Possibly the daughter of the ambas This is the book in the series that I have liked the least. I read this for my mystery book group and even though I own several books in this series, probably won't read the others until I am desperate for something to read. Aimee finds Xavierre murdered, a car drives off, and somehow there is some blood that is partly dried right next to Morbier's footprints and a pin he dropped. They are long gone, and that formerly affordable housing now comes with a very fancy price tag. The usual cliff-hanging literally-- Aimee is usually hanging off something or other conclusion is at the sinister-looking Lauriston reservoir, which I walked by many, many times. To complicate matters, Morbier is the prime suspect! This installment is challenging in that many of the characters are hard to follow occasionally. 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.
But it is fiction and in fiction, anything happens. The neighborhood is a collection of villages that have been folded into the structure of the metropolis. I really don't like the one of Aimée. But as she investigates, she uncovers a terrifying conspiracy involving police corruption and Basque terrorists. I was fascinated to learn about the Passy reservoir. Xavierre is strangled that night, and circumstantial evidence makes Morbier the prime suspect. And her partner who considers him a strong friend tries, too.
The book had an interesting start that almost immediately slowed to one of the most boring bits of detecting I've ever read. So, Cara on the story of her book:. Aimee is her usual interpid self and the situations she gets in and out of a Finally, Aimee Leduc is in the 16th, and even more specifically, Place Victor Hugo and Passy. The ideal mix of the personal, the political, the puzzling and the Parisian make Aimée's latest a perfect pleasure. It is a fascinating story of the history of the arrondissement, the man on whom a character was based, and the issues facing the Basque minority in the Pyrenees. Circumstantial evidence makes Morbier the prime suspect, and to vindicate him, Aimée must identify the real killer.
This latest effort is a bit heavy on the machine-gun rat-tat-tat prose which Black seems to have pioneered. Aimee realizes that whatever is bothering Xavierre has nothing to do with Morbier. Generally I've liked this series, and some of the things that I might not like as well have fit into the story and the picture of the characters that I still generally enjoyed the stories and the visits to the various parts of Paris, all meld well to provide a worthwhile and nice experience for me. The story also hints at police corruption and everything comes to a head when a Spanish Princess is kidnapped. She is a San Francisco Library Laureate and a member of the Paris Sociéte Historique in the Marais. Then, possibly one third from I know this is a popular series for Francophiles who adore discovering the not so touristy areas of Paris.
Xavierre has been so busy with her daughter's upcoming wedding that she has stopped taking Morbier's calls, and he's worried something serious is going on. The little french blurbs in this book are what were unique and pulled me in but the thing that sucked me in got old quick. I guess I expected more because of the popularity of this series. Aimee is tres chic running around Paris in couture and designer high heels and of course always wearing Chanel lipstick. Review: When her godfather is arrested for the murder of a wealthy woman, a woman he was dating at the time, private investigator Aimée Leduc must look to their respective pasts for evidence to exonerate him, in Murder in Passy, the 11th mystery in this series by Cara Black. I didn't bond with any of the one-dimensional characters or care about the unlikely situations they found themselves in.
Each of Cara Black's books are focused upon a different area of Paris. Modern smartphones and computers can read files of any format. Although described as noir, the only thing noir is the author's name, 'Black. Aimee Leduc is a private detective in Paris who has a computer genius partner Rene Friant , a dwarf who studies the martial arts and is secretly in love with her while she wastes her time with bad boys who have sex with her and leave. Circumstantial evidence makes Morbier the prime suspect, and to vindicate him, Aimée must identify the real killer. Could this be a crime of passion, with the political trappings and clues merely red herrings? My Aimée Leduc mysteries are set in mid-90s Paris, and for Murder in Passy, which takes place in November 1997, I had finally reached the perfect place to build a Basque story into my plot. When she goes to investigate she finds a body—that of Xavierre.
And part of that underworld this time is the Basque separatist movement. Long story short, if this book were a person, I'd suspect manic depression. Tuesday is the day that Cara Black posts on the Murder Is Everywhere blog. She received the Medaille de la Ville de Paris for services to French culture. As I've said before, I'm looking for mysteries that don't include so much blood and gore, and this is one while still getting the point across, the person of people are dead from wounds. And it also focuses on the continuing fight of the Basques to gain independence from Spain and France. Her book Murder in the Sentier was nominated for an Anthony Award for Best Novel, and Murder in the Latin Quarter was a finalist for the Best Novel Award from the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.
March 1 fell on a Tuesday this year. Passy is one of several villages in the very fancy 16th arrondissement. Police Commissaire Mobier, Aimée's godfather, thinks his current love interest, Xavierre, has been distracted lately, and asks Aimée to visit her one evening to talk, woman-to-woman as it were, while he travels to Lyon on business. Circumstantial evidence makes Morbier the prime suspect, and to vindicate him, Aimée must identify the real killer. Like most fast paced stories, I wonder in a few short days how the hero or in this case, Aimee can accomplish all they do and stay alive from all the bad guys.
Thus, my rating is more a 3. I just don't like the characters, and Aimee herself acts much more like a dingbat in her decision making and this isn't her greatest forte anyhow than is usual. The story is set in 1997 as the Basque separatist movement is moving toward making peace with the French government. Xavierre, a haut bourgeois matron of Basque origin, is strangled in her garden while Aimée waits inside. I do get a bit tired of the fashion details but then many readers follow Aimée because they just love those glimpses, so whatever. Passy, once a small village on the outskirts of Paris, is now the dwelling place of the wealthy and well to do. Thus the race is on for Aimee to clear her godfather Morbier.
That was enough for me. They don't give you anything to really like or respect. Her investigation leads her to police corruption, radical Basque terrorists, and a kidnapped Spanish princess. No one heard a struggle nor any screams. That definitely would not be me. Xavierre is strangled in her garden - Aimée is too late to save her.