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Murder in Passy (Aimee Leduc Investigations #11)

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  702 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
At her godfather’s engagement party at a Basque enclave in the chic 16th arrondissement, Parisian P.I. Aimée Leduc finds his fiancée strangled in her garden. Aimée must work to clear her godfather’s name

The village-like neighborhood of Passy, home to many of Paris’s wealthiest residents, is the last place one would expect a murder. But when Aimée Leduc’s godfather, Morbier
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Soho Crime (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 15, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Francophiles, fans of woman detectives, fashion junkies
Recommended to Sara by: latest in a series
This series has improved tremendously from its beginning, when it was mostly travelogue and improbable chases over the roofs of Paris. However, I'm not sure a reader unfamiliar with Aimée Leduc and her godfather the police detective Morbier will get into this plot as much as one who has followed the series from the start.
That said, it's a gripping book, clearly written, which resolves satisfactorily (with the usual narrow escapes and nick-of-time rescues, but hey, that's the genre). We learn a
Mar 13, 2012 Elli rated it liked it
This is the book in the series that I have liked the least. I just don't like the characters, and Aimee herself acts much more like a dingbat in her decision making (and this isn't her greatest forte anyhow) than is usual. The characters are 3 dimensional, but all have tunnel vision about themselves and the world they live in. They are quite ineffective as people and repeatedly cause real damage to others. They don't give you anything to really like or respect. Possibly the daughter of the ambas ...more
May 26, 2011 judy rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I know this is a popular series for Francophiles who adore discovering the not so touristy areas of Paris. That definitely would not be me. I do remember reading an earlier book in this series and not reacting quite as negatively. Giving the author the benefit of the doubt, whatever she normally does to keep her fans happy, she didn't do here. The book had an interesting start that almost immediately slowed to one of the most boring bits of detecting I've ever read. Then, possibly one third from ...more
Mar 16, 2011 Beth rated it it was amazing

This time out, Aimee Leduc finds herself involved in a case in Passy, one of the many neighborhoods which make up the city of Paris (although arrondissements sounds classier than neighborhoods). Her godfather, Commissaire Morbier, is worried about the new woman in his life, a person who has made him feel young again. Xavierre d’Eslay is a member of the uppermost level of the bourgeoisie although her roots are in the Basque region between Spain and France. Xavierre isn’t taking or returning any o
Susan Oleksiw
Apr 06, 2014 Susan Oleksiw rated it really liked it
Aimee Leduc is just recovering from a rough case when her godfather and police commissioner Morbier asks Aimee to look in on his dear friend and lover Xavierre. Something seems to have gone wrong in the last few days and he’s worried. But he’s also been assigned to an important, high-level and very secret case in Lyon, so he can’t go to her himself. He’s already late for his departure to Lyon. Aimee agrees reluctantly.

At Xavierre’s daughter’s engagement party later that evening, Aimee arrives af
Martha Bullen
Feb 14, 2015 Martha Bullen rated it it was ok
I read this for my mystery book club but came away disappointed. I like the concept of a mystery series set in different arrondissements in Paris, and Cara Black does capture some of the flavor of these Parisian neighborhoods.

I was drawn in by the plot involving a Basque terror plot in Paris, but it didn't live up to its premise. Much more attention is paid to which designer her heroine, PI Aimee Leduc, is wearing than to the characters or writing style, and the plot was unrealistic in the extre
Jul 29, 2011 Zella added it
I cannot tell a lie; I didn't actually finish this one. It was due back at the library and it just wasn't grabbing me like earlier books in this series with Aimee LeDuc, so I returned it half-read. The murder was tied into the Basque separatist movement in France, and I just didn't care about it.
Mar 29, 2016 Marilyn rated it it was ok
History has never been my forte. Therefore, when Black's books are full of political history, I find it difficult to stick with the topic when it is explained and considered by the protagonist who often gets it wrong before she gets it right. I applaud Black's inclusion of political matters that weave in and out of the French experience -- they sometimes leave me confused and wondering a) how much truth there is in the telling and b) how much the frantic antics of Leduc, her main character, some ...more
Mar 01, 2015 Sharon rated it really liked it
In this book, Aimee is trying (once again) to avoid doing anything but computer security ... but her godfather, police commissioner Morbier, asks her to go see why his lady friend, Xavierre, is being so evasive ... and Aimee finds her dead body.

