I discovered The Blood Promise by Mark Pryor at the indie bookstore. The clerk beamed and told me the first two books in the Hugo Marston series, Bookseller and Crypt Thief. This is the beauty of indie—clerk is knowledgeable and passionate about books. Just the covers alone would be enough to take them home.
In Blood Promise, Hugo Marston, head of US embassy security, is stuck with babysitting duty. His charge, blue-collar senator Charles Lake, is a potential presidential candidate. Lake is in Paris to sort out a minor diplomatic matter and bolster his foreign policy credentials. The talks come to a crashing halt when Lake accuses his hosts at Chateau Tourville of going through his papers.
The matter takes on a different complexion when fingerprints taken from the senator’s room link one of the guests at the Chateau to an unsolved crime–a murder that unearthed a secret dating back nearly two centuries. And it’s one that puts Hugo’s close friends in danger.
My dilemma is: should I save these three books until my annual trip to Asia in winter, or I should just read up? This series, all set in Paris, looks like the perfect books to accompany me on long-haul flights and on the Thailand beach.