The Chessmen: The Lewis Trilogy
The Chessmen by Peter May.
Series: Lewis Trilogy
Hardcover: 308 pages
Publisher: Quercus;(February 3, 2015)
Now, with The Chessmen, Peter May gives us a dramatic conclusion to his award-winning Lewis trilogy. Living again of the Isle of Lewis, the ex-Detective Inspector Fin McLeod is working as a security officer for a local landowner. While investigating illegal activity on the estate Fin encounters the elusive poacher and former childhood friend Whistler Macaskill.
But while Fin catches up with Whistler, the two witness a freak natural phenomenon--a 'Bog Burst'--which spontaneously drains a loch of its water, revealing a mud-encased light aircraft with a sickeningly familiar moniker on its side.
Both men immediately know that they will find inside: the body of Roddy Mackenzie, a friend whose flight disappeared more than seventeen years before. But when Whistler's face appears to register something other than shock, an icy chill of apprehension overtakes Fin. What secret has Whistler been hiding from him, and everyone else on the island? Fin is unprepared for how the truth about the past will alter the course of the future.
What a really good trilogy! Love our protagonist, Fin, and all the characters we meet along the way. Even by the end of book one you feel you know Fin, but learn more about him with each book.
The atmosphere is phenomenal! In the first two books you feel you've stepped back in time. The Chessmen I had a little more feeling of "more recent". But no matter what Peter May writes a great story!
As in the other books there has to be a death or a body.. or both!
This time I had some moments where I felt it was being stretched out a bit... but he sure makes up for it in the last 80 pages!!
I certainly learn things when he writes also... never heard of a "bog burst"! But then again until my second life here in Florida I had not known of sink holes! So there ya go lol.
I think I tried to read the Chessmen a little slower because I didn't want it to be the last I'd read with these characters. To sum it up I would say that anyone who likes mysteries and plenty of atmosphere will not be disappointed in this trilogy!