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Murder in the Rue de Paradis

(Aimee Leduc Investigations #8)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  956 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Parisian P.I. Aimée Leduc is head-over-heels when a former boyfriend, an investigative journalist, reappears and proposes—but his professional past has caught up with him, and now Aimée must figure out who would want him dead

Aimée Leduc seems to be having a streak of good luck. First, she secures a lucrative computer security contract for her Paris detective agency. Then h
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Soho Crime (first published January 1st 2008)
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Apr 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
I picked up this book for $1 in the used book section of my library. I paid too much. The previous owner apparently didn't like it either--she left her bookmark in the book in the second chapter. Paris is romantic. French people smoke Gauloises, dwarfs have hip dysplasia, Arabs, Turks, and Kurds hate each other and are terrorists, dark men are romantic and sexy, and Aimee LeDuc wears great clothes. I hope I didn't leave out any of the other cliches.
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
In her Murder in the Rue de Paradis, Cara Black crafts an interesting semi-noir, whodunit involving middle-eastern jihadists and with assassination on their minds. Written in 2008, this is scarily prescient of the political undercurrents that have run deep and often violently in Paris for many years. This is the 8th in the Aimiee LeDuc detective series. It's the only one of her novels I've read, so I can't compare it to her other books. But it was a fun, if somewhat predictable story (except the ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one leads you into a quarter of Paris little visited by tourists.
Terri Lynn
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The 8th book in the Aimee Leduc series by Cara Black was so good I could not put it down. I read it in the car as my husband drove. I read it in the bathroom as our huge orange and white cat Jake and our big ragdoll/siamese kitty Thomas competed to see who would get to sit in my lap. I read it in bed, while eating, pretty much everywhere.

For those who don't know, Aimee Leduc is a private detective in Paris. Her American born mother was married to a French flic (cop) and abandoned the family to b
Kate Eklund
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Richard Brand
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
It is a good thing these mysteries do not try to have a moral value. Aimee's lover shows up at the very beginning. They have one night of passion and he asks her to marry him. The next morning he is killed. So to avenge his murder Aimee has to protect a high profile female politician from an assassin and get about six other people killed. On the way there are the normal ups and downs of her relationship with Rene. The business always struggling to pay its bills. Her god-father help is a part of ...more
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
The political intrigue, the tragic loss of her love, the final hug from old friend of her mother's all added to my enjoyment of this installment.
May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh. Not one of the best in the series. I'm also not sure if it's just because the author is on a roll and these were just publishing errors, or the editor just doesn't care anymore, but I noticed quite a few mistakes with the spelling of French words and typos. "Aventures" was misspelled as Adventures and there was a hyphen in "Arrondissement" in one spot (not supposed to be a hyphen) and then the hyphen went missing in another spot, among other weird typos. I suppose these aren't really that g ...more
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book immensely from the opening pages. It is sad the Yves Robert as Aimee’s bad boy paramour is no longer in her life, but thus “murder” in the series seemed to be channeling images of the current society although it takes place in 1995. Published in 2008, it was eerily familiar to the bombings happening today in Somalia and other African and middle eastern countries. That it was someone who Yves knew and worked with was sad and opportunistic.

And the ending at the UNEDCO receptio
David L
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aimee has never been more Aimee-ish

Aimee Leduc hunts her fiancee's murderer despite being warned off by French security services. She gets her villain after preventing an assassination and a bombing and does not let a dislocated shoulder or her godfather's attempt to babysit her slow her down. If the story as a whole is more a thriller than a mystery, Aimee does an admirable job of sleuthing, even if a reader can guess the murderer halfway through the book.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reading
I always love Aimee. This one was so sad, though. It's a timely read to help understand some of the unrest today.
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
All the things that happened within the first 12 hours seemed very contrived and unlikely, so it sort of made the whole plot less enjoyable for me.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another solid mix of history intertwined with mystery. Especially liked the voice the author gave to the multiple political perspectives of the characters.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm liking the series ok enough. I will continue to read them, but I'm not dying to pick up the next one. I'll get to it.
Charles Matthews
Dec 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Cara Black loves Paris when it sizzles.

Of course, as the readers of her seven previous novels about quirky-chic private eye Aimée Leduc already know, Black just plain loves Paris.

In her latest, “Murder in the Rue de Paradis,” it’s the sweltering August of 1995, the month in which every Parisian who can deserts the city, leaving it to the tourists and those who can’t flee. Aimée is one of those who can’t – she has work to do. And then her old boyfriend, investigative journalist Yves Robert, turns
Paul Myers
Sep 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Cara Black’s Murder in the Rue de Paradis is the eigth in a mystery series featuring Aimée Leduc, a computer security expert with a private investigator’s license working in Paris. Each novel in the series is set in a different arrondisement, or district, of Paris. Thus, each story is informed by the charm and mysteries of a particular neighborhood. If you like Paris, you will like traipsing through the neighborhoods with Aimée Leduc.

Thirtysomething Aimée also wanders through the romances availa
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is my first book by this author and I found it boring. It could be because I didn't like the voice of the reader. I also had some difficulty keeping the names straight.
Soho Press
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In this Parisian mystery, Aimee Leduc, private investigator extraordinaire, has an especially personal case to crack. Cara Black (the author) has told me that this is one of the books in the series that is closest to her heart--I confess it's one of my favorites in the series, although probably for different reasons than Cara's.

