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Murder on the Quai (Aimee Leduc Investigations #16)

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The world knows Aimée Leduc, heroine of 15 mysteries in this New York Times bestselling series, as a très chic, no-nonsense private investigator—the toughest and most relentless in Paris. Now author Cara Black dips back in time to reveal how Aimée first became a detective . . .

November 1989: Aimée Leduc is in her first year of college at Paris’s preeminent medical school.
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Soho Crime
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Meleys Yes, thank you. I understand that Murder on the Quai is a prequel set earlier than the other books in the series. What confused me was that Aimee is…moreYes, thank you. I understand that Murder on the Quai is a prequel set earlier than the other books in the series. What confused me was that Aimee is 18-20 in 1989 (Murder on the Quai) and 34 in 1993 (Murder in the Marais, the first book in the series). So it appeared that she aged 14 years in 4 years or that the author reset her birth date from 1960 to about 1970. In my copy of Murder in the Marais, on the first page Aimee's age is stated as 34. I just looked at the same page in the current edition of the book, and the statement of her age has been redacted. So it appears that the author did reset her birth date in Murder on the Quai. That makes sense for any further books in the series because Aimee would have been nearing 40 in the last book (set in 1999), and now she has more time for additional adventures in her 30s. (less)
Marilyn This was not a good place to start because this book was a prequel that explains a great deal about her other novels. I suppose the drop French…moreThis was not a good place to start because this book was a prequel that explains a great deal about her other novels. I suppose the drop French phrases to give you a taste of the French because it is set in France. (less)
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I am a big fan of the Aimée Leduc detective novels, but this one took me a while to get into.

A prequel to the series, this book gives us a 19-year-old Aimée struggling in medical school, losing her boyfriend to another woman -- and deciding on her own to take up an investigation that her father cannot handle due to urgent business surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall.

In the process, Aimée winds up witnessing two murders that bring her into the purview of former Nazi collaborators and Resista
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 15th Aimee Leduc mystery is set in the late 1980's, going back in time to explain how Aimee first became a private detective. Flashing back to Vichy France and a gruesome crime connects to events in Paris, resulting in Aimee deserting her med school studies and working to find the connection which will solve the crimes. More about Aimee's mysterious mother is explained. A great way to continue one of my favorite series by going back in time.
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

This is the 16th book by publication date but is actually the first in chronological order. This book tells the story of how a 19 year old Aimee Leduc, who is the adult protagonist of a fifteen book series, goes from med school to full time private detecting. I've not read any of the other books in the series and figured that this prequel, for lack of a better term, would be a good entry point.

Aimee lives in a Paris apartment with her father and grandfather while she struggles in the hi
I always make a point of reading series in order. This time, at the library, I picked up a volume in a series I've been meaning to start and lucked out - it's a prequel, so the fact that it's labelled number 16 in the series means nothing. In fact, it sets up the characters.

