- Series: An Aimée Leduc Investigation (Book 1)
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Soho Crime; Reissue edition (April 26, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781616957308
- ISBN-13: 978-1616957308
- ASIN: 1616957301
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 293 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Murder in the Marais (An Aimée Leduc Investigation) Paperback – April 26, 2016
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Praise for the Aimée Leduc series
"Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris—forever Aimée."
—New York Times Book Review
"A tightly spun web worthy of a classic spy thriller . . . Leduc's City of Light is a stylish, dangerous place."
—Washington Post Book World
"No contemporary writer of noir mysteries evokes the spirit of Paris more than Cara Black in her atmospheric series starring P.I. Aimée Leduc . . . The fearless, risk-taking Aimée is constantly running, hiding, fighting and risking her life—all while dressed in vintage Chanel and Dior and Louboutin heels."
"The charm of this series comes from the character and a vividly rendered setting. Aimée rides her pink scooter through the streets of Paris, roller skates through the Louvre after closing time, and tears through dark tunnels under the Palais Royal wearing peep-toe shoes or vintage Valentino boots, her eyes ringed with kohl, trying to figure out who is out to get her . . . Zut alors! It's quite a ride."
—The Boston Globe
"Stylish and sexy."
About the Author
Cara Black is the author of sixteen book in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series, all of which are available from Soho Crime. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.
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Except for the protagonist, you will spend very little time with average French people. Most are elderly Jewish holocaust survivors or modern day Nazi skinheads. In lengthy flashbacks to the German occupation of Paris in WWII you will spend more time with French Jews trying to avoid extermination and German Nazis trying to exterminate them.
The author may have a weakness for bad boys as two of her female characters (one current day and the other 50 years before) sleep with the enemy and are shocked that they liked it.
In 1998 when this was written and before 9/11, maybe Neo Nazis were a favorite bogeyman. This seems quaint today as they seem to not be responsible for any of the many mass murders since.
Positives included insights into Paris -- Black obviously knows the city well, and I enjoyed seeing various parts of the city through her eyes and comparing them with my own views and memories.
The main characters are fairly well drawn, and the plot has some neat twists.
The minor characters -- essential in Black's style of creating a very dense world -- seemed superficial and I couldn't always understand their motivations even though their actions were important to the story. And, I found the transitions from one aspect of the story to another inartistic and unsatisfying.
I'll probably read another in the series to see if familiarity helps -- but I'm not going to rush into the purchase.
Robert C. Ross
The story was interesting and the characters certainly were a challenge as many were not who they seemed or presented themselves to be. Aimee Leduc was certainly resourceful and extraordinarily skilled at not only investigating the case but in taking care of herself. She's an enigma that this story seemed to only scratch the surface of and I very much liked her personally and as a detective.
Where this story fell short for me was with the lack of depth in developing the secondary characters who are a constant in Aimee's world. It was obvious that these were longstanding relationships but we weren't given enough history to make sense of their roles, especially Inspector Morbier. I couldn't discern if he had a fatherly, antagonistic or lust-from-afar relationship with Aimee. Her partner, Rene, obviously has a backstory but was relegated to pitching in here and there in a confusing way. Aimee's connection to Yves ended up being just bizarre in my opinion.
There was also a lot going on in the story. I didn't have a hard time tracking it but the transitions were awkward. I also felt a bit let down by the ending as there were so many issues that felt unresolved. I like the character so I'm committed to reading at least one more book in the series and hope that this first book bore the pains of establishing the foundation for the rest series.
Aimee is assisted by her faithful employee Rene who also happens to be vertically challenged----he's a dwarf. But a well dressed man who is an expert in computer programs and also protective of Aimee and much more! That becomes apparent in future books, but for the most part Aimee is attracted to "bad boys" and those relationships never last! Aimee is also of the fashionista world---only her designer clothes come from flea markets! My kind of woman! She also gets herself into a lot of scrapes and battles as she tries to find the truth and some of her maneuvering and climbing about old buildings is almost unbelievable!
There are too many characters to mention in this story, but they all evolve around the Nazi occupation of France and especially Paris where two young women watch their parents be taken, never to return. There are former Third Reich officers, other Jewish residents, and like most mysteries and crimes it takes awhile to figure out how they are all related. Aimee never gets to meet the old Jewish woman because she finds her dead---murdered in a most bizarre manner! And then other deaths follow......
When reading Cara Blacks short biography it's apparent that she's a lover of travel and adventure. Her knowledge of the Paris environs are apparent in these books and it's quite a history lesson. More and more information of this "city of light" come out as she describes the alleys, streets, sewers, and long abandoned catacombs. Aimee ventures into all of these corners of Paris----places that the usual tour guides don't take you! That's what I find so marvelous about these adventures Aimee Leduc!