The Chessmen

The Chessmen

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Living again of the Isle of Lewis, 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. They witness a freak natural phenomenon-- a 'Bog Burst'-- which spontaneously drains a loch of its water, revealing a mud-encased light aircraft. Inside is the body of Roddy Mackenzie, a friend whose flight disappeared more than seventeen years before. Fin is unprepared for how the truth about the past will alter the course of the future.
Publisher: New York : Quercus, 2015
New York : Quercus, 2015
ISBN: 9781623656041
Branch Call Number: M MAY 2015
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Chess men


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May 23, 2016

An impressive conclusion to the trilogy.Questions answered and further depths probed.As a trivial aside, not so trivial in the circumstances, Donald Trump's mother, Mary Anne MacLeod emigrated to USA as a young woman seeking a better life. She was born at Tong on Lewis in 1912. The past always has a bearing on the future.

Feb 10, 2016

I totally agree with "Dub"... of the three books I enjoyed this least but perhaps that is because I knew the story was at an end?

Jan 07, 2016

The third and last of the series is interesting. I think the first 2 were outstanding.

Jul 08, 2015

A quote from Aristotle seems fitting here...'The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.' Each of the three books can stand alone as a very enjoyable read but taken together they are a masterpiece. Character development and sense of place stand out while the stories are complex and satisfying. Do yourself a favour and read The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man and The Chessmen and enjoy a rare treat. 10 out of 10.

Oct 07, 2014

I really liked the first 2 mysteries in this series. May's characters are interesting and his sense of place is first-rate. However, this story is a let-down. I feel like he recycled some of the plot devices from the previous stories. Definitely read the first two (The Blackhouse and The Lewis Man). The depictions of the Scottish islands and the lives of the on those islands will remain long after the details of the mysteries fade.


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Mar 17, 2015

Third book in the Lewis trilogy.


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