Freeze Frame : Enzo Files

  • by Peter May
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Enzo Files
  • 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A promise made to a dying man leads forensics ace Enzo Macleod (a Scot who's been teaching in France for many years) to the study—a place the man's heir has preserved for nearly 20 years. The dead man left several clues there designed to reveal his killer's identity to the man's son, but ironically the son died soon after the father.
So begins the fourth of the seven cold cases written up in a best-selling book by Parisian journalist Roger Raffin that Enzo rashly boasted he could solve (he's been successful with the first three).
The case takes Enzo to a tiny island off the coast of Brittany in France, where he must confront the hostility of locals who have no desire to see the infamous murder back in the headlines. An attractive widow, a man charged but acquitted of the murder—but still the viable suspect, a crime scene frozen in time, a dangerous hell hole by the cliffs, and a collection of impenetrable messages make this one of Enzo's most difficult cases.


What the Critics Say

Some cases are better left swept under the rug…
“Excellent….With its intricate plot, compelling characters, and bombshell denouement, this unsettling Enzo Files installment is a must-read.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
“The author of the much acclaimed China Thrillers surpasses himself here in misdirection, placing clues in plain sight and leaving the reader anticipating the fifth entry in this outstanding series.” (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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Solid writing, reliable series

This was another reliable entry in the Enzo series. The mystery is interesting and well strung together. I found the handling of the clues creative and intriguing, allowing me to play along with Enzo’s problem solving process, and even though I had figured out who-dunnit, I didn't mind because the scavenger hunt to get there was worth the trip. Enzo remains an engaging and full-blooded character, in this outing working without the entourage of his daughters and their boyfriends, but that was ok. I enjoyed the atmospheric Breton island location and the people he met there. My only complaint is the subplot involving sometime love interest, Charlotte, who was uncharacteristically surly, leaving a relationship cliffhanger that left a bad taste in my mouth. I’m sure there will be a resolution of sorts in future volumes, but I just didn't like the way this one faded out, but not so much as to lose the recommendation.
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- Janice "Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories."

Very good series with one exception

I liked the series opener to search for the next two, which Audible doesn't carry. Enzo and his cast of characters are all complex and interesting, as is the storyline. But...I'll never understand authors who create these character situations such as the one between Charlotte & Enzo. It's pretty ridiculous. She's this psychiatrist who clearly needs to be in therapy, & Enzo continues to speak with her after being repeatedly blown off, cast off, & so obviously set up. What's more, the lack of resolution (or even a plausible response from an otherwise intelligent man), grates and rings false. An obvious tool. Still, I enjoy the series and will read and listen to May's other books. Just feel a bit annoyed by Charlotte & also Enzo's lack of self respect when it comes to her. And the fact that May garnered this kind of reaction is evidence of how much interest the books have woven.
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- Mark "Photographer, nature & water geek, music lover, book fiend."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.