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Murder in the Marais (Aimee Leduc Investigations #1)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  4,631 Ratings  ·  757 Reviews
Meet Aimée Leduc, the smart, stylish Parisian private investigator, in her bestselling first investigation

Aimée Leduc has always sworn she would stick to tech investigation—no criminal cases for her. Especially since her father, the late police detective, was killed in the line of duty. But when an elderly Jewish man approaches Aimée with a top-secret decoding job on behal
ebook, 312 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Soho Crime (first published 1999)
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Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Cara Black reinforces the belief that it must be difficult indeed to write a good mystery; Murder in the Marais is eye-rollingly bad. Oh, I wanted to like it! It's Paris! It's the resistance! We get to learn about just how miserable life was in occupied Paris! But there are just so many problems. From the small ones - her dog, cloyingly named "Miles Davis" NEVER has to go out to pee, and seems to spend all day and night in her apartment or at the local news stand; to the simply annoying - she sl ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't finished this book and am quitting, 30% into the book. It is driving me crazy. There are all these pseudo-French expressions, to make it look more French. Only, I spend my time spotting things like pâté, spelt pâte, which is a totally different thing, or expressions like "la double morte" which is supposed for Parisians to refer to both police and taxes (?)
This one is one of Black's favourites obviously since she goes on and on about it.
I have been living in Paris for 68 years and hav
This book is the first novel in a series about an American/French investigator who takes over her father's agency after he's killed in a terrorist attack. This debut is set in 1993 Paris, and centers around a Jewish neighborhood and a murdered elderly woman who is found with a swastika carved on her forehead. The investigation touches on the sensitive issue of collaborators - Jews who denounced other Jews to the occupying Nazis.

Our intrepid detective in her debut appearance must find out why sh
Jul 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a remarkably stupid book. Aimée Leduc is a nitwit and manages to pull off impossible stunts throughout the book. Cara Black should not attempt to speak French - she uses it incorrectly throughout the book. Hell, she should watch her English: she described someone as "beat red". Oh really? That is also the fault of her editors for not catching such a glaring and annoying error.

The story is disjointed and even after having read the whole damn book, (view spoiler)
This first novel in the Aimee Leduc PI series was flawed, but worth reading. I loved the idea of a private detective series set in Paris, and the plot--which begins with a murder of a Jewish woman, who had a swastika carved on her forehead--sounded interesting.

What made it flawed were the highly unrealistic plot elements (running across Paris rooftops in high heels, amazing recoveries from fights and injuries, a superhuman ability to crack computer systems) and the lack of characterization. Too
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Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american

sorry for yelling but that was important. This is a really coolly layered mystery novel set in france. you are dealing with nazi/conspirators/jews from the WWII era, but in a modern world filled with neo-nazis, so you get these great dynamics that ask us fundamentally would a nazi today agree with a neo-nazi, what power did people have, can a fundamentally good person be a fundamentally bad
Aug 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
I enjoyed this book, although I must agree with some of the negative comments that others have made here. She does throw in too many characters too quickly making it difficult to keep track of everyone. At one point, I realized that a character I pictured as a young man, was actually in his fifties (although if I had thought about it, for a minute, I would have realized he had to be). The writing is a little shaky at times, but not terrible. As a first effort, I thought is was fine. It intrigued ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book, Why? Because I can't say it's that good, but I enjoyed it very much.

Aimée Leduc has an investigation agency, mainly tech stuff. When she is approached by a friend of her late father, who wants her to look into an old photograph and break the code/mystery around it she hesitates, but finally accepts.

Then there's a murder, and Nazis, and more murder attempts, and it goes on and on. I think this was, for me, the main problem. We have a tech investigator who su
Apr 06, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read in the Aimee Leduc series and it will be my last. Why are female detective characters so poorly written? Did the author really believe that it was a good idea in the first book in this series to have her detective involved in a torrid affair with a neo-Nazi? Are we supposed to find that mysterious or admirable or endearing?

If anyone knows a good female detective that I should be reading, please let me know.
May 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
My mom sent me this so I had to read it. My mom usually has a pretty good handle on my taste. However. The main character is basically a French Cayce Pollard with no human failings and more awesome powers. For example, she manages to take a bath and sleep with a white supremacist without losing her mohawk wig or fake tattoos. I wish I had that power. Luckily, because the main character is perfect, it turns out he’s not really a white supremacist, he’s a journalist infiltrating the organization. ...more
Terri Lynn
I discovered this excellent mystery on Goodreads. This is author Cara Black's first novel and she got off to a rousing good start.

It is November of 1993 in Paris when private detective Aimee Leduc is stopped by a rabbi who asks her to decipher a 50-year old encrypted photograph and take the results to an older lady in the Marais (the old Jewish section of Paris). Aimee generally does not do this type of work anymore but Soli Hecht tells her that her late father assured him she would help him if
Chris Lilly
Aug 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
There isn't a place for 'Read all you can bear' but that's what I should have ticked. 50 pages to decide I hated it, and a quick scan to see if it improved amazingly, which I don't think it did. Formulaic, styleless, banal. A book that dreams of being workmanlike or efficient. This is a thoroughly bad book, and I've read 2 Lee Child thrillers and some Dan Brown, so I know bad when I see it.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It's so nice to find a mystery set in Paris!