To complicate matters, Morbier is the prime suspect! So, Aimee's back in the underworld trying to clear her friend's name. And part of that underworld this time is the Basque separatist movement.

As always, Cara Black pulls us right into Paris (this time,
Julie H.
Jul 06, 2012 Julie H. rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Murder in Passy interwove some really interesting elements, most notably the Basque piece (both peaceful and decidedly less so), the payback delivered to Aimee's godfather Morbier, still more levels of intrigue and possible corruption within the French police, and the ever-present "ghosts" from Occupied Paris' past. All told, the book read more as set-up for what will be future events (e.g., how/when will Morbier share with Aimee what he knows about her mother, the extent to which the French gov ...more
Andrew Macrae
Dec 14, 2012 Andrew Macrae rated it really liked it
“Murder in Passy” by Cara Black

Passy, the sixteenth arrondissement, or district, of Paris is the setting for the action in Cara Black’s recent novel featuring private investigator Aimée Leduc. Astride her vintage Vespa scooter and armed with not much more than her Prada boots, designer scarf, and no nonsense attitude, Aimée takes on a tough case…that of clearing her mentor’s name of murder.

Cara Black’s novels, each set in a different arrondissement of Paris, are compelling explorations of the Ci
Jul 12, 2011 Vsbooks rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery series fanatics
Shelves: mystery-series
I love this mystery series set in Paris of the mid-90's. Passy is one of several villages in the very fancy 16th arrondissement. Aimee Leduc is supposed to be working on techie projects to earn money for Leduc , but she always gets involved in solving murders. There's a good cast of supporting character to follow through the series and lots of Parisian scenery and neighborhood ideosyncracies to learn about in the series. Much like Lisbeth Salander in the "Girl with a Dragon Tattoo" series, Aimee ...more
Terri Lynn
Jun 02, 2012 Terri Lynn rated it it was amazing
Well, didn't we just know that eventually in this series Aimee would have to rescue her godfather the flic (cop) Morbier?

This is book 11 in the Aimee Leduc series and the 11th one I have read. They have been published at the rate of 1 per year and when I read the 12th one next, I will be caught up and have to wait until next year for another one.