I will continue with the series on the basis of this one - it's not as grabby as some other series I've read, notably the Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths, but it gets bonus points for the setting, Paris, and the charac
Elizabeth Theiss
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime, novel
Inveterate Francophile and crime novel buff that I am, it was impossible not to love this book. Cara Black has an ear for French cultural nuance, though her heroine, Aimee LeDuc is frank in a way that is tres Americaine. This is the seminal story of how Aimee follows in her father’s foot steps to become an investigator with the family franchise. The plot involves a waylaid shipment of Nazi gold in 1942, the men who waylaid it, and a series of murders that follow.
Rita Berk
Set in Paris, Aimee Leduc is a continuing character as a private detective in Black's books. This one flashes back to Aimee's first experience in which she gets caught up in murders tracing their motives to WWII. Thrown into the mix is Aimee's hope to get information about her mother who disappeared when Aimee was a child. Aimee's life is in danger but she does not seem to take precautions. Fast-paced but lightweight.
Elena Hartwell
This is a prequel to Black's Aimee Leduc series. I haven't read any of her other books, but found it fine to read this first. The writing is interesting and the story complex. The author uses third person multiple in two different time periods, 1989 and 1942. In my opinion she's mostly successful with those shifts. The story is slow, this is not a fast paced thriller. There is on-the-page violence, but it's not too graphic. Probably not a good choice for cozy readers. The descriptions of Paris a ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75. Visit to Paris is always a treat.
Jack Laschenski
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aimee Leduc is in her first year of college at Paris's preeminent medical school. She lives in a 17th century apartment that overlooks the Seine with her father who runs the family detective agency. The year is 1989 and the Berlin Wall crumbles and so does Amiee's life. Someone has sabotaged her lab work and it puts her in risk of failing out of the program. Then she finds out her boyfriend is getting married to another woman. Finally, her father takes off for Berlin on a secret errand. He asked ...more
There is change all over Europe as this book opens. The Berlin Wall has collapsed, the Soviets have dragged their defeated army out of Afghanistan and back to Moscow. Aimee Leduc is in her first year of medical school, cramming for exams. Her father has to rush to Berlin for something mysterious connected with Aimee's long-absent mother. He makes the mistake of asking Aimee to look into a couple of details surrounding the disappearance of a man who may be a relative, and who may have known the w ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is a prequel, set about 10 years before the actual first Aimee Leduc novel. So, this one should really be read first. Goes back in time with WWII on a border town at the Vichy line. My only quibble was that when I looked up this town, it actually wasn't where it was supposed to be set but much farther north, so it made me question Black's historical research, which I've admired up to now. But the story was enjoyable and informative just the same.
Gloria Feit
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After 15 Aimee Leduc mysteries, Cara Black turned her attention backward in time to the start of Aimee’s career, providing a back story to her beginnings as a detective, and introducing some of the basics which inhabit subsequent novels, namely how she met Rene Friant, her partner in Leduc Detective, and acquired Miles Davis, her bichon frise. At the time, Aimee was a first-year medical student, hating every moment.

Then one day while Aimee was in her father’s office, as he was about to leave for
Cathy Cole
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For anyone who's followed Aimée Leduc throughout the course of her many investigations, this prequel is a welcome addition to the series, since it does answer several questions: How did Miles Davis join the family? How did she meet René? What did she do before she became a private investigator? For anyone who's brand-new to the series, Murder on the Quai will be the perfect starting point. To be honest, I wondered how Black was going to follow up Aimée's first outing as private eye/mother in Mur ...more
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Readable but not unstoppable. This book did not grab me and carry me breathless through 328 pages, but I got there eventually, just at a more leisurely pace.
The book's saving grace was the WWII flashbacks which were just interesting enough to keep me engaged. I am not much of a fan of erstwhile med-student, Aimee Leduc, but I am glad that it was this one that I picked up as I gather it is the one that goes back to her beginnings as a Private Detective in Paris.
The settings were evocative of the
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: 1989, Paris France. Aimée Leduc is in her first year of college at Paris’s preeminent medical school. She lives in a 17th-century apartment that overlooks the Seine with her father, who runs the family detective agency (this is the prequel to the Leduc's mystery books). The week the Berlin Wall crumbles, so does Aimée’s life. First, there is sabotage at school. Then, she finds out her boyfriend is planning to get engaged to another woman. Finally, Aimée’s father takes off to Berlin on a ...more
Dana Clinton
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Home still on crutch (just one!), still climbing the walls a bit from being a bit cooped up, digesting the sad news that my darling dog has an enlarged heart and is struggling (so 2 weeks or 2 years, no way to tell....)... clearly I needed a great mystery to cheer me up, and this new book by Cara Black, Murder on the Quai, was that book! I still have five books in this Aimee Leduc series to read, but I went ahead and tackled the newest one which in fact is a "prequel".... finally settling questi ...more
A great prequel to Cara Black's Aimee Leduc series. As well as giving the reader a first glimpse of some of the characters found throughout the series, Murder on the Quai is also a look back at decisions made and bonds formed at Vichy, France in 1942 as well as the opening of the Berlin Wall, November 1989. If you are an Aimee Leduc fan, you'll love the book; if this is your first glimpse, you'll want to continue the adventure with the fifteen previous books, beginning with the 1999 Murder in th ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
VERDICT: Fantastic prequel to the suspenseful series set in various Parisians neighborhood. Lots of historical elements enrich the smart plot, like the Berlin Wall and the German Occupation of France. Great way of presenting all the main characters of the series.

