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Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis (Aimee Leduc Investigations #7)

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Parisian P.I. Aimée Leduc finds herself caring for an abandoned infant while trying to track down the child’s missing mother

Aimée Leduc is on a tight work deadline when an anonymous call leads her to an abandoned infant in her building's courtyard. Aimée's search for little Stella's mother that will soon have her on the run from a cold-hearted killer and embroiled in a con
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Lewis Weinstein
Non-stop action; high intensity ... but ... virtually incomprehensible ... I could not keep track of the characters, and even more of the locations, even though I have spent quite a bit of time on the Ile Saint-Louis. Of course, much of Aimee's world is underground in tunnels and dark corners, not where my wife and I hung out. I did finish, and even enjoyed the read, so long as I did not push myself to understand too much.
Aug 09, 2012 Monty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have the others I have read. There was an added twist in that Aimee Leduc had to take care of a newborn infant while maintaining her business and solving a murder and other crimes. The action was great as usual. I will keep reading more in this series.
Julie H.
May 31, 2009 Julie H. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis takes the reader into a sabotaged protest and media effort by a heretofore peaceful environmental group speaking out against an impending government contract with a notorious oil company. Unbeknownst to Aimee and Rene, they are doing computer security work for the PR firm representing said group of polluters. In the midst of all the craziness--and this one really takes the gateau in terms of its requirement of willing suspension of disbelief--a baby is left in Aimee ...more
Jan 03, 2012 Elli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this as I have the whole series so far, but somehow I think the last two have been better. This one involves a baby left for her to care for while the endangered mother was in hiding. All the elements of action and suspense are there as well as her wonderful visits to Paris, this on an island right in the middle of town with a fabulous history and lots going on today. And of course, more vibists with her friends whom by now are my friends as well. Good series.
Terri Lynn
This is the 7th in Cara Black's series of mysteries featuring private detective Aimee Leduc and her business partner Rene Friant, a dwarf who is a computer genius.

I loved it! Aimee Leduc is the last person I would think to leave a week and a half old baby girl with because she is constantly in danger and doing outrageous things but when you are a Sorbonne student involved in an environmental group protesting to stop the French government (the books are all set in Paris) from entering into a con
Apr 26, 2008 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysterythriller
Intrigued by the title, I picked up this book for some light reading. For a couple of reasons, I stopped about halfway through to read Murder in the Bastille, an earlier novel in the series. In my opinion the Bastille book is a much better book.

Plot is not Cara Black's strength, and the various pieces of the "mystery" in this book do not ever really come together. She does have a knack for creating vivid characters quickly, and several who make brief appearances in this book are particularly mem
Catherine  Mustread
The baby abandoned in the courtyard of Aimee's building adds an interesting element to this mystery involved with a family with Polish royal connections and environmental protests over an oil company's proposed deal with France.

As usual Aimee functions on high energy levels investigating leads despite efforts of the police to keep her out. Being a non-parent she also functions way too well with the unexpected addition of a newborn baby in her life. Character list is also lengthy.

