Murder in the Marais

Murder in the Marais

by Cara Black


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ISBN-13: 9781616957308
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Series: Aimee Leduc Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 100,122
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.49(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Cara Black is the author of sixteen book in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series, all of which are available from Soho Crime. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.

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Aimée Leduc felt his presence before she saw him. As if ghosts floated in his wake in the once elegant hall. She paused, pulling her black leather jacket closer against the Parisian winter morning slicing through her building, and reached for her keys. The man emerged from the shadows by her frosted paned office door. A baby’s cry wafted up from the floor below, then the concierge’s door slammed.

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Murder in the Marais (Aimee Leduc Series #1) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel was positively gripping. It also made me feel I was walking with Aimee. As I've spent a lot of time exploring the 4th and the 1st, it brought it all back, down to the smell. I didn't even mind that computers were doing a lot of the work, and I generally dislike high tech mysteries. That the Occupation lives was brought into sharp focus. The Fascist movement in France linked to what went on during the War provides enormous tension and kept me reading. 'I couldn't put it down,' an overworked but appropriate statement. The narrative and descriptive elements in the book made me put aside my additional dislikes of 4th Reich plotters and the gratuitous use of politically correct characters, the handicapped, etc. There was enough of interest here without them. Real Paris in real France fascinates.
obxtea More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was just so-so. Aimee Leduc is one those characters that is just to formulated to be believable. She's pretty, clever, tough, etc. - all the usual things they think you want a character to be. The plot was fairly interesting but I don't plan to read any others in this series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In November 1993 Paris, elderly Nazi Hunter Soli Hecht invokes his friendship with her dead father in appealing to computer forensic expert Aimee Leduc for her help. Reluctantly, she agrees to decipher the encrypted code that gives the appearance of the Cold War and to deliver the results into the hands of Lili Stein only.

After quite a difficult time, Aimee breaks the code revealing an old World War II black and white photograph without any accompanying text. She heads to the Jewish section of Paris, Marais, to deliver her results to Lili. However, placing the photo in Lili¿s hand makes no sense any longer, as Aimee finds the body of the murdered elderly Jewish woman. Aimee is found at the scene and quickly concludes she might have problems as honor in the name of her father refuses to allow her to reveal her alibi to Inspector Morbier. Outside of her expertise, Aimee begins investigating the homicide on her own to clear her name.

