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What kept me turning the pages were the lively descriptions of Paris and the weaving of its history and unique flavor into the plot. But the protagonist is so close in every way but geography to those of other mystery series e. This one is for fans of French culture, light mysteries, and nervy women who pick locks, lose the tailing car, and can't decide if they prefer sleeping alone or not.
May 17, Sarah rated it it was ok. I read Cara Black because I enjoy reading about Paris. Her novels explore the neighborhoods that tourists like me never see and she puts the reader in the Paris atmosphere.
Aimee Leduc, however, is a little too stereotypical. In general, I like her character but there are moments when I get a little frustrated with her becuase she's too perfect. Even when she screws up, she's too perfect. She's alway broke but she always has the perfect outfit.
She makes mistakes but always ends up being right and she always manages to find the right contact in a wine bar or coffee house to help her get the information that she needs. It's just not that easy to solve crimes. Okay, I know it's a story and that we all have to expect some fantasy in out stories but sometimes, Aimee's just too perfect for me. However, I have read four of Black's novels and I will keep reading them because her stories are enjoyable and her knowledge of Paris is extensive.
Also, her books are action packed and full of intrigue. Jul 04, Kim rated it really liked it. Atmospherics are great and the protagonist is a very positive character. The narrative is fair to the reader and gives one an opportunity to solve. I started this series down the road, with Murder in Montmartre, which I have resolved never to do again. That being said, I am continuing on with Ms. Black in order and look forward to it.
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Jul 03, Mal Warwick rated it really liked it Shelves: Murder in Belleville, set in , revolves around the lingering fallout from the French-Algerian War of to — one of those tragic events that continues to reverberate in French society today in the Parisian suburbs crowded with Muslim refugees. Though appealing as much for its historical and geographical detail, Murder in Belleville is, at heart, a detective story.
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Hired by the wife, Leduc must now attempt to learn the identity of the car-bomber and to unravel the mystery surrounding the minister and his mistress, meanwhile saving his wife and small daughter. Each of these ably-written stories is based in a different neighborhood in Paris.
In this second book in Cara Black's Aimee Leduc series set in Paris in the 's, private detective Aimee receives an urgent call from Anais, the sister of her journalist friend Martine. By the time she gets to where Anais is, she finds her receiving an envelope from the mistress of Anais' husband. Aimee manages to rescue Anais but the two then have to run for their lives and escape the men pursuing Anais. This is a complicated my In this second book in Cara Black's Aimee Leduc series set in Paris in the 's, private detective Aimee receives an urgent call from Anais, the sister of her journalist friend Martine.
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This is a complicated mystery involving Algerian hunger strikers who seek to force the French government to allow illegal aliens to stay in the country sort of like the USA with illegal hispanics and a secret plot to steal their money for the personal profit of some very unsavory characters. As usual, Aimee and her partner Rene a dwarf who is a computer genius must unravel the mystery, save Anais and her little daughter Simone from death from a suicide bomber, and try to keep from being killed themselves by a variety of bad guys all while no one with information seems willing to help.
A mean clown is also involved. While I disagree with any country allowing illegal aliens to stay or receive any benefits because it is disrespectful to the country, its laws, and its taxpayers as well as a slap in the face of those who followed the rules and immigrated legally I am all for legal immigration , I didn't care at all for the callous way one of the ministers sacrificed another minister's life who did not want to be involved just because he had been born in Algeria. There is outrage to be felt at the idea of women treated like doormats but then there is also a longer to visit to get at the food and beverages.
Aimee is a complicated woman, not perfect, but she has her own standards and you just can't keep her down. If I were a hostage or had just been in a car explosion, I would definitely want to call on Aimee Leduc and Rene for help. They've got your back and you can depend on it even if you don't have a penny to pay them. But the woman wants to hire Leduc to investigate the car bombing, and she is quickly embroil 2.
But the woman wants to hire Leduc to investigate the car bombing, and she is quickly embroiled in a situation that has international ramifications. This is the second book in the series, and I find that I like the premise of the series, better than I like the books so far. I like her partner, Rene, a dwarf with a gift for computer science and surveillance, and I wish Black would give him more to do in the books. I also really enjoy learning about the various neighborhoods of Paris — the chic, and not-so-chic.
But Black seems to get lost in her intricate plots. Still, I see promise. This second book was a bit better than the first though I still rate it only 2. Apr 13, Susan rated it liked it.
Paris is the starring character in this at least for me. The mystery-novel cliches are hard for me: The views of real Paris, set in , with tensions of sans papiers, Arabes, neo-colonialist tensions Not sure if I can make it through all the series, but I will try.
May 12, Kam rated it did not like it Shelves: After that everything went downhill. Then she switches to that police station where the mother is berating her son for being anti-immigrant. I really wanted to like a book set in France; get involved in the richness, the detail. It was trite, nothing new; nothing interesting. I marvel this is getting high reviews. And the blurbs on the book jacket — evidently she's owed a lot of favors.
Jun 09, Gloria rated it it was ok. The brand name-dropping feels weird and lazy; the writing isn't so hot, but the elaborations and details of facts of life immigration, neighborhoods are worthwhile for me. Mar 04, Darcy rated it it was ok Shelves: This is my second try at this series and will be my last. With all the French references it seemed like I was missing so much of the story especially when they were talking in slang.
