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Murder in the Sentier (Aimee Leduc Investigations, No. 3)

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I didn't want it to end...

By lisatheratgirl "lisatheratgirl" - January 20, 2005

and that's the truth. This is the best Cara Black mystery I have read yet. The plot and the details of Paris were so interesting I hated to have to put the book down to do something else (like eat or sleep). I'll add some personal reasons why this book appealed to me, since there are a lot of rave reviews already. First, I have spent time in many parts of Paris, but never the Sentier. I had just finished Sarah Turnbull's Almost French, a nonfiction book about an Australian who comes to live in the Sentier. While it gave me an overview, Black supplies historical and cultural details of the neighborhood that now make me feel I have been up and down every street. The book also comes with a map of the area so that readers can easily follow along.

The German terrorists Black bases the story on were real. The Baader-Meinhof gang came to trial in 1975 and I was in Germany at the time. I still have the issue of Der Spiegel magazine that features the indictment on the cover. Much of... read more

Slam-bam action in Paris

By booksforabuck "BooksForABuck" - June 5, 2002

A woman, a stranger, calls on detective Aimee Leduc with a strange story. She was Aimee's cellmate and can tell Aimee of her long-lost mother--but she demands money for her information. When Aimee shows up with the money, she finds the woman has been murdered. Desperate to find word of her mother, Aimee plunges into an investigation of the revolutionary terrorists of the 1970s--a circle that included her mother. Aimee's search takes her through the depths of the Sentier district of Paris--still home to the remnants of the 1970s radical movement, socialist intellectuals, prostitutes, sweatshops, and the police. Walking a narrow line between law and unlawfulness, Aimee discovers evidence that something is being hidden--something beyond the memories of aging radicals. Author Cara Black keeps Aimee in constant motion, rushing from one scene to the next, calling in favors from an intriguing variety of friends, toying with romance as she fights her craving for cigarettes. Aimee gains... read more

I really wanted to like this book...

By A reader - April 24, 2006

This title seemed to have so much going for it: local author, attractive design, Parisian setting.... For me, it just didn't deliver. While the story line is rather (too?) complex, that wasn't a major issue. Instead, I felt that at least two of the major questions posed by the mystery remained completely unresolved at the end, while the momentary distraction that permits our heroine to escape from the clutches of death seemed as contrived to me as if a bolt of lightning had shot from the sky and knocked a gun from the clutches of the villain. In addition, the Parisian atmosphere struck me as a very thin veneer indeed, with unidiomatic French phrases inserted at regular intervals (literal translations of English that don't have the same meanings in French, a reference to the female protagonist in the masculine form...). Other details are off, too (musician Youssou N'Dour's name is misspelled, Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' is referred to as having been released a year... read more

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