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Murder in Saint-Germain

(Aimee Leduc Investigations #17)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  817 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Paris, July 1999: Private investigator Aimee Leduc is walking through Saint-Germain when she is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad. Suzanne has just returned from the former Yugoslavia, where she was hunting down dangerous war criminals for the Hague. Back in Paris, Suzanne is convinced she's being stalked by a ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Soho Crime (first published 2017)
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Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Frenetic. I have stayed with this series from the beginning, but does Aimee Leduc make decisions that are at all reasonable? It's a wild ride for sure, and you really can't put the book down until finished. And then it finishes with another incomplete be continued.
Sometimes I love this ride like some roller coasters I've been on. I will keep coming back, but I think I might be in the mood for her to sit out some of these wild investigations and impossible physical feats.
Bonnie Brody
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Aimee Leduc specializes in corporate crime investigation. However, when her friend Suzanne contacts her, Aimee knows she owes Suzanne a favor. Suzanne claims to have seen a supposedly dead war criminal from the former Yugoslavia walking the streets of Paris. Suzanne is an elite counter-terrorism agent who has recently been put on desk duty. Does she have PTSD or is this criminal still alive? When people tangentially involved in this investigation start dying off, Aimee begins to take Suzanne ...more
Ken Fredette
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was at book review that Cara Black had in Downers Grove and got my copy signed. But if you are a fan of Aimee Leduc this book has all her characters in it and maybe it will end even better next time. I have all her hard copies in my library except for one on my kindle. I really like her style of writing because she names her murders after places in Paris and she always has a map. She describes each area with such detail I can see it in my mind and I like that. You should read her prior books ...more
Another wild ride with Aimee. So much happening. Bosnian war criminals, murders framed as accidents including a denfenestration (love that word--not the action though)
On the home front Aimee has the perenial problem of how to be a single mother and work especially the sort of hours she puts in.
Chloe's father makes an appearance, rather helpful at times but still strange. What's that about?
And we end on a note that needs another story!
Still I just love Aimee, her haute courture flea market
Ray Palen
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jul 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
I picked up this book at my local library knowing nothing about the author or the series. I was interested in the title, having Paris and explored the area around Saint Germain. I thought I would enjoy reading and remembering. I tried. I made it halfway through. I was very frustrated with the main character Aimee Ledue, I was almost shaking. Why wasn't she listening to any of her friends? Why was she running around the city risking her life when she had a small infant at home? Why was she ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is Cara Black's best book to date and I've liked them all. The ending is amazing .Every page full of suspense. Aimée is extremely courageous. She didn't really want this case at all. It was a favor to her friend Suzanne. But, she realized how important it was to solve it after children were abused by this monster and her friend was in real danger. It is interesting how Aimée has really fallen in loved with Chloé. And , how she feels about seeing her mother again now that she is a mother. I ...more
Wanda Boker
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm glad that I gave this series a second chance, this is Cara Black's most recent and it is a genuinely fun read. Set in Paris (all the books in the series are) against the backdrop of the war in ex-Yugoslavia and the initial investigations of the ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia). The characters seem more emotionally developed, the subject matter is important and Black's knowledge of Paris and its history is impressive. There are unnecessary loose ends and obvious questions ...more
Claudia Denholm
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm a little late to the game here, reading the last book of the Aimee Leduc series first. Even so, I was able to get the general gist of much of her past. I liked this book - it was interesting, not only history-wise, but for having a smart, charming and very French detective, who seems to subsist on shots of espresso and chocolate. Tres bon!
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Action packed and good as always.
Jo Dervan
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Aimee Leduc, a private investigator in Paris is back in the 17th book in the Aimee Leduc Investigations series. Each book in the series takes place in another sections of Paris. The author peppers the text with historical and cultural facts of the particular section. This story is set in the Saint-Germain section of the 6th Arrondisment, the home of the famous School of Fine Arts which is a setting for a part of the story.

