Murder in Clichy
Praise for the Aimée Leduc series:
“The buzz . . . is partly about her heroine’s hip, next-generation, cutting-edge investigations and partly about Paris, a setting of unrivaled charm.”—Houston Chronicle
“If the cobblestones could talk, they might tell a tale as haunting as the one Cara Black spins.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Will have readers on pins and needles.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“One of the best new writers in the field today.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Conveys vividly those layers of history that make the stones of Paris sing for so many of us.”—Chicago Tribune
“With its sights, sounds, and colorful past, it’s a particularly eventful and involving Paris visit.”—Los Angeles Times
Spirited Aimée Leduc, a private investigator based in Paris, has been introduced to the Cao Dai temple by her partner, René, who urges her to learn to meditate as a counterbalance to her frenetic lifestyle. A Vietnamese nun asks her for a favor—to hand over a check and bring a package back to the temple. But this act of kindness ends in a stranger’s death and leaves her with a bullet wound in the arm, a check for 50,000 francs and a trove of ancient jade artifacts whose provenance is a mystery.
The French secret service, a group of veterans of the war in Indochina, some wealthy ex-colonials, and contending international oil companies all claim the jade. They will stop at nothing to gain possession of it. And the nun has disappeared.
Aimée has promised to avoid danger, but it continues to seek her out.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Another charming thriller set in Paris by author Cara Black. Aimee Leduc, is suffering still from an injury to her optic nerve from her last case. To hasten healing she has been enjoined by her doctor (and boyfriend) to avoid stress. She has promised everyone that her company, Leduc Detective Agency will avoid criminal matters and concentrate on corporate and computer security. She has even given up cigarettes, drinks herbal tea and taken up meditation classes at the local Cao Dai temple. After a mediation class with her partner, Rene, she is asked to perform a small favor by a Cao Dai nun: deliver an envelope and pick up a package in return. When she tries to demur, Rene pushes her on -- such a simple thing. How hard can it be? Indeed. Within a few short pages, mostly set in the atmosphere of the Clichy neighborhood, Aimee has met Thadee Baret, only to see him murdered in a hail of bullets, and to find many small carved jade objects in the backpack he'd just slipped to her. With this rollicking start, the mystery races on. I have been enjoying this series. Black writes in a fast paced, almost cinematic prose. Each of her mysteries has been centered in a different neighborhood of Paris. The telling detail is woven throughout, without that sense of 'Hey, I've done the research, here it all is'. I was unaware of Cao Dai and this has encouraged me to investigate further. I've been reading the series out of order, and have not felt this to be much of a detriment.
Review: Murder in Clichy (Aimee Leduc Investigations #5)User Review - Lewis Weinstein - Goodreads
Aimee Leduc gets in more trouble in a page and a half than any other character I can remember. You keep saying, "Aimee, don't do that. It's too dangerous." But she always plunges through a dark ... Read full review
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