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The Night Gate Reviews

The Night Gate by Peter May

The Night Gate: the Razor-Sharp Finale to the Enzo Macleod Investigations

Peter May

Score pending

2 reviews

Imprint: riverrun
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 18 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781784295042

The Night Gate spans three generations, taking us from war-torn London, the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, Berlin and Vichy France, to the deadly enemy facing the world in 2020. In his latest novel, Peter May shows why he is one of the great contemporary writers of crime fiction.

4 stars out of 5
7 Apr 2021

"both an enjoyable read and an educational one"

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.

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3 stars out of 5
17 Mar 2021

"The two deaths predictably turn out to be connected, although May’s interest in the modern one is too perfunctory"

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.