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Murder in the Bastille (Aimee Leduc Investigations #4)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  992 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Aimée Leduc is all dressed up in her new Chinese silk jacket, supposedly an "exclusive," for dinner with a difficult client at an elegant restaurant in the Bastille district. She is chagrined to see that the woman seated at the very next table is wearing an identical jacket. When the woman leaves her cell phone on the table, Aimée follows her to return it and is attacked i ...more
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Published April 1st 2004 by Soho Crime (first published January 1st 2003)
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Terri Lynn
I loved this 4th book in Cara Black's Aimee Leduc series set in 1990's Paris.

Private investigator Aimee is wearing her brand new Chinese jacket at dinner in a snazzy restaurant, trying to convince her client Vincent that he must hand over his hard drive when the government demands it for their investigation. The blonde at the next table not only has the same jacket but the entire matching outfit (Aimee had been told by the boutique owner that it was a one-of-a-kind outfit but could only afford
May 14, 2012 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Book number 4 of the Aimee Leduc Investigation series and I am still a fan. In this book Aimee is blinded when she is attacked in the Passage Boule Blanche. Mistaken for another young woman who is also attacked and killed, Aimee and Josiane are believed to be the final victims of the serial killer, The Beast of Bastille. However, Aimee isn't convinced and sight or no sight she isn't about to let the flics or her godfather Commissaire Morbier, write this attack off and file it away, just to keep ...more
Lewis Weinstein
A well developed story wonderfully set in a part of Paris tourists never see. Private investigator Aimee Leduc and her partner Rene are interesting and smart but not without flaws. The mystery itself was unfolded in a credible way that maintained tension all the way through. The only part I didn't like was the very last page, where I thought the story was cut off too quickly.

A fascinating part of this story is that Aimee is attacked on the first pages and goes blind as a result. Thus the whole s
Sleuthing in the Bastille, PARIS

Murder in the Bastille by Cara Black is one of a series of go-to books to evoke the City of Light. The author sets Aimée Leduc, sleuth and forensic computer hack, in different arrondissements around the city as she faces innumerable murders that need solving. The flics are inevitably outwitted by this sassy young woman, whose father was a policeman, killed in a terrorist bombing. Through his work associates, she can call on the input of his former colleagues, alth
Jul 12, 2010 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really, 3 and a half. . .

Great story, really grabs you in the beginning. The only problem was Aimee was a little more mobile that I thought believable, and the ending was a little quickly wrapped up leaving a few too many ends untied. I know Ms. Black links her books together, but this one seemed more like the book really wasn't quite finished. Do have to admit I liked the twist with Bellan. . . very nice!
Catherine  Mustread
#4 in the Aimee Ledue Investigations series which get easier to read and more enthralling with each book. Black's style of switching POV from character to character seems less confusing and more enlightening when you know that she is offering pieces of the puzzle which don't yet fit into the picture. The seemingly authentic look at the underside of Paris is also fascinating. Aimee's injury at the beginning also makes this more interesting.

I was surprised at the ending, and a bit lost about how i
Maybe 3 1/2

I read this book, the 4th in the Aimee Leduc series, right after coming back from a vacation in Paris where we stayed in the Bastille. I previously had only read Murder in Le Marais, the first of the series.I liked this book even better; the story propelled me along and most of the places described were all within a few blocks of our apartment. That added a fun element as I could picture the story as it unfolded! Not sure, though, if someone who hadn't been to Paris would have the sam
This is #4 in the Aimee Leduc series, and as usual, I enjoyed it. Her presentations of the various sections of Paris and their history as well as what did happen there and what has been happening there are such that you almost feel a part of the city The main characters are Aimee and her partner, Rene. Usually Aimee does the straight detective and Rene, the computer aspect which is wide, but this gets turned around in this book when Aimee is attacked and is left blind. Her whole attitude towards ...more
May 25, 2008 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysterythriller
This episode of the Aimee Leduc saga is set before "Murder on the Ile-Saint-Louis," but it doesn't matter. And, for some inexplicable reason, the events take place in the fall of 1994. If one really knows the Bastille area, that may be important. For those of us without a street-by-street and building-by-building knowledge of the quartier, the date only matters because everything is in francs rather than euros. It also seems slightly anachronistic to have a plot set in 1994 hinge on cell phone u ...more
As far as this series goes, I've read #1, then #11, and now #4. Of course, I'd much rather have read them in order but the library doesn't have e-copies of #2 and #3 for some reason.

