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Murder in Belleville (Aimee Leduc #2)

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Tension runs high in this working-class neighborhood as a hunger strike to protest strict immigration laws escalates among the Algerian immigrants. Aimée barely escapes death in a car bombing in this tale of terrorism and greed in the shadows of Paris.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Soho Crime (first published 2000)
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Jasmine
Jul 28, 2011 Jasmine rated it really liked it
Shelves: american
So every mystery author has a Raison d'être which I think is really important, and it's more important as a reader to recognize which raisins you appreciate and which raisins you think are stupid, and it is most important as an author that you make sure that the treatment of your raisins is ethical, interesting, and varies from book to book. But enough about raisins since I don't like them anyway.

Cara Black's Raison d'être is racism specifically of the "first they came for the jews" variety. In
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Vivian
Dec 20, 2015 Vivian rated it did not like it
I had the first book in this series on my Wish List for months on end. I couldn't borrow it from my local library so I started with the second in the series. To say that I was disappointed is putting it mildly. I have read rave reviews of Ms. Black's books on several mystery forum sites, but found Murder in Bellevile to be dull and boring despite the Paris setting. I quit after 100 or so pages and removed the rest of her books from my Wish List. What a pity, I had such high hopes.
Celeste Miller
Oct 26, 2007 Celeste Miller rated it liked it
I think I may need to take a break from the Aimee Leduc mysteries. Perhaps it's Black's writing style, or the similarity of the plots of all her books, but I've begun to feel that Black needs to be reminded of what we learned back in freshman English: "show, don't tell."

For an American, Black has an impressive knowledge of the nuances of French culture and avoids stereotypes for the most part. I can appreciate how she delves into Belleville's multi-cultural fabric and France's sordid colonial hi
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Elizabeth
Aug 03, 2009 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
I didn't even finish reading it. The pace is hectic, and not in a good, exciting way. The characters are too numerous to count and most of them are completely forgettable. Black weaves such a tangled up excuse for a detective novel that, by 3/4 of the way through, I found myself not giving one half a sh*t whodunit. Confusing, befuddled, poorly written and weakly held together. Big disappointment. I'm even going to take my rating of her previous book (3 stars) down to two because I'm so pissed of ...more
Kim
Aug 18, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
Enjoyable mystery. Atmospherics are great and the protagonist is a very positive character. The narrative is fair to the reader and gives one an opportunity to solve. I started this series down the road, with Murder in Montmartre, which I have resolved never to do again. That being said, I am continuing on with Ms. Black in order and look forward to it.
Terri Lynn
In this second book in Cara Black's Aimee Leduc series set in Paris in the 1990's, private detective Aimee receives an urgent call from Anais, the sister of her journalist friend Martine. By the time she gets to where Anais is, she finds her receiving an envelope from the mistress of Anais' husband . When the mistress- Sylvie/Eugenie- gets in her car, it blows up. Aimee manages to rescue Anais but the two then have to run for their lives and escape the men pursuing Anais.

This is a complicated my
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Sarah
May 17, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok
I read Cara Black because I enjoy reading about Paris. have been there a few times but I know very little about it except the tourist spots and Black certainly knows Paris! Her novels explore the neighborhoods that tourists like me never see and she puts the reader in the Paris atmosphere.

Aimee Leduc, however, is a little too stereotypical. In general, I like her character but there are moments when I get a little frustrated with her becuase she's too perfect. Even when she screws up, she's too
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Outdoorgrrl
Sep 05, 2012 Outdoorgrrl rated it did not like it
Recommended to Outdoorgrrl by: Nancy Porter
I wanted to like Murder in Belleville. I really did. I love female heroines. I love Paris. I love murder mysteries.

