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Murder in Pigalle (An Aimée Leduc Investigation) Hardcover – March 4, 2014

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Book 14 of 15 in the Aimee Leduc Series

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From Booklist

AiméeLeduc is crashing around Paris again, this time—during the 1998 World Cup in France—in search of her pal Zazie, a 13-year-old wannabe detective who has disappeared and may be the latest victim of a serial rapist preying on young girls in the Pigalle district. Ah, but that’s not all: Aimee is five months pregnant and is doing her running accompanied by the Bump. Black cleverly mixes the domestic situation (Aimee has yet to tell the Bump’s father what’s happening) and the red-herring-laden mystery (Is Zazie’s disappearance even connected to the rapist?). The plot gets a little crazy this time, and the resolution seems a tad abrupt, but series fans won’t notice, as they’ll be thoroughly caught up in the ongoing story lines regarding Aimées romantic life, her relationship with partner and best friend Rene (struggling to keep his own romantic feelings for Aimée secret), and, of course, Aimée’s terrorist mother, now confirmed to be alive but still off the radar. The combination of vividly evoked Parisian neighborhoods and a bewitching, stylish heroine (now adorned in vintage Dior maternity togs) continues to make this series as tasty as a chunk of French chocolate. --Bill Ott

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Praise for Murder in Pigalle

"The stylish sleuth in Cara Black’s blithe mysteries set in Paris, is making an odd fashion statement in Murder in Pigalle—ill-fitting frocks and low heels. Almost six months pregnant and showing it . . . But once the investigation takes a detour into the cavernous sewers of the city, she proves she can still find her way home in the dark."
—New York Times Book Review

"Leduc is a refreshing and entertaining guide to Parisian neighborhoods and cultures, especially those that well-established tourist routes typically pass by. Let’s hope she never runs out of districts to scoot around in."
—The Seattle Times

"Captivating . . . Black weaves in ’90s politics and a lush sense of Leduc’s Parisian home into the book. In 2014’s Murder in the Pigalle, based on a real-life crime, Paris is gearing to host the 1998 World Cup. Black captures the sensuality of record temperatures, with the description of the cassis-limon ice cream at Berthillon, and the fear that permeates the Pigalle."
—BBC's Between the Lines

"[Black] draws the reader into the intricacies of Paris while driving the mystery forward to make it an ultimate page-turner."
—The San Francisco Chronicle

"Readers will be sitting on the edge of their seats . . . Spectacular."
—Suspense Magazine

"Chic and utterly charming . . . This book has a darker tone than earlier ones in the series, but it still has Black's distinctive flair."
Carole E. Barrowman, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"One tough mother-to-be . . . The treasured Aimée Leduc series keeps to the high standard of the series while nicely deepening Aimée as a character and leading her in a new direction."
Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

"The combination of vividly evoked Parisian neighborhoods and a bewitching, stylish heroine continues to make this series as tasty as a chunk of French chocolate."
—Booklist

"Even an unplanned pregnancy can’t slow down Paris detective Aimée Leduc . . .  Black's 14th shows Aimée just as determined as ever to live life on her own terms and stand up for those who can’t."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Written in an intelligent style, well-told, and satisfying."
—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

"Black writes [as] vividly as she has in the previous thirteen."
—The Weirs Times

"Of all the books in this series that I've read, Murder in Pigalle is the strongest. I can't wait to see what Cara Black has in store for us next."  
—Kittling Books

"The best Aimée Leduc investigation yet!"
—Kingdom Books

"If you have followed this series and its central characters you'll not want to miss this latest installment. On the other hand, if you enjoy atmospheric suspense stories with exotic settings and characters and haven't yet followed Aimée Leduc around Paris, this might be the perfect time to do so."
—Bookloons

Praise for the Aimée Leduc series


"Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French."
—Alan Furst

"Wry, complex, sophisticated, intensely Parisian . . . One of the very best heroines in crime fiction today."
—Lee Child

"So authentic you can practically smell the fresh baguettes and coffee."
—Val McDermid

“[Cara Black] is on to a good thing: each of her novels is set in a colorful Parisian neighborhood—and there are a lot of them. The cumulative result of reading this addictive series is a sort of mini-tour of the city, as seen through a filter of fictional murder . . . Leduc is always a reliable and charming guide to the city's lesser-known corners.”
The Seattle Times

“Black creates rich, plausible characters, giving them individuality and depth.”
San Francisco Gate

"Cara Black's Paris-based crime novels have fans by the legion."
—The Telegraph
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Product Details

