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The brand-new thriller from the number one Sunday Times best seller.

In a sleepy French village, the body of a man shot through the head is disinterred by the roots of a fallen tree. A week later a famous art critic is viciously murdered in a nearby house. The deaths occurred more than 70 years apart. 

Asked by a colleague to inspect the site of the former, forensics expert Enzo Macleod quickly finds himself embroiled in the investigation of the latter. Two extraordinary narratives are set in train - one historical, unfolding in the treacherous wartime years of occupied France, the other contemporary, set in the autumn of 2020 as France re-enters Covid lockdown.

And Enzo's investigations reveal an unexpected link between the murders - the Mona Lisa.

Tasked by the exiled General Charles de Gaulle to keep the world's most famous painting out of Nazi hands after the fall of France in 1940, 28-year-old Georgette Pignal finds herself swept along by the tide of history. Following in the wake of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa as it is moved from château to château by the Louvre, she finds herself just one step ahead of two German art experts sent to steal it for rival patrons - Hitler and Göring.

What none of them know is that the Louvre itself has taken exceptional measures to keep the painting safe, unwittingly setting in train a fatal sequence of events extending over seven decades.

Events that have led to both killings.

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.

©2021 Peter May (P)2021 Quercus Editions Limited

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Slightly disappointed

I absolutely loved the Enzo series of books. He was always such a real complex character, flawed but never disappointing. Although it was nice to revisit ex wives, girl friends, characters from the past I found Enzo a lessor being this time as though the writer has quite forgotten exactly who he is. The story line was interesting however the whole book has left me feeling disappointed. Clearly I wanted more than Peter May is willing to give.

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Another gripping bestseller

The story is gorgeous. I loved to be in two periods at a time. Wonderfully written and narrated. But are we really sure this is the last Enzo? H
we doesn't say so and I hope not!

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A real page Turner

First time I have read any of Peter Mays’s work. I shall be reading/ listening to many more. Great story well read loved it

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Exceptional.

A wonderful story spanning my lifetime in time, place and experience. Thank goodness it is available in Audible as, not only was the clear Scottish voice, music to my failing ears, but my 77 year old eyes would never have coped with the reading of it. And I would have been the poorer for that! Mair power tae yer elbow Peter! Keep them coming. A'ho 🌿🙏🌿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿💖💚💚💚

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storytelling at it's best

This was a great story spanning the decades from WW2 to the present time. Brilliantly written with believable characterisation and a complex but beautifully crafted storyline. Peter Forbes, the narrator, has a lovely soothing voice and always narrates May's books very well. He certainly had his work cut out for him, narrating many different accents with ease. Would recommend.

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EXCEPTIONAL...AS USUAL

I'm so happy Peter May decided to continue the story of Enzo MacLoud...
beautifully performed by Peter Forbes, as usual...I'm living in hope this is not the last of Enzo

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Welcome back Enzo !

A highly enjoyable story set in France. A mix of historical fiction and modern detective story. For those that are wondering, this book could be read as a standalone, and would be an excellent introduction to Peter May, however reference is given to the outcomes of the earlier books in the Enzo series and so I would firmly recommend reading all the Enzo books in sequence. You can then look forward to this excellent addition to the set. Peter Forbes narration is excellent as usual with his blend of Scottish and French accents.

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Really good story.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am amazed that Enzo has survived this long! My thought's returned to the TV series 'allo 'allo from time to time while listening. My favourite narrator for Enzo was Simon Vance however Peter Forbes presented the narrative extremely well. With a chapter set in Lewis it brought back memories of the Black House.

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Disjointed

Too disjointed to stick with it. Despaired of trying to cobble together a coherent story.

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excellent

Another excellent book by Peter May. Definitely one of my favourites. I was hooked from start to finish

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