Sunday, July 24, 2011

BW 30: C is for Cara Black

Butte Montmarte, Paris, France by Julie K

I just finished reading the first book in Cara Black's Aimee Leduc Series called Murder in the Marais.  I had heard about her stories and when I came across them while wondering through Book Passages in San Francisco, just had to check out the first book in the series:

Synopsis:  It is November 1993 and the French prime ministerial candidate is about to sign a treaty with Germany that will severely restrict immigration, reminiscent of the Vichy laws. Aime Leduc is approached by a rabbi to decipher a fifty-year-old encrypted photograph and place it in the hands of Lili Stein. When she arrives at Lili's apartment in the Marais, the old Jewish quarter of Paris, she finds a corpse in whose forehead is carved a swastika. With the help of her partner, a dwarf with extraordinary computer hacking skills, Aime is determined to solve this horrendous crime. Then more murders follow. Her search for the killer leads her to a German war veteran involved in the 1940s with a Jewish girl he was supposed to send to her death. It takes Aime undercover inside a neo-Nazi group, where she must play a dangerous game of current politics and old war crimes. Many of the older Jews in the Marais are afraid and prefer to leave the past alone, but the horrible legacy of the death camps and the words "never forget" propel Aime to find out the true identities of the criminals past and present.
Murder in the Marais was her debut novel and the first in a series of now 11 books following the exploits of Private investigator Aimee Leduc in Paris, France.   I discovered Aimee is a feisty chick who jumps into situations fearlessly, throws herself body (literally) and soul into her investigations.   She isn't afraid of a few bruises and once she's on somebody's trail, doesn't let go.   I was amazed at this character's tenacity. I was exhausted just reading the story.  Paris is more than just the setting, it is also a living breathing character that helps bring the story to life.  The rest of the books in the series are:

Murder in Belleville 

Murder in the Sentier
Murder in the Bastille 

Murder in Clichy
Murder in Montmartre

Murder in LLe Saint Louis
Murder in the Rue De Paradis

Murder in the Latin Quarter
Murder in the Palais Royal
Murder in Passy

If you like murder mysteries, this is one series well worth checking out. 


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  1. thank you, I'll have to check it out. I finished How to Wash a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale

  2. That looks like a great series! I'll have to go find it.

  3. I'm sorry. I forgot to post comments after linking up my book 1/52. It's Teaching Outside the Box.


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