Book review : Murder in Pigalle – I love France #101

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Murder in Pigalle

Murder in Pigalle

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Murder in Pigalle
by
Cara Black 

Series: Aimee Leduc, Book 14

Narrated By Meredith Mitchell

Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Release Date: March 4, 2014
ISBN:  978-1616952846
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins

Genre:
Mystery & Crime

Source: Received
from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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Last year, I was fortunate to discover Cara Black and her Aimée (sorry, being French, it really bothers me to skip these accents that tell you how to pronounce a word) Leduc Series. Thanks to the awesome Audiobook Jukebox, I received Murder in Pigalle.

Aimée is a very interesting character, both private detective and quite feminine, and she knows Paris so very well. In this book, Aimée is pregnant. There are quite a few details about her situation, her personal life, the father of her child, and her associate René.


Each book of the series takes you to a different neighborhood. This time, the plot takes place in Summer 1998 in the all too famous red Pigalle, famous for its brothels. For once, Aimée was ready to slow down, but she discovers a serial rapist is around. There’s no way she cannot get involved personally and try to solve the issue when a very good friend of hers, Zazie, 13, disappears when she was trying to do some investigation herself.

I liked the usual dynamic Aimée vs. the French police, notorious for doing things too slow and not too well. And as always with Cara Black, things get way more complex than Aimée and you thought!,

Thoughts on the audio production:
The narrator Meredith Mitchell was incredible. She was very good at giving variations to her voice and tone for the different characters, for the good and the bad, the elderly and the teens. There was plenty of emotions to convey, for instance for the mothers of girls raped or kidnapped, and she gave the great amount, very real without getting over the top.
I will have hard time now imagining Aimée with a different voice, too bad the other books in a series are read by other narrators.

 

VERDICT: Murder in Pigalle is a great way of approaching this famous Parisian neighborhood from the inside, from the safety of your armchair. The mystery will grab you right away and you will want to accompany Aimée in every dark alley to figure out what’s really at stake here. Highly recommended for all mystery lovers.

 

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

New York Times Bestseller Cara Black’s fashionable Parisian P.I. Aimée Leduc has a new look for her 14th adventure: five months pregnant.

June, 1998: Paris’s sticky summer heat is even more oppressive than usual as rowdy French football fans riot in anticipation of the World Cup. Private Investigator Aimée Leduc has been trying to slow down her hectic lifestyle—she’s five months pregnant and has the baby’s wellbeing to think about now. But then disaster strikes close to home. A serial rapist has been terrorizing Paris’s Pigalle neighborhood, following teenage girls home and attacking them in their own houses. It is sad and frightening but has nothing to do with Aimée—until Zazie, the 13-year-old daughter of the proprietor of Aimée’s favorite café, disappears. The police aren’t mobilizing quickly enough, and when Zazie’s desperate parents approach Aimée for help, she knows she couldn’t say no even if she wanted to  [Goodreads]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 Cara BlackCara Black frequents a Paris little known outside the beaten tourist track. A Paris she discovers on research trips and interviews with French police, private detectives and café owners. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, a bookseller, and their teenage son. She is a San Francisco Library Laureate and a member of the Paris Sociéte Historique in the Marais. Her nationally bestselling and award nominated Aimée Leduc Investigation series has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Hebrew. She’s included in the GREAT WOMEN MYSTERY WRITERS by Elizabeth Lindsay 2nd edition published in the UK. Her first three novels in the series MURDER IN THE MARAIS, MURDER IN BELLEVILLE AN MURDER IN THE SENTIER – nominated for an Anthony Award as Best Novel – were published in the UK in 2008 and MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER came out in the UK in 2010. Several of her books have been chosen as BookSense Picks and INDIE NEXT choice by the Amerian Association of Independent Bookstores. The Washington Post listed MURDER IN THE RUE DE PARADIS in the Best Fiction Choices of 2008. MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER is a finalist for Best Novel Award from the NCIBA Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.

Visit her fun website!

 

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Book review : Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer – I love France #100!

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Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer

Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer

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Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer
by
Vicki Lesage
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release Date: May 24, 2014
ISBN:  978-1499276534
Pages: 232

Genre:
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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Congratulations to those who guessed yesterday that #100 would be a review on a very witty book on France!

In the same spirit as Confessions of a Paris Party Girl, as the party girl has grown up, here comes Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer. There are still parties and plenty of booze, but mind you, NOT during the 2 pregnancies related in this hilarious memoir.

I definitely do enjoy a lot Vicki’s style. In fact, when faced with tough conditions (bed rest for many months and a premature baby), plus ridiculous French bureaucracy, or rather bureaucrazy (tons of paperwork to fill in for anything and everything) as Vicki calls it apropos, laughing is the most serious way of looking at things and remain sane.

Along with her humor, Vicki has really a knack for pinpointing what’s particular in the French system, and she has a very down to earth way of considering the differences with the American world and language, even for points just as simple as saying dates – the French always mention the day before the month, so we are on 7/22 in the US but le 22/7 in France.

There are lots things related to health, hospitals and doctors, with a great analysis on how the French deal with nakedness. I actually still think we are overdoing it in the US when I receive a sheet to cover my body before a medical examination. The French don’t bother with these extras.

As is almost the rule when living in France, there are really funny passages on jerks in the métro, on crazy Parisian street scenes and on the joys of spying on neighbors!
I really had a great laugh on the part about elevators: where Vicki lives, the elevator stops not on floor 2 or 3, but at 1.5 or 2.5, so even though she uses the elevator, she does need to walk up or down a few steps between the elevator door and her apartment door. Vicki, this is actually much more common than you think. I lived in several places where it was exactly like this, and that was not even in Paris.

And as you may have noticed, the cover is also in the style of the previous book, and really cute, you have to admit.

Thanks Vicki for sending me your book, sorry for taking so long to finally review it, but look it is right on time for Paris in July, AND you end up being right there for my I love France #100!!!
Looking forward now to memoir #3!

 

VERDICT: If you are disappointed not to be able to visit Paris this summer, read this witty memoir: this is the best comfort you can find, plus you will discover that in real France, all is not pink, even in the City of Lights.

 

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

Diapers, tantrums, and French bureaucracy – the crazy life of an American Mom in Paris.
Party Girl is back, this time as the sassy mommy of two kids trying to navigate the beautiful, yet infuriating, city of Paris.
How does she steer a stroller around piles of dog poop? How does she find time for French administration between breastfeeding and business meetings? And can she ever lose the baby weight with croissants staring her in the face from every street corner?
Answers to these pressing questions – and many more – are in this hilarious sequel. Laugh, cry, and wipe up drool right alongside Vicki as she and her ever-patient French husband raise two children in the City of Light
  [Goodreads]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Vicki LesageVicki Lesage is an IT Director by day, writer by night.
And a full-time nerd.
She loves fondue, wine, math, and zombies.
She lives in Paris with her French husband and rambunctious son.

Get in touch:

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I love France #100 coming up tomorrow!

I LOVE FRANCE!

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OMG, I love France #100 is coming up tomorrow!!

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