This reviewer actually read the superb MURDER IN BELLEVILLE book (second Leduc novel), which led to reading the debut Leduc tale, MURDER IN THE MARAIS. This novel is excellent, extremely complex, and filled with action and tension. The story line links historical hatred to 1993 prejudices in a frightfully realistic depiction that counterbalances the image of Gay Paree with that of the ethnic bleakness of the World War II era and of the early nineties through a great private sleuth.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
The first and the best of the Aimee LeDuc series. Readers are introduced to Aimee, a French medical school dropout who owns a cyber detective agency. Aimee is the daughter of a former police officer in Paris and has many 'connections' to the interworkings of the Paris police. This is certainly not literature, but is a fun romp through Paris and the Marais.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mystery in Paris; what could be better? Well, perhaps a well written story, excellent research, and fascinating characters. Guess what, this book has them all. Highly recommended, and her 2nd, Murder in Belleville is as good or better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like to rread about other countries so this was good. Alittle slow moving,but i enjoyed it. A lot of twists and turns and it kept me guessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book might get a C in a sophmore creative writing class. It was full of cliches, obvious moments, and was generally dull.
MaryLynnNC More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoyed my introduction to Aimee Leduc and her life as an investigator in Paris. Just as interesting as Aimee is the city of Paris. Just as New York is a character in the Sex and the City series, Paris lives and breathes as much as Aimee does. I didn't feel like the characters of the villains were as developed as they could have been, but then again, it could just be that they weren't very sympathetic to begin with. I will definitely read the next in her series as soon as it is Nook-available!
louisianawriter More than 1 year ago
Although a little over the top in stunt scenes, this book is a page turner well worth the read. Ms. Black's knowledge of the time period and of human weaknesses takes her reader from the stone streets of Paris to her gargoyled rooftops. 'Murder' is not heavy prose at any means, but book clubs will find much to discuss from history to food to independent women. Amy Leduc takes a rightful place in the long list of foreign detectives who show the everyday life and customs of their cities. The reader finishes filled with the sounds, smells and tastes of a faraway place. I look forward to reading #2.
Katsan More than 1 year ago
A little slow at first, but sped up towards the end. Wouldn't spend a lot on it. Not sure I will read any more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book when it was the deal of the day. The plot is relatively good for a murder mystery, and I like how she ties together a 50 year old murder with 2 modern ones, but I felt like the book drags after a while. I was having trouble keeping interested. I like murder mysteries, but I think this will be the only Cara Black book I read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
edge of your seat reading, great story learned things i never knew about ww2 europe . wonderful book will be looking for more books by ms black.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cara Black's books are not just vintage mystery novels, but they are also about issues with other cultures that exist in France. I feel her books are destined to become classics, because they are, not only, great mystery novels, but they delve into France's history. You'll love her quirky characters & the predicaments they get themselves in to, while you also get to taste the under belly of France. As long as Cara Black is writing, I will be reading ALL OF HER BOOKS!!! They are funny, interesting & they bring all the flavors of France out to savor upon. Her characters will come alive to the readers, & you will never forget them. Happy reading everyone! ;)
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
When Aimee Leduc takes a decoded picture to a client in the Jewish quarter of Paris, she finds the woman dead and things quickly unravel from there. Honestly, I found the book too busy, which left not enough time to wrap everything up in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After seeing a recommendation for Cara Black's latest book in her Aimee Leduc series, and being a Francophile, I decided to read the first in the series, Murder in the Marais. While the plot line is engaging and the character development decent, I found the writing absolutely horrible. The dialog is often unrealistic, the sequence of events disjointed and hard to follow at times, and the scene portrayals often simply not believable. All-in-all the book is not unreadable but I find myself becoming frustrated after a couple of chapters and have to put it aside for a bit. I am going to try a book from later in the series before giving up completely on this author. It almost has to be better than this one.
The_reading_wolf More than 1 year ago
The synopsis Aimee Leduc is a stylish Parisian private investigator. After the late police detectives death (whom is her father) passes away, Aimee takes on a large case. A Jewish man approaches Aimee on behalf of a woman in his synagogue and requests her to solve this decoding case. It's when Aimee goes to deliver her findings that she discovers the woman dead, and with a swastika carved on her forehead. Aimee is instantly thrown into a web of ancient secrets and war crimes. Will she and her partner Rene solve the case? Read the book to find out. The review First off I would like to point out the few small things I liked about this book. I did like the basic plot concept of this book. While I think the nature of the idea was great, the execution was liking. However kudos for the basic idea. Secondly there were some characters I did thoroughly enjoy. The book started out good but lacked in the second half. Unfortunately there was so much i disliked in this book. One being the use of the french language. As someone who has studied only basic french I found many, many errors in spelling and punctuation. Secondly some of the name pronunciations, such as her dog Miles Davis. She tells people is 'Meelz Davees'. I'm with the vast majority in this opinion where it was just cringe inducing. Another thing was some the character comparisons. They were almost racist feeling. One of them being the author comparing a thin Jewish man to looking like a concentration camp survivor from old news reels. This just felt so very wrong to me as well as other reviewers from what I've seen. Also another problem was the unrealistic plot elements. One being her running across Paris and even rooftops in heels. From what I've seen though, the authors writing does improve so I will give book two a chance. 3 stars from me. Thanks NetGalley for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Murder in the Marais is the first Aimee Leduc mystery by Cara Black. It’s filled with the scares of modern day terrorism, the horrors of history, and the sights, smells and sounds of a Paris suburb, specifically of the Marais. There, Jewish families were once betrayed, children starved, and Nazis strode. But now, new white supremacists carry a half-blind torch for the past, and an old woman dies a gruesome death with her secrets undisclosed. Aimee Leduc is a fascinating character in her own right, with her mother’s disappearance and her father’s death offering equal depth to her skills. A wealth of disguises, smooth physical prowess, a talent for asking the right, or seriously wrong questions, and enviable computer skills, all help her with the case. Meanwhile her partner Rene surely hides many mysteries of his own. Together, the intrepid duo navigate taxes owed, dangerous allies, awkward politics, and unexpected deaths. Bullets pepper the Paris streets. The European Union advances its cause. And history tries to repeat itself. It’s heady stuff, convincingly told, with detailed facts nicely hidden in evocative description, and disparate viewpoints that gradually gel into complex threads of revelation. And it’s great fun. I’m eager to read more. Disclosure: It was a Christmas present and I offer my honest review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly good read. The story line has a lot of twists and turns to keep you guessing and keep you reading. Aimee is an exciting and capable detective who really holds her own with the "bad guys." I intend to read more in this mystery series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just ok. Would not continue to read the series. Descriptions of Paris were interesting. Plot, just ok.
DS13 More than 1 year ago
Engrossing. It's fun to picture that Parisian neighborhood as one reads
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cara Black should be on every woman's Vacation Books List! Her heroine/protagonist, Aimee, is strong, independent, flawed, & fearless - a totally high tech, high fashion modern woman. In addition, the sights, sounds, & tastes of Paris share the spotlight and will make you want to book a flight ASAP! Black also offers some intelligent French historical & political context to give the novel a bit of depth & maintains a fast pace as the plot unwinds. A very entertaining read. By ajw
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