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The Chessmen
The Chessmen: The Lewis Trilogy | Peter May
Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times raved: "Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth." Among the many honors received, The Blackhouse, the first novel in May's acclaimed Lewis trilogy, won the Barry and Crime Thriller Hound awards. 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.
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Susanita
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A little bittersweet but satisfying end to the trilogy. I hope Fin finds some “solace” for the rest of his life on the Isle. The time jumps were slightly annoying but didn‘t take away from the story. OTOH, bonus points to Peter May for throwing in a quick trip to another part of the world that I love and want to visit again. BTW, is anyone else having problems with the desktop version this evening?

ValerieAndBooks Yes, I was having trouble logging into the desktop version yesterday— thought it was just me! 1mo
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Susanita
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1. Do I love the Hebrides because of Peter May, or do I love Peter May because of the Hebrides? Either way, I just checked this one out from the library. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
2. Overcast but pleasant 🌥
3. Blind date. At the end of dinner he said: I guess we agree we aren‘t going to see each other again, right? I was surprised, perplexed, annoyed...and relieved. 🤷🏻‍♀️
4. Four-legged variety. Hubby says we can only have the one. 🐈
5. ❤️❤️
#friyayintro

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Oryx
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So now I definitely have to read the tagged book. I've read The Blackhouse, which was really good. This is a sculpture of a one of the Lewis chessmen.

LeahBergen I was so excited to see them at The British Museum last month! 2mo
Oryx @LeahBergen oh so cool. The British museum has everything! 2mo
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Cathy_J
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The final book in the Lewis trilogy. Another great read. I think I enjoyed the first two books more but this was still full of interesting information about the Outer Hebrides including the Lewis chessmen :-P 3.5 stars. Recommend this series.

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TrishB
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Finished this one on the plane , good ending to the trilogy and an unexpected twist right at the end 👍🏻 enjoyed this trilogy. And just some lovely pics from Cayman.....
#seriesread

Tanisha_A 🤩😍 8mo
Kalalalatja Lovely! 8mo
Cathythoughts So lovely 😍 8mo
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TheSpineView 😊 8mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous photos!! That was a quick trip ❤️glad you‘re home safe & sound 8mo
TrishB @Cinfhen unfortunately that‘s work! A work week seems a long time though 😁 8mo
MicheleinPhilly Sigh. Got home last night, it‘s bright but we‘re freezing our arses off. 8mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly I‘ve gone from 29 degrees to 9....heating is on! 8mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB SAME! Also back to wearing long pants and socks. 😒 8mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly I have my long pjs on and Snoopy socks....it was nice to have a few days of bare legs and sandals.... 8mo
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TrishB
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Last read on the balcony before setting off to the airport 🌴🌴

AmyG Oooo isn‘t that lovely. ❤️ 8mo
BarbaraBB I hope you‘ve had a great time! Have a save trip home ❤️ 8mo
TheSpineView Looks fabulous! Travel safe! 8mo
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JennyM Safe travels - pack some sunshine in your case for home 🏝 ☀️ ✈️ 8mo
Cathythoughts Oh that‘s gorgeous ✨✨✨ 8mo
BooknerdsLife What a view 😍 Have a safe trip! 8mo
TrishB @AmyG @BarbaraBB @TheSpineView @JennyM @Cathythoughts @BooknerdsLife home now! Missing that view, it‘s all so grey!! 8mo
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Tove_Reads
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Sad to say goodbye to this trilogy. I already miss the islands and their quirky inhabitants. Cleverly written, filled with just the right amount of characters, discovering what really happened years ago. The book ties up loose ends, and sums up the highland spirit. Fin finds the remains of a friend of his who died in his airplane as a young man. Murdered. The truth will be unveiled and no stone will be left unturned. Brilliant!

EadieB Loved this trilogy! 8mo
Monica5 Loved this trilogy!! 8mo
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Tove_Reads
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Waiting for a friend. Peruvian food and a movie before I can dig into the third book in this excellent trilogy!

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Andrew65
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This book gave me one of the biggest #🤭 shock moments of any books that I have read. Loved the whole trilogy set on the Isle of Lewis but did not see coming what happened in the book but cannot talk about it due to spoilers. Thoroughly recommend this trIlogy which starts with The Blackhouse.
#readingresolutions

Caroline2 Oh I loved the Blackhouse! Sounds like I need to hurry up and read the rest of the trilogy!!! 😆 14mo
Andrew65 @Caroline2 Definitely, one of my favourite trilogies. 14mo
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Monica5
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Amazing series. This last book was my favorite, though I wish it would have ended differently. If you haven't read this series, I would recommend it.

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Oblomov26
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The third and last book in this series of detective stories focussing on Finn a now retired DI who returns home to the island of Lewis. To say that this series are mystery stories is true in that each is centred on a mystery, but this is woven around a wider deeper theme of returning home to find old friends changed by life, lost loves, bad decisions and the ramifications they can have on a life, and second chances. In this case Finn is confronted

Oblomov26 by the body of an old friend in a plane in a place where it should not be and his investigation leads to a conspiracy with its roots in his own adolescence. 1y
LeahBergen I love your Shield-biter! 1y
Oblomov26 @LeahBergen yes. They had an exhibition up in Brisbane a few years ago which included a few of the original Lewis chessmen. Had to buy a replica berserker in the gift shop afterwards. 1y
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avgeyer
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I loved this trilogy so much. Beautifully written plots and intriguing characters with complex back stories. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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avgeyer
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Starting the last book in this trilogy while watching my Yankees. ⚾️

LiteraryinLititz I was watching the same game while reading, actually! 2y
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StellaDz
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I think May is the only mystery author that writes a novel, only acknowledging the mystery in the last 80 pages, and I don't mind a bit. His books are so much more. While I didn't necessarily agree with the ending of this trilogy, it was sad, yet fitting, for the overall feel of the trilogy. I can't wait to read more of his works.

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Bookscatsandcountry Is this part of the Lewis trilogy? This reminded me that I read the first one a few years ago and really enjoyed it but have never picked up the rest. 3y
StellaDz @Bookscatsandcountry yep! This is the last in the Lewis Trilogy. I really enjoyed this series! He's now definitely one of my go-to authors! 😃 3y
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StellaDz
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The next #currentlyreading! Last book in the trilogy, so I want to read it slowly. I know I'll probably devour it though ☹️

LornaDH I'm still on the second one. 3y
StellaDz @LornaDH how are you liking them? I've now started collecting all his books! ❤️ 3y
LornaDH @StellaDz I really like them. Went to a reading of his, so my Chessmen is signed. Want to read his Enzo books too. 3y
StellaDz @LornaDh omg I'm so jealous! I would love to meet him. He's a new favourite author of mine! 3y
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StellaDz
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My immediate #TBR piles for #novels and #graphicnovels. Peter May is becoming a major part of my reading life.

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amrsprout
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As always. Wonderful series!

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rudejasper
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Atmospheric, engrossing, great use of jumping back and forth through time. This is the last book in a really fantastic mystery trilogy.

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AnnieErickson
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I think I liked this one even more than the second book in this series. Love the narrator and all the wonderful accents he does. Again this book made me want to be in Scotland, such beautiful and vivid descriptions.