The Book Artist
A Hugo Marston Novel #8
Seventh Street Books, January 2019
The Book Artist is the eighth in Mark Pryor’s series featuring Hugo Marston, ex-FBI profiler and current chief of security for US Ambassador J. Bradford Taylor stationed in Paris. The book begins with Hugo and the Ambassador attending an art exhibition at which, you may not be surprised to learn, a murder occurs. Hugo offers the detective in charge the benefit of his expertise in solving such cases but his offer is quickly rebuffed. Soon after, the detective in charge makes an arrest of a friend of Hugo’s but Hugo, convinced the wrong person has been arrested, sets out to find the real murderer and free his friend.
Unfortunately, Hugo soon learns about the death of someone close to him and also that the killer is likely after Hugo too. Distressed for his friend, concerned for his own safety, and worried about another friend being in jail for the murder at the art exhibit, Hugo has, as they say, a full plate which is soon made fuller by the death of another friend. Determined to solve both cases and stay alive, Hugo enlists the help of his boss but is it too late?
I only discovered the Hugo Marston series a few months ago when I came across The Paris Librarian and loved it. I can’t believe I missed this excellent series! On the bright side, though, I have six more books in the series to read plus, of course, whatever Mark Pryor writes next. Lucky me – and you too if you haven’t yet read this series.
Reviewed by Melinda Drew, July 2019.