There are just so many things wrong with this book that it's disappointingly bad. Where to begin? The writing is disjointed and confusing. Ms. Black chops events randomly, making the story a bit hard to follow. She introduces too many extraneous characters. (Who the hell cares about this person? In fact, who is this person?) There is far too much naive political ranting, unspeakable
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Susan
Apr 13, 2011 Susan rated it liked it
Paris is the starring character in this (at least for me). The mystery-novel cliches are hard for me: hard-working female detective, odd male helper-friend whose flaw makes him a non-candidate as her love interest, mysterious past with one dead parent and one absent parent, the on-again/off-again love interest, etc. etc. The views of real Paris, set in 1994, with tensions of sans papiers, Arabes, neo-colonialist tensions...all that rings true and matches the Paris which is beyond the tourist rin ...more
Mal Warwick
Jul 03, 2015 Mal Warwick rated it really liked it
At a time when the current refugee crisis dominates the headlines in Europe (though only when the Greek financial debacle doesn’t crowd it out), it’s fascinating to read about an earlier time in European history when the French people, in particular, seemed just as obsessed with refugees as they are now. Murder in Belleville, set in 1994, revolves around the lingering fallout from the French-Algerian War of 1954 to 1962 — one of those tragic events that continues to reverberate in French society ...more
Lainie
Oct 15, 2011 Lainie rated it it was ok
Celeste's review, below, pretty much sums up how I feel about this book. This is my second try reading the Aimee Leduc mysteries. The first one was so awkwardly written in some spots that I found myself thinking, "Wow, they should have hired a better translator." Then I found out it had been written in English. Here on Goodreads some readers say that as you go through the series Black's writing improves. Not sure I can hold my breath that long.
Rosemary
Jan 14, 2009 Rosemary rated it really liked it
Cara Black creates very dense somwhat hard to decipher plots. She produces an interesting set of characters.
Lisa
Nov 02, 2011 Lisa rated it it was ok
Poorly written, poorly edited and confusing to follow. I liked the story and locale, though.
Alyson
Feb 15, 2012 Alyson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
A casual but enjoyable spin through the richly mixed culture of Parisian streets and comically bureaucratic French institutions. The reader rides on the back of the moped of an unfortunately cliched heroine whose regular gig as a computer systems security analyst promises an interesting high-tech dimension but too often, for the tech-savvy reader, serves up implausible hand waving and applied phlebotinum. What kept me turning the pages were the lively descriptions of Paris and the weaving of its ...more
Kam
the first page had promise. After that everything went downhill. Then she switches to that police station where the mother is berating her son for being anti-immigrant. Nothing remotely engaging.

I really wanted to like a book set in France; get involved in the richness, the detail. It was trite, nothing new; nothing interesting.

I marvel this is getting high reviews. And the blurbs on the book jacket – evidently she's owed a lot of favors.
Monty
Jun 01, 2011 Monty rated it really liked it
This is the second in the series about Aimee Leduc, a private detective in Paris. Aimee is one determined investigator who does whatever she can to solve the mysteries presented to her, even it means getting injured, stalked, put down, disbelieved, making mistakes, and so on. I am really beginning to like this series. However, it is not for those who don't like violence. These book dealt with issues around Algerian immigration problems.
Gloria
Jun 13, 2015 Gloria rated it it was ok
[Kindle.]
Okay, I officially give up on this series. The brand name-dropping feels weird and lazy; the writing isn't so hot, but the elaborations and details of facts of life (immigration, neighborhoods) are worthwhile for me. But I don't think I'll continue… And I am also thinking my opinion / reading of this might be influenced by reading it on a Kindle—don't take it quite as seriously? or something…
Darcy
This is my second try at this series and will be my last. With all the French references it seemed like I was missing so much of the story especially when they were talking in slang. I do wonder about Aimee as a private investigator she seems to have better success than the police and the police seem to give her any info she wants and even ask her for help. That does seem really odd for me.
Marilyn
Nov 30, 2015 Marilyn rated it it was ok
I found this book very dense, and I nearly put it down several times. Since I could easily follow the outline of her plot, I kept it going. But, there was so much extraneous materials that bogged me down. I was recently in Paris, but found the Paris descriptions less enticing than I had hoped. The myriad of buildings and sites her characters inhabited could have been anywhere in the world. Certainly the political climate was of interest, but the conspiracies were just too complicated to get the ...more
Anthony
May 05, 2014 Anthony rated it liked it
I thoroughly enjoy this mystery/thriller series set in different neighborhoods of Paris. The protagonist, Aimee Leduc, is a private investigator in Paris during the early 1990s. She is a very believable character, which speaks highly of the writing skills of Cara Black. Ms. Black's descriptions of Paris; the people, the sounds, the smells; all make you feel as if you are right in the middle of the city neighborhoods she writes about.

