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Cast Iron

(The Enzo Files #6)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  3,400 ratings  ·  316 reviews
West of France, 1989.

A weeping killer deposits the unconscious body of nineteen year old Lucie Martin, her head wrapped in a blue plastic bag, into the water of a picturesque lake.

Lot-et-Garonne, 2003.

Fourteen years later a summer heatwave parches the earth, killing trees and bushes and drying out streams. In the scorched mud and desiccated slime of the lake a fisherman fi
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published January 12th 2017 by riverrun (first published 2017)
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I am such a big fan of Peter May and his suspense thrillers set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

This is the first of The Enzo Files I have read and, unfortunately, the book (set in France) didn’t have the same chemistry as The Lewis Trilogy. Although Enzo Macleod is of Scottish descent the thriller is not “dark and disturbing” as I expect from his Outer Hebrides novels.

The good new is there are still two books set by the Shorelines of Scotland that I have yet to read. During these difficult t
Andrew Smith
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is the sixth book in a series featuring biologist and teacher Enzo Macleod. The back story is that some while ago Enzo gave up a potentially brilliant career in forensics, in his native Scotland, to pursue a wager. He bets some friends that he could use new scientific methods of detection to solve seven celebrated unsolved murders, all described in a book written by a French investigative journalist. He’s already addressed the first five, so now it’s time for number six. It’s worth noting t ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one started off slowly but once the abduction happened things gathered pace and there were lots of surprises!

At last we found out who has been trying to murder Enzo -and who would have thought it would be that particular person. Not me for sure. Lots of loose ends were tied up very nicely and we left Enzo for the last time in a very good place.

I enjoyed Cast Iron very much indeed but it is definitely a book for people who have read the earlier books in the series. Everything is rounded off,
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: It smells of animal here. Dead animal. Something that has been hung to ripen before cooking. Hundreds of years of fermenting grapes have suffused the earth with odours of yeast and carbonic gas, stale now, sour, a memory retained only in the soil and the sandstone and the rafters. like all the forgotten lives that have passed through this place, in sunlight and in darkness.

It is dark now, and another life has passed.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: West of France, 1989.

A weeping killer deposits the u
When the fisherman took some time out for a well-earned rest, he had no idea that firstly the lake he regularly fished had had the levels lowered dramatically due to the unseasonal drought, and secondly that he would find skeletal remains, now exposed in the sunlight. The discovery that the remains were of a young girl, missing for fourteen years, shocked the community…

It was eight years after the grisly discovery and forensic expert Enzo Macleod was in Paris, continuing his quest to solve the c
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Once again I read the latest book in a series, and part of my wonder why on earth that I have not read any of the previous books? Especially since I love Peter May's Lewis trilogy.

Cast Iron is book six in the Enzo file series. Forensic expert Enzo Macleod made a bet to solve cold cases that journalist Roger Raffin has written about in a book, which includes the murder of Roger's wife Marie. In this, the sixth book is the murder of nineteen-year-old Lucie Martin that Enzo is trying to solve. Howe
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, crime, netgalley
This novel is the sixth in Peter May’s Enzo series, featuring Enzo McLeod, a half Italian, half Scottish forensic expert who undertakes to investigate a series of cold cases for a bet. Enzo now lives in France, teaching forensic science in Toulouse. He has a complex family life, with several ex-lovers scattered around France, as well as a daughter, step-daughter and grandchild and an infant son with one of his ex-lovers. His current cold case features a young woman, Lucie Martin, who disappeared ...more
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Enzo series is finished! I won’t include spoilers because I want others to enjoy these books as I have. The premise for this series is that Enzo McLeod, transplanted from Scotland to France about 20 years in the past, has taken on the challenge of solving murders outlined in Roger Raffin’s well known book. Enzo’s background in forensics is the strength he is hoping/planning will give him an edge.

Joining him in his search for answers are an assortment of friends, family and professionals wit
Alan Cotterell
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2020
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Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, crime
Secrets of the past...

Back in book 1 of the Enzo Files series, Scottish forensic expert Enzo Macleod, now living in Toulouse, took on a bet that he could use modern forensic techniques to solve the seven unsolved murders that were described in a true crime book written by Parisian journalist Roger Raffin. A few years on, he is now beginning his investigation into the sixth murder, of a young girl, Lucie Martin. Lucie disappeared one day back in 1989, and no trace of her was found until the great
Alex Cantone
Sixth of the seven cold cases in Assassins Cachés, written by best-selling Parisian journalist Roger Raffin, involves the unsolved murder of Lucie Martin, daughter of a French judge and his wife, who went missing in 1989. Her body was found in a lake near their house in 2003, during the heatwave which killed thousands across France, when the water level had dropped by four metres. But Toulouse-based Scottish forensic scientist Enso McLeod seemed distracted, staring down into the Paris street bel ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Cast Iron – An Enzo Macleod Classic

Peter May returns with another classic Enzo Macleod thriller that has more twists and turns than your average game of twister, and you will not even see a few of them coming. Once again Peter May’s prose paints beautiful pictures, his knowledge and research is second to none and he knows how to draw in the reader and keep them all the way to the last sentence.

In 1989 a killer dumps the body of Lucie Martin into a lake in a picturesque area of western France, fo
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading this - 4.5 probably. I'm reading these out of order and so far that's been ok but maybe I should have left this one to last! I like this series and Enzo is an excellent character. The overall story line is good and the characters too. I'll read more when I get the chance definitely ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'd like to thank Netgalley and Quercus Books for an advance copy of Cast Iron, the sixth and final (so far) novel in the Enzo Macleod series.

