Thursday, 1 March 2018

Murder In The Rue de Paradis (Aimée Leduc Series) by Cara Black

Paperback:  Parisian PI Aimée Leduc is head-over-heels when a former boyfriend, an investigative journalist, reappears and proposes - but his professional past has caught up with him, and now Aimée must figure out who would want him dead.

Aimée Leduc seems to be having a streak of good luck.  First, she secures a lucrative computer security contract for her Paris detective agency.  Then her ex-boyfriend Yves, the gorgeous bad-boy investigative journalist, reappears in her life.  He insists he is back in Paris indefinitely and wants to make the ultimate commitment.  He proposes to her that very night, and Aimée can’t help but say yes.

When she wakes up in the morning, though, Yves is gone without even leaving a note.  Aimée is irate until she learns the awful truth: Y ves was murdered early that morning.  Heartbroken and convinced the Brigade Criminelle are not following the right leads, Aimée pursues the mystery behind her fiancé’s murder. Y ves was killed trying to further a cause he believed in.  Even if it means putting her own life on the line, Aimée won’t let him die in vain.

Murder in the Rue de Paradis (2008) is the eighth book in the riveting Aimée Leduc PI series set in Paris, France.

About the author:  Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 17 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris.  Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris - the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture - and invitations to be the Guest of Honour at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime.  With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew.

Cara was born in Chicago but has lived in California’s Bay Area since she was five years old.

Her love of all things French was kindled by the French-speaking nuns at her Catholic high school, where Cara first encountered French literature and went crazy for the work of Prix Goncourt winner Romain Gary.  Her junior year in high school, she wrote him a fan letter - which he answered, and which inspired her to make her first trip to Paris, where her idol took her out for coffee and a cigar. Since then, she has been to Paris many, many times.  On each visit she entrenches herself in a different part of the city, learning its secret history.  She has posed as a journalist to sneak into closed areas, trained at a firing range with real Paris flics, gotten locked in a bathroom at the Victor Hugo museum, and - just like Aimée - gone down into the sewers with the rats (she can never pass up an opportunity to see something new, even when the timing isn’t ideal - she was headed to a fancy dinner right afterwards and had a spot of bother with her shoes).  For the scoop on real Paris crime, she takes the flics out for drinks and dinner to hear their stories - but it usually turns into a long evening, which is why she sticks with espresso.

Rating:  4/5

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