Author: Mark Pryor
Series: Hugo Marston #7
Publisher: 7th Street Books
Release Date: August 22, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Fantastic behavioral analysis mystery that will have people wondering who the murderer could be.
Hugo Marston is a former FBI profiler who now works at the US Embassy in Paris. While attending a funeral for a famous American movie star who spent her last years in France, Hugo is approach by Helen Hancock, a famous American romance novelist. She believes that she is being followed and soon finds a hidden video camera in her hotel room. Since she is American, the embassy allows Hugo to investigate the matter alongside the Paris police. Soon thereafter, one of the bellhops, also an American citizen, is found dead in the stairwell and it is discovered that his computer was set up to record Helen’s room. However, it appears that nothing of note was recorded or uploaded, so Helen goes back to teaching her writing class while Hugo tries to figure out who killed the bellhop and why he would want to record Helen. Only when a sex video of Helen and one of her students appears on the internet do things start to heat up. As the investigation probes deeper, two more murders of American citizens take place with the only connection pointing back to Helen. Can Hugo use his profiling background to determine what is going on before another murder takes place?
This was my first Hugo Marsden novel and I must say it was an exceptional read. I was quickly hooked by the story and let it take me for a ride. The main characters all had a great connection that keep the book flowing quickly. However, I am going to have to go back and read the previous six installments to get some history between them. There is a lot going on that I need to pick up more on. It was also my first novel that had an adult transgender character, which made it interesting but didn’t close it off. The mystery was never lacking and keep me looking around the edges to figure out how it happened. It never really pointed at one individual, but the reveal made me feel satisfied with how it played out. I’m really looking forward to reading more in this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.