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

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Murder in Pigalle

Murder in Pigalle

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I received this audiobook for free
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I was in no way compensated
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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.

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I love France #44: Book review: Murder Below Montparnasse

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Murder Below Montparnasse

(Aimee Leduc Investigations #13)

by

Cara BLACK

336 pages

Published by  Soho Crime on March 5, 2013

Murder Below Montparnasse

Ebook received from Soho Crime,
via Edelweiss

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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Last year, my husband asked me if I knew about any modern day French detective stories. Honestly, nothing was coming to mind. So I looked around, and the name of Cara Black came up, with her heroine investigator Aimée Leduc. I thought it was cool that the names of all her mysteries had un arrondissement de Paris in the title. I didn’t have time to read any back then, but kept the name in the back of my mind. When I saw Murder Below Montparnasse, the latest (#13  already, which adds 12 books to my TBR in one shot!!) in the series, offered by Edelweiss, I knew it was time to meet Aimée.

I’m so glad I finally discovered Aimée Leduc. She is a very sharp private detective, and also very feminine, very much part of current society, and bien dans sa peau, well, as long as she does not think too much of her mother, a tough case.

Indeed she has to face some family issues in this new mystery she has to solve, as her mother happened to have some dubious connections with some political and art milieus; she might even be very instrumental in the killing Aimée is investigating.

I liked very much all the varied layers of this mystery, with arts and politics; the description of Paris grim areas is very evocative and fascinating. I found the book well written and for sure the suspense keeps you going, as you face what looks like a thief being himself victim of a theft. And with Aimée, you have to figure out who is her friend, and who is in the other camp.

This is not a cozy mystery, there are some rather bloody scenes, but definitely not over the top.

If you love mysteries and Paris, you really need to meet with Aimée Leduc. And now I’ll try to keep up and read the previous installments!
Now, very exciting news: as part of the marketing campaign for this book, you can win [click on the logo below to get all the details]


October 15th – October 22nd

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

A long-lost Modigliani portrait, a grieving brother’s blood vendetta, a Soviet secret that’s been buried for 80 years—Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc’s current case is her most exciting one yet.When Aimée’s long-term partner and best friend Rene leaves their detective agency for a new job in Silicon Valley, Aimée knows she can handle the extra workload. At least, that what she tells herself. Repeatedly.But all bets are off when Yuri Volodya, a mysterious old Russian man, hires Aimée to protect a painting. By the time she gets to his Montparnasse atelier, the precious painting has already been stolen, leaving Aimée smelling a rat. The next day, Yuri is found tortured to death in his kitchen. To top it all off, it looks like Aimée isn’t the only one looking for the painting. Some very dangerous people are threatening her and her coworkers, and witnesses are dropping like flies. Now Aimée has to find the painting, stop her attackers, and figure out what her long-missing mother, who is on Interpol’s most wanted list, has to do with all this—fingers crossed she wasn’t Yuri’s murderer, despite clues pointing in that direction.Obviously, Rene doesn’t need to worry. Aimee has things under control.[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.

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