Die Around Sundown
by Mark Pryor
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Pub Date 16 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 30 Aug 2022
St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books
Mark Pryor's Die Around Sundown is the first entry in an exciting mystery series set in Paris during World War II, where a detective is forced to solve a murder while protecting his own secrets.
Summer 1940: In German-occupied Paris, Inspector Henri Lefort has been given just five days to solve the murder of a German major that took place in the Louvre Museum. Blocked from the crime scene but given a list of suspects, Henri encounters a group of artists, including Pablo Picasso, who know more than they're willing to share.
With the clock ticking, Henri must uncover a web of lies while overcoming impossible odds to save his own life and prove his loyalty to his country. Will he rise to the task or become another tragic story of a tragic time?
Five days. One murder. A masterpiece of a mystery.
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This was my first reading of a novel by Mark Pryor.
It is very rare that I will give a 5 star rating, but this book is worth every star. Engaging from the very beginning,
well written and a real page turner.
Henri Lefort is a police detective in Paris. It is 1940 and the German army has taken over the city. Lefort is tasked with finding the killer of a German soldier who was overseeing the removal of artworks from the Louvre.
Many twists and turns will take you to the solving of this intriguing mystery.
If you are a fan of historical fiction, mystery and intrigue, I highly recommend this novel.
In a new mystery series Mark Pryor introduces Inspector Henri LeFort in “Die Around Sundown,” My prediction is that Pryor will have a hit on his hands. This book is set in occupied Paris, France during World War II.
There has been a murder in the Louvre and the occupying Nazis have given LeFort a week to solve the murder or face the consequences –which will be his execution! To add to the intrigue, the inspector is forbidden to see the murder scene or to talk to everyone involved. These roadblocks seriously cramp his investigation.
The German major in charge has provided the inspector with a list of suspects who might possibly have committed the crime. Something is not sitting right with Henri as it seems that he is being set up to take a fall for not solving the crime. Some of the “suspects” could have committed the crime, including one who is dead by other means.
Does Inspector LeFort take the easy way and point the finger at the dead suspect or does he persevere against seemingly huge odds instilling himself in the art scene of occupied Paris in order to actually solve the crime? On the way to decide, he meets interesting individuals in the art scene including Pablo Picasso!
The ending is unexpected and allows LeFort to solve some of his personal, long running psychological issues at the same time as finding the murderer. A delightful read and one that opens a whole new series to look forward to reading.
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