The Night Gate transports the reader back and forth in time and across Europe, with visits to war-torn London, the Outer Hebrides, where Georgette undertakes her training, occupied France and even Berlin. ... Some of the plot twists in The Night Gate can feel a little predictable, but the characters are pleasingly complex, and their true motives remain opaque throughout. This is not only a very enjoyable read, but also one which offers up some fascinating historical insights about the Louvre’s battle to keep its masterpieces out of Nazi hands.
Now living in retirement in France, Peter May’s forensics investigator Enzo Macleod agrees to keep his hand in when a skeleton from the Second World War is unearthed in the roots of a tree. The discovery on the spot of a much more recent corpse opens up a wartime mystery. This centres on Georgette, a Special Operations Executive-trained agent tasked by General de Gaulle with keeping safe one of France’s greatest treasures, the Mona Lisa. It has been hidden in a château but two German art experts are on its trail, working respectively for Hitler and Goering.