Aimee Leduc is a private detective in Paris who has a computer genius partner Rene Friant , a dwarf who studies the martial arts and is secretly in lo
Apr 07, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I was delighted to be transported once again to Aimee Leduc's Paris in Murder in Passy. Each of Cara Black's books are focused upon a different area of Paris. Aimee Leduc is a private investigator who with her partner Rene own the Leduc Detective Agency which is located on the rue du Louvre in the heart of Paris. Aimee is tres chic running around Paris in couture and designer high heels and of course always wearing Chanel lipstick. In this book, the eleventh Aimee Leduc adventure our heroine is ...more
Nov 17, 2014 John rated it liked it
Shelves: library
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June Ahern
Feb 18, 2013 June Ahern rated it really liked it
Murder in Passy is my first Cara Black's story and I'm sure not my last. It's is a good mystery/thriller with interesting characters (a big plus for me) with a good plot. There were times I became confused with the amount of characters and stories within stories but moving right along found I continued to be intrigued. Like most fast paced stories, I wonder in a few short days how the hero or in this case, Aimee can accomplish all they do and stay alive from all the bad guys. But it is fiction a ...more
Jul 21, 2015 Marie rated it it was ok
Was not going to read any more of this author's poorly written books, but did (AAUW book sale!) - This at least was not bad on the typos, and the main character only checked her TinTin watch twice. Hurrah!.But the chases on stilettos, the enormous body count over what seems to be only a few years in Aimee's life (mid-90s), the volume of cliches dispensed ... Mon dieu! This woman never seems to learn anything from experience, or to develop any depth.
Jun 06, 2015 Farley rated it liked it
Enjoyed this till the last few pages, when the author made a bonehead mistake about insulin and diabetes. (a character in "diabetic shock" would need sugar, not insulin) Stopped me in my tracks. There are millions of diabetics like myself out here. Did she not do her research or think we wouldn't notice?
Jun 15, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
When Aimée Leduc’s godfather, Morbier, a police commissaire, asks her to check on his lover Xavierre in the upscale neighborhood of Passy, Aimée has only a few moments to speak with her before she is strangled in her garden. Circumstantial evidence makes Morbier the prime suspect, and to vindicate him, Aimée must identify the real killer. Her investigation quickly leads her to the Parisian Basque community. With Morbier out of the picture and almost everyone else who might help distancing themse ...more
Katy M
Apr 10, 2015 Katy M rated it it was ok
A little too "all over the place." By the time you get to the end, you don't really care any more. Plus, dangled edges I don't really care for series mysteries. Same detective, yes. Unraveling the mystery of his or her life through several books, no.
Sally Smith
Jun 25, 2014 Sally Smith rated it liked it
This series is getting better as more books are written. It features Parisian P.I. Aimee Leduc. I had stopped reading the series, but may pick it up since it's fun recognizing Parisian locations now that I've been there.
Jun 12, 2011 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aimee-leduc
Finally, Aimee Leduc is in the 16th, and even more specifically, Place Victor Hugo and Passy. In 2000, I lived just off Place Victor Huge on rue Mesnil, where Aimee runs past the wonder Marche St. Didier, and hides out in a cafe on the Place. The usual cliff-hanging (literally-- Aimee is usually hanging off something or other) conclusion is at the sinister-looking Lauriston reservoir, which I walked by many, many times. Aimee is her usual interpid self and the situations she gets in and out of a ...more
Sep 08, 2015 Carolynne rated it liked it
I was expecting a Parisian version of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series, but was disappointed. Maybe too much Basque terrorism? I'll try another, but so far, I prefer Inspector Gamache.
Mar 04, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it
this intrepid aimee leduc has grown on me as I have read more of her outrageous investigations - this one having a more personal impact on I travel on through the series while traveling
I read the first in this series several years ago, and I liked it. I'm often a sucker for stories set in France anyway; add a detective heroine and things are good. I intended to read them in order, of course, but this was the only one available for loan via ebook, so here I am going from 1 to 11. It's as good as I remember: somewhat predictable but still exciting with bits and pieces about Paris along the way. I didn't remember much about her father/mother (and now brother?) storyline so it sho ...more
Roger Croft
Apr 12, 2012 Roger Croft rated it liked it
I'm an addict for some crime writers. I like Black because she takes me back to my favorite city --Paris. And she's pretty good with the atmospherics of the City of Light. Her detective, Aimee, is clearly an attractive young lady with lots of intuitive brainpower and glamorous looks (sometimes there's a bit of chic lit that rears its ugly head). This latest effort is a bit heavy on the machine-gun rat-tat-tat prose which Black seems to have pioneered. But it's a quick read with, I hope, a surpri ...more
Another delightful Aimee Leduc murder mystery in another district in Paris. Start with Murder in the Marais and work through the series. If you love Paris or which you had been there, this is the series for you.
Jul 29, 2012 Ginny rated it it was ok
This is the sort of insubstantial genre book that gives genre books a bad name. I like genre books, gobble up mystery series like crazy. Book #11, having not read #1-10, has no redeeming characters and seems like the sort of book meant for people who will read *anything*. Although described as noir, the only thing noir is the author's name, 'Black.' Chock full of product placements, I had more of an attachment to the main character's clothing than the main character. If my to-be-read stack had a ...more
Jan 24, 2016 Deborah rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-books
not as interesting as previous in the series ~ but will definitely read the next one
Apr 26, 2015 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
What did I never think about Basque revolutionaries?
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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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Aimee Leduc Investigations (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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