A Siege of Bitterns: A Birder Murder Mystery by Steve BurrowsA Siege of Bitterns: A Birder Murder Mystery by Steve Burrows

A Siege of Bitterns: A Birder Murder Mystery

bySteve Burrows

Paperback | April 5, 2014

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Newly appointed police inspector Domenic Jejeune doesn't mind ruffling a few feathers to flush out suspects in the brutal murder of a renowned ecological activist.

2015 Arthur Ellis Award - Winner, Best First Novel . Globe and Mail 100: Best Books of 2014 . 2015 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize - Shortlisted, Best Mystery

Inspector Domenic Jejeune's success has made him a poster boy for the U.K. police service. The problem is Jejeune doesn't really want to be a detective at all; he much prefers watching birds.

Recently reassigned to the small Norfolk town of Saltmarsh, located in the heart of Britain's premier birding country, Jejeune's two worlds collide when he investigates the grisly murder of a prominent ecological activist. His ambitious police superintendent foresees a blaze of welcome publicity, but she begins to have her doubts when Jejeune's most promising theory involves a feud over birdwatching lists. A second murder only complicates matters.

To unravel this mystery, Jejeune must deal with unwelcome public acclaim, the mistrust of colleagues, and his own insecurities. In the case of the Saltmarsh birder murders, the victims may not be the only casualties.
Steve Burrows has pursued his birdwatching hobby on five continents. He holds degrees from York, Dalhousie, and the University of Hong Kong, and is the author of a number of articles on environmental issues. A former editor of the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society Magazine, Steve now lives with his wife in Oshawa, Ontario.
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Title:A Siege of Bitterns: A Birder Murder MysteryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.9 inPublished:April 5, 2014Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from was ok Enjoyed the collective nouns-particularly 'a charm of goldfinches' and the birding information. The initial murder made sense but some of the later parts were a little over the top. The characters were good and the story overall was believable but the writing seemed a little uneven and staggered a bit occasionally.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful A novel concept: a murder mystery intertwined with birdwatching coupled with elegant prose. A worthwhile read.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Mystery - Worth the Read This is an interesting mystery story about a detective who is "A BIRDER". It has numerous facts about the setting and about the process of BIRDWATCHING. Our detective is a very deep character and a great focal point for the story. Enjoyed it immensely and look forward to sequels.
Date published: 2014-04-28

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The debut of a major new Canadian talent. - Globe and Mail