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Murder in Passy (An Aimée Leduc Investigation) Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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Full of French political intrigue, Black's atmospheric 11th Aimée Leduc investigation (after 2010's Murder in the Palais Royal) finds the Paris PI's world turned upside down with the arrest of her godfather and longtime mentor, Commissaire Morbier, for murder. Worse yet, the victim—Morbier's inamorata, Xavierre d'Eslay—was with Aimée minutes before her death by strangulation. To clear Morbier, Aimée must dig deep as his fellow officers close rank and refuse to cooperate. Helping Aimée are her detective agency partner, René; her cousin, Sebastian; and her former policeman lover, Melac, who may or may not have an agenda of his own during the investigation. Though Xavierre lived a life of privilege in the posh suburb of Passy, Aimée discovers her past is shrouded in secrecy, linked to Basque separatists and terrorist acts. While the characters and their motivations can sometimes be hard to follow, the plot builds to a satisfying conclusion. (Mar.)
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“Addictive ... Leduc is always a reliable and charming guide to the city's lesser-known corners.”
“A staccato tour de force, it’s as action- and intrigue packed as others in the series.... Also typically, while chasing the bad guys Aimée not only pounds the Parisian pavement, but also boldly scales rooftops and climbs in sewers. All this, while wearing heals and vintage clothing; Aimée is as bold and classy as ever.”
—Sacramento News and Review
“The ideal mix of the personal, the political, the puzzling and the Parisian make Aimée’s latest a perfect pleasure.”
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“Aimée is a fantastic guide as she invites the reader along on an excursion of Paris on the back of her scooter, which most tourists traveling to the City of Light never see. Back streets and alleys, smoky bistros and Paris mansions set the backdrop for this mystery.”
—New York Journal of Books
“Cara Black of San Francisco is one of our favorite mystery authors.”
“Black knows how to build up real suspense.... Go to Paris. Follow Aimée. Bon soir.”
—Lincoln Journal Star
“The rest of us will follow Aimee anywhere, the blinder the alley the better, thrilled to hitch a ride on the back of her scooter.”
“Full of French political intrigue ... atmospheric.”
“By blending a murder investigation with a tale of political intrigue, Cara Black’s newest book effectively combines elements of both mystery and thriller. Murder in Passy retains all the emotional excitement of a thriller, but it also manages to provide a logically satisfying, yet still surprising, solution to Xavierre’s murder.”
—Mystery Series Examiner
Praise for the Aimée Leduc series
“No contemporary writer of noir mysteries evokes the spirit of Paris more than Cara Black in her atmospheric series starring P.I. Aimée Leduc.... Fearless, risk-taking Aimée is constantly running, hiding, fighting and risking her life—all while dressed in vintage Chanel and Dior and Louboutin heels.”
“If you’ve never been to Paris, or you’d like to go back soon, let Cara Black transport you there.”
“Black does for Paris what Dashiell Hammett did for San Francisco. She makes the city shimmer.”
—Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
“Charming.... Aimée is one of those blithe spirits who can walk you through the city’s historical streets and byways with their eyes closed.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Leduc has such a thorough grasp of the practicalities of investigation, plus a penchant for undercover work that will have readers on pins and needles.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
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Initially I loved the series and read every book as it comes out, but lately have been dissappointed in the predictability of the plots and action.
We leap right into the story in November 1997. Aimee has decided to ask Morbier's assistance in locating her brother Julian. And Morbier has a favour to ask of her. Xavierre, Morbier's lady friend, who Morbier had asked Aimee to check up on is murdered and Morbier is the prime suspect. Thus the race is on for Aimee to clear her godfather Morbier. This fast moving, action filled novel is a pleasure to read.
This story explores the Passy section of Paris, the 16th arrondissement, which sounds like a beautiful part of the city. And it also focuses on the continuing fight of the Basques to gain independence from Spain and France. The story also hints at police corruption and everything comes to a head when a Spanish Princess is kidnapped. I was fascinated to learn about the Passy reservoir. I always learn something new about Paris in Cara Black's books. I enjoyed having The Aimee Leduc Companion which I downloaded from the site mentioned above to help keep track of characters and picture where all the action was taking place on the maps...I love maps!
We are given hints in this volume regarding the whereabouts of Aimee's mother. It seems that Morbier has been keeping some secrets. I'm looking forward to Aimee finding out more about her mother and her brother in future books.
I have read the entire series and I highly recommend this eleventh outing of the sophisticated, gutsy Aimee Leduc.