I’ve read four of the Hugo Marston books (The Bookseller, The Crypt Thief, The Reluctant Matador, and The Paris Librarian). Of them all, The Paris Librarian may well be my favorite.
By now, the relationships are set and there is good chemistry between Hugo, Claudia, and Tom. Each moves in his/her sphere smoothly, steadily moving the story forward.
This book felt like the most tightly plotted of the series. The reveal made perfect sense, especially once Hugo explained what lead him to his conclusion (one or two clues I missed). Enough information was there that I could move past a trick I typically dislike (where the sleuth discovers something but it isn’t shared with the reader). And it ended with a tease of at least something that lies in store for Hugo and Tom in the future (maybe?).
I would have liked to know more about Isabelle Severin, but hey, that’s what future books are for, right?