Murder Below Montparnasse

  • Title: Murder Below Montparnasse
  • Author: Cara Black
  • ISBN: 9781616952150
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Murder Below Montparnasse A long lost Modigliani portrait a grieving brother s blood vendetta a Soviet secret that s been buried for years Parisian private investigator Aim e Leduc s current case is her most exciting one
    A long lost Modigliani portrait, a grieving brother s blood vendetta, a Soviet secret that s been buried for 80 years Parisian private investigator Aim e Leduc s current case is her most exciting one yet.The cobbled streets of Montparnasse might have been boho chic in the 1920s, when artists, writers, and their muses drank absinthe and danced on cafe tables But to ParisiaA long lost Modigliani portrait, a grieving brother s blood vendetta, a Soviet secret that s been buried for 80 years Parisian private investigator Aim e Leduc s current case is her most exciting one yet.The cobbled streets of Montparnasse might have been boho chic in the 1920s, when artists, writers, and their muses drank absinthe and danced on cafe tables But to Parisian private investigator Aim e Leduc, these streets hold darker secrets When an old Russian man named Yuri hires Aim e to protect a priceless painting that just might be a Modigliani, she learns how deadly art theft can be Yuri is found tortured to death in his atelier, and the painting is missing Every time Aim e thinks she s found a new witness, the body count rises What exactly is so special about this painting that so many people are willing to kill and die for it

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    About Cara Black


    1. Cara Black frequents a Paris little known outside the beaten tourist track A Paris she discovers on research trips and interviews with French police, private detectives and caf owners She lives in San Francisco with her husband, a bookseller, and their teenage son She is a San Francisco Library Laureate and a member of the Paris Soci te Historique in the Marais Her nationally bestselling and award nominated Aim e Leduc Investigation series has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German and Hebrew She received the Medaille de la Ville de Paris for services to French culture She s included in the GREAT WOMEN MYSTERY WRITERS by Elizabeth Lindsay 2nd editon published in the UK Her first three novels in the series MURDER IN THE MARAIS, MURDER IN BELLEVILLE AN MURDER IN THE SENTIER nominated for an Anthony Award as Best Novel were published in the UK in 2008 and MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER comes out in the UK in 2010 Several of her books have been chosen as BookSense Picks and INDIE NEXT choice by the Amerian Association of Independent Bookstores The Washington Post listed MURDER IN THE RUE DE PARADIS in the Best Fiction Choices of 2008 MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER is a finalist for Best Novel Award from the NCIBA Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.She is currently working on the next book in the Aim e Leduc series.


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    1. I never thought I'd give one star too an Aimee Leduc book but I guess there is a first time for everything. I found this so deadly dull, I could not even finish it. I tried going ahead and going back and ploughing fast through whole sections but I couldn't stand anymore. Aimee is missing her partner, the dwarf Rene who has been lured from Paris to Silicon Valley in California to take a lucrative IT job. Things go wrong as soon as he arrives with his room rental and car not ready and then he over [...]

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    2. Every time I read one of Cara Black's Aimee Leduc mysteries, I come away feeling the same way I did when I finished this one: Mlle. Leduc is surely one of the most incompetent private investigators to grace the pages of fiction. Every decision she makes is wrong, every choice she makes is a bad one, she always gets caught snooping, she's often injured horrifically and seems to suffer no long-lasting effects from same, she's thoughtless of her friends and nearly autistic in her treatment of those [...]

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    3. Her best friend defected to America, her co-worker Saj is injured in a freak car/pedestrian accident, an old man who knew her estranged mother is murdered, a rare Modigliani painting is stolen, she receives death threats from Serbs and is later attacked in her own office and almost drowned in a bucket of water.All of these events happen within the span of a few days in the life of Private Investigator, Aimee Leduc. The action starts in the Montparnasse section of Paris --- a bohemian area that a [...]

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    4. I fell in love with Paris a long time ago. I fell in love with this series only a few years ago, but it's been my gateway to Paris now for the last several years. I love Aimee Leduc - smart, sexy, rides around in a faded pink Vespa, has a beretta which she uses sparingly, a wide variety of phony business cards and id's as she pursues her next case at Leduc Detective Agency while simultaneously running a computer security company. In the past she could rely on her business partner, Rene, to run t [...]