Aimee is a great character with a tough backstory. A nice combination of tracking down former Nazis with up-to-date computer technology. Aimee puts herself in some dangerous spots and so this book is definitely in the category of hard PIs.

Some missing clues for fair play and where the heck did the helicopter come from?
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fabulous novel! So thoughtful and yet the book moves and is very complex. The ending actually had me squirming. I read this like I was starving! "Never forget" is the motto of Holocaust survivors. Cara Black's vivid book has added another voice! On to Belleville!
This book (the first in a series) felt like a mix of mystery and thriller. I liked the main character Aimee Leduc, but I'll confess the setting in Paris and the French phrases occasionally mixed in took me out of the book as I had to pause to ponder meaning or pronunciation. (I realize these things might actually be a big draw for other readers!)

I liked the first book enough to give the second a try, but I'll also be glad to get to some well know and well loved Louise Penny characters in the int
Fast-paced thriller that links to past dark days in Parisian history.

A confirmed Aimee Leduc fan, this stunning mystery casts its net around the life of Aimee Leduc and draws her (and me) ever more tightly into the centre of a dark web.
It starts when an elderly gentleman, with the look of a survivor searching for lost ones, presents himself at Aimee's office. He utters these words, 'I knew your father, an honourable man. He told me to come to you if I needed help.'
Aimee doesn't take investigati
I really wanted to like this book. I had heard good things about the series and thought I would try it. Books like this are the reason why I prefer to try out a new author or series in ebook format. They cost less than a paperback or hardback. I would NOT have wanted to spend more a couple dollars on this and I didn't, fortunately.

Aimee Leduc is a private investigator based in Paris. She does mostly security work on the computer. Her late father was a police detective who was killed in the line
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found that this was over-plotted with an enormous number of characters and subplots which had odd jumps in continuity. When investigator Aimée Leduc interviews a key figure about half way through the book (Wednesday morning) I had no idea where that lead had even come from. When one of the big bad's henchmen pops up towards the end I had no recollection of where they had appeared previously. That was aside from some of the other absurd situations (a rooftop escape in designer high-heels) and i ...more
Aimee Leduc, a young French-American detective living in Paris, is hired by a renowned Holocaust survivor to decode an encrypted message and ends up entangled in a murder investigation in the Marais district of Paris. Her undercover search leads to a neo-Nazi group and lots of intrigue involving current politicians and people involved in the German occupation of France in World War II.

The story was interesting and the characters certainly were a challenge as many were not who they seemed or pres
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Aimee Leduc heads the Leduc Detective Agency; she does not typically deal with criminal matters, but specializes in computer security and investigation. When a rabbi asks her to break the encryption on a 50-year-old photograph she agrees only because the old man was a friend of her father’s. However, when she goes to deliver the information to an elderly woman living the Marais (the old Jewish quarter) she finds a dead woman – strangled and with a swastika carved into her forehead.

Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans, WWII readers
For the last couple of years I have been reading reviews of Paris-set mysteries by Cara Black. The other day while searching a bookstore for books by another author (not found), I came across Black’s books on a “Mystery “ shelf. I thought “Okay, now’s your chance!” I picked up a copy of book #1 in her Paris mysteries, MURDER IN THE MARAIS (ISBN 978-1569479995, $9.99, trade paperback, Soho Press), at a really good price. My wife & I spent about 9 days in Paris last November so it’s really fun ...more
I recently learned about this book (and series of 13 murder mysteries set in Paris) from my Page-a-Day book calendar. It caught my eye because I'm going to Paris in a few weeks for the first time, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. It took me a while to get into and at first I didn't like the narrator. But somewhere in the first third of the book, I clicked in and it was a fun ride.

It's been interesting reading other reviews which are all over the map. Overall I enjoyed the book, but if I put my
Feb 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france
Rubbish. This book had an unbelievable, far-fetched plot and was clumsily put together. What surprised me the most about it was that I liked it when I first read it, over twelve years ago. I can't imagine how that could be except that maybe I was taken with all the cobblestones and chocolate croissants, the story being set in Paris. So I expected to like it again, but I didn't. At one point towards the end, I thought maybe this is all tongue-in-cheek, and that's why the plot is so improbable. Bu ...more
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was another book read in preparation for my Paris trip and it was equally unsuccessful. The plot was totally unbelievable. I tried to like it but just couldn't. It was hard not to compare the heroine to Lisbeth Salander and while Stieg Larsson's books may be equally unbelievable, I was sucked in to those immediately. Who would believe it would be so interesting to read about computer hacking? Not so in Black's book. Also, there was so much set-up for the next book - one reason I generally a ...more
Aug 27, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not well written. Plot holes you could drive a truck through. The characters did/said odd things just to move the plot along.
Gordon Jones
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was better than I thought it would be. I think I might read another one of her books
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully written and intensely suspenseful. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Quelle horreur! Since I'm going to Paris later this year and staying in the Marais, I thought I'd give this mystery a whirl to give me a feel for the neighborhood and perhaps get me ramped up for my trip. While I did get some Jewish history and a recommendation for the area's best French onion soup, the rest of the book was hilariously, woefully out of date. Our detective heroine makes her living as a hacker, so I was confused-then-bemused by references to her stapling faxes together, "hitting t ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It kept my interest.
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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 17 books)
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