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Blowback (The Enzo Files #5)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  622 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
When France's top chef, Marc Fraysse, summoned the world's press to make a shattering announcement, rumors abounded that he was about to lose one of his three coveted Michelin stars.  Instead, on arrival at his remote restaurant on a volcanic plateau in central France, they were greeted with the news that the troubled genius had been murdered, and the message he intended ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 434 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published May 27th 2010)
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May 01, 2011 Eric_W rated it really liked it
We have dog detectives, cat detectives, recipe mysteries, vampire sleuths, etc. Most of these I ignore. At least a university professor who is a forensic science expert and works on cold cases makes sense.

Enzo MacLeod, is investigating the cold case murder of Marc Fraysse, a three star restaurant chef, who owned a place so famous that reservations were required six months in advance. Discovered by the local flic, Dominique, who, Enzo discovers to his delight, cleans up spectacularly out of unifo
Jan 18, 2016 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m up to date with the Enzo Files – here is to hoping that we get the last two mysteries at some point in the foreseeable future!

Whilst the Enzo Files are not my favourite work by Peter May, I do thoroughly enjoy them. Each book offers up another interesting criminal story, with the understory of Enzo’s life developing. I admit that at times I grow annoyed with the soap opera of his life, but as a whole I love to watch his development as a character – along with the development of side characte
Ian Allan
Mar 05, 2013 Ian Allan rated it really liked it
I like this series, and Blowback is a strong addition. It does, however, contain a few errors, which surprised me. May uses "manilla" envelopes, when it should be manila. The Italian soccer team appears as "Juventas"; it's Juventus. For the second time (I think) in an Enzo book, he makes a dam/damn error. ("It was like a damn had burst inside her" -- that should be dam.) When Enzo is stumbling around in the snow, he describes it as too dark and black for Enzo to see. That didn't work for me. ...more
Mar 14, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m nearly done with this series…and I’ll miss Enzo and his entourage of supporting characters. I particularly liked this book in the series because it was all about food and wine. A combination with which you can’t go wrong. Also the writing. Peter May gets better with every book he writes. He knows how to paint the scene. He knows how to work a dialogue. He knows how to keep the plot of a book moving along in just the right way to hook you and grab your attention.

In “Blowback” Enzo sets out to
Kate Watson
Jan 24, 2014 Kate Watson rated it really liked it
What drew me into this novel was the complexity of the characters, especially after the cookie cutter perfection of the characters in my last James Patterson reading. Life is messy, but these guys faced it with intellect and a glass of wine. Being wrapped up in the storyline was serenely peaceful for me, because whatever drama was thrown out, the characters dealt with it in quiet confidence. And the true motive of the murder seemed justified in my opinion. I liked this novel a lot. ...more
Neil Mullins
Nov 07, 2016 Neil Mullins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another good read

Although as a reader you are pulled into trying to work out the culprit, which is always interesting and entertaining. I am also always waiting to see which woman he beds and every book so far he does. Having said that the books are always very readable and entertaining. Thanks for the fun.
Nov 23, 2016 Lee rated it it was ok
Not the best of the series.
Oct 16, 2016 Cassie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than Freeze Frame, the book that came immediately before. This book had more suspense and so many twists and turns! Wonderfully written with beautiful description and shady sinister characters. This is my favourite of the Enzo series so far...
May 23, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it

The story begins in February, 2003. Marc Fraysse is the owner/chef of a Michelin 3-star restaurant and auberge (inn). Marc is a man of routine and every afternoon he runs the same route, never varying it on any day. On this day in February, a gaggle of newspaper reporters have gathered to hear what Marc himself had described as a significant statement about the future of his restaurant. Rumors have been circulating that Marc may be losing one of the stars awarded by the restaurant guide. A resta
Oct 07, 2016 Lorna rated it really liked it
Setting France, Context food what not to like. Actually not as good as many others but a chapter on a meal was enough to sell it to me.
Feb 25, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing

This is the first book that I have read in Peter May's series featuring Enzo Macleod. I have been delightfully surprised by the excellent writing and excellent story. Enzo Macleod who is a former forensic specialist and currently a university professor in Toulouse in France. He is half Scottish and half Italian and has an interesting life filled with very complicated family connections! His daughter Sophie, while undercover, assists him with this case.