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    5. What an honor to be able to review Cara Black's latest Aimee Leduc book before it is released. This is the thirteenth book in the series and they just keep getting better!Each book in the series is set in a different neighbourhood in Paris. Murder Below Montparnasse is set of course in the Montparnasse district in southern Paris. Rene has been offered the job of a lifetime and is off to the Silicon Valley. Aimee is contacted by an elderly Russian emigre to protect a Mogdigliani painting. Before [...]

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    6. A really good entry in this series, with as much love for Paris itself as the characters involved. A decent mystery, as usual, but this time, the back issues with Aimee and Rene are almost more of the main story. I guessed the 'twist' toward the end, I think many will, but the reveal is still delicious. Talk about a cliff hanger--really can't wait to read the next one!

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    7. A mystery series set in Paris? Yes, please. Our Heroine, Aimee Leduc, is semi-involved with the police - her grandfather, father and godfather all were members of the force (although Dad seems to have been drummed out ignominiously) but she is supposedly a computer security person. And yet she gets involved with solving crimes, with a closet filled with disguises and a wallet with many different IDs (names, phones, occupations, etc.). In terms of darkness, this is more like Penny's Gamache serie [...]

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    8. I've gotten hooked on Cara Black's mystery series set in Paris, not so much because of the characters or mystery, but because they're set in Paris, and Black does such a good job describing so many of the locales, especially the lesser-known ones. I also love the nuggets of history thrown in.

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    9. This is the 13th installment of Cara Black’s series featuring Parisian PI Aimee Leduc, but the first that I have read. Although I was unfamiliar with the characters and their background stories, I loved the immersion into the insider background life of Paris. Aimee’s effortless French chic, backstreet alleys opening to surprise gardens, and busy café life bring the reader a true taste of the city. The main characters have an engaging vitality that makes them easy to know and I want to go ba [...]

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    10. I just couldn’t get into Murder Below Montparnasse. When I got it I didn’t realise it was book #13, and prehaps that is part of the problem. The plot premise could have been really interesting, and I think if I wasn’t wading through far too much backstory I might have enjoyed it. Books in long series’ need to be able to stand mostly by themselves. For example – the In Death series or the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. (I read books in the middle of both of those series before I ev [...]

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    11. Although I enjoyed it, as always, I probably enjoyed this one the least and found it the least of a "page turner". I kept leaving it and going back to it which is very much unlike me with this series.For once I was glad on the back story parts with the family of characters I know and love : René, Saj, Morbier, Morlac and even Miles Davis. The main story however, of the Russians and the Serbs and such, lost me early on and I kept forgetting who was who and how they all fit in with each other. I [...]

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    12. I was excited to win a copy of this book on . I liked the idea of a mystery novel taking place in Paris. When I started reading it, I had problems getting into it. The plot seemed slow, and I found the characters to be a little confusing. I later found out that this was the thirteenth book in the series, which could be why I thought the characters were a little confusing. I also struggled with the many French words scattered throughout the novel, since I don't speak any French. However, after th [...]

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    13. A reasonable read, French detective Aimee Leduc chasing artwork getting involved with murder. For me the format on my ebook version was off making it a little more difficult to read. The plot however was telegraphed very early on and I kept going hoping there would be a twist. Some sideline stories with no connection to the main story appeared to be there as a filler, omitted it would have made no material difference. The author whose books are set in Paris ( as per the title) seemed to be tryin [...]

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    14. Last year, my husband asked me if I knew about any modern day French detective stories. Honestly, nothing was coming to mind. So I looked around, and the name of Cara Black came up, with her heroine investigator Aimée Leduc. I thought it was cool that the names of all her mysteries had un arrondissement de Paris in the title. I didn’t have time to read any back then, but kept the name in the back of my mind. When I saw Murder Below Montparnasse, the latest (#13 already, which adds 12 books to [...]

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    15. This is my first Aimee Leduc series book and I will be back for more! I love learning about Paris as the book goes along. She's got the vintage fashion element that I love and best part, nicely drawn out characters. Even though I plunged into the middle of the series, I didn't struggle with connecting with the characters. I felt I know them, so it will be a pleasure to learn about them as I go back to the beginning. I do hate to say it, but I figured out "who done it"! That's okay, as it didn't [...]

