by Steve Burrows
This is the second book of the Birder Murder Mysteries series. The main detective, Inspector Domenic Jejeune, is much more taken with birds and birding than with solving crimes, even though he is very good at the latter. In this book, Jejeune, Canadian-born but relocated to Norfolk on the coast of England, is confronted with a mystery of why two people were killed during the theft of two Turtledoves. This bird is not uncommon in England, so wouldn’t be considered worth killing over. Jejeune suspects the birds were not so common, and he slowly weaves together several disparate threads into a solution to the crime. You don’t have to be a birder to enjoy these mysteries, just understand how someone can be haunted by a career path not taken. Be sure to read the information provided by the author at the end of the book about the real life counterparts to the two birds from a rare dove species.