Sunday, July 24, 2016

Dark Deeds from WWII End in a Present Day Murder

Aimee Leduc is following in her father's footsteps as a detective, but since his death, she takes only technical cases specializing in computer crime. When Soli Hecht, a Nazi hunter friend of her father's, asks for help, she is unable to refuse. Besides, she's in a precarious financial state and needs an infusion of cash.

The task is to decode an encrypted Israeli military file which turns out to be a photo in occupied Paris showing a cafe. One of Soli's requirements is that Aimee deliver the decrypted file to a member of his synagogue, but when she tries to deliver the photo to the elderly woman, she finds her strangled with a swastika carved in her forehead. Now Aimee is caught. She has to solve the murder.

The best part of this novel is the WWII history and the scenes of Paris. The author has researched the era and the sections of Paris that appear in the novel giving the story a feeling of realism. The plot is interesting in that it integrates past and present in solving the mystery. However, while I enjoy puzzles, I found too many in this book and that detracted from the main plot.

Aimee's character is another problem. She's obviously smart and able to solve complex problems, but the author has also made her a superwoman capable of tackling strong men and saving herself in extremely dangerous circumstances that call for incredible stamina and skill.

If you enjoy mysteries with their roots in WWII, you may enjoy this one. However, some of the character's actions can be hard to relate to the real world of Paris.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.