating two prime time drama series and script editing a third He is very clearly Scottish, choosing an unfamiliar and unforgiving setting for this series The Hebrides, no less than Ann Cleeves s famous Shetlands TV and book series, is globally known for its distilled essence of Scottishness No smart author who wasn t Scottish would dare to do this.But the problem is that the Hebrides form an atmospheric backdrop for a personal saga of surpassing ordinariness The gross out food gathering antics of the Hebrideans in The Blackhouse aren t integral to the murder, they re the handy means for it The Lewis Man came off better than The Blackhouse because it was a universal plot far compelling than the first one, but again the Hebrides could as easily have been the Balearics or the Cyclades.Now, at the end of the trail, we re confronted with a murder that frankly makes no sense, a murder that makes all the sense in the world, a death that s explained in as bloodless in the bad sense a way as any in detective fiction, and a hit that my shoulders have been hunched in anticipation of since the middle of The Lewis Man.I m not one for book reports, so go read the synopsis and some spoilery reviews to glean some insights into which might be what I m here to tell you that this wasn t a satisfying three book read But, the Gotcha Gang is now crouched above their keyboards waiting to snort in derision, you read them Yep I did I got the series from Quercus and, even though it takes me forever to get around to reviews these days, I still honor my commitments.The end result of my reading isn t the sense of time wasted so much as time misused The author has storytelling chops He deploys the expected tropes in the usual order and does so against the background of a culturally unique place without, as Cleeves does, allowing us a deeper than guidebook sense of the ways and means of these isolated folks I would be howling to the stars about these books if I d felt the crimes had originated organically in Hebridean soil The author s ability to make a story one wants to follow isn t in question The main character is a homecoming middle aged ball of grief and rage, so that s familiar He isn t anyone we haven t met before, but he s well developed enough for that not to be a major concern.In the end, I m not sure what to tell you If Scotland is a fascination of yours and you re a murder mystery addict, ie if you re me, yeah sure read away Don t expect a peak experience If you re a tartan noir person, and why the hell wouldn t you be , these will occupy summer beach hours adequately Even refreshingly, given that there isn t a single warm day in any of the texts.

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    The Chessmen Lewis Trilogy 3 by Peter May.My hope in writing my review is that the words, although inadequate, may reveal the depth and scope revealed so magnificently in this story by the author.Fin MacLeod has chosen after 15 years to leave the police force Now as ex Detective Inspector he s returning to the Outer Hebrides, the place of his birth The land, his past and all the faces from his past All the unfinished business that s needs to be smoothed overif that s possible after all the time that has past.Fin and his wife, Mona, of 16 years are done The only link they had to their loveless marriage was their precious boy Fin s Mona s son was killed by a hit and run driver who remains free to this day The loss of his son s death brings bitterness pain at the mere mention of his name.Fin is about to embark on a new job A job that will bring him face to face with another person from his past The face of Whistler His old and dear friend with whom he s had the closest of friendships, but now with a job that may cause him to rouse the deep seeded anger in Whistler that he s been known for The other face from Fin s past is that of Marsaili His long lost love due to his own selfishness stupidity Can they ever begin where they left off or is this just wishful thinking on fin s part To say that this brilliantly written story had twists turns are words that are not worthy enough for this author or book.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR THE SERIOUS MINDED READERS.

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    With ex Detective Inspector Fin Macleod once again living permanently on the Isle of Lewis, it wasn t long before he re connected with his old childhood friend, Whistler Macaskill The carefree days of their youth were over shadowed by the poachers in the area Fin s new job was to investigate the illegal activity and catch them But the night the two were high up on the mountains in a terrible storm, was the night of what was known as a Bog Burst when the loch they were overlooking drained down into the valley the small light plane which was lying at the bottom of the loch looked terribly familiar Roddy Mackenzie, musician and friend to both Fin and Whistler, had gone missing seventeen years prior It seemed he d finally been found but Fin, although in shock, registered something unsettling on Whistler s face Fin was determined to discover what Whistler was keeping to himself, also how and why Roddy died Secrets, lies, anger and betrayal was it possible for Fin to discover the truth And what would be the outcome if he did The Chessmen is the third and final in the Lewis Trilogy and I m sad it s over Another gripping and intense crime thriller set in the vast and remote Isle of Lewis the story of the Lewis Chessmen intrigued me Seventy eight chessmen, which view spoiler in this story are carved by Whistler in replication of the originals hide spoiler

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