My full review is here:
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aimee doesn't disappoint. I love the way French war history becomes an integral part of the book and many books in the series.
Interesting story line, tying present day with the war years in France.
Luis Roman
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since "Murder in the Marais" in 1999, the debut of Cara Black's chic and sexy Parisian private investigator Aimee Leduc, a question has hung over the series and Aimee's life: who was Sydney Leduc, Aimee's American mother, who abandoned her husband and child when Aimee was eight years old and about whom Aimee's father, Jean-Claude absolutely refused to speak, up until the day of his untimely death, in a bombing while he was conducting surveillance in Paris' Place Vendome. Over the course of ...more
Wally Wood
I would like to write about Cara Black's Murder on the Quai in such a way that it does not discourage mystery readers from picking up the book, which is a creditable effort, but also explains why I have difficulties with certain mysteries.

Murder on the Quai is Black's sixteenth Murder on the . . . series. It stars Aimée Leduc. This book, series readers tell me, is Aimée's backstory, how she evolved from medical student to private detective. Her father runs a private detective agency and he leave
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite liked the book. But it was based on being a fan and enjoying getting the back story. This is a flashback story.

Cara Black writes a series of detective murder mysteries based on different areas in Paris and a detective named Amy LeDuc. Amy's real job is computer security/detective work but in each episode she is drawn into a murder investigation. Her partner is a dwarf named Rene who is an expert with all things computers. She lives on Ile de Paris... an inherited residence. Her father wa
Karl Jorgenson
The first Aimee Leduc mystery I've read, and it turns out to be the prequel to the other 15. I should probably find number one.
The structure here feels a tiny bit odd, but probably because of the prequel nature: the author knows the life she's built for Aimee and in this book has to explain the origins.
Murder on the Quai is fast paced, but I regularly thought Aimee was too lucky and too smart: always stumbling into valuable clues and moving the investigation forward. Still, that's how mysteries
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, a Black that does not drive me absolutely crazy (even though I am hooked on her books). For those of us who read her, this was a delightful prequel that gave us the backstory on so many items in her books while also spinning a fine tale about Nazi's and a small village during the war. This was a also a less frantic Aimee and I liked her a bit better. One reviewer said that it showed "the making of a detective." The book went back and forth in time which some might not have liked, but I ...more
Arthur Okun
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read many of Cara Black's novels featuring Aimee Leduc I welcomed MURDER ON THE
QUAI. This novel is a PREQUEL.It answered many questions--about Aimee.
Her mother who left her and her father when she very young.Why did Aimee leave her
Med school after one year? She was head of the Leduc detective agency. How did that happen?
This novel introduces Rene,who plays a major part in the other novels in this series.
This novel takes place in France in 1942 and 1989. Murder-Revenge-and Sadness.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read a few of the Aimee Leduc books and for the most part I have like them. But for some reason in this one Ms. Black has started throwing in a cuss word every once in a while and they just seemed out of place. It is bad enough that Aimee is a chronic liar but now adding a filthy mouth is a real turn off for me. Guess I won't be reading any more of the books.
The story was pretty good, if a little hard to follow at times as the author shifted between three scenes. But it ultimately did all
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book goes back to before Aimee's father was killed. A distant relative, Elise, comes in to Leduc Detective and asks Jean-Claude, Aimee's father to investigate her father's death. The Berlin wall has just fallen, and Jean-Claude is off to Berlin to find the Stassi papers on Aimee's mother. Aimee is in medical school, but decides she should take on Elise's case. She gradually finds out that the murder is probably related to the stealing of German gold during the war. The more she learns, the ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aimee Leduc is a wonderful, fearless detective, who wears vintage Chanel as she races through the streets of Paris. Even as a pre-med student, she was determined to investigate the crime and to uncover the truth no matter the consequences or the risk. Murder on the Quai, pre-quell to this excellent Aimee Leduc Investigations series, shows Aimee's first case, and the early development of a heroine who out-smarts the villains and outshines the "flics" every time.
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