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Murder on the Champ de Mars (Aimee Leduc Investigations #15)

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A dying woman has secret about the unsolved murder of Parisian P.I. Aimée Leduc’s father, but is kidnapped before she can reveal it

Paris, February 1998: Aimée Leduc has her work cut out for her—running her detective agency and fighting off sleep-deprivation as she tries to be a good single mother to her new bébé. The last thing she has time for now is to take on a personal
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Soho Crime
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Ray Palen
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I always look forward to each Aimee Leduc novel from author Cara Black with sick feeling of delight and glee. No one --- absolutely no one --- has ever captured the depth, majesty and complexity of Paris and all its' many neighborhoods like Cara Black has.

MURDER ON THE CHAMP DE MARS is set in 1999 and a young Aimee Leduc --- recently having taken over her family investigative service --- just gave birth to her first daughter and is now facing a difficult custody battle against the absentee fathe
Cathy Cole
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I have come to enjoy Cara Black's series. It's been a pleasure to get acquainted with Paris and its history district by district. In Murder on the Champ de Mars, we learn about the history of the gypsies, and it's a tragic one. I've also been looking forward to seeing how Aimée adapts to motherhood because I didn't think it would be an easy transition. I was right. In fact Aimée-as-parent is one of the things that bothered me in this book.

The parenting issue is clouded by the appearance of Chloë
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love this series by Cara Black! Aimee Leduc is once again tracking down a murderer in the beautiful city of light, Paris. Murder in the Champ de Mars is set in the seventh arrondissment, the home of Paris's elite. Except that we don't see the light of Paris much in this latest addition. It is Paris of corruption and of darkness. It is a city of warnings and danger that once again our heroine will ignore.

Aimee's daughter Chloe is now six months old. Chloe's absent father shows up without warning
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
can't fit a trip to Paris into my life right now, but, I CAN read the latest adventures of Aimee Leduc, computer security specialist and detective. Set in 1999, many of the devices we now take for granted are still new, but corrupt government stories are as hold as time. Aimee's baby girl, Chloe, she had as a result of her affair with Medoc is now six months old. She hasn't heard from the father since her baby's birth and chose not to list him as father on the birth certificate. It is time for ...more
Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This entry in the Leduc series is, like the previous ones, a little overwritten (can hearts please stop clenching? please!). Unlike the previous ones, the actual mystery part seems to be rivaled by Aimee's personal life, in this case her fight over custody of her daughter with Melac and his new partner. No matter how much this made her heart clench, and no matter how many times she's told to make this a priority, she seems to really not care. That part was very strange and didn't fit with what w ...more
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Closed out nicely. Rereading helps.
Will the next story leap forward a number of years?
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Murder on the Champ de Mars by Clara Black is the fifteenth book in her Aimée Leduc Investigation series, and the first I have read. Normally it would be daunting to enter a series this far in, naturally I have missed character growth and development, however, I was quickly drawn into the mystery and now have a new series to read, Black’s protagonist, Aimée Leduc, is fascinating and one I look forward to knowing better by beginning with book one of the series. Murder on the Champs de Mars takes ...more
Ah! the undercurrent of Parisian noir that is Aimee!

Talk about troubles piling up! Aimee Leduc is now mother to young Chloe. Melac, Chloe's father, reappears at the christening six moths after Chloe's birth, with never a word to Aimee in that time, and is talking joint custody. Complications indeed for Aimee. She is furious, I am furious!
No wonder she is contemplating, with the desperateness of an addict taking up smoking her beloved gaulois.
Aimee is confronted once more with her fathers death.
Natacha Pavlov
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it
I’m pretty sure I discovered this series through the recent ‘Paris sweepstakes’ set up for this book. I eventually found out the author will be at the San Francisco Writer’s Conference in 2016, so I decided to read this latest of hers; the crime/mystery genre being one I haven’t read in ages.

The story was fast-paced and gave enough background info so that you didn’t feel too lost if you haven’t read previous volumes (like me). An initial draw for me was that this Paris neighborhood—Champ de Mar
Gloria Feit
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Returning to work after a maternity leave, Amy LeDuc becomes too busy to really care for her six-month old daughter. To begin with, she undertakes a surveillance occupying her evenings. Then she becomes involved in a personal investigation involving gypsies in the belief she can discover the murderer of her father 10 years before. And to top it off, she has to fend off her former lover who, with his new wife, is attempting to wrest possession of her baby from her.