Why is a university professor working at so
Simon Fenwick
Jul 08, 2015 Simon Fenwick rated it it was amazing
I have to say that I enjoyed this book (the fifth in the Enzo Files series) equally as much as the other four. As with all of Peter May's books it is well written and the characters are believable. Enzo himself is a likeable chap.

One thing does concern me. Is this really the last in the series? If so, it seems strange as we are really left hanging on several points. I ask this as this volume was first published in 2011 (in the USA) and since then we have had the fantastic Lewis Trilogy and two s
Ian Brydon
Having generally enjoyed the four previous instalments of Peter May's series of novels featuring half-Italian, half-Scottish forensic scientist Enzo Macloed, I fell that I, and indeed Enzo too, may have embarked on a volume too far.

Enzo Macleod has undertaken to unravel seven infamous and hitherto unsolved murders that had baffled the French police force. This latest story focuses on Enzo's investigation into the death a few years previously of Marc Fraysse, one of France's most celebrated chefs
John Lee
Sep 16, 2013 John Lee rated it really liked it
Neither myself nor my wife remember ordering this book from the library. Perhaps it was just the latest issue by an author whose Lewis Trilogy we had both read and enjoyed some time ago. Or may be it was just a fortunate mistake.
As well as my love of reading, I also enjoy food and after disappointments with two recent novels that combined these two factors (LJBraun's- The cat who robbed a bank and Lucy Burdette's An appetite for murder), I soon realised that this would be different.
Although thi
Sep 09, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-enzo-files
Such a good series, and this is another good mystery. Can't wait for #6!

"When France's top chef, Marc Fraysse, summoned the world's press to make a shattering announcement, rumors abounded that he was about to lose one of his three coveted Michelin stars. Instead, on arrival at his remote restaurant on a volcanic plateau in central France, they were greeted with the news that the troubled genius had been murdered, and the message he intended to deliver was never made. Seven years on, the identit
Richard Thompson
Mar 09, 2015 Richard Thompson rated it liked it
Shelves: read-alouds, mystery
We galloped through May's Lewis series, and decided to give his Enzo Files and Chinese series a try. The only Enzo on the shelf was BLOWBACK, the fifth in series...

Interesting premise... Enzo McLeod — a forensic scientist who worked with the police is Scotland then moved into teaching forensics at a university when he moved to France — declared that he can, with new forensic techniques, solve all seven cold cases that were featured in a book by a Parisian journalist. We are assuming that he solv
Jun 14, 2011 Jodi rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Blowback is the 5th of the Enzo files, the 5th cold case that Enzo MacLeod, Scotsman and forensic investigator, has attempted to solve. In the case, it is the 7 year old death of celebrated 3 star Michelin chef Marc Frayse. His death is not in question but who did it, certainly is. He was beloved by both his wife and his brother. What if a murder isn't really a murder? And what if it is was? As Enzo delves into his own investigation, he learns that everyone has skeletons, even himself. Although ...more
Christine bonner
Jan 01, 2016 Christine bonner rated it it was amazing
Marc Fraysse is a celebrated chef that is found murdered by his wife and brother.
Enzo has spent the last seven years looking for the unsolved French cold cases. This time it takes him to Massif Central in France to the hotel that Marc owned. His daughter Sophie has gone ahead of him to work in the kitchen to get any gossip on the people working there.
You may need to have something to eat before you read the book as it has a lot of food and wine in the story. I enjoyed reading this book as it ha
Oct 18, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it
Another book from my membership on "netGalley" - Blowback is set in France and is about their top chef Marc Fraysse who summons a world press meeting to make an ammouncement - rumors start that he is about to lose on of this 3 coveted Michelin stars...the meeting never takes place because he is found murdered - 7 years later, the case remains unsolved when Enzo Macleod takes on his fifth cold case and finds himself discovering parallels with is own life - I won't say anything more other than a ...more
Jan 11, 2016 Kb rated it really liked it
I couldn't manage to get through the fourth book, Freeze Frame, before the software did its thing and "returned" it to the library (no checking it out again right away since ebooks are nearly always on hold by somebody), but I happily got through this fifth installment in the Enzo Files. It was fun to work through the process of discovery on this one. I found I had sympathy for the characters and the problem -- something lacking from the previous book, I think, which was what made it hard to ...more
Rodrigo Acuna
Nov 23, 2015 Rodrigo Acuna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Fine food, fine wine and murder"

