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The Bookseller (Hugo Marston Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

A wonderful debut mystery!

When I was first offered the chance to read and review this book, I naturally had to say yes. I mean, after all, it’s booksellers and I used to be one so how could I possibly resist? It didn’t hurt that the description was so enticing. Paris, kidnapping, murder, booksel...
When I was first offered the chance to read and review this book, I naturally had to say yes. I mean, after all, it’s booksellers and I used to be one so how could I possibly resist? It didn’t hurt that the description was so enticing. Paris, kidnapping, murder, booksellers, spy-ish stuff—what more could I want? And now I’m happy to report that debut author Mark Pryor and The Bookseller have lived up to my hopes quite nicely.

Hugo Marston has joined my list of heroes I love to read about, joining the likes of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher and Patrick Lee’s Travis Chase. These are the guys who have all the brawn they need but they use their minds to win the day and that is so very appealing to me. Hugo also has a pretty nifty buddy in Tom Green. The two look into the puzzle of the missing and murdered booksellers with open minds and great aplomb and the pace is almost faster than you can keep up with. Possible perpetrators and motives are in abundance and, at the same time, the author gives us a feel for Paris that is so rich and full of history that, at times, I forgot the story takes place in contemporary times or, at least, within the last 75 years. Or so. You’ll just have to find out for yourself ;)

Wonderful characters abound besides Hugo and Tom—in the very first pages, I came to like Max immeasurably—and the plot keeps on a-comin’. Throw in an intriguing journalist, the Parisian police, Nazi hunters, drug dealers and the hindrances that come with being attached to a US embassy and there’s hardly anything more you need. Oh, I mustn’t forget the feeling that the author gives that the reader is sitting right there in Paris soaking up all its beauty and history while all this is going on around you. What a lovely way to read a book!

To me, three things are most evident when an author is really good. First is strong characters, second is a plot that grabs me and won’t let go, and third is a mastery of the English language. Mark Pryor has it all in his first novel and I can’t wait for his next Hugo Marston mystery.

posted by BuriedUnderBooks on November 12, 2012

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Not a bad book, although when I pay $10+ for a book I would like

Not a bad book, although when I pay $10+ for a book I would like it to have been proofread and edited -- especially when the author purports to love Paris [and implies that he knows it well] but can't spell or accent French words correctly. What are publishing houses do...
Not a bad book, although when I pay $10+ for a book I would like it to have been proofread and edited -- especially when the author purports to love Paris [and implies that he knows it well] but can't spell or accent French words correctly. What are publishing houses doing these days with the galleys they send to their authors? Or do they even bother, knowing that the authors can't spell or use grammar to begin with?
As another reviewer said, the "banter" between Hugo and Tom is juvenile and there seems to be a lot of filler-conversation ... as if Pryor was trying to sttrrreeeetttch his story to make it "worth" the $10+. He was not successful.

posted by frogprof on December 17, 2012

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

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    A wonderful debut mystery!

    When I was first offered the chance to read and review this book, I naturally had to say yes. I mean, after all, it’s booksellers and I used to be one so how could I possibly resist? It didn’t hurt that the description was so enticing. Paris, kidnapping, murder, booksellers, spy-ish stuff—what more could I want? And now I’m happy to report that debut author Mark Pryor and The Bookseller have lived up to my hopes quite nicely.

    Hugo Marston has joined my list of heroes I love to read about, joining the likes of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher and Patrick Lee’s Travis Chase. These are the guys who have all the brawn they need but they use their minds to win the day and that is so very appealing to me. Hugo also has a pretty nifty buddy in Tom Green. The two look into the puzzle of the missing and murdered booksellers with open minds and great aplomb and the pace is almost faster than you can keep up with. Possible perpetrators and motives are in abundance and, at the same time, the author gives us a feel for Paris that is so rich and full of history that, at times, I forgot the story takes place in contemporary times or, at least, within the last 75 years. Or so. You’ll just have to find out for yourself ;)

    Wonderful characters abound besides Hugo and Tom—in the very first pages, I came to like Max immeasurably—and the plot keeps on a-comin’. Throw in an intriguing journalist, the Parisian police, Nazi hunters, drug dealers and the hindrances that come with being attached to a US embassy and there’s hardly anything more you need. Oh, I mustn’t forget the feeling that the author gives that the reader is sitting right there in Paris soaking up all its beauty and history while all this is going on around you. What a lovely way to read a book!

    To me, three things are most evident when an author is really good. First is strong characters, second is a plot that grabs me and won’t let go, and third is a mastery of the English language. Mark Pryor has it all in his first novel and I can’t wait for his next Hugo Marston mystery.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    Great book! Highly recommended!

    What a well written book! I look forward to the next one. I have recommended this book to all of my friends! Surely captures the very essence of Paris.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

    I really enjoyed this debut mystery. I love mysteries, and I lo

    I really enjoyed this debut mystery. I love mysteries, and I love finding new authors. I'm always a little trepidatious when reading someone new, but I was definitely not disappointed with the first Hugo Marsten mystery. The Paris scenery is a fun twist--made me yearn to return to the city of love. The characters are well developed, the plot is tight with a couple of surprises, and the writing builds suspense. Can't wait for the next Hugo Marsten mystery!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

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    New Fan

    I'm an avid reader (6 books in August) and am delighted to have discovered a new favorite. After I finished 'The Bookseller' I immediately ordered the next two in the series and pre-ordered his most current (which was just released on Monday). The characters are well drawn and interesting. I felt as tho I was walking along familiar grounds while reading , purchasing a book along the Siene; Walking thru the quitet graveyard and gazing at Victor Hugo, Colette, Jim Morrison's, etc. grave. When I last strolled thru the gravesite the leaves were crunching underneath and church bells were sounding in the distance. The second in the series brought all of this back. I highly recommend this author to readers who love mysteries, Paris, and a plain good read! A New Fan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    You will enjoy this book! I recommend it.

    This was a great mystery set in Paris near Notre Dame. I enjoyed it very much, having studied French. The booksellers are well-known in Paris. I look forward to reading more books in this series.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    I recommend to anyone who loves to read.

    The Bookseller has a little bit of everything...a a handsome, but not too cliche' lead, a mystery with multiple layers, a brave and lovely reporter, and at all times, the scenery of Paris...

    Will read Pryor's other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Great read

    Excellent plot and chacrers you care about . Can't wait for the next book.

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