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Murder Below Montparnasse (Aimee Leduc Investigations #13)

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A long-lost Modigliani portrait, a grieving brother’s blood vendetta, a Soviet secret that’s been buried for 80 years—Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc’s current case is her mostexciting 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
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Soho Crime (first published January 1st 2013)
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Terri Lynn
Mar 16, 2013 Terri Lynn rated it did not like it
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
Jul 11, 2013 Diana rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Ray Palen
Mar 04, 2013 Ray Palen rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 09, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 03, 2013 Larraine rated it really liked it
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
Mar 16, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it
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!
Margaret Wilkening
Mar 11, 2013 Margaret Wilkening rated it liked it
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 back an ...more
Chantelle (aka the Blogmonstar)
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 ever read th ...more
Derek  Erb
Mar 31, 2013 Derek Erb rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, ebook
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Jan 16, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sheila Paigly
Mar 11, 2013 Sheila Paigly rated it liked it
I was excited to win a copy of this book on Goodreads. 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, ...more
Jun 22, 2016 Kathy rated it liked it
oh well...bought 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 p ...more
John Johnstone
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
Jan 27, 2013 Emma rated it really liked it
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 my ...more
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 ...more
Jun 19, 2016 Marilyn rated it liked it
Another wild ride with Aimee Leduc - but with more twists and turns of interest. Many things happen that move the series forward which I always appreciate. (view spoiler) All these made this particular book in the series worth reading. However, the manic and compulsive heroine drives me crazy as well as her penchant for continuously ...more
Aug 12, 2014 April rated it did not like it
This looked interesting, but I could never really get into it. Aimee Leduc lives in Paris and is always a day late and a dollar short. She works at the detective agency her father owned, but apparently her mother, who disappeared when she was tiny, is an international assasin who never contacts her. Except....Aimee is called by an old man who says both that he is a friend of Aimee's mother's and also that he has a Modigliani portrait of Lenin. Somehow, before she can have more than a casual conv ...more
Apr 30, 2014 Deb rated it liked it
Like your mystery gritty and a little breathless? Parisian P.I. Aimee Leduc is for you. As she winds her way in out of the streets of her native city, dodging Russian mafia, viewing corpses at the morgue, extracting her colleague from jeopardy and chasing down the location of a rare Modigliani painting. The information Aimee uncovers about Russians in Paris in the post-war teens, Lenin in particular, is a nice history lesson within a mystery. The international art market is as treacherous as eve ...more
Mary Sue
Apr 03, 2014 Mary Sue rated it liked it
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Feb 26, 2013 Wayne rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
May 10, 2014 Dale rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, france
I didn't hate this novel, exactly. Black is quite good at creating a complicated plot with plenty of suspects and, as in this case, a number of possible different motives for the same crime. The main characters are mostly pretty interesting, and Aimee Leduc's bad habit of being unprepared at the crucial moment is, for some reason, less annoying than is the case with other fictional female detectives whom I need not name.

She's also not bad at creating suspense as the final showdown approaches, mo
Apr 02, 2014 Susan rated it liked it
Aimée Leduc is over her head in work since her partner Rene Friant has been hired away for a lucrative job in Silicon Valley. She does not have time for a request by an elderly Russian man to find a stolen painting that might be a Modigliani. However, when she finds that he may have known her mother, she cannot turn her back on the case. After the Russian is murdered the pace gets quite frantic and exhausting to read. Things also get very hot for Rene when the dream job turns out to be anything ...more
Oct 08, 2014 Annabelle rated it it was ok
I don’t know, I think this book was going to be groovy and interesting. The main character is Aimee, a computer security expert , who wears designer clothes. There is a lot of name dropping of designers, and picturesque settings in Paris. There are some good characters, like Saj, the very short, very brilliant computer guy, who goes to LA to make a fortunate, but is tricked to give investors a heads up. There is a little bit of interesting history, Tolstoy’s time in Paris, Modigliani, and the Ru ...more
Feb 13, 2016 Martina rated it liked it
#13 in the Aimee Leduc series set in Paris. Nice to be catching up on the last few titles that I had not already read.
Was reading an ARC that I had from the publisher and thus am not sure if the final copy was the same. I absolutely love Aimee Leduc and this entire series, but this one seemed somewhat more diffuse than the earlier books. There was so much going on I sometimes wondered what was happening. I really enjoyed the plot line about the 'lost' portrait and its possible impact on the leg
Feb 25, 2014 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio-book
I think if I knew Aimee and her friends more, I would have understood more of what was going on and why, but as it was, it seemed like Aimee made bad decisions, never paid any attention to her dog, let down her friends even though I think she was supposed to be loyal to them. I just didn't care, and I didn't understand what the big fuss with her mother was, but she kept obsessing over her and I had to wonder if this was standard for the series or just an add-on to this one. Aimee seems to have m ...more
Mar 07, 2013 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm wavering between rating this 3 or 4 stars because it relied so heavily on past books in the series. I wasn't lost but I felt I was missing a lot.
Rebecca Mulligan
Aimee Alone

This is one of the best books in the Aimee Leduc Investigations series by Cara Black, set in Paris. In this installment, Aimee is forced to rely only on himself, since her partner Renee has moved to America to pursue a fabulous job in Silicon Valley. She is estranged from her godfather, Mobier and is forced to solve this mystery on her own. The plot involves an unknown painting by Modligliani and murders that surround it. Her investigation leads her to corrupt Russians, international
Catherine Woodman
Jun 18, 2014 Catherine Woodman rated it liked it
I read two Aimee LeDuc books sequentially--which for a series that is getting a bit predictable might seem like a very bad idea, but it ended up being just fine because this book had a couple of new spins, and the introduction of a new character, because Rene goes off to the US to work for a tech firm in Palo Alto (only to find out that he has been badly fooled and used by them) and there is a new IT whiz on the team. Aimee is charged with finding a missing painting by a mysterious Russian who c ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Linda rated it liked it
To read Cara Black's novels is to immerse oneself in the world of Aimée Leduc, to travel nonstop from one quartier of Paris to another, pull together the perfect vintage Dior with high tops for a fast getaway, emerge unscathed from some rather dicey situations. Frequently there is a history lesson or two in place for the reader, and this time we enter the Paris of Modigliani and Picasso. The ending has a bit of a twist - it will be interesting to read the next novel to find out 'the rest of the ...more
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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 café 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 Sociéte Historique in the Marais. Her nationally bestselling and ...more
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