As in all the novels in the seri
Library Maven
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, mystery, paris, edelweiss
Aimee Leduc returns after her maternity leave and promptly gets caught up in s custody battle with Melac, the disappearance of a Romany woman who has information about her father's death, and post-partum guilt over the time she is spending away from her baby. Cara Black has created another high energy investigation that probes Parisian history and deepens reader's understanding of Aimee's story. This one has some significant twists at the end that will leave readers anxious for the nest installm ...more
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 - wonderful as always, a trip through another part of Paris with private detective Aimee Leduc as she tries to find out about her past while helping Gypsies in the Champ de Mars. I am eager to read the next in the series as there are questions I still had at the end of the book, regarding some of the people Aimee has known and trusted her entire life. Are they friends or foe? A good read even if you have not read the previous books in the series.
This is the newest Aimee LeDuc and she's in top form. She's just had a baby and managing to juggle it all. The story involves the mystery of her father's murder and a Roma woman and her son. Fans won't be disappointed and though I've read a couple in the series, this book can be read out of order.
Alex Adam
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As usual, Cara Black zeroes in on Paris with razor-sharp accuracy. I wouldn't want to BE Aimee LeDuc -- but I certainly enjoy reading about her!
Dana Clinton
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Totally icy outside and me waiting inside for the repairmen to arrive to figure out the problem with the hot water heater.... so reading was easy to do! Finally finished the latest in the Aimée Leduc series by Cara Black: Murder on the Champs de Mars. Very complicated as the author is tying together lots of old threads. Aimée, now a mom, has her usual personal crises (the father of Chloé making a bid for custody after no contact for six months... ) and inability to keep herself out of danger. It ...more
Susan Swansburg
the tone of this book was set for me on page 1 when I read "piece of gateau". Really??? The expression is piece of cake. Either translate it all, or none of it. There were lots of places throughout the novel where a French word was "thrown in". It felt like, "see, I know some French" rather than authentic.

Can you tell that annoyed me?? =)

Otherwise, I found this novel, meh. It probably doesn't help that I have not read the previous 14 books in the series, but I find myself in no hurry to do so.
Virginia Walter
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Aimee is raising her new baby and fighting off the absentee father's legal efforts for custody when Nicu, a young gypsy tells her that his dying mother needs to tell her an important secret. It appears that the woman may, have information that would lead to Aimee's finally understanding who killed her father, but she dies before she can share it. Then Nicu is killed, and her renewed interest in her father's death endangers her life as well.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first third moved slowly but when politics and money got involved it got juicy. Also I loved the locational aspect. Tons of streets in the 7th where I had just been.
Jack Laschenski
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amy LeDuc in peril!!

Murders galore with lots of gore.

Who murdered her father is the crux of this story.

Her best friend??

Suspense until the last page!!!
Apr 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Wins the “Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany’s” award for oblivious cultural insensitivity. DNF on page 3 or 4
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite series. I love dashing around Paris with Aimee on her scooter. This was a very sad story but it also had it's moments of humor, as Aimee and Rene cope with the new baby. Fun.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I enjoyed the comments on french fashion and occasional use of the French language. Couldn't really get into the story though.
Lloyd Russell
You read that right. This is Cara's 15th book in the series. And #16 will be out in June of this year. That is a crazy amount of books, period; let alone all in the same series. And I have to make a confession right now - I read #1, Murder in the Marais, a few years ago. But I haven't read any since. I admit to being a bit embarrassed by that. And why did I decide to skip 2-14? I'll tell you...I don't know. But, fortunately, Cara is our RBC author for this month. She's coming to Recycle Books ne ...more
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of the problems I have with Cara Black is that she seems to have been channeling Linda Evanovich. Not that Aimée Leduc is a complete clone of Stepahnie Plum (and Paris, France isn't remotely like Trenton, New Jersey). But they have had too many similarities:

Aimée is a woman in a "man's world" of crime
Aimée has major problems with relationships
Her fashion sense often dominates the plot
Her mind is distracted by the men in and out of her life
Nothing ever seems to get solved in the soap opera th
I saw this author at the Decatur book festival. I admire people who can write books and it was fun to hear about her story of being a writer. The book is set in Paris and is interesting enough. I enjoyed reading it after having met the author.
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the 15th addition to the Aimee Leduc series. In this outing set in 1999, Aimee is returning to work after her maternity leave. She is approached by a young man who says his mother needs to speak to her before she dies. After Aimee gets to the hospital, the woman is kidnapped and has only hours to live without the medications and procedures being used to keep her alive. Aimee agrees to help search for the missing woman.

I found the hundreds of minor details, like Aimee nearly mowing down
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
I've become a fan of these murder mysteries. I read a bunch of them a couple years ago. This is the most recent. They are set in Paris and laced with French phrases. Fun if you've had high school French. Aimee Leduc is a computer detective, who, with her partner Rene, helps companies in Paris have computer security. In every book there is a murder in one of the sections of Paris and she is drawn into it. Cara Black is an American writer who has a thing for Paris. There are many interesting refer ...more
Sara E.
I'll start by saying this was a book club recommendation, so I did not read it by my own choice.

It's a little hard to pick up in the middle of a series sometimes. When you've been with characters since the inception, you know them as you would know one of your living friends or acquaintances. Some things in this book obviously referred to the characters' well known quirks - of such I had no previous knowledge. (view spoiler)
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Aimee Leduc's life is a fast paced mystery at every turn. From her love life to her detective agency there is no time for sleep when a stranger appears at her door and tells her she must follow him to find out a secret regarding her father's murder.

Without giving to much away let me state that this book is a whirlwind read. There are ups and down and surprises around each corner. I was not familiar with Cara Black's work until I was given this book to read from Soho Crime. The book jacket descr
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
[No spoilers]I have been a fan of the Aimee Leduc series for many years. I discovered the series after my first trip to Paris and was desperate to return. Since then, I have anxiously awaited each new book in the series, although some I have enjoyed more than others.

I should also add that this is the only series that I follow because I always suffer from what I call the Nancy Drew repetition weariness syndrome when I have attempted to read a series with recurring characters. I understand that a
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