“The Paris Librarian” is a Hugh Marston crime fiction book by Mark Pryor. I had not read his books before and so found this novel to be appealing. I enjoy crime fiction and found that this setting in Paris with all the accompanying Parisian sights and sounds was very thought-provoking. The fact that Hugo’s friend Paul has unexpectedly died in a locked room is first found to be death by natural causes. However, Hugh’s nose for trouble leads him to suspect otherwise. Working with a Parisian detective, jumping through the hoops in the investigation keeps Hugh thinking. Is there a connection with an aging actress and the murder of a Nazi officer? Does this murder have anything to do with a new exhibit that is being shown at the library? There is a plethora of suspects, each with a reason to do away with Paul. When other bodies start to pile up and the list of suspects is reduced because of their deaths, Hugo has to be quite inventive in his investigation to find out how someone is killed in a locked room with no visible means of entry by anyone else.
I really enjoyed this crime thriller. I was kept in suspense throughout the novel because I kept deciding on the wrong suspect as the killer. The ending will be a total surprise and the lead up to it equally surprising.
Hugo Marston’s friend Paul Rogers dies unexpectedly in a locked room at the American Library in Paris. The police conclude that Rogers died of natural causes, but Hugo is certain mischief is afoot.
As he pokes around the library, Hugo discovers that rumors are swirling around some recently donated letters from American actress Isabelle Severin. The reason: they may indicate that the actress had aided the Resistance in frequent trips to France toward the end of World War II. Even more dramatic is the legend that the Severin collection also contains a dagger, one she used to kill an SS officer in 1944.
Hugo delves deeper into the stacks at the American library and finally realizes that the history of this case isn’t what anyone suspected. But to prove he’s right, Hugo must return to the scene of a decades-old crime.