First mention th
Jun 24, 2013 Abby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One star for Paris, one for...can't think of anything else. Make that two stars for Paris. Otherwise as formulaic and ridiculous a mystery as I've read in a long time. Setting only gets you so far.
Feb 15, 2017 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Cara Black makes me want to go back to Paris!
Oct 15, 2007 Cynthia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chicklit mystery fans
Shelves: french-mysteries
i just finished another of her books, Murder in the Marais, and was disappointed by it. But here I am reading another of her books, so I guess I must have liked it well enough... Her descriptions are vivid, but they often read as though they were inserted after the fact (an impression that is intensified by all the copy editing errors in this book, which make me think this book was rewritten a lot even at the late stages of the editing process). Her descriptions of what it's like to spend time w ...more
Alice Lindsay
Jan 08, 2013 Alice Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always, love the characters. This one adds a new dimension as Aimee ponders her connection to motherhood. Rene, a great character, is complex in this one too. Aimee has bad taste in men, for the most part, and Rene is there to pull her out of any mess. Interesting take on homelessness and memory as well.
Feb 27, 2015 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ok to read on noisy airplane and hospital waiting rooms, but I do not take this series seriously for certain. A bunch were available from library for download before a trip so I am skimming through them as distraction from many disturbances.
Victoria Moore
Sep 27, 2013 Victoria Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Based in the Ill Saint-Louis in France Cara Black's "Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis" was a rapidly moving mystery with a distinctive French flavor. I actually felt like I was there when I was reading it which added to my enjoyment. The story, though complicated with a lot of possible plot lines, was rich with details and an attractive protagonist Aimee Leduc, a computer security expert. Young, vibrant and stunning whether she was wearing a vintage Chanel dress or a velvet pantsuit, her transitio ...more
Iowa City Public Library
Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis, the latest offering in the series featuring detective Aimée Leduc, is a quick, fairly entertaining read, but not one of Cara Black’s best. The usual things happen: Aimee wanders into an intriguing plot that involves mystery and murder, she gets help from her business partner René Friant, she falls in love with a stranger who is a bad boy but also deep and romantic, she ticks off the police who are working on the case for real but manages to get important informatio ...more
Feb 20, 2013 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have really been enjoying Cara Black's Aimee Leduc mysteries. This is the 7th in the series, and the fourth one I have read.

In this tale, Aimee gets a phone call at her home office, asking her to come downstairs -- where she finds a newborn infant wrapped in a denim jacket. The book not only involves finding the infant's mother, but also why Aimee was asked to look after her.

Toting the girl she names Stella with her just about everywhere in the book, Aimee becomes embroiled in some less than
Pretty weak stuff. The plot never really coheres, which is a big flaw in a murder mystery. Black's prose isn't strong enough to convey the kind of atmosphere which one would expect from something set largely on the Île Saint-Louis. Peppering sentences with Parisian streetnames doesn't do much by itself to help the reader conjure up an image of the setting. Moreover, Black indulges in one of my pet peeves—a reader suspends disbelief when reading an English-language novel set in a non-Anglophone n ...more
Bill Lancaster
Aimee Leduc, a computer security expert and detective, finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation after a new-born baby is left on the steps of her home in Paris' riverfront Ile Saint-Louis district. Finding this baby leads Leduc to a conflict between a large oil company and a group of protesting eco-warriors.

As a protagonist, Aimee Leduc is a gritty, tough and smart young woman. Though this is Cara Black's seventh outing with LeDuc, it is my first time reading of one of her novels. An
Nov 21, 2009 Renee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed the Aimee Leduc series since reading Murder in the Marais a few years back. Although I read a variety of mystery authors as well as different types of mysteries, I keep coming back for Cara Black's twist on the traditional hard-boiled detective stories. The additional attraction is the prominence of Paris in the stories--a number of reviewers have remarked that Paris is a character in each of the novels, and I would have to agree.

As far as this particular book goes, it was not my
Aimée Leduc investigates a murder that takes place right in her neighborhood. Oh, and she "takes care" of a baby that mysteriously appears in the courtyard of her building (if by take care you mean passes her off on various friends and neighbors). Did not care for many aspects of this story, especially the way that all the information about babies came straight out of parenting handbooks (Be careful of the fontanel when you hold the baby? Really? That's your go-to advice for taking care of a two ...more
Jul 14, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
These books are just so political and full of socio-economic issues. I can't keep up at times and frankly am not interested in keep up. I read books to relax and escape from my socio-economic issues. I don't want to get immersed in other issues.

However, I really have come to like Aimee Leduc and her partner Rene. Its these characters that make me come back, despite my dislike of the political tone of the books. In this book the political issues seems to recede to the background, as Aimee and Ren
Therese Rickman-bull
As always, detective Aimee Leduc was facing "a tight deadline" re some computer contract or other. As always, author Cara Black feels it is incumbent on her to tell us that Aimee wears "vintage Chanel, Givenchy" or some other designer. Cara, stop already, "the knowing know" what your girl wears, it is so American to be this label conscious, so emblematic of the nouveaux riches, sure to elicit frowns in the haughty old money arrondissements to which Aimee's cases sometimes take her. Nevertheless, ...more
Feb 09, 2013 Phoebe rated it liked it
In this installment, Aimee's biological clock starts ticking when the care of a newborn baby is unexpectedly entrusted to her by a stranger, and we are offered a peek into a French-Polish historical connection and an Ile Saint-Louis geography lesson. Throw in an environmental cause, some bombs and sewers, and a few revelations about the mom who abandoned her, and you get six days in the adventurous life of Aimee Leduc.