Aimée Leduc seems to be having a streak of good luck. First, she secures a lucrative computer security contract for her Paris detective agency. Then her ex-boyfriend Yve
Dec 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Cara Black's Aimee Leduc is a Nancy Drew for
grown-ups, but a very French one who lives in Paris.

This is another fun read in the series. As usual,
Aimee pulls together disparate threads while moving
along at rapid pace. (She seems to be a master of
time management.)

This story focuses on Kurdish immigrants in Paris
and on overlapping mysteries involving them.

Once again, Aimee is tres casual about her personal
safety, to the dismay of Rene, her business partner.

And, once again, Aimee's troubled romant
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
BEWARE of spoilers. I don't hide my reviews, but I don't promote them via feed, either. Exercise some self control! (I've been warned by two self-appointed Goodreads police officers to toe the line).

This was my first Cara Black novel. I loved it. Paris seems palpably present. Nice touch by author (or publisher) to include a street map of the novel's principal locale. Ditto for the photo on front jacket, shot by author herself.

I thought I liked heroine Aimee Leduc, a private eye. This plot involv
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Aimee's thrilled that her on-again/off-again boyfriend, Yves, is back from Egypt ... and this time he's asked her to marry him.

Twenty-four hours later, he's dead, his throat slit, in the Rue de Paradis.

As always, Aimee can't stay out of the investigation; this time, it's really personal. Her sleuthing leads her into the world of Kurdish and Turkish emigrés, and into political problems facing the region in the mid-1990s.

For a change, I had a feeling about the "whodunnit" in the book and turned ou
Another in the delightful Aimee Leduc Investigation series. Another visit to another section of Paris meeting the people, observing the area, learning of it's significance in times past and the effects on the recent past with more modern issues. Aimee herself is looking into her past and each episode offers a bit more about her parents, particularly her mother who disappeared when she was still a small child. This particular episode involves Muslim jihadists and other terrorist organizations ope ...more
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not, as one might say, my cup of tea, or snifter of brandy -- whatever. Although the descriptions of parts of Paris are somewhat interesting, I just couldn't get in the swing of this book. Altogether, I found the "plot plodded."

I really didn't care what cute little designer original the main character had found in some discount bin, over which she threw her trusty jean jacket, or why that could possibly have any importance to the plot.

The various elements didn't seem to work together very well
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is one of a series of mysteries with a female private investigator in Paris. It is a good mystery, with many characters, some good, some bad. Aimee, who has inherited the investigating business from her family, is fairly naive and shallow when it comes to men. But she is a "never quit" investigator, full of tricks and willing to work through pain and fear. This mystery deals with the Turkey-Kurdish situation and who gets paid off to tell secrets. The author knows Paris very well and always ...more
Here I am writing reviews on books that I finished half a year ago, without the benefit of recent memory to inspire more thoughtful consideration. And so the best I can offer for now are overall impressions.

My overall impression of this installment of the Aimee Leduc series: not as riveting as some, but adequately enjoyable. Maybe I'm just a bit jaded, but I didn't really believe that Yves was love-of-her-life material so the motivation was lost on me. It also seemed like Aimee was more reckless
Jul 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
An enjoyable mystery of the lovely-and-spunky-private-eye genre, set in Paris with lots of descriptions of the city and its buildings and neighborhoods and many French words dropped in for effect (and, unless I'm much mistaken, occasionally misspelled). This is not the first of the series but it is the first that I've read. It seemed a bit dated because a large part of the plot is about Muslim jihadist terrorism but it's obviously before 9/11. I wouldn't turn down others in the series, but I don ...more
Jul 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Cara Black makes me long to be roaming the streets of Paris that she is describing in her novels. She knows much of the city - the history, the shifting trends, the neighborhoods.
This book in the series takes place mostly in areas of the city that I have seen from the edges. Maybe on my next trip I will explore the whole of them a bit more. These are not areas that offer much in the way of tourist attractions, but they are areas of serious commerce and of immigrant influence. To know Paris is to
Catherine  Mustread
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: france, mystery
Interesting twists and turns in this mystery involving Turkish-Kurdish politics and the murder of Aimee's old boyfriend who had just proposed to her.  Started this #8 in the Aimee Leduc Investigation Series out of order, so put it on hold for awhile until I caught up.  

Aimee's abilities make good reading but are beyond belief. Again the large cast of characters are difficult to keep track of but I made notes which worked well until the end when I lost the notes.
Jul 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ANYONE who loves mysteries
A great, colorful novel featuring Black’s continuing P.I. Aimee Leduc. Set in Paris, Leduc’s fiancé is found murdered and his death leads her into the dark work of terrorism and religious zealotism. Black does a fabulous job of bringing Paris to life through the story – the setting is important to Aimee and to the plot. The plot drags a little near the end and gets kind of confusing with the Turks/Kurds conflict, but aside from that, this is a strong mystery with a strong leading character.

Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it
As usual, I enjoyed reading this next Aimee Leduc book. There are a few more left in the series for me to read. As usual a social/political issue was addressed--this time it had to do with Kurds, Turks and an Islamic terrorist group. More of her personal life is revealed, including an encounter with someone who knew her mother in the old days. I think this is a worthwhile series to read. If you want to try a book out, it is probably best to start with the first in the series and to read them in ...more
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