In any event, I liked this installment. It wasn't as predictable as #11 (still predictable, just not as much), but the geographical, historical and cultural insights into Parisian life are just as good, if not better. The narrative voice switches between two or three other characters. Bellan's point of view doesn't
Jul 06, 2012 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I needed something fluffy and easy and fun. This book really worked! I have read previous LeDuc novels, and after the last was a bit sick of the similarities of them. However, I clearly let enough time pass before reading this one. It was terrific. While it did have some of the same old plot devices (really--home many times can Amy be outrun because she is wearing heels on cobblestones? how many times will she duck into the dark alley's of Paris before she learns--maybe it is better to do that t ...more
May 30, 2009 Susann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another leave-behind book that I bought real cheap for my trip, but ultimately finished at home. It's too bad I didn't finish it over there, because I would have been happy to leave it behind. The book is part of a mystery series set in Paris and I found the characters and the mystery itself interesting.

BUT - it is set in 1994 and the entire plot hinges on everyone using cell phones. The author also made reference to Internet technologies that were not in common use at the time. These anachronis
Robert Downey
Jun 29, 2013 Robert Downey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bored. I chose the book after reading the Cara Black article in Bookmarks and thought that her writing about the different arrondissements "schtick" would be fun, but the descriptions are thrown in and feel forced. Just giving me a mini history lesson and using French proper nouns doesn't help me see a place that I've never been to. The plot seemed to jump around a lot, too, with characters coming and going without much in the way of transitional sentences or paragraphs. In my opinion, she has a ...more
When I read the list of suthor's thanks in the beginning of the book and saw one that included Guided-Dogs For the Blind, I suspected that a character in the mystery would be blind . . . but never that it would be Aimee herself!! Oh, no!! By now, book four, I'm attached to the Parisian gutter rat and her ironique ways so when she is blinded in a savage attack, I was shocked. That she continued her investigation in spite of her blindness should not have surprised me at all, any more than it did h ...more
The Library Lady
Sep 12, 2009 The Library Lady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-mysteries
Every one of the Aimee Leduc books has an intricate plot set in a different part of Paris, vivid description and dialogue that brings that part of the city alive, and for some reason, endings that never resolve in a way that leaves me satisfied.

This one does have some especially good plotting. Aimee is blinded in an attack and her slow adjustment to what is possibly a permanent condition adds depth to her character. As a result, despite yet another jumped up conclusion,4 stars rather than the 3
Feb 26, 2013 Malia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by this author and I didn't realize it was #4 in a series. I picked it up because the setting is in a part of Paris that I love. She did a great job of capturing the beauty of Paris and made me miss my home there.

As for the plot, it grabbed my attention and I loved the personalities she gave her characters. I don't feel like I missed much of the back story by starting with #4, but it might have helped add some substance to the secondary characters.

Overall, a f
Mal Warwick
After enjoying the first three books in Cara Black’s series of detective novels featuring Aimee Leduc, I found Murder in the Bastille to be disappointing. Granted, Aimee and her partner, Rene, were their usual engaging selves, the portrait of a bureaucratic and sometimes dysfunctional Paris police force rang true, and the plot was devilishly complex. But the historical weightiness of the first three books was missing. The Holocaust was the backdrop for Black’s first book in the series, Murder in ...more
Feb 04, 2009 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first of the "Murder in..." series that I've read and I enjoyed it immensely. PI Aimée Leduc is supposed to work cases from the computer-end of things. However, she always gets pulled into the middle of a maelstrom, fighting both the bad guys and often, the police as well. The series setting is always a specific geographical area of Paris in the 1990s. Author Black has a very good feel for the place and her spot on details make you feel like you are really there.
Jul 16, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Rene plays a much larger role which allows us to learn more about him and to see Aimee through his eyes. I feel like I got to know them both better.