For me, this one was good, not great--definitely not one of my favorites in th
Mary Sue
Mar 14, 2014 Mary Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aimee is summoned by a distress call and finds a baby. Baby Stella melts her heart and brings back a flood of memories of Aimee's own missing mother. I love these atmospheric books that tell us about the Paris that is behind the doors that tourists can just gawk at. Paris in February is wet, the Seine is cold and rising from rain and snow melt. Our heroine gets wet and cold often, but on occasion someone drys her off and warms her up. Yes, Aimee has a love life, her choices always seem good at t ...more
With fear and trepidation, I picked up this Cara Black book after the frantic ride through the previous one. But, happily, this one was much better paced and not so crazy. Leduc still wanders into trouble around every corner, but she seemed less manic. The story was more straight forward with corporate espionage and some pathos with the introduction of a newborn baby left on her doorstep and put into her care. One does wonder what happens to her dog when she seems to be away from home for days a ...more
Apr 01, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A baby left on Aimée's doorstep, forgotten Polish royalty, plots to discredit an environmental association-- all this and more are waiting in this seventh book in Cara Black's series. The plot in this one seemed better worked out than in some of the books of this series. The characters are complex and we see more sides of them in each new book. Really, I read these for Paris, too. She's a star here and Black does a good job of taking us beyond the surface Paris of great restaurants, monuments, a ...more
Nov 13, 2008 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, I have my map of Paris out as I read another Cara Black mystery, this one set on Ile St. Louis and across the river in the Rive Gauche; I do recognize several places in the book from my own visits there (Jardin de Plantes, Notre Dame, etc.)

Plot threads in this one are not coming together that easily; I find the homeless "clochard" woman the most interesting. As always, Aimee sleeps with a rogue/bad boy that briefly crosses her path.
Soho Press
Mar 04, 2011 Soho Press rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The seventh Aimee Leduc investigation, this time set on Aimee's own Ile Saint-Louis, the tiny residential island in the middle of the Seine where she lives in the drafty, priceless seventeenth-century apartment she inherited from her grandfather. This is a great one because Aimee spends the entire book trying to solve the mystery of the body floating in the Seine while taking care of an infant girl, who is rather adorable and really throws a wrench in Aimee's chic bad-girl lifestyle.
Just finished it, and especially liked this addition to the series. Who wouldn't want to live in a 17th century apartment on the Ile Saint-Louis? I like the fact that Cara Black always includes a map of the arrondisment each story is centered in, affording a nice secondary way of visiting Parisian neighborhoods. Her stories are always well-written and complicated enough to sustain interest all the way through. And this story charmingly evokes Mlle Leduc's maternal impulses.
I love Aimee Leduc! Not as dark as Lisbeth Salander, but very feisty. She lives on the Ile Saint-Louis in Paris. Cara Black does such a great job taking the reader with her as she walks the streets of Paris. Reading the book I feel in love with Ile Saint-Louis so when we were there last month I HAD to go walk around where Aimee lives. And it's even better in person and I didnt witness any murders but had a great time snooping around the island and had a lovely dinner as well!!
Jan 18, 2017 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Cara Black has created a reliably enjoyable character in Aimee Leduc. Her latest adventure arrives on her doorstop on the Ile Saint-Louis in the form of a baby less than a week old, left by a mysterious stranger. With the help of her compatriot Rene and various other unconventional babysitters, she searches to find the baby's mother while navigating between a corporate conglomerate and environmental radicals. Fans of Ms. Black won't be disappointed.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Aimee Leduc Investigations (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • Murder in Belleville (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #2)
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