Friday, 27 July 2018

Murder in Passy (Aimée Leduc Series) by Cara Black

Paperback:  At her godfather’s engagement party at a Basque enclave in the chic 16th arrondissement, Parisian PI Aimée Leduc finds his fiancée strangled in her garden. 

The village-like neighbourhood of Passy, home to many of Paris’s wealthiest residents, is the last place one would expect a murder.  But when Aimée Leduc’s godfather, Morbier, a police commissaire, asks her to check on his girlfriend at her home there, that’s exactly what Aimée finds.

Xavierre, a haut bourgeois matron of Basque origin, is strangled in her garden while Aimée waits inside.  Circumstantial evidence makes Morbier the prime suspect, and to vindicate him, Aimée must identify the real killer.  Her investigation leads her to police corruption; t he radical Basque terrorist group, ETA;  and a kidnapped Spanish princess.

Aimée must work to clear her godfather’s name.

Murder in Passy (2011) is the eleventh book in the exceptional and expertly plotted PI Aimée Leduc series set in Paris, France.

About the author:  Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 18 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:  5/5

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