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  • Enzo solves an historical crime during lockdown

    Peter May always manages to wrap geographical, historical and cultural elements together with enjoyable and thoughtful mysteries and this latest novel is a perfect example of all of those factors combining to provide a great read. Things have moved on a lot since we last saw Enzo McCleod solving Roger Raffin's historical cases and we find him leading an enjoyable, if somewhat boring, life during the COVID pandemic. Out of the blue, he is asked by an old colleague and friend to look into the circumstances surrounding a long dead body. While he's surveying the scene, he inadvertently becomes embroiled in an active murder case that exposes a fascinating mystery. As usual, the author's research and great writing give a wonderful sense of time and place and the reader is left wondering where the factual ends and where the fiction begins.

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  • The Night Gate

    What a history book. If you love art, history especially WW2 history this is a perfect story. The story contains about the 21st pandemic which will contribute to history in time. I love the fact that the main character is Scottish/French. My Grandma was Scottish but lived in France for a while.

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  • A pleasant read

    The Night Gate is historic fiction combined with a crime element of whodunnit. There are two different time lines and storylines - the first in a French village during the Second World War, the other in 2020 with Covid happening. Peter May weaves a compelling plot that links these two tales with a leisurely paced venture, art history and a murder mystery to solve. For first time readers, this seventh instalment of the Enzo Files was not a disadvantage and could happily lead to the other adventures. A pleasant read with interesting characters and the interlocking of divergent timeframes with a three-star rating. With thanks to NetGalley and the author for a preview copy for review purposes. All opinions expressed herein are freely given and totally my own.

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  • Engrossing!

    In this, the seventh instalment in Peter May's Enzo Macleod series, the discovery of a body buried in a small French village brings forensic expert MacLeod to the scene. An archaeological acquaintance asks him to look at the area and to give his thoughts on his findings. When he arrives, the village is suffering a fresh trauma after the murder of an out-of-town businessman in the home of a local. MacLeod is recognised by the local police who quickly request his assistance. A suspect is identified and is on the run. Two narratives run alongside each other - one historical, unfolding in the wartime years of Occupied France; the other contemporary, set in the autumn of 2020. The Night Gate is a highly enjoyable tale with a gripping plot that weaves back and forth in time. MacLeod is a brilliantly depicted character and the reader is allowed a closer look at his personal relationships. An intriguing read, the story captures my imagination with the apparent link between the murders being Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, adding an extra layer to this riveting tale of secrecy and danger. This is a very good read so be sure to grab yourself a copy. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Quercus Books/ Riverrun via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Is this Enzo's last outing?

    Another excellent Enzo McLeod story with a fascinating historical theme running though

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