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

4.4 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
Book 14 of 16 in the Aimee Leduc Series

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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 (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Another good book in the Aimee Leduc series set in Paris. Aimee is a young PI mostly in the cyber world, but usually finds herself involved in solving a crime closer to home. Always interesting characters and, of course you get to become familiar with another part of Paris. Aimee is pregnant and her character seems to be maturing, so it will be interesting to see what happens to her and around her in the upcoming books.
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I am working my way through the Aimee Leduc series and I have truly enjoyed reading every one of them. Cara Black has the knack to hold your attention and make you keep page turning. Her style, her crafting and her descriptions are greatly admired by me and I would dearly love to replicate these in the book I am endeavouring to write. So, all of her books for me are leisure, pleasure and learning!
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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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The latest in the series is full of surprises when a young girl disappears in the Paris that Aimee knows. Aimee sets to work to find her young friend, and runs into roadblocks every step of the way. A page turner that I couldn't put down!
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