Aimee is now the single mother of Chloe, an infant, and she is juggling
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed Cara Black's Aimee Leduc series since its beginning in 1999. As always the author immerses the reader in the heart of a Parisian neighborhood, almost always with a twist of history running through the novel. The present mystery at hand can stand on its own, in the background are connections to previous relationships, and at the center is the perennially on-the-go Aimee Leduc, full of pluck and verve, who seems to know every backstreet and alley in the City of Light. The novels ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book, published in 2017, brings Aimee back to the current year in her life of 1999. She is a single mother running her combination computer security and detective business and finding it hard to keep her life balanced even though she has an able partner with Rene. Aimee is currently working on the contract with Ecole des Beaux-Artes which is having computer issues. She is trying to keep her mind on the job despite the fact that she has been told that her godfather, Morbier, is dying. He was ...more
Aimée Leduc has always had a busy, complicated life as a private investigator. But, this time, in Cara Blacks seventeenth book in the series, Murder in Saint-Germain, she has a complication she cant ignore. Its not so easy to walk away from an eight-month-old baby when youre a single mother with a business that involves long hours and unexpected dangers.

Aimée is trying. Shes working on what should be an ordinary computer security job at the École de Beaux-Arts. But, a professor there has an
Gloria Feit
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recently, Paris has been under siege by Muslim terrorists, but in July, 1999, Aimee LeDuc faced a different danger: A Serbian war criminal supposedly blown up in an explosion years before. The man is sighted by her friend Martine in a local cafe, and when she reports the sighting she is told she is suffering from traumas resulting from what she witnessed while on an official mission on behalf of The Hague seeking war criminals. Martine calls in a favor and asks Aimee to verify the sighting.

May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are 17 books in this series but this is the first one I've read. Unfortunately this book refers a lot to past events, none of which I know anything about and which left me baffled. Because of this, I would strongly recommend any new readers read the earlier books first.

What I like about this book were the characters, the French setting and the style of writing. The writing was easy to read and follow and I got into the book right away. I loved the characters; the author did a great job of
I can't help feeling that author Cara Black is getting tired of Aimee Leduc. After all, this is the 17th novel featuring the investigator ... and she seems awfully busy making her less interested in investigating than she is in settling down with baby Chloe.

This time, we find Aimee helping out her friend Suzanne, who keeps thinking she sees a ghost. The ghost in question is a man who allegedly died in Bosnia ... and all of this is happening at a time when the people who were investigating the
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best of the Aimée Leduc series! Lots of Paris in this one, to my delight, and the story, with its roots in the Bosnian war and its horrors, had the Cara Black trademark "threatening, nefarious foreign persons." With Aimée's baby now in the picture and pieces of her past--father, Morbier, Melac--as well as René (we didn't see enough of him but what we saw was quintessential), and just enough tech-geekiness to satisfy, this was a page-turner and a really good read. But I think I didn't ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this authors unique writing style, the characters and the story are secondary to describing the landmarks, parks, museums, and the lifestyle of Paris. While the book is heavily focused on the physical environment, the character development and the inner world of the people are almost nonexistent. The story has a very fast pace, and the main character, who has a chaotic life, seems to be in constant motion from the moment she wakes up until she goes to bed without accomplishing much. She also ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Aimee Leduc is now a single mother running a business that deals mostly with computer security. Her co-worker, Rene, wishes that she would concentrate on the business and avoid extra-curricular activities, but that seems never to be the case in this series set in Paris. On the business side, the company is working on improving security for the Ecole des Beaux Arts, but the chairman of the Art History Department and the director want her to investigate an attempt at blackmailing him on an alleged ...more
Ken Cook
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've had this hard cover on my shelf for months, and finally stopped stalling - I've been a fan since #5, and have always enjoyed reading Cara Black's clever and educating stories. But I read them too quickly, instead of savoring them.
That said, this is another well plotted and edge-of-the-seat detective story, set on the Left Bank of Paris. Several months since the last edition, Aimee's baby Chloe is crawling, and hew business is doing well. Two men in her life, a dying Morbier, Sidney puts in
Sep 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not impressed. Clunky, lacked flow and focus. It was hard and tedious to keep track of all the frantic goings on. Lots of extraneous information that didn't contribute anything to story or characterization, like fun facts were peppered throughout. I've never read about a character that had so much trouble with designer footwear. I was looking forward to the Parisian setting, but it didn't have a particularly strong sense of place. I suppose this is due to mediocre writing that didn't really ...more
Liz Krummell
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
These books used to be better. I so liked learning about different sections of Paris It used to be cute as she juggled a twenty something life now you just want her to get her act together. So many threads started and abandoned Rene not calling her back, Suzanne disappeared, who needs to sitter just hand off the child to whoever is handy, her Mom reappears and that is it We need to wait until the next book for Morbier to spill the beans. The book is set in the late 1990's - and they could skip ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Once again I'm following my obsession with reading the Black investigations even though they are filled with mayhem and I end up skimming some of the book when I get exhausted with Aimee and her antics. However, I go back for more. I like the fact that Black is aways covering some kind of political situation and the setting is Paris, but her protagonist's ADHD personality (which can be endearing) drives me crazy.