Enzo is back with the french themed investigations, and now the victim is an obsessed chef, and the mysteries he left behind, the food descriptions are excellent the wine tasting is like all wine testing too much when you are not participating. The mystery is multi layered and well developed, with the help of humor and Enzo's family and his need for female company.
No it is not the Lewis trilogy expecting it to be is not fair to this collection that is more about
Sarah Mcleod
This was my fourth Peter May book, and my first Enzo Macleod book (are all his main characters called Macleod?). It did take me awhile to get into this properly, a really slow starter but it did kind of set the scene well. My main issue was that it was far too descriptive of the restaurant business at the start of the book, but I suppose that is useful for those who know nothing about that kind of business and how the structure works. Once the book got going it did move quite quickly, the ...more
Apr 28, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it
Number five in The Enzo Files series. I guessed early on who the guilty party was though not the reason why. And I tried not to think too much about the fact that the victim, chef Marc Fraysse, has been dead for seven years and yet Enzo is able to boot up his computer with no problems and immediately access the files. As in the previous books, the story also veers off into Enzo's personal affairs. He can be a bit of a self-centered insensitive cad at times and I wonder why his relationships ...more
Aug 20, 2015 Cliff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This appears to be the last of the Enzo Macleod books to date. I wonder if the author has tired of them? Certainly I don't think they have improved as they've gone along. The theme is supposed to be the solving of long forgotten murder cases by modern forensic techniques. There is little or none of this in this volume. The only modern forensic test is carried out by a third party. Mainly the book seems concerned with food porn and Enzo's conquest of yet another female. There is something of a ...more
Aug 29, 2015 Jan rated it really liked it
Another 4 star plus from the wonderful Peter May. I love his Enzo files. This book sees Enzo investigating the death of a chef Marc Fraysee. Enzo and Sophie who has been working undercover seek out the clues to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of the chef. I have loved these books and really can't wait for the last one in the series. As always Peter May delivers the goods, one of the best writers around, I love his work.
Aug 29, 2011 Jerry rated it really liked it
This read like a good old fashioned who dunnit but with a slightly more modern main character. I enjoyed all the back stories involving Enzo and his complicated family history and the way it tied back into the main story in the end, but most of all I enjoyed way Enzo went about solving this seemingly unsolvable "cold case". All in all, it made me want to go back and read some of the earlier books in the series while waiting for the next installment!
Petra Bohackova
Apr 24, 2016 Petra Bohackova rated it it was amazing
Trochu déle mi trvalo, než jsem knížku dočetla, ani nevím proč. Prostě bylo pořád něco přednějšího. Je to zatím pátá knížka ze (doufám) sedmi dílné série. Moc se těším na další dva díly. Vždycky obdivuju, jak někteří spisovatelé dokáží mít každou knížku/každý příběh jiný. I tady byla zápletka úplně jiná, než v těch předchozích dílech.
Wilde Sky
Nov 12, 2015 Wilde Sky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A forensic science expert investigates the cold case murder of a famous chef.

The writing and characters were good, the plot had plenty of twists and turns, there were a few odd plot points but overall an entertaining murder mystery. The details on wine and food were interesting but a book over done (at least in my opinion).
Jan 03, 2016 Maggiemaisie rated it really liked it
Excellent book, a real page turner, last in the Enzo files though he did make reference to a 6th case so perhaps Peter May has another in store! I really hope so!

I've really enjoyed the series and so glad I read all the books consecutively as I think you wouldn't follow the threads of Enzo's personal life as well otherwise.
Jerry Green
Feb 16, 2016 Jerry Green rated it really liked it
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