Publishers Weekly Starred Review: Set in 1937, Pastor’s outstanding sixth mystery featuring German investigator Martin Bora (after 2017’s The Road to Ithaca) makes effective use of the death of Federico García Lorca, the celebrated poet, during the Spanish Civil War… Pastor does an excellent job of creating a back-story for her lead that fits in well with the previous books.
Midwestern Book Review: An expertly crafted mystery by a master of the genre, that is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.95), "The Horseman's Song" is an especially recommended addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. Also very highly recommended for dedicated mystery buffs are the other novels by Ben Pastor that feature the character of Martin Bora.
NB Literary Magazine: An accomplished historical thriller set in Spain in 1937. This novel is confidently plotted and the tempo is judged to perfection… a thoughtful intelligent thriller that plays with a historical mystery in a manner respectful of the known facts. Documents released in 2015 appear to verify the claim that the Grenada fascists killed García Lorca in 1936, but his body has never been found.
Foreword Reviews: Pastor weaves a poignant, convincing portrait of life during wartime. Bora himself is a compelling protagonist, erudite enough to recite Aristotle to himself while repelling an ambush and innocent enough to fall for a local lass who changes his perspective on love.
Praise for the Martin Bora series:
“Tin Sky is the best crime novel of the month. This fine story is packed with tense moments and moral ambiguity.” Times
“Dark Song of Blood is historical crime fiction at its best, vividly re-creating the atmosphere of a city occupied by an increasingly desperate army.” Sunday TimesRead more
...Philip Kerr fans will still find this depiction of an honest German cop working under adverse wartime circumstances intriguing...
‘STARRED REVIEW PW .Set in the spring of 1943, Pastor's excellent fourth mystery featuring Maj. Martin Bora (after 2014's Dark Song of Blood) takes the German army counterintelligence officer to Ukraine. In Krasny Yar, a place shunned by the locals, someone has been savagely killing peasants for no apparent reason....Read more
Pastor's atmospheric third Martin Bora mystery (after 2012's Liar Moon) finds the German counterintelligence officer in Rome in January 1944. There Bora teams with Insp. Sandro Guidi of the Italian police to investigate the suspicious death of German embassy secretary Magda Reiner, who fell from her apartment window. Since the...Read more
'Originally published in 2001, this is the first edition of Liar Moon available in this country, and the second in the Martin Bora detective series. Aristocrat Bora is a Major in the Wehrmacht, based in Fascist-controlled northern Italy in 1943. When a local fascist is found dead, Bora finds himself...Read more
'And don't miss: LUMEN by Ben Pastor. When an abbess thought to have supernatural powers is murdered in Nazi-occupied Cracow, the Wehrmacht captain's investigation is complicated by his compatriots' cruelty and the Catholic Church's secrecy. An interesting, original and melancholy tale.' - Literary Review 'When it comes to crime novels...Read more