August is coming to an end and there are still more great releases coming out!
Thanks to Prometheus Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
THE SORBONNE AFFAIR by Mark Pryor – released on August 22nd – is another thriller/mystery that is on the #allthebookreviews list for August.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
THE SORBONNE AFFAIR by Mark Pryor is book 7 in the Hugo Marston series, but it can be read as a standalone. Marston is a former FBI profiler and he is working at the US Embassy in Paris, France. When a spy camera is found in an American writer’s hotel room, and then the bell hop is murdered, Hugo is on the case.
American novelist, Helen Hancock, is in Paris to research her upcoming book. She’s also teaching a writing class. One day she discovers that her hotel room has a camera hiding in it and she notifies the US Embassy. The Embassy sends Hugo Marston to investigate the bugging. Soon after, the bellhop, an American citizen, is found murdered in the hotel stairwell. When it’s discovered that his computer was set up to record Helen, it appears that nothing of importance was recorded. However, shortly after, a scandalous sex tape of Helen and one of her students is released onto the internet.
With more bodies appearing, all American citizens, and all are connected to Helen. Will Hugo be able to solve the case and stop the murderer – before he becomes the next target?
This book starts off with action and keeps a good pace throughout. I did enjoy the characters, but with it being book 7 in the series, I did feel like I was missing some key pieces of their history and relationships. There were some twists thrown in and the mystery was great. Pryor definitely had me turning to pages to figure out who did it. In the end, it all tied together really well and I felt it was a fitting end!
Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I loved the pacing. I’ll always love a thriller with some International intrigue and politics thrown in. Don’t let that turn you away though – the Embassy is about all that you get in connection to politics! I will have to go back and read some of the other books to truly connect with and appreciate the characters.
Anyone else read the rest of this series? What do you think of the series with detectives where they aren’t necessarily sequential?