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Murder Below Montparnasse

(Aimee Leduc Investigations #13)

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A long-lost Modigliani portrait, a grieving brother’s blood vendetta, a Soviet secret that’s been buried for 80 years—Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc’s current case is her most exciting one yet.

The cobbled streets of Montparnasse might have been boho-chic in the 1920s, when artists, writers, and their muses drank absinthe and danced on cafe tables. But to Parisia
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Hardcover, 321 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Soho Crime (first published January 1st 2013)
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Terri Lynn
Feb 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
I never thought I'd give one star too an Aimee Leduc book but I guess there is a first time for everything. I found this so deadly dull, I could not even finish it. I tried going ahead and going back and ploughing fast through whole sections but I couldn't stand anymore.

Aimee is missing her partner, the dwarf Rene who has been lured from Paris to Silicon Valley in California to take a lucrative IT job. Things go wrong as soon as he arrives with his room rental and car not ready and then he over
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Diana
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Every time I read one of Cara Black's Aimee Leduc mysteries, I come away feeling the same way I did when I finished this one: Mlle. Leduc is surely one of the most incompetent private investigators to grace the pages of fiction. Every decision she makes is wrong, every choice she makes is a bad one, she always gets caught snooping, she's often injured horrifically and seems to suffer no long-lasting effects from same, she's thoughtless of her friends and nearly autistic in her treatment of those ...more
Ray Palen
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Her best friend defected to America, her co-worker Saj is injured in a freak car/pedestrian accident, an old man who knew her estranged mother is murdered, a rare Modigliani painting is stolen, she receives death threats from Serbs and is later attacked in her own office and almost drowned in a bucket of water.

All of these events happen within the span of a few days in the life of Private Investigator, Aimee Leduc. The action starts in the Montparnasse section of Paris --- a bohemian area that a
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Larraine
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with Paris a long time ago. I fell in love with this series only a few years ago, but it's been my gateway to Paris now for the last several years. I love Aimee Leduc - smart, sexy, rides around in a faded pink Vespa, has a beretta which she uses sparingly, a wide variety of phony business cards and id's as she pursues her next case at Leduc Detective Agency while simultaneously running a computer security company.

In the past she could rely on her business partner, Rene, to run t
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Kathy
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an honor to be able to review Cara Black's latest Aimee Leduc book before it is released. This is the thirteenth book in the series and they just keep getting better!

Each book in the series is set in a different neighbourhood in Paris. Murder Below Montparnasse is set of course in the Montparnasse district in southern Paris. Rene has been offered the job of a lifetime and is off to the Silicon Valley. Aimee is contacted by an elderly Russian emigre to protect a Mogdigliani painting. Before
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Sheila Paigly
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I was excited to win a copy of this book on Goodreads. I liked the idea of a mystery novel taking place in Paris. When I started reading it, I had problems getting into it. The plot seemed slow, and I found the characters to be a little confusing. I later found out that this was the thirteenth book in the series, which could be why I thought the characters were a little confusing. I also struggled with the many French words scattered throughout the novel, since I don't speak any French. However, ...more
Sue
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
A really good entry in this series, with as much love for Paris itself as the characters involved. A decent mystery, as usual, but this time, the back issues with Aimee and Rene are almost more of the main story. I guessed the 'twist' toward the end, I think many will, but the reveal is still delicious. Talk about a cliff hanger--really can't wait to read the next one!
Meredith
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This kept me reading but was unsatisfactory in the end. I have to remember not to read any more of these mysteries.
Nora Flaherty
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Convoluted plot and clumsy insertion of clichéd Frenchness at every turn. How many times can they say "zut alors" and "brioche?"
Beth Scher
Jul 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Could not get through the first few chapters. Plot moved too slowly for me
Richard Brand
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
About the only thing different in this one is that Aimee talks with her mother at the end. It is not a great encounter, but she does see her and talks to her. The rest of the novel is the same format as all the others. Serbs, Russians, Rene, Saj, computer wizardry, and Aimee thinking up amazing lies and pulling them off. Her love life continues in shambles but what did you expect. I stopped reading Aimee for awhile because they are so unbelievably complex and yet so much of the same old, same ol ...more
Laura
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mystery series set in Paris? Yes, please.

