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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
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Hardcover, 321 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Soho Crime (first published January 1st 2013)
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Ray Palen
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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Terri Lynn
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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Diana
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
Kathy
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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Larraine
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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Sue
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
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
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Laura
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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Sheila Paigly
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
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
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Emma
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
April
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
Deb
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
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Wayne
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.
Dale
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
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Susan
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
Annabelle
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
Carol
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
Cynthia
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.
Catherine Woodman
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
Sharon
Aimee Leduc has a problem. Her partner in Leduc Investigations, Rene, has taken a job in Silicon Valley -- which means a seriously increased workload. Her boyfriend is working undercover (and she's seen him kissing another woman). And now, she's trying to help recover a missing Modigliani portrait -- that she was originally hired to protect -- and everyone whom she talks to about it winds up dead.

This outing in Cara Black's outstanding Aimee Leduc series takes us into Paris' Russian emigre scene
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Michelle
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, not
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Julie H.
The mystery revolves around a stolen painting, thought to be a heretofore unknown 1910 painting of Lenin by Modigliani. The players include, among others, elderly Russian ex pats whose parents were once socially and politically connected, middle-aged Russians trying to rebuild their finances after the collapse of the USSR, clannish Serbs looking for revenge, assorted Paris flics, a member of the country's stolen art squad, a printer working with other protestors trying to protect their neighborh ...more
Jacqueline
This is the latest book (number thirteen) in the Aimée Leduc detective series by Cara Black. Thirteen may be unlucky for some, but seems to be lucky for me as although it was my first rendez-vous with Aimée not having read the previous books didn't hinder my enjoyment at all.

I have read many books set in Paris, but I think this one, more than most took me to Paris. Cara may have been in the middle of explaining a crucial part of the plot, but still took the time to describe the Paris Aimée sees
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Gloria Feit
A couple of disparate situations comprise the plot in this 13th Aimee Leduc mystery: The main story revolves around the illegal art world and an unknown Modigliani hidden for 70 years, while Aimee’s partner, Rene, unwittingly becomes involved in creating a computer program for an American start-up that enables illegal front-running, a type of insider trading. As the novel opens, Rene is being transported on a private corporate jet to Silicon Valley to take up his duties as chief technology offic ...more
Jen
Mar 21, 2013 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Murder Below Montparnasse, another ARC from Net Galley, Soho Crime.

This is the second book featuring Aimee Leduc by Cara Black that I've read (Thanks, Teresa, for the recommendation), and I was delighted to receive this as an ARC. It is the 13th in the series, so if I choose to go back and pick up earlier books in the series, I'll have plenty to catch up on.

Aimee's best friend and partner Rene Friant, a computer specialist, has left the agency for a dream job in the states. Feeling deserted, Aim
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Sandy
When a series has the longevity of this one, you expect some bumps in the road. It's inevitable you'll prefer some volumes to others. But sometimes, you come across one that makes you wonder if the author may be running out of steam.
This entry in the Aimee Leduc series is more of a chance to catch up with the characters than it is a mystery. It's slow moving with a basic plot but lots of filler detailing the streets & scenery of the beautiful city of Paris.
Aimee is having a bad week. Her for
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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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