i'd love to hear about Black's writing process in a workshop. It often seems like
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
#17 in the wonderful Aimee Leduc Investigations series by Cara Black. Paris, designer clothes, great food, 1999, counterterrorism, Serbian warlord, her baby, and a lot of other things create another rich treat for all those who adore this series.

It never ceases to amaze me, but book after book in this series, Aimee ends up with more cases, more crises, more personal peril, and could fill a Moleskine a week with all the 'to do' and 'what happened' notes she needs to make! This outing is no
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Enough plot here for 2 or 3 books! I enjoyed it a lot more once the auxiliary plot involving art school resolved and we could focus just on the murderous war criminal. The beginning was overwhelming and kind of bizarre as the frenetic life of single mom PI Aimee LeDuc involves leaving her infant with a cafe worker while chasing a murderer who is probably tailing her (really?) yet still details her five stops for espresso along the way & wearing/carrying designer shoes & handbags she just ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Cara Black's books are perfect summer reading. Aimee is so tall, attractive and exquisitely dressed that it is great fun to follow her around Paris, always at breathtaking speed and always getting herself on to a rooftop that requires great concentration and fearlessness to make a successful escape. Who doesn't love Aimee? I have heard Cara Black speak and I know she does her homework by traveling to Paris and immersing herself in one district each year. I like the breathless plotting and the ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate enough to check a trip off my bucket list trip last spring that included a short stay in the Saint-Germain arrondissement in Paris. So naturally, I was drawn to this mystery and was not only able to re live my too-short stay but discover a new mystery series as well.
"Murder in the Saint-Germain" is a fast paced romp which includes romance, intrigue, cyber security as well as a truly odious villain.
The only drawback to this novel for me was the feeling that I needed to start
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2019
A nice new (to me) series to try. With quite a few elements of cozies, but with enough action that its not a cozy.
Nice amount of detail, easy to imagine the places and people.
Aimee uses questionable tactics as a PI and is constantly lying to everyone while trying to find info. Lying and cheating are things I dont take kindly, but those didnt make the book bad. Add a mom brain as she obsesses about her infant daughter and her father, and spice it up with plenty of lipsticks and some day drinking.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Aimee's friend Suzanne asks her to check out Mirko, a Serbian thug who Suzanne thought was dead, but she just saw in Paris. Then two members of Suzanne's team are dead, supposedly accidents, but probably on purpose. Aimee is already working at the Art School, when a senior faculty member comes to her with a problem. Meanwhile, Aime is trying to take care of her child and find babysitters when she has to work. To her surprise, Chloe's father, Melac, shows up and turns out to be a good carpenter, ...more
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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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