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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
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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK
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 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.
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The protagonist of this one does indeed sound like she is a character crafted with some originality. The actual crimes involved do indeed seem dark. Thus it sounds like an intriguing read!
yes, there’s always a somewhat dark element in her mysteries. But also great things on each neighborhood. you should give it a try, especially if you like mysteries and Paris!
I have read a few of her books and quite like them.
and they must remind you so much of Paris, right?
I’ve been hearing great things about Cara Black’s series.
for those who enjoy mysteries, crime fiction and Paris, this is definitely a great series! Thanks for stopping by Ruth!