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What a great combination! I loved the blending of historical fiction with a mystery/police procedural.
The atmosphere upon opening is fantastic. I really felt the fear, resentment and anger of the Parisiennes as they came to terms with the recent German occupation.
I immediately liked Paris police detective Henri Lefort and followed him in his robbery investigation involving Princess Marie (Mimi) Bonaparte. Yes, ‘those’ Bonapartes. Lefort’s thorough work earns him a promotion as a murder detective and he heads off to investigate the murder of a German officer who’s been involved in repatriating paintings from the Louvre. My excitement for Lefort’s career advancement soon diminished as (1) it meant he was now noticed by the Nazis and (2) his superior gave him only 7 days to crack the case WITHOUT gaining entry to the Louvre. I was captivated reading about Picasso and other famous artists and their works and was surprised by the twists.
Kudos to Pryor for finding a creative way to introduce us to his protagonist's backstory!
I was thoroughly impressed with the mystery series opener and look forward to reading more by Mark Pryor.
I was gifted this advance copy by Mark Pryor, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.
Kindle version has a “click here to buy now” button on every page, well after the sample and my purchase. Please fix. This is another good Mark Pryor story, but this error is distracting! It would’ve been sufficient to offer the purchase at the end of the sample. Unfortunately, this error is preventing me from getting absorbed by the story. The lines are wrapped badly and others are run together. It’s either very hard to read or the “buy now” buttons distract—neither is desirable in a book! Please fix!
This is a pretty good mystery. I like the historical setting for it. The writer has a feel for the time and the place. It also has just enough twists to keep you engaged. My only objection is that its formatting on Kindle needs fixing. Every so often there was a break in the prose with annoying italicized words ‘ buy it here’ or sentences that were split apart. Not enough to ruin the pleasure of the book but, as I said, a bit annoying. :-)
Love Pryor's ease with words that grab images and emotions by the juggler and hurl them into a winning spin of multiple streams of action and mystery. Thanks always for all your books providing escape and appreciation for lilt and life.
Ofcourse the actual book is very well designed and printed but the story itself is truly fun and exciting. It gives a rare insight to the view of a regular young Nazi footsoldier and how propaganda invades our life.