Enzo is coming close to winning his bet of solving all seven cases in Roger Raffin's book of unsolved murders. In Cast Iron he takes on the case of Lucie Martin whose bones were found in 2003 after she disappeared in 1989. Most people have always believed that Lucie was murdered by pimp, Régis Blanc, who apparently had a crush on her and who was arrested a
Jill Hutchinson
Something to remember: never read the last book in a series before you read the first books. This is the last of Peter May's short series featuring forensic scientist, Enzo Macleod and I was totally at sea about some of the references, characters, and the relationships among those characters. With a story that is complicated to begin with, this is the kiss of death. That is not to say that the book wasn't interesting and fairly well written but the author depended on what had happened in the pre ...more
Feb 10, 2018 added it
Shelves: abandoned
Enzo Files not for me. I did what everyone said not to do...picked up the last book in the Enzo series. I don't care for the dude at all. Gave it a fair chance and have to carry the heavy book back to the downtown library for someone else to enjoy. It all sounded familiar to me with Charlotte, etc. so I have a sneaking suspicion I tried one of these out at the library and decided I would not like the series. Writing it down here should help me remember! ...more
I Read, Therefore I Blog
The sixth and last book in Peter May's ENZO FILES SERIES is a dull, hackneyed affair with a 56-year-old pony tailed male lead who's apparently irresistible to attractive women, a conspiracy that's far too easy to guess, a ridiculous kidnap subplot and little sense of tension that all goes to make a disappointing read. ...more
Barbara K
The final book in Peter May's Enzo Files series is a satisfying conclusion, capably tying together plot threads that built gradually through the previous five volumes. The series is enjoyable reading, though not on a par with The Lewis Trilogy: The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man, The Chessmen.

The premise of the series is that Enzo Macleod, a Scottish forensic expert living in France, has been challenged to solve six cold cases recounted by a journalist in a popular book. As he successfully works his
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This book, which closes the story of Enzo MacLeod, forensic scientist, and his bet that he would solve 6 cold cases from his adopted homeland of France, was competently written. The descriptions of the French countryside and towns were especially well done. But because this is the last installment of a series and loose ends needed to be tied up, we ended up with a barely credible mess of soap-opera materials. For instance, Enzo had 3 children... no, wait, his daughter may not be his biological d ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Cast Iron is the sixth, and final, book in Peter May’s Enzo Files series, and to understand everything in this one you need to have read the prior books. Although it can be read without the prior books, a lot of the things will fail to have the intended impact without the prior knowledge.

The Enzo Files, if I’m being completely honest, is my least favourite series by Peter May. There have been some gripping moments, but I never fell for Enzo in the way I expected. There were too many things – spe
Sep 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy this was hard going, it was that book you have to finish even though you are really not enjoying it. Maybe I was struggling with this one because I had not read any of the previous Enzo Files books....maybe not...he seems a pretty unlikable character with that annoying habit of being fawned over by nearly all the women he interacts with....yawn....he manages to solve coldcase murders in his free time...yawn....yeah I'm over Enzo....the french element was tiresome too, May didn't manage to ...more
David Highton
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding novel to finish the series of cold cases originally set for Professor Enzo Macleod to investigate in a importune bet. Enzo is a great character with a complex private and personal life and the development and resolution of some issues in his life is part of this book. Excellent stuff from Peter May.
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have loved every one of this series of Enzo novels. The last in the series did not disappoint. A gripping story, with beautifully crafted language (even if there was too much coruscating !!) I am so glad I got it on iBooks so I can start again! Well done sir!
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
In 2003, the skeleton of a young woman is recovered from a dry riverbed in France, but her murder remains unsolved. Until the cold case falls into the hands of forensic expert Enzo McLeod, who has vowed to solve six cold cases as part of a bet with his son-in-law, journalist Roger Raffin. But the closer Enzo gets to uncovering the truth, the more dangerous the game becomes, and soon he finds that his own family is in danger from people who will stop at nothing to keep the truth hidden.

Cast Iron
Dane Cobain
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

There’s a pretty interesting concept behind Cast Iron, and I liked the way that the book’s title refers to a type of alibi. This book is part of a series following Scottish forensic expert Enzo Macleod as he researches a number of cold cases as the result of a bet that he made. It’s a bit like what would happen if Dave Gorman was on CSI, and I thought that it was an interesting quirk. It’s also worth noting that
Tony Nielsen
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting Peter May here in New Zealand and I was able to get a sense of his approach to writing. Foremost among my impressions is that he is meticulous when it comes to research and makes sure he has first hand knowledge of the locations in which his books are set, along with detailed research when a specialist aspect of the story is required.

That being so his Enzo MacLeod crime thrillers are all based in France where May and his wife have largely based the
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the last book in the Enzo Files Series. It was action-packed and a thrilling ride to the end. It tied up all the loose ends and the baddies and the goodies were fleshed out. It was well-written with lots of plot twists and surprises. I suggest to read this series in order and the series will more enjoyable if you do that. I can now say that I have read all of Peter May's books and have thoroughly enjoyed all his books. If you haven't read any yet, what are you waiting for? Peter May is ...more
Hilary. Mccarthy
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book and sorry it is the last in the series.
It seemed to go along at a steady pace and then accelerate to the end rather quickly and a bit sketchily .
Didn't expect it to turn out as it did in quite a few ways.
Easy to read and intelligently written
David Gilchrist
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, a bit overlong in areas, Well written and up to this authors usual standard/
Michael Martz
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I've been a fairly big Peter May fan for awhile, having read through the Lewis Trilogy and tackled a few of his China Thrillers. I knew he had another series, the Enzo Files, but hadn't had a chance to get into it until I ran across one of them in the New Fiction section at the library. I kind of wish I started at the beginning. 'Cast Iron' is the 6th in the series and the backstory would have been helpful.

The 'star' of the series, Enzo Macleod, is a somewhat famous forensic scientist living in
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