  • Series: An Aimée Leduc Investigation (Book 14)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime; First Edition edition (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616952849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616952846
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cara Black lives in San Francisco with her bookseller husband, Jun, and their dog. She's a NYTImes and USATODAY bestselling author, a San Francisco Library Laureate, Macavity and three time Anthony award-nominee for her series, Aimée Leduc Investigations, set in Paris Cara Black is the national bestselling author of 15 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received numerous accolades for her novels, including multiple nominations for the prestigious 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 Honor at such noteworthy conferences 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, and Hebrew.
Cara was born in Chicago but has lived in California's Bay Area since she was five years old. Before turning to writing fulltime, she tried her hand at a number of jobs: she was a barista in the Basal train station café in Switzerland, taught English in Japan, studied Buddhism in Dharamsala in Northern India, and worked as a bar girl in Bangkok (only pouring drinks!). After studying Chinese history at Sophia University in Tokyo--where she met her husband, Jun, a bookseller, potter, and amateur chef--she obtained her teaching credential at San Francisco State College, and went on to work as a preschool director and then as an agent of the federally funded Head Start program, which sent her into San Francisco's Chinatown to help families there--often sweatshop workers--secure early care and early education for their children. Each of these jobs was amazing and educational in a different way, and the Aimée Leduc books are covered in fingerprints of Cara's various experiences.
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 cops out for drinks and dinner to hear their stories--but it usually turns into a long evening, which is why she sticks with espresso.

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MURDER IN PIGALLE might be my all-time favorite Aimee Leduc novel. Tough-as-nails and always chic Aimee is this time battling villains -- and morning sickness! I also love the descriptions of Pigalle and its history. You can easily enjoy this book without having read the other books in the series. This is such a smart, atmospheric and high entertaining mystery. Highly recommend!
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I am a Cara Black devotee and this book blew me away--so richly detailed, with an even more sophisticated plot and an even bigger heart than (in my opinion) any of her previous books. I loved the many motherhood elements in the book, from Aimee's pregnancy to the maternal feelings she has toward missing Zazie and on to the many forms of parenting you see throughout the book. As I said, I've long been a fan of this series, but this book was more than just a fun read; it was touching and thought-provoking. I can't wait for the next one now, and I hope Cara Black keeps this rich emotional arc going forward.
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Cara Black's characters are complex, her stories are unique and her plot lines are compelling. I feel lucky to have found her book series. I had tired of all the cookie cutter murder mysteries and crime dramas. Cara could teach a thing or two to other authors in regards to how to write a book with some creativity.

I highly recommend this book and this book series to anyone who's interested in something different (and anyone who loves Paris- and who doesn't?)
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There's a lot in Murder in Pigalle for a reader to digest, especially Aimée's own reactions to her pregnancy. How is she coping with morning sickness, getting tired easily, and her clothes no longer fitting properly? How are her friends and business associates reacting to the news? This is all important, especially for future books in the series, but front and center is Zazie's disappearance with this serial rapist on the prowl. Aimée knows how important time is in relationship to the young girl's survival, and her sense of urgency swiftly becomes the focus of the reader. As Aimée fights nausea, exhaustion, and an almost overwhelming sense of panic, I, too, became panicked-- and I couldn't read fast enough.

As her investigation progresses, it soon becomes clear that this is not a simple case of one young girl's disappearance. There are more things at stake here, and Aimée must unravel a tangled skein of clues in order to make sense of it all and save Zazie. Of all the books in this series that I've read, Murder in Pigalle is the strongest. I can't wait to see what Cara Black has in store for us next.
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I love Cara Black's series and enjoyed this book. The mystery component was excellent and kept me turning the pages late into the night. I do wish there had been a touch more character development between Aimee and some of the recurring characters given the pregnancy. I'm hoping there will be another Aimee Leduc book soon! It felt like there was much more to explore and the ending left me wanting more, as any compelling series should!! Cara's writing style is fantastic and I love the history of Paris she weaves in throughout.
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Since I work in Paris every other year for a month long stay, these books have been helpful in introducing me to parts of Paris I wouldn't have known otherwise. Cara Black's Aimee LeDuc is a wonderful character who always nabs the crook and solves the mystery. It's an interesting twist in this book to watch Aimee do her regular stunt driving pursuit while being five months pregnant. Once I start reading one of these stories about Aimee, I have a hard time putting the book down until the very end.
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Aimee Leduc is pregnant and not dealing with it well. She hasn't told the father, and her shadow Zazie disappears after enlisting Aimee's help in investigating a serial rapist of girls whom are Zazie's age. Aimee and her business partner, Renee, are in a race to find Zazie. So much happens in a 72 hour period that I felt like a pin ball bouncing into a myriad of complications that appear as Aimee and Renee race around Pigalle. I was exhausted at the end but satisfied with the outcome.
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This is the first Aimee Leduc mystery. I look forward to reading more. And there are more—13 more. Aimee, manages to keep the image of Paris chic, even though she is five months pregnant, experiencing morning sickness and desperate to find her 13 year old friend who has gone missing and is likely the target of a serial rapist. Black ability to make the summer Paris heat almost palpable adds to the story. As any good mystery, this has unexpected turns, red herring and lots of suspense.
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