Die Around Sundown: A Henri Lefort Mystery (Henri Lefort Mysteries) (Paperback)
I've read quite a number of books this year, but THIS one is by far the best. Everything about this 1st book in a new mystery series by Mark Pryor is so good. The dialogue is real, the setting (Nazi occupied Paris 1940) suits my historical fiction addiction and every page has a new and unexpected turn of events.
Inspector Henri Lefort has been given five days to solve the murder of a German officer whose body was found inside the Louvre Museum. Lefort has been denied access to the scene of the crime and the murder weapon but has been given a list of five suspects all of whom are French citizens. Smart, witty, sarcastic and cynical Lefort and his assistant Nicola begin the impossible task of finding a murderer in time to save his own life. Henri and Nicola understand the consequences to Henri if he does not solve this crime in five days.
As Henri begins his inteviewing of those on the German suspect list he meets and interviews Pablo Picasso among others who know more than they are willing to share. As he walks the streets of his beloved Paris and his search for a murderer continues he knows he is being followed and one misstep could land him in a German concentration camp or worse because Henri has his own secrets.
Those secrets and his memories of another war and this occupation of Paris and this war is exacerbating his PTSD. When he meets Princess Marie Bonapart at the scene of a robbery in her home, she sees beneath his jaded and sarcastic demeanor and encourages Henri (with a promise of a bottle of Chateau Petrus at each session) to undergo psychological couseling. As his own story unfolds and he shares his long supressed secrets with the Princess, the murder of the German officer and his past converge in a most unexpected turn of events. This newest book by Mark Pryor has characters that are truly engaging, witty dialogue that made me smile, descriptions of Paris that brought back sweet memories and encounters with the enemy that caused me to pause and think. I look forward to the other books in this series and to more adventures with Inspector Henri Lefort and his assistant Nicola and perhaps Picasso and Princess Bonaparte will also make appearances. We shall see.
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.
About the Author
MARK PRYOR is a former newspaper reporter and felony prosecutor, originally from England but now living in Austin, Texas. He is the author of the Hugo Marston mystery series, set in Paris, London, and Barcelona. Mark is also the author of the psychological thrillers, Hollow Man, and its sequel, Dominic. As a prosecutor, he appeared on CBS News's 48 Hours and Discovery Channel's Discovery ID: Cold Blood.
"From this edgy premise, Pryor spins a tale increasingly complex...The identity of [the] murderer is perhaps the least surprising of the many twists and turns this tale of love, hate, and misophonia has on offer. Wheels within wheels power this homage to battles waged without and within." —Kirkus Reviews
"Pryor has constructed a compelling wartime mystery, and he's made 1940 Paris a vividly real place." -Booklist
“Atmospheric and engaging . . . it chills and thrills in equal measure.” —Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope series
"Visit occupied Paris in Die Around Sundown, a darkly comic mystery with a sharp eyed and sharp mouthed police detective . . . with a French flair into little known facets of history. A tale with twists and heart." —Cara Black, New York Times bestselling author of the Aimée Leduc series
"In this riveting new series set during WWII, French detective Henri Lefort struggles with the German occupants of his beloved Paris, as well as his own dark experiences in the trenches during the last war. Saddled with the murder investigation of a German officer, Lefort bumps up against his desire to do what’s right—and some of Paris’s most famous occupants. A love letter to the City of Light, Pryor deftly evokes the tensions of the time, and crafts resilient characters that readers will come back to time and again." —Erica Ruth Neubauer, author of the Jane Wunderly mystery series
"Parisian detective Henri Lefort hunts for a killer while maintaining a precarious balancing act with Nazi occupiers in this gripping and tightly-plotted mystery. With vivid historical detail and fascinating psychological insights, Die Around Sundown perfectly captures the danger and intrigue of wartime Paris, and the sharp-witted, grim-humored Lefort proves he’s a match for the best of the hardboiled detectives. Everything about this book is compelling; you won’t want to put it down!" —Ashley Weaver, author of the Amory Ames Mysteries and the Electra McDonnell series
"Mark Pryor’s Die Around Sundown is a wonderfully historic and a masterful mystery with the entire deck on the table, the wild card being that if Detective Henri Lefort doesn’t solve the case of the murdered Nazi in his occupied and beloved Paris—he’s a dead man." -Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire series
"The novel’s historical aspects and police detective will intrigue fans of World War II mysteries" -Library Journal