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Murder in the Marais (An Aimée Leduc Investigation)
Murder in the Marais - An Aimée Leduc Investigation Author:Cara Black Meet Aimée Leduc, the smart, stylish Parisian private investigator, in her bestselling first investigation — Aimée Leduc has always sworn she would stick to tech investigation?no criminal cases for her. Especially since her father, the late police detective, was killed in the line of duty. But when an elderly Jewish man approaches Aimée with a to... more »p-secret decoding job on behalf of a woman in his synagogue, Aimée unwittingly takes on more than she is expecting. She drops off her findings at her client?s house in the Marais, Paris?s historic Jewish quarter, and finds the woman strangled, a swastika carved on her forehead. With the help of her partner, René, Aimée sets out to solve this horrendous murder, but finds herself in an increasingly dangerous web of ancient secrets and buried war crimes.« less
Marci S. (MarciNYC) reviewed Murder in the Marais (An Aimée Leduc Investigation) on
Helpful Score: 3
An excellent first novel. This mystery winds through the streets of contemporary Paris. If you've been there, you may recognise the neighborhood (le Marais) and the streets -- I did! Aimee Leudc is a wonderful character and I know what I'll be reading next!
First Line: Aimée Leduc felt his presence before she saw him.
Aimée Leduc lives in an inconvenient apartment in an ideal location (an island in the River Seine in Paris), and she's a private investigator specializing in computer forensics. She has an apparently mundane task: decipher an encrypted photograph from the 1940s and deliver it to an old woman living in the Marais, the historic Jewish quarter of Paris. When Aimée tries to deliver the photo, she finds the woman dead, a swastika carved in her forehead.
With the help of her partner, René, Aimée uncovers clues relating to a German war veteran, the Jewish girl he saved from Auschwitz, and other shadowy figures. In order to understand the real motive behind the killing, Aimée has to question reluctant older residents of the Marais and to go undercover in an Aryan supremacist group.
I loved reading this book for its bringing Paris to life, and for Black's inclusion of fascinating tidbits like this:
"He referred to white and brown sugar, the metaphor for right-wing conservatives and leftist socialists. She knew that in many households political leanings were identified by the kind of sugar sitting in sugar bowls."
The plot line involving World War II collaborators was fascinating, and although I didn't feel as though I had a very good sense of Aimée or her partner René, I look forward to learning more about them as I read more of this series.
This is the first book of a series featuring Aimée Leduc, a private investigator specializing in computer investigation. The setting is Paris.
Ms. Black writing is in the tradition of "hard boiled" mysteries, with emphasis on action rather than the puzzle and there is lots of action. In the course of this book Aimée scrambles over roofs, gets hit on the head, shot at, and has her shoulder dislocated. She certainly earns her fee.
I was especially interested in the French background. I felt I really got a glimpse of what it is to live is Paris, though I doubt many Parisians spend this much time on roofs and in sewers.
Murder in the Marais is an interesting start to the series, and the French setting gives the book something special.
Love the main character Aimee Leduc. Picked the book up after having for a year, and found it to be very entertaining and suspenseful. I will definitely read more of these mysteries. I also liked the way Paris is described. I heard Cara Black on an NPR interview and wanted to read her books. She researches every detail in Paris.