A Siege of Bitterns: A Birder Murder Mystery by Steve Burrows
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Dominic Jejeune is the new DCI at the Saltmarsh constabulary. He comes with an unwanted reputation as a boy wonder, which makes his new colleagues very suspicious of him. He's immediately confronted with the suspicious death of a nationally known environmentalist who lives in the area which is renowned internationally as prime birding territory. Jejeune is a birdwatcher, and he believes that the victim's murder is tied to birding life list. Apparently the victim has spotted the first sighting ever of an American bittern in the Norfolk saltmarshes. His investigation leads to more death, and involves him in local politics, much to his dismay.
I enjoyed this first book in the series, and look forward to reading more. I especially liked the birding information.
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