By Mark Pryor
Seventh Street Books,$15.95, 309 pages

A mystery about bibliophiles? What more could an avid mystery reader ask for? The Bookseller is the first in a new series, set in the streets of Paris. Hugo Marston, head of security at the US embassy and former FBI agent, must rekindle his training when he witnesses the kidnapping of his elderly friend Max, a Paris bookstall owner. As witnesses testify that Max left of his own accord and the French police close the case, Marston initiates his own investigation to find his friend. As more booksellers begin to mysteriously disappear, Marston must fight to prove that these disappearances are not purely coincidence. Marston enlists the help of his friend Tom, a semiretired CIA agent, as he becomes the target of unknown assassins.

The Bookseller is a well-crafted debut novel. Mark Pryor creates a new hero full of intelligence and charm which mixes well with the ever twisting plot of the story. Each turn of the page is a new piece of the complex puzzle that readers will enjoy fitting together. A leaf out of a classic Agatha Christie novel, mixed with the modern world of crime, is a suspenseful adventure waiting to happen.

Reviewed by Lindy Gervin