October 27th, 2019

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Book 60 - The Chessmen by Peter May

The conclusion of the Isle of Lewis trilogy. It’s somewhat bittersweet, in keeping with the rest of the series, but it’s a satisfying finale. But first we have to unwind the story. Fin McLeod has a new job managing security for a gaming and fishing lodge, which brings him into contact with an old school friend. After a storm and a “bog burst,” they find the wreckage of a plan which contains the body of another classmate who’d disappeared years earlier. In the course of unraveling this mystery, Fin discovers the truth behind several situations and relationships that he’d interpreted completely differently. In addition there’s a resolution to part of the story from the previous book, but the author fills in enough detail that it’s not necessary to have read that one. There’s some time jumping which I found didn’t add to the storytelling, but on the other hand Fin takes a little field trip to Spain that warmed my little heart. One can only hope that Fin will find a little serenity in the islands now that he’s eliminated some demons and come to terms with his past. For my part, I’ll miss this little corner of the world, even though it’s often bleak and harsh. Meanwhile I’ve started watching the Shetland series and will probably dive into the books sooner or later for my Scottish islands fix. Read 10-19 October.
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