Paris Book Review: Murder in Saint-Germain

From frequent contributor Betty Guernsey:

Cara Black in her seventeenth Aimée Leduc mystery “Murder in Saint-Germain” demonstrates yet again that she has not lost her spunk or freshness, nor her penchant for intrigue (in this case, Bosnian/Serbian).

Centered around Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the oldest church in Paris, and the ancient quarter surrounding it, Black utilizes its famed icons and storied landmarks as settings for her action: the church itself, Le Sénat, former royal palace of Marie de Medicis; l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts; the Jardin du Luxembourg; Closerie des Lilas; rue Madame; and rue Bonaparte.

Lovers of the 6ème arrondissement will feast on tidbits of its juicy history, while fans of Aimée will revel in this latest chapter in her amazingly complex life.

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Paris Book Review: Murder on the Quai

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From regular contributor Betty Guernsey:

Cara Black’s latest Aimée Leduc adventure takes us back in time, a prequel to her previous fifteen books featuring the plucky, stylish and infinitely resourceful Parisienne sleuth.

Murder on the Quai” – in this case, the quai directly beneath the Pont des Invalides – introduces us to the chic, high-rent 8ème arroundissement – the areas around the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Place Vendôme, and the Boulevard Haussmann, while continuing to delve into Parisian history (the famous “triangle d’or”, the Old Village of La Roule).

At the same time she reveals fascinating tidbits of Aimée’s personal history: as a premed student at the Sorbonne, moonlighting at her father’s and grandfather’s detective firm; her first meeting with computer sidekick René; and how Miles Davis, her faithful bichon frisé, came into her life.

Mille fois merci, Betty!

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Paris Book Review — Murder in Pigalle

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Regular contributor Betty Guernsey reviews Cara Black’s latest Aimée Leduc adventure:

The 9ème arrondissement – Opéra – a diverse quartier encompassing les Grands Boulevards, the artistic area surrounding Gare St-Lazare, the seedy clubs of Pigalle, and the ancien-régime/bourgeois-bohême enclaves tucked in between them, is the setting for Cara Black’s latest Aimée Leduc adventure, Murder in Pigalle. Laced with tidbits of local lore (“lorettes” were the streetwalkers who plied their trade around Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, “les rats” the corps of young ballerinas who rehearsed in the attics of the Opéra Garnier), this latest book takes us behind the scenes of the city’s Brigade des Mineurs, who investigate crimes against minors, at the same time carrying us further into next chapter of Aimee’s endlessly intriguing life.