Aimee losing her sight is such an interesting and unique twist. She is no longer the fearless detective. She is vulnerable and it only makes her personality more interesting and complex.

I can't wait to continue with this series. It's a fun escape and always makes me want to wear bright red Chanel lipstick.
Aug 01, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. This woman can write. She takes you to Paris, where you can smell, taste, and wallow in the city. The main character is smart and funny as she powers her way into dangerous situations. I love her boyfriends. Her sidekick is short and deep. All the characters are so real--whether ruthless or appealing.I read these books as fast as she can write them. Escape into another world and feel the drizzle of rain under your collar as you stalk the bad guys.
Feb 06, 2016 Azuree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In her fourth adventure, private investigator Aimee Leduc finds herself embroiled in the mystery of the Beast of the Bastille. After noticing a woman wearing an identical jacket to Aimee’s own at the restaurant where she is having dinner, Aimee finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time when trying to do a good deed and return the woman’s cell phone which was accidentally left behind. Instead of being thanked, Aimee is attacked and wakes up in the back streets of the Parisian district kn ...more
Richard Brand
I must give Black credit for originality in having her heroine blinded throughout the whole story. It will be interesting to see if Aimee remains blind in the next stories. Also this is one of the rare times when Aimee did not get to spend the night with a lover. But I also have to say that this story was just too confusing for me. There were too many people with names that started with M for me to keep them straight. Also I would have to say that the last ten pages where not really convincing. ...more
This is more like a 3.5 stars out of 5 review...

I liked this book. It had a lot going for it. This is the first book of Cara Blacks' that I've read. I want to definitely read some more by the author. I wish I had read the books in order (this one is #4 of the Aimee Leduc books) because some scenes in this book refers to the previous books or at least aspects of the main character's life that had a better background in the previous books. I felt as I was reading that I was missing some informatio
Oct 16, 2011 Monty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorites of the Aimee Leduc series so far. Of course there is the usual trying to quit smoking, trying to pay the bills, getting seriously injured more than once and more. And the story on this one had many twists and turns with much adventure and tension. I am eager to read the next installment to follow Aimee's recovery from her injuries.
Thomas Fortenberry
Jul 12, 2009 Thomas Fortenberry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
First of the Aimee Leduc series I have ever read. Very interesting contrast to te St-Cyr-Kohler mysteries, as both are set in France. To read of Aimee's modern day Paris in direct contrast to Sty-Cyr's Nazi Occuppied France is amazing. Great time reading these simultaneously. I will have to check out the rest of the Aimee Leduc Investigations.
Sep 29, 2010 Margaret rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 19, 2011 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am thoroughly enjoying her books. They are set in Paris, and I love reading about Paris! They are tricky to follow sometimes but always interesting and exciting. Very different! I like!
Jan 10, 2008 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007-reads, mysteries
Another good mystery with thrills and chases through Paris with lots of atmosphere.
Jan 14, 2016 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've noticed in the second book that characters are not necessarily clearly defined all the time, so I had to keep reading hoping something about the character would be distinct enough for me to recognize them again.

This one was suspenseful but not as much as the first (the Marais). She did get injured less seriously and bounce back in a more realistic timeframe, and I still like her character and Rene's and will finish the series, but I wish the supporting characters were either limited in numb
Brian Williams
I am reading the series from the beginning and have reached #4. Aimee is attacked and blinded in the opening scenes which affects her mobility. Her business partner Rene takes on most of the sleuthing that she would normally do, which is good for his character development. It remains an open question at the end of the book whether she will regain her sight. She does meet a potential boyfriend -- her doctor. There's plenty of quirky characters, some of them play no real role in the story except a ...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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Other Books in the Series

Aimee Leduc Investigations (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Murder in the Marais (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #1)
  • Murder in Belleville (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #2)
  • Murder in the Sentier (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #3)
  • Murder in Clichy (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #5)
  • Murder in Montmartre (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #6)
  • Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #7)
  • Murder in the Rue de Paradis (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #8)
  • Murder in the Latin Quarter (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #9)
  • Murder in the Palais Royal (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #10)
  • Murder in Passy (Aimee Leduc Investigations #11)

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