Peter May referred to his latest Enzo Files mystery, Freeze Frame, as his novel reminiscent of the Golden Age of mysteries, and it truly is. It's a story for all of us who appreciate those traditional mysteries with a closed environment, with a limited amount of suspects, and a cold case. Don't worry if you haven't read the previous Enzo Files. You'll want to go back after reading Freeze Frame.
Enzo Macleod is a Scot, a forensic pathologist working as a biologist in France. One night at a party, he made a rash bet that he could solve all of the seven cold cases in a bestselling book by a Parisian journalist. He solved the first three, and the fourth Enzo File finds him heading to Ile de Groix, a small island off the coast of Brittany.
It doesn't take him long to discover everyone knows he's there to find the secret behind a study that has been left just as a murdered man left it twenty years earlier. But, the villagers don't seem too happy to have him there. Once again, the story of murder will be stirred up. And, the primary suspect, who was acquitted, isn't happy to see him either. But, Enzo is only interested in the scientific interpretation that might let him discover why a man died in his study, and what clues he left behind.
This locked room mystery might be twenty years old, but its roots go much further back in the twentieth century. May skillfully combines history and science in Macleod's search. His setting is perfect for the story of this cold case. Macleod himself is an intriguing man, a lonely figure with tragedy in his past, unable to maintain relationships. By the end of the book, Macleod appears even more isolated. Freeze Frame would truly match up with the Golden Age mysteries.
Peter May's website is www.petermay.co.uk
Freeze Frame by Peter May. Poisoned Pen Press, ©2010. ISBN 9781590586945 (hardcover), 294p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received an ARC from the publisher, in hopes I would review it.