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    16. oh well.ht it on the amazon special because I thought I had missed this one but I just had not checked it off in this interface. I am just catching up/ ramping up in preparation to read the latest output by this author. Note to self: this is the one where Aimee finally has encounter with her mother, the one with a Modigliani portrait of Lenin. Poor Renee has a Silicon Valley experience and is lucky to get back to Paris in one piece. As usual, lots of harrowing comic book style heroics on part of [...]

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    17. This is a great read. It is the first of the Aimee Leduc series that I have read. I enjoyed the story lines, and felt brought into the characterizations very quickly.I was slightly disappointed that Maxence's character wasn't developed more.The author did a very good job of painting descriptions of the locales of the Paris neighborhoods,and cafes. I highly recommend this book, and will most certainly read the other books in the series.

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    18. This series just keeps getting better with every twist and turn in Aimee's life. A missing piece art that may prove to be of a famous man, by a very famous artist, a murder and complete chaos as the streets of Paris come alive with the latest investigations and Aimee is missing an important people in her life. Who will be there when she really needs them? A well paced page turner that will keep you enthralled.

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    19. I was a able to almost finish this latest book in Cara Black’s Aimėe Leduc mysteries during my flights’to Kansas City Tuesday, then polished it off yesterday. What else to do when you get up to 1 degree in temperature ? Aimée is still trying to find the mother who abandoned her when she was just 8 years old and so is drawn into a web of people involved in the discovery and then disappearance of a lost Modigliani paintingat gets very complicated ! There is also the story of her dwarf partne [...]

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    20. Great addition to this series! This one is fast-paced, and Rene gets a huge action sequence of his own. I like the twists and turns of this one, and how some longstanding questions are finally answered. I've read all the books in this series, enjoyed some more than others, but as a whole, they have been very satisfying. I love Aimee and her dogged determination to solve her cases, but also her vulnerability. She's a great character, and I'm looking forward to the next one.

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    21. This is the 13th in the Aimee Leduc series. Here, she finally meets her mother. It is about time. I just got tired of this particular plot device. There was also far too much running around, I gave up on trying to follow it all and went along for the ride. I am also tired of hearing about some amazing computer skills on the part of the characters. The series is best when the detective stops for a moment and allows the reader to gain some Parisian atmosphere. That doesn't happen enough here.

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    22. This series is so uneven.Hated the first one, liked the second one. I had to skip well ahead in the series. The book was dull and unengaging. The dead relative that showed up was ridiculous. I like the scenes of Paris. Some of the characters are such afterthoughts when they should be important. And the ending - bizarre.

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    23. I really wanted to like this book, after all, it is set in Paris! However, I found the plot muddled and slow moving, the characters confusing and shallow. I will try another of her books and see if it is any better.

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    24. While the story is fast-paced and enjoyable, the large number of characters and occasional french term can be confusing.

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    25. Love this series.Set in different districts in ParisAmy Le Duc is the main characterllowing in her father's footsteps.e is a Private investigatorHave read all of them published.

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    26. I love a good Aimee Leduc.

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    27. It was too hard to follow all the players in this mystery. Several French sounding the same names confused me. I did finish but really didn’t care who the culprit was

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    28. This kept me reading but was unsatisfactory in the end. I have to remember not to read any more of these mysteries.

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    29. Francophiles, rejoice! There are books for people like us. I've long been a fan of Cara Black's Aimée Leduc series, not because it is the best mystery fiction out there, mind you, but mostly because she captures a non-touristy Paris with story lines and plots that don't just follow traditional Parisians and French stereotypes as we know them. While each book is centered around a specific Parisian neighborhood, or quartier, she often highlights all the immigrants and groups of nowadays Paris, no [...]

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    30. I didn’t realise until I had finished reading this book that it’s actually number 13 in a long series centred around the main protagonist Aimee Leduc; and now I’ve read this one I will be visiting some of the others in the series to see if they live up to this novel.I thoroughly enjoyed the way the main protagonist was written; she is intelligent, creative, has a certain effortless French chic and is filled with vitality, oh and did I mention she zips around Paris on a bright pink version [...]

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