Our Heroine, Aimee Leduc, is semi-involved with the police - her grandfather, father and godfather all were members of the force (although Dad seems to have been drummed out ignominiously) but she is supposedly a computer security person. And yet she gets involved with solving crimes, with a closet filled with disguises and a wallet with many different IDs (names, phones, occupations, etc.). In terms of darkness, this is more like Penny's Gamache serie
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Ruth
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've gotten hooked on Cara Black's mystery series set in Paris, not so much because of the characters or mystery, but because they're set in Paris, and Black does such a good job describing so many of the locales, especially the lesser-known ones. I also love the nuggets of history thrown in.
Julie
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss-review
Murder Below Montparnasse a Soho crime publication is a March 2013 release. This book is written by Cara Black.
Aimee is a private detective in France. Her partner, Rene' has taken a job in America leaving her to run the agency. Amiee's and her friend and associate, Saj, are involved in an accident that inadvertly involves them in a chase for a priceless painting and a link to Aimee's mother.
Yuri comes across a painting in a storage area that is priceless, but instead of keeping it to himself un
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Margaret Wilkening
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the 13th installment of Cara Black’s series featuring Parisian PI Aimee Leduc, but the first that I have read. Although I was unfamiliar with the characters and their background stories, I loved the immersion into the insider background life of Paris. Aimee’s effortless French chic, backstreet alleys opening to surprise gardens, and busy café life bring the reader a true taste of the city. The main characters have an engaging vitality that makes them easy to know and I want to go back an ...more
Chantelle (aka the Blogmonstar)
I just couldn’t get into Murder Below Montparnasse. When I got it I didn’t realise it was book #13, and prehaps that is part of the problem. The plot premise could have been really interesting, and I think if I wasn’t wading through far too much backstory I might have enjoyed it. Books in long series’ need to be able to stand mostly by themselves. For example – the In Death series or the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. (I read books in the middle of both of those series before I ever read th ...more
Derek Erb
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, kindle
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John Johnstone
A reasonable read, French detective Aimee Leduc chasing artwork getting involved with murder. For me the format on my ebook version was off making it a little more difficult to read. The plot however was telegraphed very early on and I kept going hoping there would be a twist. Some sideline stories with no connection to the main story appeared to be there as a filler, omitted it would have made no material difference.

The author whose books are set in Paris ( as per the title) seemed to be tryin
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Emma
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Last year, my husband asked me if I knew about any modern day French detective stories. Honestly, nothing was coming to mind. So I looked around, and the name of Cara Black came up, with her heroine investigator Aimée Leduc. I thought it was cool that the names of all her mysteries had un arrondissement de Paris in the title. I didn’t have time to read any back then, but kept the name in the back of my mind. When I saw Murder Below Montparnasse, the latest (#13 already, which adds 12 books to my ...more
Barbara
This is my first Aimee Leduc series book and I will be back for more! I love learning about Paris as the book goes along. She's got the vintage fashion element that I love and best part, nicely drawn out characters. Even though I plunged into the middle of the series, I didn't struggle with connecting with the characters. I felt I know them, so it will be a pleasure to learn about them as I go back to the beginning. I do hate to say it, but I figured out "who done it"! That's okay, as it didn't ...more
Kathy
Jun 19, 2016 rated it liked it
oh well...bought it on the amazon special because I thought I had missed this one but I just had not checked it off in this interface. I am just catching up/ ramping up in preparation to read the latest output by this author. Note to self: this is the one where Aimee finally has encounter with her mother, the one with a Modigliani portrait of Lenin. Poor Renee has a Silicon Valley experience and is lucky to get back to Paris in one piece. As usual, lots of harrowing comic book style heroics on p ...more
Wayne
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read. It is the first of the Aimee Leduc series that I have read. I enjoyed the story lines, and felt brought into the characterizations very quickly.I was slightly disappointed that Maxence's character wasn't developed more.
The author did a very good job of painting descriptions of the locales of the Paris neighborhoods,and cafes. I highly recommend this book, and will most certainly read the other books in the series.
Andrea
This series just keeps getting better with every twist and turn in Aimee's life. A missing piece art that may prove to be of a famous man, by a very famous artist, a murder and complete chaos as the streets of Paris come alive with the latest investigations and Aimee is missing an important people in her life. Who will be there when she really needs them? A well paced page turner that will keep you enthralled.
Peggany
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Rich mystery with art and history interwoven, but despite the narrator's talent for accents, her voice made me viscerally unhappy.
John W.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating idea involving a stolen Modigliani and a Monparnasse setting but the book bogs down.
Mary
Jun 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I probably would have enjoyed this book more if I had read previous books in the series.
Dana Clinton
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was a able to almost finish this latest book in Cara Black’s Aimėe Leduc mysteries during my flights’to Kansas City Tuesday, then polished it off yesterday. What else to do when you get up to 1 degree in temperature ? Aimée is still trying to find the mother who abandoned her when she was just 8 years old and so is drawn into a web of people involved in the discovery and then disappearance of a lost Modigliani painting...that gets very complicated ! There is also the story of her dwarf partner ...more
Nancy Dobson
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great addition to this series! This one is fast-paced, and Rene gets a huge action sequence of his own. I like the twists and turns of this one, and how some longstanding questions are finally answered. I've read all the books in this series, enjoyed some more than others, but as a whole, they have been very satisfying. I love Aimee and her dogged determination to solve her cases, but also her vulnerability. She's a great character, and I'm looking forward to the next one.
Lila
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is the 13th in the Aimee Leduc series. Here, she finally meets her mother. It is about time. I just got tired of this particular plot device. There was also far too much running around, I gave up on trying to follow it all and went along for the ride. I am also tired of hearing about some amazing computer skills on the part of the characters. The series is best when the detective stops for a moment and allows the reader to gain some Parisian atmosphere. That doesn't happen enough here.
Christine
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m giving this 5 stars simply because Aimee’ finally gets to meet her mother after all these years and learns some very impt news that will change her life in the next book!

This was also a good book in the series because it dealt with the period of France when the Russians, particularly Lenin and other future Russian leaders lived in France and formulated their doctrines based on French political ideologies.

All in all, a very good read.
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