I do wonder about Aimee as a private investigator she seems to have better success than the police and the police seem to give her any info she wants and even ask her for help. That does seem really odd for me. Nov 02, Lisa rated it it was ok. Poorly written, poorly edited and confusing to follow.
I liked the story and locale, though. Jan 14, Rosemary rated it really liked it.
Cara Black creates very dense somwhat hard to decipher plots. She produces an interesting set of characters. Jul 20, Sheila rated it really liked it Shelves: Hauntingly evocative of time, place and politics, the story combines European terrorism, colonial misdemeanors, and financial and political greed into a tale of danger, mystery and suspense.
The novel starts and ends with fast dramatic action, but slows for introspection, investigation and intrigue in the middle—with touches of sheer terror interspersed. A slow, complex and rewarding read. I got several of these on a deal and look forward to reading more. Feb 06, Kay rated it it was amazing. Published in , set in , this book about undocumented immigrants hunger striking in a church, holding out for legal documentation, echoes life in the USA in and is just as upsetting and sad and violent and without solutions then as now. Glad I didn't and have read them all and just greatly enjoyed that prequel, ne Published in , set in , this book about undocumented immigrants hunger striking in a church, holding out for legal documentation, echoes life in the USA in and is just as upsetting and sad and violent and without solutions then as now.
Glad I didn't and have read them all and just greatly enjoyed that prequel, newly published in This re-read gave me a chance to understand the story better, but a story larded with details, complicated characters, twisty skeins of situations layered with complexity in the telling, myriad stories interweaving, and I knew I'd need to pay attention to get whole picture.
I found that yes, this is an important look at a huge first-world situation that seems unresolvable--undocumented immigrants fleeing terror and war. Bravo to Cara Black for tackling it!!
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For telling stories of some of the pieds noirs and former-colony Algerian immigrants. For painting deeply toned pictures of all the people involved, even the little girl. Aug 08, Greg Subias rated it really liked it. Aimee Leduc is a character I wan to run through the streets of this beautiful historic city solving crimes and smoking cigarettes til the wee hours of the night! Again rich detail of the different arrondissement's takes one back while leaving you taking notes on new things to see the next time you are there.
Also, like the first book in the series, Cara Black does a nice job of working some Paris history into the storyline. It may not always be wholly accurate but it brings to light some of the Aimee Leduc is a character I wan to run through the streets of this beautiful historic city solving crimes and smoking cigarettes til the wee hours of the night! I will certainly continue reading her entertaining series Jun 01, Monty rated it really liked it.
This is the second in the series about Aimee Leduc, a private detective in Paris. Aimee is one determined investigator who does whatever she can to solve the mysteries presented to her, even it means getting injured, stalked, put down, disbelieved, making mistakes, and so on.
I am really beginning to like this series. However, it is not for those who don't like violence. These book dealt with issues around Algerian immigration problems. Feb 20, Liz Dean rated it it was ok. I want to love these books, so I will try at least one more in the series before I give up. Hope the third's the charm!
Mar 22, Christine rated it it was ok. Excessive use of French words in the wrong context, fake expressions and too many stereotypes. Sep 12, Mikael rated it it was amazing. Aimee Leduc pursues justice with a vengeance. Nobody messes with her and wins. Nov 27, Larraine rated it liked it. I've been working my way back with several authors including Cara Black. I was rereading some of my posts on this blog. One of the things I said was that I wasn't as fond of Black's writing style as I was of others, but I do love the style and setting.
This is the second book in the series. Her writing improved as she wrote which is very common. This one is interesting because of the story of the Algerians demanding that they be allowed to stay permanently, despite the fact that the French gover I've been working my way back with several authors including Cara Black. This one is interesting because of the story of the Algerians demanding that they be allowed to stay permanently, despite the fact that the French government had only given them temporary asylum.
I found this link if the reader is interested: Black's books take place in the 90's when computers were still fairly rare and unusual, and there were no smartphones. Aimee Leduc runs a computer security firm with a partner, Rene, a computer savant and fashion guy who happens to be a dwarf. She lives in a 17th-century apartment that overlooks the Seine with her father, who runs the family detective agency. First, someone has sabotaged her lab work, putting her at risk of failing out of the program.
Then, she finds out her aristo boyfriend is planning to get engaged to another woman. How can she say no? She was far too sick to leave on her own—she must have been abducted. At least, that what she tells herself. The next day, Yuri is found tortured to death in his kitchen. And her misgivings may not be far off the mark: Meizi disappears during a Chinatown dinner to take a phone call and never comes back to the restaurant. A missing young woman, an illegal immigrant raid in progress, botched affairs of the heart, dirty policemen, the French secret service, cutting-edge science secrets and a murderer on the loose—what has she gotten herself into?
And can she get herself—and her friends—back out of it all alive? Her investigation leads her to police corruption; the radical Basque terrorist group, ETA; and a kidnapped Spanish princess. The police have pegged her as the guilty party. She has no idea who would have sent this money. Aimee finds herself caught up in a murderous paper chase, one where even her godfather, Commissaire Morbier, has doubts about her innocence. But after a single night of bliss, his body is discovered in a Paris doorway.
His throat has been slit, with a distinctive curling flourish at one end of the incision. Meanwhile, a group of environmental protestors is trying to stop the government from entering into a contract with an oil company notorious for pollution. Her partner, Jacques, has set up a meeting in Montmartre with an informer.
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