But in this second book in the series, I found the plot confusi
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Stephkay
Jul 20, 2014 Stephkay rated it really liked it

Enjoyable read, especially for someone who knows Paris or wants to. Some quibbles (and these hold true for her other books too, to some extent):

1a) the bad-guy Maghrebin is in present-day France what the bad-guy Russian was to 1980s American fiction
1b) lots of other stereotypes about Paris and Parisians but hey, in every stereotype there is some truth, right...? On the other hand, lots of details that outsiders may not know (e.g. stuff about the elitist grandes ecoles like ENS)
2) the name-droppi
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Liz Dean
Jul 27, 2013 Liz Dean rated it it was ok
Great Parisian setting & details, fairly interesting primary character Aimee Leduc, meh plot/storytelling. I want to love these books, so I will try at least one more in the series before I give up. Hope the third's the charm!
Becky Rippel
Jul 09, 2015 Becky Rippel rated it really liked it
Recommended to Becky by: I started reading this series cause we are going to Paris!!
Shelves: own
Cara Black has done it again. Belleville is an Algerian enclave, whose illegal immigrants are to be deported. Many of these sans-papiers have taken refuge in a church; their leaders on a hunger strike. Meanwhile on a narrow side street, Aimee Leduc, private investigator, is to meet her friend, Anais, and Anais' husband's mistress, Sylvie. But when, Sylvie gets into her car and shuts the door, the car erupts in a ball of flames!! This puts Aimee on the trail to find out who was Sylvie and who wan ...more
Linda
Apr 12, 2014 Linda added it
All right, I'll give it one more go but if the third book isn't better, I'm done with this series.
I started it because I heard good things about her latest book, and I always start a series at the beginning. But maybe it was the topic of this one - all Algerian politics which I don't know anything about. Politics don't interest me much when it's just nameless people acting like countries.
I still like the French aspect, except that she does have an irritating habit of using French words that you
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Christine
Mar 30, 2014 Christine rated it it was ok
Excessive use of French words in the wrong context, fake expressions and too many stereotypes. Disappointing.
Mikael
Sep 19, 2012 Mikael rated it it was amazing
Aimee Leduc pursues justice with a vengeance. Nobody messes with her and wins.
Richard Brand
Jun 12, 2015 Richard Brand rated it liked it
This is the second in the series and already they sound so much alike that it feels like a cliche. Government intrigue, Aimee getting involved when she "doesn't do that kind of work." There is a government person who is unhappy with his job. I think Black got Aimee into a situation at the end where she just had to give up, and let Aimee not save the day. The Algerian complications just got way too convoluted for me to follow. I think at the end I began to understand where the evil was but there ...more
Phoebe
Still enjoying this series, so I come back to it for less challenging, fun reads. Looking back on older reviews, looks like I jumped from #1 to #11 then read #4 through #8. The library now has #2 and #3, so I'm squeezing these in before going to #9 and #10, then back on track for #12 and beyond. (As a side note, I'm reminded that I read all 64 books of the original _Nancy Drew_ series in my youth. Didn't read them all in order but they didn't really have a connecting arc. Jumping around the _Aim ...more
Sharon
May 29, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it
"Murder in Belleville" is the second of the Aimee Leduc investigations, and the third one that I have read.

In this tale, Aimee's friend Anais has asked her to help track down Sylvie, Anais' husband's latest mistress. They find her ... only to witness her being killed in a car bombing. This is how the book begins.

The primary subplot, which eventually ties in with the first, involves Algerian refugee illegal immigrants, the sans papiers>. They have taken up residence inside a Belleville church,
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Julie H.
May 15, 2012 Julie H. rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
The story begins when Aimee's newspaper editor friend, Martine, leaves a series of frantic messages demanding that Aimee help her sister, who has gotten mixed up in some sort of trouble. Aimee agrees to shoehorn in a meeting with the sister, Anais, at which point she promptly witnesses a car bomb explosion that nearly kills Anais and from which Aimeee must help Anais escape as there are a series of armed men chasing them who want to finish the job. The storyline circles around Algerian hunger st ...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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